Healthy family meals are so much easier to plan if you've got a bit of inspiration every week, which is why we've rounded up 60 healthy dinner recipes that the whole family can enjoy.
These healthy dinner recipes will make healthy eating so much easier for the whole family. We’ve got healthy family meals ideas including a flavoursome Spanish chicken bake by the Hairy Bikers, tasty fish burgers and a quick and simple tuna pasta bake. These dishes are veg-packed healthy family dinners that you’ll make again and again.
Find new ideas for healthy recipes so and your family will never get bored. Plus, pick up new ways to whip up healthy versions of your favourite dinners. Think healthy dinner recipes like tacos with a healthy twist, guilt-free curry and even fish and chips. Our round up includes healthy dinner ideas for kids too, so you’ve got plenty to choose from.
Each recipe is easy and budget-friendly, so you’ll be able to feed your family nutritious dinners without running up a bigger food bill.
Most of these healthy recipes can be made ahead, ready to pop onto your dinner table when the kids are home from school. A lot of these dishes are one-pot too, which means you spend less time washing up and more quality time with the family.
See our healthy family meals for inspiration this week…
Tom's hearty, healthy soup is sure to become a family favourite! The pearl barely gives it a bit of bite and will leave everyone feeling fuller for longer.
Get the recipe: Tom Kerridge's chicken pearl barley soup
This recipe is perfect for families as it's quick, easy and cheap to make too! And, it's healthy as well. A 100g portion of chilli has just 101 calories, so an average serving will only set you back around 200 calories. Perhaps if you're cooking this for the family though, leave out the red wine!
Get the recipe: Chilli con carne recipe
First on the list is this family-sized feast by Weight Watchers above. This Quorn sausage pasta bake is not only family-friendly, it's vegetarian too - not that you'll miss the meat!
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers Quorn sausage pasta bake
Mouth-watering Weight Watchers Cajun chicken is a one-pot wonder that takes only 15 mins to prep and brings two of our favourites together, chicken and rice, to make one family-friendly meal. Relax while the oven does most of the work, each tender cut of chicken is infused with cajun spice, so every last bite is bursting with flavour.
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers Cajun chicken
A healthier take on a burger, this fish burger is wrapped up with plenty of fresh salad (and a tasty gherkin). Using wraps rather than burger buns makes them less stodgy, but they still taste great.
Get the recipe: Fish burgers
Tuna pasta bake is a firm family favourite and this simple recipe uses store cupboard staples to make a healthy meal the whole family will love. Protein-rich tuna is good for getting a good old dose of healthy oils and fats, while the carbohydrates in the pasta will keep big and little family members an energy boost.
Get the recipe: Tuna pasta bake
Are you looking for something different (and healthier!) for dinner? This black bean shakshuka will be right up your street. It takes only 30 mins to cook and is bursting with flavour thanks to the spices and garlic.
Get the recipe: Weight Watchers black bean shakshuka
Meat-free mushroom ragu is quick to prepare then pretty much cooks itself. Mushrooms and Quorn make a chunky ragu that's better for you and instead of pasta, we've snuck in extra veg in the form or courgetti, or courgette ribbons.
Get the recipe: Mushroom ragu with courgetti
Tom's comforting butternut squash pasta bake is cheap, easy and on the table in an hour! Plus, it's under 600 calories per portion!
Get the recipe: Tom Kerridge’s butternut squash pasta bake
Our prawn tacos with grilled fish take leftover cooked prawns and fish and transform them into a spicy, Cajun-like filler for fresh and zesty tacos.
Get the recipe: Prawn tacos
Make pizzas all round, but with a healthy twist - the base is made from cauliflower! A great way to eat an extra portion of veg on what isn't usually the healthiest dinner...
Get the recipe: Cauliflower pizza
Make your own noodle soup with this easy recipe that's bursting with veg. It's like comfort food in a bowl, plus it works out cheaper and better for you than a takeaway.
Get the recipe: Ramen soup
Mini roasted cauliflowers with simple tomato sauce are so easy to make and a fantastic way to get more vegetables into your family dinner.
Get the recipe: Mini roasted cauliflowers with tomato sauce
Made with beetroot, sweet potato, mixed grains and quinoa, these vegan burgers are filling and healthy all in one.
Get the recipe: Vegan burgers
A great way to use up leftover chicken, add it to a fresh salad with vegetable strips and a little ginger and chill for extra flavour. It's packed with veg, and saves you cooking twice!
Get the recipe: Chicken fusion salad
This chicken casserole recipe is healthy and filling, with each portion
working out at round 390 calories. This is a great way to make sure the whole family gets a few portions of vegetables too.
Get the recipe: Chicken casserole
Make a family pasta recipe that's better for you with a few simple tweaks, like using wholewheat pasta stirring through roasted aubergines and fresh herbs.
