Our food is full of feelings. Food can help us feel energized and good inside or it can make us feel sluggish, unsatisfied and heading for a sugar crash. With the right recipes and the right inspiration, you can craft creative and simple dishes that are sure to make you feel fabulous. Bountiful breakfasts, loving lunches, and delicious dinners - eating well doesn't have to be a chore. From family plans to vegan and vegetarian ideas, check out our easy to prepare healthy meals.
Easy Healthy Meals to Whip up in Minutes
Easy healthy meal prep ideas don't have to be uninspired. With this ripe and ready range of recipes, you can cook up quick and easy healthy meals that don't force you to splash the cash. From simple healthy crockpot meals to fun veggie faves, whether you are dining fresh for health and weight loss, to be budget-conscious, or simply to feel good again, these dishes are a dream. Packed with flavour and made with a ton of store cupboard staples, you can whip these recipes up in no time.
Cheap and Easy Meals
Dining well doesn't have to mean splurging on expensive ingredients. With a little creative pizzazz and the right recipes, you can cook happy and healthy meals for less.
Mediterranean-Style Roast Fish
Breezy budget dinners don't have to mean sticking to plain pasta and baked potatoes. This Mediterranean style fish dish is fuss-free and pulls on inspiration from the gauzy shores of Greece and Turkey. If you choose a supermarket friendly fish like a pollock, it should be cheap and cheerful. Those who feel intimidated by the idea of cooking fish also don't have to worry. This easy recipe calls for fish, small, scrubbed potatoes, tomatoes, and onions to all be roasted in the oven. The added zest of garlic, lemon, and a drizzle of olive oil will also bring those sunshine vibes. Get the full recipe here.
Goat Cheese and Herb Omelette
We always forget how gloriously versatile eggs can be. Turn a tired omelette into a light yet lavish lunch fit for a Parisian with the addition of a good goat’s cheese and some fresh fragrant herbs. The secret to this sublime omelette is choosing a creamy French goats’ cheese and picking parsley, chives or even spinach for flavour. If you want a little more on your plate, a sliced French stick and quick salad turn it into a simple elegant dinner. Get the full recipe here.
Easy Crockpot Meals
Throw it all in a crockpot and let it simmer for hours. These simple slow-cooked suppers are perfect for easy prep ideas that are bursting with all the nutrients you need.
Slow Cooker Beef Goulash
A winter warmer - this beef goulash is rich and heady. With hunks of beef slow-cooked until they melt in the mouth, fragrant tomatoes, and peppers, and smoky paprika, this stew can be simmered all day long. Hailing from Hungary, goulash is a glorious dish for chilly nights when you need something heartier than soup. Serve with a dollop of tangy sour cream, crusty bread, and a well-paired pint of beer for the true experience. Get the full recipe here.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Traditional chili is rich and tomato heavy, but this cheap and easy healthy version is super good for your budget. Swapping out the beef for chicken and skipping tomato and kidney beans in favour of Salsa Verde and white beans, you will love the energy-boosting properties of this easy-breezy dinner. Being a slow cooker dish, this chicken chilli is completely fuss-free. Throw everything into the slow cooker, flick a switch, and walk away. By dark, you will have a dreamy dish ready to be topped with chopped spring onions, sour cream, grated cheese, sliced avocado and even crumbled tortilla chips. Get the full recipe here.
Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Pulled Chicken
Cooking chicken can be a minefield. You want to avoid it being too pink but you don't want it to be too dry. This is where the slow cooker comes in. This recipe is a perfect example of wholefoods cooked beautifully with the minimum of fuss (thanks to the slow cooker). Simply place the chicken in the crockpot and whip up a simple sauce of lemons, mustard, olive oil and a pinch of seasoning. Leave it all in the slow cooker for a few hours and then feast all week. The best thing about this chicken is that you can use it for lunches and suppers for days. From tacos to sandwiches, salads and pasta - it's the perfect way to add a protein kick to any dish. Get the full recipe here.
