Boy cooking

Healthy recipes

Planning and cooking healthy family meals can seem like a big task. But with these simple recipes you'll find it much easier to prepare quick, balanced meals

Family meals (serving a family of four)

scrambled eggs
Scrambled eggs

Why not balance your plate with some grilled button mushrooms and tomatoes?

pancakes
Pancakes

Perfect as a snack or served with fillings for a family meal or packed lunch

Omelette
Omelette

Pre-cooked vegetables, meat or fish can be added to this recipe - a great way to use up leftovers

Mini pizzas
Mini pizzas

Get the children involved by letting them choose their own toppings

Tomato sauce
Tomato sauce

This sauce can be used to create all sorts of family meals - like tuna and sweetcorn pasta

tuna and sweetcorn pasta
Tuna and sweet corn pasta

Children enjoy choosing pasta shapes for this dish, which uses our easy recipe for tomato sauce

Bolognese sauce
Bolognese sauce

Use Quorn or soya mince instead of beef for a vegetarian alternative

Cottage pie
Cottage pie

Great if you have some bolognese sauce leftover or ready in the freezer

Chilli con carne
Chilli con carne

Serve with rice or a baked potato and some natural yoghurt to cover all four food groups!

Chicken goujons
Chicken goujons

Great finger food - keep them in the fridge and serve them cold in lunchboxes

Chicken with couscous
Chicken with couscous

Easy to cook and full of colours, textures and flavours for children to explore

Chicken stir fry
Chicken stir fry

Try using other vegetables like mushrooms, pak choi, broccoli, mange tout or sugar snap peas

Cheese Sauce
Cheese sauce

A simple, tasty sauce you can use as a dip or as the basis for lots of different family meals

Fish pie
Fish pie

Mash or chop for babies starting solids - but be careful to remove small fishbones!

Broccoli and cauliflower cheese
Broccoli & cauliflower cheese

Great as a main meal with some crusty bread, or as a side dish with chicken, fish or meat

Baked potato
Baked potatoes

Serve baked potatoes with salad and a topping, or on the side as a healthier alternative to chips 

Fruit Crumble
Fruit crumble

Let children help with making the crumble topping, making sure they wash their hands first

Poached pear
Poached pears

Easy to portion, this is a sweet and simple dessert with no added sugar

Sweet potato stew
Sweet potato stew

Great as a meal on its own or as a side dish with chicken, fish or meat

Caribbean chicken
Chicken with rice & beans

Caribbean seasoning from the shops gives this dish its own instant flavour

Creamy chicken
Creamy chicken & leek hotpot

A balanced plate, with 4 of your 5 fruit and vegetables a day, in just one pot

Dhal and chapattis
Dhal and chapattis

Can also make a healthy and delicious snack you can keep in the fridge

Minestrone
Easy minestrone soup

Cooked all in one pan and with no prep time, this soup is healthy and no stress

Leek, potato and pea soup
Leek, potato and pea soup

Inexpensive, tasty and filling, with peas to add a little natural sweetness

Bean and cheese wrap
Bean and cheese wraps

A fun and filling meal with no cooking, great for picnics or parties

Mini vegetable quiches
Mini vegetable quiches

These work with a wide range of fillings and are great to make with the kids

Vegetable biryani
Vegetable biryani

Packed with vegetables, this is great for bringing different colours and textures to dinner