Best ever low-calorie meal ideas

We've given our favourite recipes a healthy makeover. Our ten recipes are all low-calorie, low-fat and 5:2 diet-friendly. From easy on-trend recipes such as courgetti and cauliflower-crust pizza, to healthy versions of classics such as lasagne, beef bourguignon and curry

Puy lentil bolognese

A great vegetarian alternative for when you don’t want to use a meat substitute but still want a substantial meal. Plus, it’s easy to make and healthy.

Lentil Bolognese Recipe

Healthier pizza

On a diet but craving pizza? This version has a thin and crisp base, a rich but light tomato sauce and is topped with creamy mozzarella, rocket and a little parmesan. And still only 360 calories for half a pizza!

Healthy Pizza Recipe

Chicken saag

One of your favourite recipes, our chicken saag recipe proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods. This comes in at under 500 calories and is ready in under an hour.

Chicken Saag Recipe

Healthier beef bourguignon

Eating healthily doesn’t mean you have to deny yourself delicious food. This beef bourguignon is packed full of classic flavours and is low-calorie. You’ll forget you’re being virtuous.

Thai-style turkey burgers

Looking for a low-fat alternative to a beef burger? These healthy turkey burgers are kicked up a notch with Thai-inspired ginger and chilli. Serve with ciabatta and salad.

Healthier lasagne

Our low-calorie lasagne is a delicious dinner recipe for six people. Serve with a green salad for a healthy version of this classic Italian dish.

Healthy Lasagne 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

Spiced steak with sweet potato wedges

This is a quick and easy way to inject more flavour into your steak. Plus, serving with sweet potato wedges instead of chips cuts the calories to under 500.

Cauliflower crust pizza

Cauliflower works as an alternative to flour in this on-trend, super light pizza base. The parmesan gives the cauliflower crust a deep flavour which you can then personalise with your own toppings.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

Healthier lamb stew

Hearty, low-fat one pot for a filling family meal. Pearl barley adds bulk to an easy stew of lamb, veg and potatoes. Make in minutes then leave to cook for 1 hour. Serve the stew with leafy greens or crusty bread for the juices.

Healthier chicken and leek pie

A perfect easy and healthy supper for when you feel like you’ve overindulged over the Christmas period! Chicken and leeks are cooked in a creamy sauce and finished off with golden ciabatta breadcrumbs for a clever and healthier alternative to pastry


Healthier pad Thai

This recipe for 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 well under 300 calories, perfect for midweek

Frying pan full of healthy Pad Thai with prawns