Easy Healthy Winter Meals

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The easy and healthy winter meals are a must for busy families who don’t have time to cook at home and want to eat something delicious. A lot of people who work long hours to meet stringent deadlines often find themselves away from home for most part of the day. When you get home, all you want to do is take a hot shower, sip on some herbal tea and eat something light in order to fight off hunger pangs and stay energized for the next day’s workload.

Healthy winter recipes

Make healthy and hearty winter warmers for colder nights. From celeriac soup and root veg stew to parsnip salad, our nutritious recipes celebrate seasonal ingredients

  • Prosciutto, kale & butter bean stewA star rating of 4.9 out of 5.27 ratingsWhip up this healthy stew in just 25 minutes with prosciutto, kale and butter beans. It’s a low-calorie, low-fat dinner with three of your 5-a-day
  • Slow cooker spiced root & lentil casseroleA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.39 ratingsWarm up on chilly days with this vegetarian slow-cooker stew. It’s great for freezing and reheating for midweek meals
  • Winter vegetable & lentil soupA star rating of 4.1 out of 5.73 ratingsWhen it’s cold outside, treat yourself to a healthy homemade vegetable soup, packed with immunity-supporting vitamin C and four of your 5-a-day
  • Sesame parsnip & wild rice tabboulehA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.15 ratingsGet your fill of tasty veggies with our easy vegan parsnip & wild rice tabbouleh. Our simple winter salad is full of flavour, filling and 2 of your 5-a-day
  • Root veg lentil bowl with herb pistouA star rating of 5 out of 5.4 ratingsGive your leftover Christmas veg a healthy makeover with this meal in a bowl. Packed with lentils, spinach and herbs, it’s filling and flavourful. Try it with carrots or parsnips
  • Celeriac, hazelnut & truffle soupA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.28 ratingsRustle up this healthy vegan celeriac and hazelnut soup as a starter on Christmas Day. Truffle oil adds a bit of luxury, or leave it out for a simple supper on a winter’s night
  • Chicken, leek & blue cheese pilafA star rating of 4 out of 5.6 ratingsEnjoy our gluten-free chicken dinner with blue cheese, leeks and walnuts. Ready to eat in 45 minutes, it’s healthy too, containing three of your 5-a-day
  • Roasted roots & sage soupA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.9 ratingsTake comfort on cold days with a warming bowl of soup. Ours is full of veg, making it tasty, healthy and low in calories and fat
  • Red cabbage, cauliflower & coconut dhalA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.24 ratingsUse up your leftover red cabbage and cauliflower at Christmas to make this easy dhal with coconut. It’s satisfying, healthy and full of nutrients
  • Quinoa with stir-fried winter vegA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.25 ratingsQuinoa is protein-rich, low-fat, gluten-free and makes a nutritious change from rice or pasta
  • Carrot pilaf with coriander chutneyA star rating of 5 out of 5.12 ratingsTry this healthy pilaf filled for an easy midweek meal. With cashew nuts, veg and spices, it’s not only tasty but budget-friendly too. Top with coriander chutney
  • Squash & spinach fusilli with pecansA star rating of 3.8 out of 5.26 ratingsYou don’t have to be vegan to enjoy this colourful low-fat, low-calorie squash and spinach pasta topped with pecans. It’s tasty as well as healthy
  • Mushroom & potato soupA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.26 ratingsPorcini mushrooms give this healthy soup a real umami flavour boost. Pour into a flask for a warming, low-calorie lunch that you can take to work
  • Sweet potato & cauliflower lentil bowlA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.29 ratingsWhip up this zingy vegan bowl in advance and keep in the fridge for quick, satisfying lunches on demand. Each bowlful boasts four of your 5-a-day
  • Winter vegetable pieA star rating of 3.9 out of 5.55 ratingsOne portion of this delicious vegetarian shepherd’s pie contains all 5 of your recommended 5-a-day intake
  • Vegan chickpea curry jacket potatoesA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.69 ratingsGet some protein into a vegan diet with this tasty chickpea curry jacket. It’s an easy midweek meal, or filling lunch that packs a lot of flavour.
  • Curried chicken pieA star rating of 4.8 out of 5.32 ratingsWho says healthy can’t be hearty? You’ll feel satisfied and nourished with this low-calorie, simple-to-make chicken pie.
  • Roasted stuffed cauliflowerA star rating of 4 out of 5.15 ratingsNeed an alternative to nut roast for veggies and vegans on Christmas Day? Try this festive and filling cauliflower roast stuffed with kale and chestnuts
  • Sausage, mustard & apple hashA star rating of 4.6 out of 5.17 ratingsLooking for a healthy dish that’s good for your wallet too? This sausage, mustard & apple hash costs less than £1 per serving and is perfect for a family
  • Slow cooker lasagneA star rating of 4.3 out of 5.33 ratingsSlow cook your next lasagne for extra tender mince – and this version is low-fat and low-calorie. A healthy family meal to give you comfort on cold nights
  • Parsnip gnocchiA star rating of 3.3 out of 5.18 ratingsTake parsnips to another level by turning them into gnocchi with a crunchy walnut crumb. This moreish dish is vegan, healthy and delicious
  • Chargrilled chicken & kale Caesar saladA star rating of 4.2 out of 5.5 ratingsTry our healthy twist on a chicken Caesar salad with long-stem broccoli and a creamy mustard dressing. Perfect for a low-calorie lunch option
  • Butter bean, mushroom & bacon pot piesA star rating of 3.9 out of 5.16 ratingsTop these mushroom, bacon, kale and tarragon pies with butter bean smash to make a healthy main meal that’s big on flavour but light on calories
  • Stuffed pumpkinA star rating of 4.4 out of 5.26 ratingsThrowing a vegan dinner party in the autumn or winter months? Bake a pumpkin with a gorgeous stuffing of rice, fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds and pecans

