5 Hearty Meals Made Healthy

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When a salad isn’t enough these recipes will fill you up without the guilt.

You can prepare these fuss-free meals in minutes - without sacrificing on taste or nutrition.

We know that you occasionally crave the iconic comfort foods that fill your Instagram feed and makes you second guess the salad that is sitting in front of you. No need to deny your cravings with these delicious meals with a healthy twist. Now you can enjoy your favorite heart meals without the guilt.

1. Store cupboard tuna pasta

EAT WHEN... THE FRIDGE IS EMPTY

Most of the ingredients for this easy pasta dish will already be stored in your kitchen, so for the days you don't feel like a grocery store trip, we have your perfect go-to dinner right here:

  • Cook 80g dried wholegrain pasta per person (which is more filling thanks to higher fiber levels), then drain it.
  • Add in a tin of chopped tomatoes and sundried tomatoes from a jar, along with the contents of a tin of tuna. Mix together with a jar of olives and some onions or jalapenos, if you have them.
  • Now for the dressing, you can use a can of pesto or try a mustard and olive oil homemade blend. Enjoy!

2. Super-fast stir-fry

EAT WHEN... YOU'RE HAVING A BUSY WEEK

This simple dish serves two for our newlyweds or double it for a family of four.

  • Crush a clove of garlic and fry it in olive oil.
  • Then add several handfuls of chopped broccoli florets
  • Fry them for a few minutes until tender.
  • At the same time, cook two portions of dried egg noodles in boiling water, according to the packet instructions.
  • Beat two eggs together and cook them in a separate pan, stirring constantly until the eggs are scrambled.
  • Add 2tbsp soy sauce and 1tbsp sesame oil to the broccoli pan. Then stir in the eggs and drained noodles.
  • If you want to, you can add a handful of spring onions, peanuts or a pinch of chili flakes on top. You can also add stir-fried chicken, tofu or beef pieces for an even heartier meal.

3. DIY tacos

EAT WHEN... YOU WANT TO MAKE MEALTIME FUN

The ultimate in DIY dinners, Tacos are fun for the whole family and perfect if your children suddenly have friends round!

  • Lay the table with bowls full of toppings - whatever your family prefers. Try pan-fried minced beef, chopped chicken or turkey; grated cheese; shredded lettuce; guacamole; salsa; black beans; olives; sliced peppers; and chopped fresh tomatoes.
  • Give everyone the option between a crispy or soft taco shell and see who can create the most exciting filling combination!

4. Easy lemon salmon parcels

EAT WHEN... YOU HAVE GUESTS DUE IN MINUTES

This no-fuss salmon dish looks and tastes amazing, but takes just seconds to prepare.

  • Take one piece of salmon fillet per guest and lay it, skin-side down, on a rectangle of aluminum foil.
  • Cut a lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of one half over the salmon; cut the other half into slices and arrange them on top of the fish.
  • Fold up the edges of the foil around the salmon to make a ‘parcel', then cook for 180°C/350°F for about half an hour.
  • Take out of the foil and serve with boiled baby new potatoes; or make your own sweet potato fries by chopping up some sweet potatoes, tossing them in oil, and roasting for 25min.

5. Homemade pizza

EAT WHEN... THE KIDS NEED ENTERTIANING

This surprisingly healthy meal will keep kids occupied while making them feel like ‘real' chefs.

  • Make a yeast-free pizza base by mixing 300g plain flour, 2¾tsp baking powder and 1tsp salt. Then add 1tbsp vegetable oil and 170ml water, stirring and adding more water if needed until the mixture makes a soft (but not sticky) ball.
  • Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 4min, then roll it out into a circle.
  • Let the kids make their own toppings. Spread tomato puree or sauce over the base; then add cheese, mushrooms, peppers, ham... whatever they fancy!
  • Cook at 200°C/400°F for 15-20min.
  • Get the kids to help tidy up afterwards, too. Run them a bowl of water with a squirt of (Fairy Liquid). It cuts through grease easily, so even if they're not experts at washing-up, your dishes will still end up sparkling!

 

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