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12 Healthy Dinner Recipes You Can Make in 30 Mins or Less

Discover my favourite easy healthy recipes that are all 500 calories or less and can be made in under 30 minutes. Healthy food doesn't have to mean you have to be lacking in flavour and these delicious recipes are sure to delight even the fussiest of eaters!

Hello Fresh – Venison Ragu with Wholewheat Penne

Did you know that Hello Fresh adds a lot of its weekly recipes online that you can access without being subscribed? There are so many to choose from but this venison ragu is standing favourite in my household. You can buy venison mince from most good butchers or you can pick up venison steaks in the supermarket and blitz them in a food processor to create mince.

Pinch of Nom – Chicken Fajitas

I adore Pinch of Nom recipes (I have both of their books) and always return to this quick and simple chicken fajita recipe that tastes 100 times better than the store bought kits. They take 20 minutes to make and are perfect with some spicy rice or a large salad.

Jamie Oliver – Shakshuka

I’m not afraid to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with Jamie Oliver but this Middle Eastern inspired Shakshuka recipe is eaten in my house at least twice a month. It’s a perfect meal for anytime of the day and I love to eat it with some freshly baked sourdough straight from the oven.

The Woks of Life – Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

If you thought you couldn’t get a spicy, creamy Thai recipe for under 500 calories then you can think again! This soup takes only 15 minutes to make so it’s perfect if you’re short on time, and whilst it uses chicken and chicken broth, I have switched this out for fresh veggies and vegetable stock multiple times and it’s just as good.

Kevin & Amanda – One Pan Lasagne

A homemade lasagne that takes 25 minutes, uses only one pan and clocks in at under 500 calories. Consider me sold!

Gimme Some Oven – Honey Lemon Chicken

I have made this recipe so many times that I don’t even need to follow it anymore! The sauce is so delicious and really easy to make, and the chicken pairs perfectly with anything. I love it with her suggested quinoa or rice, but it’s equally as good with noodles, vegetables or whatever takes your fancy.

Creme de la Crumb – Chicken Gyros with Tzatsiki Sauce

I had this for my dinner last night and it was as delicious as I remembered and so quick to make. I did cheat a bit and buy a tzatsiki but it was still homemade because it was from my local farm shop so I’m giving myself a pass.

Melanie Makes – Rosemary Citrus Shrimp Tacos

This dish is perfect for when you’re entertaining but don’t have the time or energy to put in any effort.

Cooking Light – Black Bean Burgers

I am an absolute sucker for a vegetarian burger. I love having this one with a fried egg, sriracha and a large portion of homemade potato wedges. Perfect faux junk food!

Tom Kerridge – Southern ‘Fried’ Chicken

I guarantee you will absolutely not regret making Tom Kerridge’s healthy answer to fried chicken. I tried this for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it went down an absolute storm. Make sure you prep and marinate the chicken the night before to really enhance the flavour!

Slimming World – Five Spice Cucumber & Chicken Stir Fry

This might be a Slimming World recipe but you would never know. Cooking cucumber completely changes its taste and texture (it’s really delicious) and by using your own spices you’re avoiding all of the sugar and salt usually added to pre-made stir fry packs.

BBC Good Food – Mushroom & Thyme Risotto

Not to brag, but in my house I’m known as a bit of a risotto master, it would definitely be my signature dish on Masterchef. I love this risotto because by using quinoa and rice, it adds a nutty flavour to the dish whilst also making it much healthier!


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