Heart-Healthy Winter Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes or Less

You’ll find plenty of delicious winter veggies, like potatoes, Brussels sprouts and winter squash, in these easy weeknight dinners. Each of these recipes is lower in saturated fat and sodium—as recommended by the American Heart Association guidelines—for a heart-healthy meal you can feel good about. Recipes like our Roasted Vegetable & Black Bean Tacos and Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms make it easy to get a satisfying meal on the table in a jif.

Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

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Creamy Fettuccine with Brussels Sprouts & Mushrooms

Sliced Brussels sprouts and mushrooms cook quickly and cling to the pasta in our fall version of pasta primavera. Look for presliced mushrooms to cut prep time. Serve with a tossed salad.

Roasted Vegetable & Black Bean Tacos

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Roasted Vegetable & Black Bean Tacos

These hearty vegan tacos are quick and easy to make, perfect for busy weeknights. They are so tasty no one will miss the meat or dairy.

Charred Shrimp, Pesto & Quinoa Bowls

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Charred Shrimp, Pesto & Quinoa Bowls

These shrimp, pesto and quinoa bowls are delicious, healthy, pretty and take less than 30 minutes to prep. In other words, they’re basically the ultimate easy weeknight dinner. Feel free to add additional vegetables and swap the shrimp for chicken, steak, tofu or edamame,

Mushroom & Tofu Stir-Fry

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Mushroom & Tofu Stir-Fry

This tofu veggie stir-fry is quick and easy, making it a great go-to weeknight meal. Baked tofu has a firm, toothsome texture that crisps well in a hot pan. You can find it in flavors like teriyaki and sesame, both of which are delicious here. Or opt for a smoked version, which has the same texture with a more robust flavor. Serve over brown rice.

Superfood Chopped Salad with Salmon & Creamy Garlic Dressing

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Superfood Chopped Salad with Salmon & Creamy Garlic Dressing

Curly kale forms the base of this salad, but you could use chard or spinach. To the greens, add a multitude of chopped veggies, such as broccoli, cabbage and carrots. Finish with rich salmon for protein and a drizzle of creamy yogurt dressing to bring it all together.

