Spiced salmon skewers

12 Healthier Meal Ideas That AREN’T A Salad

Leave the leaves out of it!

By Alexia Dellner, 18 May 2016
12 Healthier Meal Ideas That AREN’T A Salad

If you're trying to lose weight or up your vitamin intake, then chances are you're more than just a little familiar with salads. And while salads are great, all those leafy greens can get a little boring. Not to mention how a light salad will often leave you starving just a few hours later! But the good news is that even if you're trying to get that bikini body, you don't have to make salads an everyday occurence. We've got 12 healthy recipes that are chock full of flavour and can be whipped up in no time. 

From a spicy, carb-free dinner that can be on the table in under 30 minutes to a veggie stew that packs in four of your five-a-day, these healthy recipes might be light in calories but they're high in nutrition and flavour. We've even got healthy twists on some of your favourite dishes, like baked spring rolls, lean turkey meatballs and a lighter chicken tikka masala. So skip the salad tonight and get ready to tuck in to these healthy recipes that are as satisfying as they are tasty!

Cod fillet with grilled veg cous cous

Fish is a great low-calorie source of protein and really easy to prepare, once you know how. This cod fillet with grilled veg cous cous recipe is packed full of healthy green veggies and gets tons of flavour from fresh herbs like parsley and dill. 

Vegetable spring rolls

These baked veggie spring rolls are just as tasty as their fried versions but much lower in fat. Chock full of cabbage, peppers and mangetout, tuck into these crispy rolls for a satisfying bite. 

Mediterranean veg & fish bake with pea & sweetcorn rice

This one-pot Mediterranean veg and fish bake couldn’t be easier to put together and serves up two of your five-a-day.

Lighter chicken tikka masala

We’ve replaced the traditional ghee and cream in this chicken tikka masala recipe with low-fat yogurt and reduced-fat coconut milk, but it still has all the wonderful spicy flavours of a classic takeaway.

Spiced salmon skewers

Get the grill out! The mild curry flavouring in this spiced salmon skewers recipe works wonderfully with the oiliness of the fish. Serve with a side of crunchy coleslaw.

Chilli chicken & mixed vegetable stir-fry

Ready in just 15 minutes, this chilli chicken and veggie stir fry recipe is made with frozen veggies and fresh coriander for a quick, easy and aromatic supper. 

Watercress, pear & pea soup

This creamy yet refreshing watercress and pea soup is thickened and sweetened with a surprise ingredient – pears! It may sound strange but it really works.

Lean Turkey Meatballs

Using lean turkey mince in this meatball recipe instead of the standard beef mince is an easy way to reduce fat in this dish, but still keep all that juicy flavour. 

Mexican spiced bean & veg stew with cauliflower rice

This healthy veggie stew recipe is ready in 30 minutes and has four of your five-a-day. With all the classic flavours of a meat chilli but with extra nutrients, this is sure to be a firm family favourite.

Spring veg, chicken & pasta broth with parsnip crisps

With less than 250 calories per serving and low in fat, this mouth-watering meal in a bowl will fill you up without filling you out. Get the spring veg, chicken and pasta broth recipe

Aubergine and bulgur wheat rolls

At just £0.75 per serving, this beautiful fragrant Middle Eastern-inspired aubergine and bulgar wheat recipe is good for your health and your budget. 

Lamb, pepper and red onion stir-fry

Using tender strips of lamb steak imparts lots of rich flavour, plus means you can get this oriental fusion dish ready and on the table in just 25 minutes. Get the lamb stir-fry recipe

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