Easy Family Meals
If you are looking to feed your family for less, these easy healthy meals are budget-friendly and will leave everyone stuffed and satisfied.
Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese
Mac n cheese is always a family favourite. This healthy twist swaps out the thick cheese sauce for a healthy butternut squash-based version that is still rich and creamy but comes with an added boost of nutrients. By making the butternut squash extra soft and blending it up with cheese, you create a comforting pasta dish that even kids will love. This mac and cheese can be made in budget-friendly big batches and frozen - perfect for pulling out of the freezer on any weeknight. Get the full recipe here.
Classic nachos may be loaded with cheese and cream and far from healthy, but this modern take swaps the cheddar for feta, loads up on the antioxidant boosting avocado, and packs in the protein-rich black beans. Loud and loaded, these veggie nachos feel like a naughty school night treat but are actually not too tricky and can be plated up in less than 30 minutes. Indulge in front of a movie for a guilt-free get-together. Get the full recipe here.
Inspired by the melt in the mouth Parmigiana di Melanzane at the Royal98 restaurant at the Hotel Swissotel Amsterdam, this eggplant parm is bound to be a family hit. Aubergine slices are layered with tomato, soft mozzarella, and earthy basil and then baked until gold and bubbly. Serve with a side salad of rocket and baked garlic ciabatta. This is Italian inspired comfort food at its finest. Get the full recipe here.
Easy Vegetarian Meals
Bursting with vegetables and virtuous in every way, these tasty vegetarian meals will make you the talk of the town.
No Chicken Caesar Salad
Swapping out the chicken for chickpeas and celebrating the golden crunch of croutons, this meat-free caesar salad is always a hit. Simply chopped fresh little gem lettuce is tossed with a light tahini and yoghurt dressing. Chickpeas are baked and zested for added crunch, and croutons come drizzled in olive oil and dusted with sea salt. Top with shaved parmesan for a quick and easy lunch or serve as a starter to the main event. Find the full recipe here.
Jammy eggs, spiced tomatoes, red peppers, and a hint of chilli - Shakshuka may be a middle eastern breakfast, but it also makes for an awesome lunch or supper dish too. The trick to making a great shakshuka is adding a pinch of brown sugar to take the tartness out of the tomatoes. A bay leaf will bring depth and free-range eggs will add the golden jammy yolk you are looking for. Serve with a crusty baguette smothered in butter and a mineral-like Sauvignon Blanc for the perfect combo. Get the full recipe here.
Easy Vegan Meals
Skip the meat and the dairy with these delicious meals. From vegetable-heavy one-pot stews to bright summer salads and creamy pasta sauces, these fast and fabulous vegan meals are a delight.
Green Dream Noodles
Soul food doesn't come any better than slurp-worthy noodles with a ton of fresh green veggies and a beautiful light broth. Whipped up in less than fifteen minutes, this delicate noodle dish makes for a speedy lunch or a late-night supper. Choose the best rice noodles you can find and load them up with broccoli, sugar snap peas, baby spinach, and immune-boosting garlic and ginger. The lip-smacking umami miso broth marries it all together. Get the full recipe here.
Roasted Cauliflower and Hummus Bowl
Jam-packed with protein and bringing together a wide range of textures, this roast cauliflower hummus bowl is a bright and zesty beauty. Super healthy and completely vegan, the roasted chickpeas bring a crisp bite and the cauliflower comes roasted with za'atar for a citrusy middle-eastern punch. Served with pretty carrot ribbons and creamy hummus, you have everything you need in one stunning dish. While this beautiful bowl may look overwhelming, it's actually super easy and calls for very few ingredients. Get the full recipe here.
These easy healthy meals are here to keep you stuffed full of nutrients and feeling fabulous. Whether you want easy healthy meals when on the go or for a sit-down family dinner, these recipes should be quick and healthy and suitable for all kinds of budgets. Finding inspiration in the kitchen isn't always easy (especially when short on time) but hopefully, these quick delicious dishes will help you find your culinary cool once more.