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Best ever quick and healthy recipes ready in under 30 minutes

Our 42 best ever quick and easy healthy recipes are ready in under 30 minutes and all under 500 calories, perfect for a quick 5:2 diet fix midweek or at the weekend that's healthy but interesting

Looking for healthy dinner ideas? Make one of our easy healthy dinner recipes ready in under 30 minutes. Our healthy meals have less than 500 calories so are ideal for a quick and delicious 5:2 diet fix.

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Griddled chicken with mustardy lentil salad

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

Chicken Salad Recipe with Lentils

Star anise and soy broth with seared steak

Check out our simple beef broth recipe with crunchy mangetout and sweet baby corn. This easy noodle soup recipe is ready in 30 minutes and it’s low in calories.

Steak Broth Recipe with Noodles

Cod with tomato bean stew

Try our cod with tomato bean stew for a quick and healthy midweek meal. Less than 400 calories this dish is light and full of flavour.

Cod with Tomato Bean Stew

Miso shiitake ramen

In need of a quick and healthy dinner idea? Try our low calorie, vegan miso shiitake mushroom ramen for an easy healthy dinner for two.

Vegan ramen recipe with shiitake mushrooms

Mexican salad tortilla bowls

Check out these vibrant vegan Mexican salad bowls. This quick and easy recipe is super fresh and has just the right amount of spice and zing – ready in 20 minutes. Check out more of our best Mexican recipes…

Vegan Taco Bowl Recipe

Orzo risotto with cavolo nero, peas and chilli

Check out this creamy risotto with cavolo nero, crunchy peas and punchy chilli. This quick and easy veg recipe serves two and is low in calories. Try more of our risotto recipes including a healthy freekeh risotto with spring greens…

Pasta Orzo Risotto Recipe with Cavolo Nero

Herb, watermelon and rice noodle salad

Try our gluten free Vietnamese style herb, watermelon and rice noodle salad. This refreshing recipe is a great summer BBQ side dish and is ready in less than 30 minutes. What’s more, it’s low in calories.

Watermelon and Rice Noodle salad with mint and holy basil

One-pot paprika cod and chickpeas

Check out our punchy paprika cod one-pot with juicy tomatoes. This simple tray bake is an easy, low calorie midweek meal for when you’re short on time but still want something healthy. Discover more of our savoury traybake recipes here…

Cod and Chickpea One-Pot Recipe

Moussaka bowls

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

Vegan Moussaka Recipe

Grilled Portuguese sardines

Check out these sweet and peppery crispy sardines, ready in just 20 minutes. These are great on a griddle, but will also work on the BBQ when the weather warms up. Serve with a big green salad and lots of crusty bread for a healthy meal.

Grilled Portuguese Sardines served on an oval blue plate


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 low calorie recipe is a quick and easy midweek meal for two.

Tuna Steak Recipe with Bulgur Wheat


Chopped chicken salad recipe

This quick and easy chopped chicken salad is under 400 calories and gluten-free, a great midweek meal ready in 15 minutes.

Chopped Chicken Salad Recipe served on a white oval serving plate with silver cutlery to serve


Miso soup with crispy smoked tofu

This healthy miso soup with crispy smoked tofu is a perfect low calorie midweek meal, it’s warming, cleansing and super easy to make. Plus, it’s gluten free too and ready in 20 minutes.

Miso Soup with Crispy Smoked Tofu

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

Chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad

Try our gluten free recipe for chargrilled chicken chimichurri salad. This quick and easy dish serves 2 and it’s low in calories, a great midweek meal. Plenty more chicken breast recipes here…

Grilled Chicken Recipe With Chimichurri Salad

Veggie burger reicpe

Check out these healthy and super easy veggie burgers. These quick burgers are ready in under 30 minutes and  simple to put together. Discover more of our veggie burger recipes here…

Quick vegetarian recipes ready in under 30 minutes - Allotment burgers

Vegan fajita bowl with cauli rice 

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

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

Crab, chilli and herb omelette 

A great healthy lunch alternative which is ready in just 20 minutes, this crab, chilli and herb omelette is low calorie, gluten free and high in protein. Discover more of our omelette recipes here.

Seafood Omelette Recipe with Chilli served in a silver pan with a side of chilli sauce

Coconut ginger fish parcels

Healthy eating is made easy with these coconut ginger fish parcels. Ready in just 30 minutes and under 500 calories – perfect for a midweek meal. Try our other easy fish recipes.

Fish Parcels Recipe with Coconut and Ginger served with bak choi on a white plate

Coconut and peanut aubergine curry

This creamy coconut and peanut aubergine curry is vegetarian, under 300 calories 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 at the side

Prawn linguine with ’nduja

This prawn linguine with ‘nduja is super-quick and easy to make, but is packed with big Italian flavours. This healthy dinner idea is perfect for a midweek meal. Try our healthy Italian recipes here.