Get the recipe: Wholewheat spaghetti with roasted veg
Give your risotto a healthy and flavoursome boost by adding hearty chunks of butternut squash.
Get the recipe: Butternut squash risotto
Packed with veggies and chicken, this hearty root and barley soup is the perfect recipe for getting the whole family eating well. Not only is this soup low-fat, it also only works out at 259 calories per serving.
Get the recipe: Hearty root and barley soup
Cutting down on your meat intake? Try this veg-packed Quorn, squash and spinach lasagne. Serve with a fresh side salad or seasonal veg.
Get the recipe: Quron, squash and spinach lasagne
Ideal for a meat-free lunch or dinner for the family, this stew includes carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and butternut squash - that's 4 of your 5 A Day!
Get the recipe: Winter root vegetable tagine
Ratatouille is a tasty vegetable stew - packed full of vitamins. Get your family to eat it with this simple pasta recipe.
Get the recipe: Roasted ratatouille pasta
This delicious bake by the Hairy Bikers is packed with veggies (and plenty of flavour too!). Working out at only 370 calories per serving, this bake is packed with protein, thanks to the chicken, which will keep you fuller for longer and includes veggies such as onion, tomato and peppers.
Get the recipe: Hairy Bikers' Spanish chicken bake
This tasty stuffed-veg recipe is just 223 calories a serving, and butternut squash is a great source of vitamins A and C.
Get the recipe: Roast butternut squash
Asian chicken thighs are worth the wait, though they are so easy to prepare - and they work out at just 187 calories per portion!
Get the recipe: Slow cooker Asian chicken thighs
Watch our step-by-step video to make this delicious meal by celeb chef, Ainsley Harriott. This dish takes 20 mins to make and is a great recipe for using up leftovers including frozen peas you might have in the freezer and cooked chicken from your Sunday roast.
Get the recipe: Ainsley Harriott's Chicken pasta with peas
Substituting fruit for your meat might sound a little unusual but trust us - this delicious and easy mango curry is well worth a try.
Get the recipe: Mago and tomato curry
This spicy baked chicken with couscous is the perfect recipe for keeping the family warm during the cold winter months. The couscous makes a much healthier alternative to pasta or rice and the sauce is made from scratch so you know exactly which ingredients are used to make it.
Get the recipe: Baked spiced chicken with couscous
Healthy doesn't always mean eating salads! Reproduce your favourite meals with a healthier twist, like this baked fish and chips recipe.
Get the recipe: Baked fish and chips
Oily fish like mackerel are a great source of omega-3. This tasty salad is ready in just 15 mins.
Get the recipe: Potato salad with mackerel
This beef and vegetable stir-fry is a super speedy choice at dinner time. It's a low-calorie option, which will keep you fuller for longer, thanks to the beef, and is a great way to get the family eating veggies too. You can swap the beef for other meats like pork or chicken - it's a great way to use up leftovers!
Get the recipe: Beef and vegetable stir-fry
The homemade stock in this recipe makes it a much healthier option in comparison to using shop-bought or readymade stock. Cutting the fat off of the beef also adds to the healthy factor of this dish. The stock is so tasty, you could hide lots of fresh veggies in this casserole too - the kids will never know!
Get the recipe: Beef casserole
Making meatballs? Substitute traditional red meat for a lighter turkey mince and add broccoli for an extra-nutritious meal.
Get the recipe: Phil Vickery's lemon turkey meatballs
Substitute your traditional meat for vegetables in these flavour-packed wraps. You can swap the white tortilla wraps for brown ones instead too, to make them even healthier. Serve with a freshly prepared salad and homemade salsa.
Get the recipe: Burritos
Looking for something speedy to whip up for dinner? This tasty smoked salmon and asparagus omelette is a great choice. It doesn't take long to make and is packed with protein from the eggs and salmon, which will keep you fuller for longer.
Get the recipe: Smoked salmon and asparagus omelette
Swap the takeaway kebab for the homemade version instead. You can control portion sizes, put whatever sauce you like on it and it won't go soggy either!
Your favourite meat, some herbs or spices for flavour and a skewer to cook it all on, what could be simpler?
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- Veggie kebabs recipe
- Lemon chicken kebabs recipe
Bulk your feast up with some of these classic sides you often order with your kebab. We've got homemade chips and plenty of salads to choose from too:
Whip up this speedy and delicious stir-fry tonight for the whole family. It's packed full of protein from the chicken and cashews and is a great way to get some of your 5-a-day in one meal. Drizzle in a light soya sauce and it's ready to be served in under half an hour.
Get the recipe: Chicken and cashew nut stir-fry
This fiery chicken curry is perfect if you fancy a change from your usual chicken curry. Made with fresh mango and spiced red chilli, serve this curry with kidney beans and rice. If you want to opt for a lighter version served with salad.
