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Best quick healthy recipes

Published: February 15, 2022 at 11:33 am
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From nourishing risotto to moussaka bowls and courgetti, these healthy recipes are all ready in 30 minutes or under

Looking for healthy dinner ideas? Make one of our easy recipes ready in under 30 minutes then check out our quick vegan shiitake ramen, quick Thai green curry and quick gazpacho sauce spaghetti.

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Quick can still be healthy. By making the most of fresh vegetables which are packed full of fibre, vitamin C (the body's most abundant antioxidant) and other vitamins and minerals, together with lean proteins and healthy grains, a quick meal can still pack lots of health benefits even when you are short on time.

Our healthy recipes offer unique and balanced takes on nourishing ingredients to provide quick and delicious healthy dinner ideas. After, check out our high-protein meals and high-calorie foods to try


Best quick healthy recipes

Avocado fusilli pasta

Avocados make salad dressings and ice creams super-creamy, so why not put them in a pasta sauce? It’s a great way of using up overly ripe avocados.

Avocado and spinach fusilli

Healthy fried rice

Ginger, garlic, chilli and curry powder flavour this quick and healthy veggie dish, ready on the table in 20 minutes.

A silver pan of rice with vegetables with a serving spoon on a stone board next to wedges of lime

Broccoli stir fry

This veggie stir-fry, loaded with veg and flavoured with soy, ginger, garlic and chilli, will be on the table in just 25 minutes.

A white plate of broccoli, noodles and chilli with a pair of wooden chopsicks on a white background with a blue linen napkin

Spiced grains with peas, spinach and jammy eggs

A riot of colour, this buttery freekeh dish is packed with spinach and peas, and flavoured with cumin, coriander and turmeric.

Spiced grains with peas, spinach and jammy eggs

Orzo, bean and tuna salad

Turn storecupboard staples into this vibrant, nutritious orzo pasta salad with roasted red peppers and black olives. It's on the table in 20 minutes.

Orzo, bean and tuna salad on two plates

Healthy salmon pasta

20 minutes is all you need to make Nadine Brown’s simple and creamy (but still healthy) salmon pasta with reduced-fat crème fraîche. Peas and dill add greenery and there's lemon zest for freshness.

Two bowls of salmon and pea pasta with lemon zest on the side

Griddled chicken with mustardy lentil salad

Check out this vibrant chicken salad with crunchy green beans, mangetout and lentils. This quick and easy salad is ready in just 30 minutes – the perfect way to start the week.

Chicken Salad Recipe with Lentils

One-pot paprika cod and chickpeas

Try our punchy paprika cod one-pot with juicy tomatoes. This simple traybake is an easy midweek meal for when you're short on time but still want something healthy. Discover more of our savoury traybake recipes.

Cod and Chickpea One-Pot Recipe

Courgetti with pesto and balsamic tomatoes

Who needs pasta when you can have spiralized courgette? Try our easy courgetti recipe, made with baby plum tomatoes, garlic, pesto, pine nuts and a lot of courgette noodles.

Courgetti Recipe with Pesto and Tomatoes

Orzo risotto with cavolo nero, peas and chilli

Check out this creamy risotto with cavolo nero, crunchy peas and punchy chilli. Try more of our risotto recipes, including a healthy freekeh risotto with spring greens.

Pasta Orzo Risotto Recipe with Cavolo Nero

Moussaka bowls

A super-quick healthy dinner idea, try this easy alternative to oven-baked moussaka. Ready in just 15 minutes, these nutritious vegan bowls contain the flavours and textures of a slow-cooked moussaka, without the wait.

Vegan Moussaka Recipe

Chargrilled tuna with crunchy lemon bulgar salad

Check out this flavour-packed tuna steak with zingy lemon bulgar wheat salad. Ready in 30 minutes, this vibrant recipe is a simple midweek meal for two.

Tuna Steak Recipe with Bulgur Wheat

Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad

Try our gluten-free recipe for chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad. This quick and easy dish serves two – a great midweek meal. Explore more chicken breast recipes here.

Grilled Chicken Recipe With Chimichurri Salad

Vegan fajita bowl with cauli rice 

Our vegan fajita bowl with cauli rice is a healthy lunch idea which is speedy to make and 5:2-diet friendly, but still delivers on flavour. Try more of our easy healthy vegan recipes.

Vegan Fajita Bowl with Cauliflower Rice Recipe

Chargrilled tuna with harissa and potato stew

The best way to enjoy a nice tuna steak... alongside harissa potatoes. All the ingredients are easy to get hold of and it's on the table in 25 minutes for an easy, healthy bowl of comfort.

Chargrilled Tuna and Potato Stew with Harissa served in a grey bowl on a white marble surface

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian and ready in just 30 minutes, making it the perfect comforting and healthy meal to make midweek.

Bowl of creamy aubergine curry with a plate of forks and rice at the side

Chilli beef and radish noodle soup

This chilli beef and radish noodle soup is easy to prepare and packed full of fresh flavours – ideal for a midweek meal. We love noodle soups for a refreshing but healthy dinner.

Beef Noodle Soup Recipe With Chilli and Radishes served in a deep white bowl on a marble surface

Sumac chicken and green bean salad

This sumac chicken and green bean salad is ready in just 20 minutes and is a great healthy lunch idea. Check out more of our healthy chicken recipes here.

Sumac Chicken Recipe with Green Bean Salad

Healthier pad Thai

This recipe for healthier pad Thai is packed full of authentic Thai flavours but without the high calorie count as we've used courgette instead of normal noodles. It's really easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and perfect for a healthy lunch. We have plenty more courgetti recipes here.

Frying pan full of healthy Pad Thai with prawns

Spring veg and lemon broth

This recipe for spring veg and lemon broth is a fast and healthy lunch to make midweek. Check out more of our quick and easy lunch ideas.

A bowl of Spring Vegetable Soup with Lemon served with a spoon in the bowl

Chargrilled tuna with warm potato and bean salad

This recipe for chargrilled tuna with warm potato and bean salad is a great healthy dinner option midweek. It's also ready in under 30 minutes. Try more of our best healthy fish recipes.

A white plate with lightly grilled tuna with Potato, tomato and green bean salad

Jersey Royals, spring greens and prawn fritteda

A fritteda is a light Italian stew of spring vegetables. Our version uses Jersey Royals, spring greens and prawns for a speedy, nourishing dinner.

A bowl of Jersey Royals Spring Soup with prawns

Healthy bean salad

Ready in just 20 minutes, this colourful salad is packed with green beans, kidney beans and cannellini beans, and comes finished with a green tahini dressing to boost the flavour.

A large serving bowl of green beans and red pomegranate seeds with wooden serving spoons, sat on a wooden table with white linen

Tofu piccata

Swap chicken for sautéed tofu in this clever vegan twist on a classic, served with a white wine sauce and long-stemmed broccoli.

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A fried tofu and broccoli dish

Healthy tacos

Stuffed with smoky courgette, zesty black beans, pickled red onion and creamy avocado, these healthy tacos are bursting with flavour – they happen to be vegan and a simple way to bring a variety of veggies to your plate, too

Taco topped with sliced charred courgette, black beans and red onion slices next to a chopping board with a bowl of yogurt and half an avocado

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