20 healthy global recipes
Take a trip around the world with our bold, vibrant and wholesome recipes. Nourish your health with warming ramen, crunchy tacos, spicy noodle dishes and more.
Are you looking for recipes that will leave you feeling satisfied and well nourished? Browse our best healthy recipes from around the world and you'll be inspired to try a number of new dishes. From Jamaican goat curry, to Istanbul's mackerel sandwiches and Mexican crab tostadas, we really do have something for everyone. Next, have a look at our healthy dinner recipes, wholesome colourful recipes and high-energy foods to fuel your day.
Jícama is a native Mexican plant, with a nutty flavour. Here, it's topped with creamy avocado ceviche, bursting with aromatic herbs and sharp red onion. This recipe comes from Soho’s El Pastor restaurant. At home, you can use radish for a light lunch that's loaded with veggies and healthy fats.
Got an avocado waiting to be used? Check out our best avocado recipes, we have baked avocado, avo and smoked salmon on toast and creamy avocado pasta.
Kolamba’s parippu (lentil curry)
The co-founder of Kolamba in London’s Soho shares this recipe from the restaurant's kitchen. A lentil curry spiced with mustard seeds, chilli powder, curry leaves and cinnamon, with layers of delicate flavour – it makes for a delicious high-protein plant-based dinner.
We have plenty more veggie recipes packed with nutritious lentils, such as baked feta with lentils, chilli and herbs. Browse our vegetarian lentil recipes.
Syrian baba ghanoj
If you're looking for a low-calorie dip that's also gluten-free, try this recipe from Imad’s Syrian Kitchen in London. It makes great use of aubergines, tahini and greek yogurt. Enjoy as a snack or a side to a meze feast.
Looking for more aubergine recipes? Check out our top ways with this versatile veg, including aubergine chilli, lasagne and sticky soy aubergines on peanut fried rice.
Loobia chiti (pinto bean stew)
Reflecting the food of Tehran's hole-in-the-wall kebab houses, Berenjak restaurant's recipe is easy to recreate at home. Try this high-protein, vegan bean stew as part of a meze feast.
For more like this, check out our best healthy vegan recipes. You'll love the broccoli and peanut soba noodles, Moroccan veggie soup and chilli tofu ramen.
Cauliflower shawarma, pomegranate, tahini and pine nuts
This cauliflower shawarma with pomegranate, tahini and pine nuts is a a celebration of vegetables and comes from Berber and Q Grill House in East London. Serving cauliflower whole like this, fresh from the BBQ, doesn't only taste heavenly, it's also rich in fibre and antioxidants.
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We can't get enough cauliflower. Have a look at our top recipes for dishes such as bang bang cauliflower, roast cauliflower korma and spicy cauli steak burgers.
Jamaican goat curry
This Jamaican curry is a great introduction to eating goat. You might not think of curry as healthy, but this one is rich in iron and vitamin B12. Top tip: if you can't get Jamaican curry powder, use a mild madras powder and add a pinch of ground allspice, too.
If you want to give your iron levels a boost, have a look at our iron-rich recipes, including Greek baked beans, kimchi-baked tofu and Persian rice with lamb.
Slow cooker Irish stew
This hearty, traditional stew is just the thing for dinner as the winter months roll in, especially as it's packed with protein and low in salt. It couldn't be easier to make, simply put the lamb and veggies in a slow cooker and leave for four hours.
Slow cookers make light work of dinner time and washing up, and they're energy efficient, too. Browse our slow cooker recipes for ideas like prawn and chorizo paella, pulled pork and chicken curry.
Eggs are a great vegetarian source of protein. Here, they're combined with yogurt to make easy Turkish eggs for a gut-friendly start to the day. Try it with crunchy sourdough for your next brunch. Traditionally you’d use pul biber (Turkish chilli flakes) for this, but smoked paprika gives a smoky kick and a beautiful red colour.
However you like your eggs in the morning, we have all the egg recipes you need. Enjoy scrambled, in egg mayo sandwich and a Spanish tortilla.
Istanbul’s mackerel sandwiches (balik ekmek)
A street-food favourite in Istanbul, these ciabatta sarnies are stuffed with fried mackerel, salad and a pomegranate molasses dressing for an easy lunch that's ready in just 20 minutes. You'll get health benefits from the oily fish, as it's a fantastic source of omega-3 fatty acids, too.