Get the recipe: Caribbean chicken curry
Fish is an excellent source of protein and is full of omega-3. Rustle up this healthy mackerel with salad for a light, summery dinner or serve with homemade potato wedges or chips baked in the oven instead of fried in oil.
This delicious Thai curry by the Hairy Bikers is one of their Hairy Dieters classics using veggies like peppers and onion, half-fat coconut milk for the base of the sauce and plenty of chicken to keep you fuller for longer.
Get the recipe: Hairy Bikers' Thai chicken and coconut curry
Casseroles don't need to come with a thick sauce. This lighter recipe is still a great winter warmer.
Get the recipe: Healthy chicken casserole
If you're looking for something light and refreshing for dinner, this chicken tagine with couscous is the perfect choice. The protein from the chicken will keep your whole family nice and full, and the couscous is a much healthier alternative to rice.
Get the recipe: Chicken tagine with couscous
A tasty soup makes a great light lunch or dinner. This three-step carrot soup is only 103 calories a portion - serve with wholemeal bread for a more filling meal.
Get the recipe: Three step carrot soup
Introduce more omega-3-rich salmon into your family's meals with this quick and easy pasta recipe. Use a low-fat creme fraiche to keep the calories low.
Get the recipe: Salmon pasta with creme fraiche
This quick and easy Salmon stir-fry is a real winner on busy weeknights, and you can adapt it based on which veggies you have in the fridge.
Get the recipe: Superfood salmon stir-fry
Stir-frying is one of the healthiest ways to cook food and it's a good way of adding lots of different veg to a meal. This recipe takes just 15 mins.
Get the recipe: Stir-fry prawns with mushroom and broccoli
Need to use up some veg? This Chunky vegetable soup is a quick, healthy and cheap solution. Serve yours chunky, or blend the vegetables into a tasty broth.
Get the recipe: Chunky vegetable soup
A simple pasta dish that contains a third of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C? We like!
Get the recipe: Broccoli and salmon tagliatelle
Our prawn tacos with grilled fish are a tasty way to get some of your five-a-day. Get our healthy family prawn tacos.
Get the recipe: Prawn tacos with grilled fish
It tastes so delicious, it's hard to believe this pasta bake from Rosemary Conley has only 2g of fat per serving.
Get the recipe: Courgette pasta bake
This classic chicken casserole is a firm family favourite, especially in the winter months when you’re in need of a warm pick-me-up. The tender chicken chunks absorb all the juices and flavours from the stock. Add heads of veggies and you’ve got a dish ready in no time.
Get the recipe: Chicken casserole
This meat-free veggie pie is the perfect low calorie meal to serve up mid-week. Made with ready-made filo pastry, protein-rich lentils and plenty of sweet roasted vegetables this is delicious just served up with a simple salad or steamed veggies, depending on what your little ones prefer.
Get the recipe: Vegetarian pie
It’s so easy to throw together this spring chicken tray bake and you can mix and match it with whatever vegetables you have in your fridge. Plus, it’s ready in only 30 minutes so the perfect after school choice!
Get the recipe: Spring chicken tray bake with green vegetables
A one-pot wonder, this baked sausage and gnocchi gratin is sure to turn a few heads when you serve it for dinner. This dish is also super cheap to make! Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Get the recipe: Baked sausage and fennel gnocchi gratin
The whole family will love this delicious Mexican stuffed chicken with red rice. Packed with plenty of flavour, this mouth-watering recipe is perfect served with fresh salad.
Get the recipe: Mexican stuffed chicken with red rice
We just can’t believe that this hearty, family-sized chicken and chorizo pie is low in calories. This mouth-watering dish is perfect for rusting up on a Friday night when you fancy something a little different. The chorizo adds a warming spice to this pie.
Get the recipe: Chicken and chorizo filo pie
Not only does this one-pot sausage and squash roast cut down on the washing up, it also cuts down on the calories too. This mouth-watering meal is easy to make and won’t break the bank either. Plenty of veggies to add towards your 5-a-day, this roast is a family favourite.
Get the recipe: One-pot sausage and squash roast
This wild mushroom risotto is bursting with flavour thanks to the garlic, almond milk and variety of mushrooms including porcini and chestnut. This filling dinner will leave empty plates all round and give the little ones a chance to try some new ingredients too!
Get the recipe: Wild mushroom risotto
Our sage pork chops with vegetable pasta is a delicious meal the whole family will love. This recipe is a great source of protein which will keep you fuller for longer and keep hunger at bay in the evening!
Get the recipe: Sage pork chop with vegetable pasta
Try our classic Homemade beans on toast
Skill level: Easy
Pimp baked beans for a quick and easy dinner for the whole family that’s ready in just 20 mins! You can make these homemade baked beans on toast any night of the week.