Prawn Linguine Recipe with ’Nduja

Chilli beef and radish noodle soup

This chilli beef and radish noodle soup is quick and easy to prepare and ready in under 500 calories but is 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

Spring salad with purple sprouting broccoli, peas and mozzarella

This spring salad with purple sprouting broccoli, peas and mozzarella is an ideal healthy meal for two. It’s quick, easy and only 300 calories! More low-calorie salad recipes here…

Spring Salad Recipe with Broccoli, Peas and Mozzarella served on a white plate and a white 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, coming in at under 300 calories. Check out and try more of our healthy chicken recipes here…

Sumac Chicken Recipe with Green Bean Salad

10-minute beef and black bean stir-fry

This 10-minute beef and black bean stir-fry is the ideal healthy midweek meal. It’s super speedy, under 300 calories, and packed full of flavour. It’s also great for when you want to be a bit healthier and ditch your usual take-away.

Big white bowl of Beef and Black Bean Stir-Fry with a silver fork

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 well under 300 calories, 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 quick, easy and a healthy lunch to make midweek – plus it’s under 300 calories. Check out more of our quick and easy lunch ideas here.

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 here..

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

Sushi rice and hot-smoked salmon salad

This recipe for sushi rice and hot-smoked salmon salad is easy to make, ready in under 30 minutes and under 500 calories – great for a healthy lunch or dinner. We’ve got plenty more salmon recipes here…

Smoked Salmon Sushi Salad Recipe

Wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon

This healthy eating recipe for wholewheat spaghetti with long-stemmed broccoli, chilli and lemon is quick and easy to make and vegan. Plus, it’s pasta for under 500 calories – more impressive vegan recipes here…

Wholewheat Vegan Spaghetti Recipe with Broccoli, Chilli and Lemon

Prosciutto, borlotti and roast tomato salad

This recipe for prosciutto, borlotti and roast tomato salad is super easy to throw together, ready in under 30 minutes and comes in at under 500 calories. We think it’s perfect for a healthy lunch or dinner.

Tomato Salad Recipe with Prosciutto and Borlotti served on a long white late with a thin stripy blue and white cloth

Falafel mezze bowl

This quick and easy falafel mezze bowl makes a great healthy midweek lunch or dinner. If you want to  know how to make your own falafel check out our guide and recipes here…

Falafel Mezze Bowl Recipe

Miso-glazed sea bass with ginger greens

Healthy eating doesn’t have to mean compromising on good food. This miso-glazed sea bass with ginger greens is quick and easy to make and under 300 calories.

Miso Sea Bass Fillet Recipe with Ginger Greens

Pork, kale and spring onion stir-fry

Check out this stir-fry recipe, super quick to throw together and the pork is worse perfectly with the red chilli, ginger and mirin. A great healthy lunch alternative.

Pork Stir-Fry Recipe with Spring Onions and Kale served in a round white bowl on a light wooden table

Antipasti rigatoni

This recipe for antipasti rigatoni is a great Italian-inspired recipe for a speedy, healthy dinner. Using the best Italian antipasti ingredients and combining it with pasta is ideal for a mid-week meal.

Antipasti rigatoni recipe

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 quick and healthy dinner.

A bowl of Jersey Royals Spring Soup with prawns

Ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette

For a quick and healthy midweek meal for one, try this recipe for ginger, spring onion and mushroom omelette, we’ve got plenty more omelette recipes here, too.

Mushroom Omelette Recipe with Ginger and Spring Onions served in a black frying pan on a wooden board

Healthy chicken curry recipe

This 5:2 chicken curry recipe bulks up on veg to keep the calories low. Freeze in portions for quick and healthy dinners. If you’re after more healthy chicken recipes, try one of these..

Healthy Chicken Curry Recipe

Yaki udon noodles

Looking for some inspiration for healthy eating? This yaki udon noodle recipe is ready in 20 minutes and under 300 calories. Leave out the Worcestershire sauce for a vegetarian version. Check out our best noodle recipes here…

Yaki Vegetable Udon Noodles Recipe served in a deep silver metal pan

5-minute flatbread pizzas

All the comfort of pizza but ready in a flash and healthier, too. These 5-minute flatbread pizzas are a great recipe to have as a healthy lunch.

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Flatbread Pizzas Recipe with Ham

Sweet potato falafel with coriander chutney and carrot salad

Try our quick, healthy dinner idea. This recipe for sweet potato falafel with coriander chutney and carrot salad is vegan, low-calorie and gluten-free. Plus, it’s ready in under an hour – perfect for a healthy midweek meal.

Sweet Potato Falafel Recipe With Coriander Chutney and Carrot Salad served with flatbread on a silver tray