If you're a real lover of mackerel, then you'll be a fan of our top mackerel recipes, including Spanish mackerel, mackerel curry and mackerel puttanesca with orzo.
Vietnamese turmeric and dill fish with rice noodles
This bowl of sunshine yellow deliciousness takes inspiration from the Vietnamese dish that's popular in Hanoi. The lean protein is combined with fresh herbs and antioxidant-rich chilli to make a light and tasty supper.
Need more healthy dinner ideas to get you through the week? Check out our turkey stir-fry, salmon traybake and more.
Anardana paneer kati rolls
Anardana powder is a pantry staple in Indian and Persian cuisines. Made from dried and ground pomegranate seeds, it's high in antioxidants. Here, it coats paneer cubes before they're baked until golden and crisp to make a plant-based high-protein meal.
Make the most of bright and beautiful pomegranate with our best recipes, try roast carrots with tahini and pomegranate, slow-cooked lamb with pomegranate couscous and baked feta with pomegranate and tomatoes.
Sushi rolls (maki sushi)
Fresh, homemade sushi is hard to beat for a light, flavour-packed meal, and it's healthier than you might think. The fish is packed with omega-3 and iodine, while the cooked and cooled rice is a gut-friendly starch.
We've got lots of recipes for a healthy gut, such as miso salmon, kefir smoothie and vegan overnight oats.
Spicy pork ramen
Rather than spending hours making stock to create the base for this cheat's ramen, we buy a good quality one and spike it with Asian aromatics. The broth is rich in nutrients, making it a great option to hydrate after a workout, and the dish contains a balance of protein and carbohydrates.
Put noodles at the heart of your meal with our noodle recipes. Try Singapore noodles, chicken chow mein and pad Thai.
Tostadas are a Mexican staple and they're surprisingly good for you, thanks to the dose of healthy fats and lean protein. This recipe comes from Tacos Padre, a stall at London's Borough Market. It's a vibrant celebration of crabmeat and is best garnished with coriander, jalapeños and fresh lime.
Discover more like this with our best Mexican recipes, you'll love spicy Mexican rice, tacos al pastor and pulled pork carnitas.
Another fantastic recipe from Tacos Padre, at London's Borough Market, this guacamole is topped with toasted seeds, some chilli flakes, desiccated coconut and a drizzle of rapeseed oil. It's a nourishing snack that's filled with healthy fats and antioxidant-rich herbs and spices.
Curb your hunger pangs with our healthy snack recipes, we have no-bake date bars and fruity energy balls.
Beef and green papaya salad
Beef and green papaya is a classic combination in Vietnamese cuisine. Restaurant Cây Tre puts a modern twist on a traditional recipe by using rare steak, instead of dried beef. Enjoy for lunch and get a healthy hit of vitamin C and protein.
For more ways with steak, have a look at our top steak recipes – you'll also find a guide on how to cook the perfect steak every time.
Caribbean black bean curry
Bring together the right combination of spices, condiments and herbs to transform humble black beans into a punchy Caribbean-style curry. This easy dish is rich in antioxidant lycopene, as well as fibre.
Got a can of black beans in the cupboard? Be inspired by our black bean recipes.
Simple chicken pho
Check out our super simple cheat's chicken pho. This wholesome recipe is full of rich warming flavour, and it's easy to make. Plus, it's low in calories and packed with antioxidant-rich herbs and spices.
For more ways with chicken thighs, check our recipes. We have chicken and chorizo pie, casserole and baked lemon chicken.
Sliced fennel, apple and smoked mackerel come together in this fresh Nordic salad. It's full of gut friendly fibres and probiotics. Serve at lunch or as a starter accompanied by good bread.
Get stuck into our healthy salad recipes, we have plenty of colourful dishes for you to try.
Norwegian Fjord trout and sweet onion escabache
This low-calorie, sweet and spicy fish dish only takes 15 minutes to make. And it's a great source of omega-3, as well as being low in carbs, when served with salad.
Whether you have salmon, cod, sea bream or prawns to use up, we have lots of delicious fish recipes to inspire your cooking.
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