Looking for iron-rich recipes? Want healthy, nutritious meals that will help you to up your intake of iron? Check out our recipes below, then take a look at our healthy high-protein recipes.


Iron-rich recipes

1. Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with chianti

Italian cuisine never goes out of fashion. This recipe for Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with chianti is a brilliant example of how to do things simply but perfectly. A great meal to make when you need to feed a crowd, it's also packed with protein and iron, and is low in calories.

Tuscan slow-cooked shin of beef with Chianti

2. Spinach, pea and crab risotto

Make our vibrant pea risotto as a low-calorie dinner for the family. Packed with plump rice and coloured vibrant green by lots of fresh spinach, it has a decent helping on iron in there, too.

Pea Risotto Recipe with Spinach and Crab

3. Gigantes plaki (Greek baked beans)

Ready in under an hour, this Greek one-pot is packed with plenty of fresh flavours as well as iron, protein and fibre, making it a healthy vegetarian meal idea with less than 300 calories.

Gigantes Plaki Recipe

4. Jamaican goat curry

This Jamaican curry is a great introduction to eating goat – and it just so happens to be healthy and iron-rich, too. If you can't get Jamaican curry powder, use a mild Madras powder and add a pinch of ground allspice.

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Bowl of goat curry with rice and a fork

A traditional Korean food, kimchi (spicy, fermented cabbage and vegetables) adds flavour and health kudos to this tofu traybake.

Baked Tofu with Kimchi Sauce Recipe

6. Lamb soup (lamb harira)

Harira is a traditional lamb soup from the Maghreb region of North Africa. It's more often than not a meal served to break the Ramadan fast. This version features lamb, puy lentils and rice, making it really iron-rich.

Lamb Harira

7. Persian rice with lamb

Basmati rice is flavoured with lamb shoulder, aubergine, plum tomatoes, sultanas and turmeric for this healthy and satisfying dinner.

Persian rice with lamb

8. Spiced squash, spinach and lentil soup

A wholesome, nutritious soup packed with squash, puy lentils, bulgar wheat and plenty of cumin for kick.

Spiced squash and lentil soup

9. Balsamic lentils with pork fillet

Balsamic offers a tartness to our vibrant pork dish. This well-balanced meal is high in protein but low in calories and salt.

Pork Fillet Recipe with Lentils

10. Creamy lentils with spinach and thyme

Perfectly suited to those who want a light meal with a decent iron offering, this healthy low-calorie vegan lentil dish is also high in protein and low in fat.

Creamy Lentils Recipe With Spinach And Thyme

11. Vegan tofu scramble

Check out this low-calorie vegan breakfast recipe made with smoked tofu, spinach, punchy chilli and pan-fried courgette.

Tofu Scramble with Avocado on a Plate

12. Best chilli con carne

Our most popular chilli con carne ever. Made Tex-Mex style with aged minced beef, chipotle powder, red wine, dark chocolate and semi-dried tomatoes.

Chilli con carne with lettuce and rice in a yellow bowl

13. Warm black rice, edamame and prawn salad

Check out this easy, warm salad recipe with black rice, crunchy edamame and juicy prawns. This punchy salad is an easy midweek meal for two, plus it's low in calories.

Black rice salad recipe with prawns and edamame on a white serving plate

14. Red lentil dahl soup with broccoli tarka

Check out our vegan red lentil dahl soup. This easy recipe is the perfect midweek winter warmer to feed the whole family, plus it's low in calories. Garlic and ginger pastes are available from large supermarkets, and are a great cheat when preparing Asian-style recipes.

Vegan Red Lentil Dahl Recipe with Broccoli Tarka

15. Seared pork loin with harissa chickpeas

A healthy, low-calorie midweek dinner idea, using charred pork loin medallions, harissa, chickpeas and spinach. It's less than 500 calories per serving!

Seared pork loin with harissa chickpeas

16. Caramelised onion and courgette pilaf

A jumble of courgette, tomatoes, basmati rice and gentle spices makes for a perfect pilaf. Learn how to make perfect, fluffy rice right here.

chicken pilaf

17. Lamb ragu

Swap the same-old spag bol for this velvety lamb sauce, made light and fragrant with fresh oregano. Serve with a blanket of parmesan.

Lamb, tomato and oregano ragu

18. Red lentil curry

Try our vegetarian spiced crispy egg and lentil curry for a low-calorie, high-protein winter meal. Packed with red lentils and spinach, it's got plenty of iron.

Two bowls of red lentil curry with crispy eggs and a paratha

19. Butternut squash chilli with quinoa

If you love chilli and have been looking for a great vegetarian version, this is the recipe for you. Butternut squash is mixed with quinoa, tomatoes and kidney beans to make a quick and satisfying meal-in-one.

Butternut Squash Chilli Recipe with Quinoa

20. Steak with winter greens

This warm winter salad is quick and easy, making for a great midweek meal. The steak makes it feel like a real treat, a perfect way to pep-up your week.

Steak and winter greens

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