Beef Skewers Recipe

Healthy mince recipes

Incredibly versatile, budget-friendly and delicious – mince can make a great healthy option for a variety of meals. Discover our top dishes, from chilli con carne to meatballs and koftas

Looking for healthy recipes to get you through the week? We’ve got plenty of ideas, including high-proteingut-friendly and even low-calorie options for cooking with mince. 


We’ve also got plenty more healthy recipes to inspire you, including our healthy chicken recipes, healthy chicken breast recipeshealthy salmon recipes, healthy fish recipes, healthy prawn recipes and healthy mince recipes.

Is mince healthy?

When it comes to making a healthy mince recipe, the most important thing is finding a good-quality minced meat to start with. Read the label or speak to your butcher in order to choose a product with a high meat content. If saturated fat is a concern, you can opt for lean varieties of red meats, or choose a naturally leaner option such as turkey.

Our best healthy mince recipes

1. Hole-in-the-wall beef skewers

These kebabs are simple to make. Rather than serve them in a wrap, make these a little healthier by plating them up on a slick of creamy, fibre-rich hummus, then top with a really zesty mix of red onion, sumac and parsley.

Serve with a seasonal veggie side for an added nutritional boost.

Beef Skewers Recipe

2. Lamb koftas with kale salad

Make your own spiced koftas and serve with a super-healthy Brussels sprout and kale salad for a delicious low-carb dinner. Green veggies such as kale and Brussels sprouts are nutritional powerhouses, offering a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fibre.

Grilled Lamb Kofta Recipe

3. Best chilli con carne

Our most popular chilli con carne recipe ever, made Tex-Mex-style with aged minced beef, chipotle powder, red wine, 70% dark chocolate and semi-dried tomatoes. Tomatoes offer a skin-healthy dose of the antioxidant lycopene, while the addition of cocoa provides depth of flavour and gut-healthy polyphenols.

Best ever tex-mex chilli con carne

4. Healthy kebabs

This light, summery take on the classic kebab is full of the good stuff: turkey mince, feta, lemon and parsley are served in warm pittas with yogurt and salad.

5. Turkey kheema matar

Put turkey on the menu with this kheema matar (mince and pea curry) dish. Not only does it provide 43.2g protein per portion, but turkey also contains tryptophan – an amino acid that’s required to create serotonin in the body. Serotonin helps regulate mood, and is also involved in the creation of the sleep hormone melatonin – making this a great choice for the days where you’re feeling a bit more tired and stressed.

Turkey Kheema Matar Recipe with Turkey

6. Vegan chilli non carne

This sweet-and-smoky chilli is the epitome of healthy comfort food, providing plenty of satisfying plant protein and fibre from the beans. The tomato sauce is rich in skin-healthy antioxidants and potassium – important for replenishing your salt balance after a workout. It also freezes well, perfect for busier days.

Vegan Chilli Recipe

7. Easy baked bolognese sauce

Our all-in-one baked bolognese is super-simple and low in calories, requires very little preparation time, and tastes amazing! A great way to sneak in extra veggies, and perfect for feeding the whole family. Any leftovers can be easily frozen.

Baked bolognese sauce

8. Bone marrow chilli

Check out our easy yet super-comforting chilli recipe with bone marrow. This is the classic American chilli, but with extra depth courtesy of cocoa and wonderfully enriching marrow, which is super-rich in collagen protein.

Chilli Recipe with Bone Marrow

9. Turkey ragu

Like a healthier spaghetti bolognese, this turkey ragu comes packed with celery, courgette and carrots, plus a little Marmite for added flavour. Using wholewheat pasta for additional fibre and low in saturated fat (1.2g per serving), this is a great heart-healthy option.

Turkey ragu

10. Turkey tikka burgers with light coronation slaw

Check out these punchy turkey tikka burgers with a light yet creamy coronation slaw. These easy burgers are simple to make, and are packed with plenty of flavour. This recipe offers a unique way to include more fresh, raw vegetables into your diet for added fibre and nutrients.

Turkey Burger Recipe Tikka-Style With Coronation Slaw

11. Healthy meatballs

Minced lamb meatballs get a healthy update with the addition of herb-flecked bulgur wheat. It’s more nutritious, with the same amount of juicy flavour.

Meatballs served on top of bulgur wheat

12. Lamb and dill meatballs with horitaki salad

Looking for a light option for lunch or dinner? Prepare a zingy Greek-style salad to serve with healthy homemade lamb meatballs. Lamb is not only rich in protein, but it also offers an impressive nutritional profile including iron, zinc and vitamin B12.

Lamb and dill meatballs with horitaki salad


Tracey Raye is the Health Editor for olive and BBC Good Food. Tracey, MSc, is a registered nutritionist, holding a master’s degree in Personalised Nutrition. She is passionate about harnessing the power of all things health and wellbeing – in a way that enhances, rather than limits our lives. She covers our nourishing recipes and collections, oversees our health strategy and stays adrift of the latest health and lifestyle trends – in order to bring you the tools and inspiration you need to find what health means for you.