Baked Halibut with Brussels Sprouts & Quinoa

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Baked Halibut with Brussels Sprouts & Quinoa

Fish plus two sides? It seems fancy but this healthy dinner comes together in just 30 minutes.

Sheet-Pan Chili-Lime Salmon with Potatoes & Peppers

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Sheet-Pan Chili-Lime Salmon with Potatoes & Peppers

Busy weeknights beg for something simple like this salmon sheet-pan dinner. Like the name suggests, it’s all cooked on one pan. The potatoes get a head start, followed by sweet bell peppers and finally chili-coated salmon fillets. It’s a complete meal with easy cleanup!

Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Almond Pesto

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Spaghetti Squash with Roasted Tomatoes, Beans & Almond Pesto

Looking at a tangle of spaghetti squash tricks your brain into thinking you’re about to eat a serving of eggy noodles, when in fact, you get a nice calorie and carb savings in this healthy recipe. Giving tomatoes a stint in a hot oven makes them candy-sweet.

Buttermilk Fried Tofu with Smoky Collard Greens

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Buttermilk Fried Tofu with Smoky Collard Greens

Dipping tofu in buttermilk makes the coating stick for a crispy pan-fried tofu, reminiscent of fried chicken. Spicing up the collards with paprika coats them with smoky flavor while keeping this dish vegetarian. And this quick, easy and healthy dinner comes together in just 25 minutes, so it’s great for busy weeknights.

Seared Scallops with White Bean Ragu & Charred Lemon

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Seared Scallops with White Bean Ragu & Charred Lemon

This recipe for seared scallops with white beans and spinach turns out a healthy dinner that looks impressive (and tastes great) in just 25 minutes. Giving lemons a quick sizzle in the skillet amps up the flavor of this piccata-inspired dish. The heat helps release even more citrus juice and sweetens it too. When shopping for scallops, look for ones labeled “dry.” Some scallops are soaked in a solution that prevents them from searing properly and can give them a soapy flavor.

hearty but healthier winter recipes to help you get back on track

It’s hard to eat healthily when the weather starts to turn. Don’t worry though, eating well doesn’t have to mean missing out. Here are our best hearty yet healthy winter meals – soups, stews, curries, creamy and family-friendly feasts included.

1Low-cal chicken and mushroom one-pot

As the temperature dips, go from stovetop to tabletop with this warming and healthy French chicken and mushroom casserole.

2Mushroom stroganoff

This nourishing vegetarian version of the strog is just the thing on a cold winter’s night.

3Low-cal beef stroganoff

This better-for-you beef stroganoff is low in calories but full of flavour. Plus, it’s ready in just 30 minutes.

4Healthy slow cooker French chicken recipe

Slow-cooked dishes can be healthy (and creamy!) with a few tweaks, like this low-cal creamy French chicken.

5Cauliflower, kale and pepita soup

A low-cal, super-nutritious veg soup to dive your spoon into.

Healthier creamy zucchini and mushroom pappardelle

6Healthier creamy zucchini and mushroom pappardelle

A dish the whole family will love try this quick and easy pasta packed with mushrooms and zucchini.

Healthy chicken noodle soup

7Healthy chicken noodle soup

Full of nutrient-dense vegies, including broccolini and buk choy, and chicken things for iron, this hearty Asian-inspired chicken noodle soup is good for the body and soul!

Lighter creamy chicken and pumpkin bake

8Lighter creamy chicken and pumpkin bake

Packed with 2.5 serves of vegs and using cooking cream and cream cheese, this chicken and pumpkin bake is still creamy and cheesy but won’t weigh you down.

Keto cauliflower and bacon soup

9Keto cauliflower and bacon soup

This keto cauliflower and bacon soup will be your new favourite hearty recipe.

Healthy creamy tomato soup

healthy creamy tomato soup

Recreate classic tomato soup with this creamy and delicious alternative.

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