10 quick and healthy dinners to survive the festive season

Ramen is a great go-to when you want something warm and nourishing. Add whatever veg you have in the fridge, plus we’ve used tofu to keep it vegan but feel free to mix up the protein. Dried mushrooms and miso paste give the broth plenty of umami flavour, plus the miso packs in plenty of gut-healthy benefits.

Pomegranate chicken with almond couscous

A bowl of chicken with pomegranate sauce and couscous

All the spicy flavour of a chicken tagine, but ready in a fraction of the time. In just 20 minutes, you can be tucking in to a warming, tangy dish that’s stacked with protein. Serve with a herby, nutty couscous for a satisfying supper.

A bowl of butterbean stew

This quick bean stew is topped with crispy prosciutto to add a nice hit of salt, yet it’s still healthy and balanced. It’s all cooked in one pot, so it’s easy on the washing up – just what you need during the hectic festive season.

A plate of baked cod and vegetables

Bake white fish with garlic and thyme for a lovely light dinner. We’ve served ours with wilted spinach and a zesty pepper, almond and leek mash – giving you a hit of protein and good fats.

Bean soup topped with chicken

Use up leftover chicken to make this chunky, hearty bean soup, which is low in calories and fat. To keep things vegetarian, top with fresh guacamole instead of chicken.

A bowl of prawn and ginger noodles

Whip up a nutritious stir-fry in just half an hour. Orange zest, curry paste and fish sauce deliver plenty of flavour with minimal effort, and the dish is full of fresh vegetables and protein-rich prawns.

Vegan kale pesto pasta

Vegan kale pesto with spaghetti on a white plate

Anything this green can only be good for you! Whizz up kale, pumpkin seeds, basil and garlic to make the pesto, then stir through wholemeal spaghetti for a healthy vegan meal.

Vegetarian quesadillas

Vegetarian quesadillas in slices on a white plate

Who knew five ingredients could make something so good? On a dark, drizzly evening, everyone will be happy to tuck into a plate of these cheesy bean quesadillas flavoured with spicy chipotle. Serve with green salad, if you like.

Healthy bolognese

A plate of spaghetti Bolognese

For a guaranteed family favourite, it’s got to be spaghetti bolognese. Swap traditional beef for lean pork mince to make a lighter sauce. Serve with wholemeal linguine or spaghetti for a low-calorie, low-fat dinner.

Pan-cooked feta with beetroot salsa & bean mash

A plate of mashed beans, pan cooked feta and beetroot salsa

Try something different with this colourful vegetarian recipe. Bulked out with mashed beans, topped with pan-fried feta and finished with a tangy beetroot sauce. It’s cost-effective and on the table in under 20 minutes, too.

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A plate of mashed sweet potato, broccoli and salmon fillets

Get closer to your weekly dose of omega-3 with this Asian-inspired supper. We’ve served roast salmon fillets with purple sprouting broccoli and comforting sweet potato mash for a really filling, yet low-calorie, dinner option.

A bowl of chickpeas and vegetables with poached eggs

Lightly spiced chickpeas, peppers and tomatoes pair perfectly with poached eggs in this fibre-rich veggie supper, which takes only 15 minutes to make.

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