12 Fresh and Tasty Meals to Cook at Home

12 Easy, Fresh, Tasty Meals to Cook at Home

By Rebecca Walton, wlr team

When you have a bit more time at home it's a great opportunity to cook more fresh, nutritious meals from wholesome ingredients.

These are our 'delish dozen'... 12 recipes that are really easy to make, use simple fresh ingredients and are full of flavour - ditch the processed packets and get cooking!

Included are recipes for both vegetarians and vegans - Mediterranean Ricotta and Aubergine Spaghetti, Genovese Spinach and Tomato Pesto, and our Easy Aromatic Veggie Paella.

Kung Pao Chicken with Rice

Kung Pao Chicken with Rice

Make up your own sweet, sticky, spicy Kung Pao Chicken with this recipe, better than a takeaway and under 500 calories per serving. View recipe

Vibrant Chimmichuri Steak

Vibrant Chimmichuri Steak

Top your favourite steak with this delicious, vibrant chimichurri dressing that you can make yourself. Served with zesty lemon potatoes and salad - all for around 400 calories. View recipe

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa Recipe

Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Mango Salsa

Bright and colourful, these shrimp tacos are super quick to make and totally delicious. Served with a fresh mango salsa for a zingy tasty meal at only 476 cals. View recipe

Spaghetti with Aubergine Tomato and Ricotta Recipe

Mediterranean Ricotta and Aubergine Spaghetti

A perfect weeknight meal, this vegetarian pasta dish is so easy to make... Full of traditional Italian flavours and on the table in less than half an hour. View recipe

Indian Chicken Biryani Recipe

Aromatic Spiced Chicken Biryani

This 450 calorie, all in one chicken biryani comes together in just 40 minutes and is packed full of delicious, authentic Indian flavours. View recipe

Stuffatina Beef Red Wine Stew Recipe

Stuffatina alla Romana - Delicious Beef in Red Wine

A truly delicious Roman beef stew, its long cooking time deserves a big pot full. Only 294 calories... and freezes well, so no need to worry about any extra portions. View recipe

Mediterranean Salmon en Papillotte Recipe

Mediterranean Salmon en Papillotte

Steaming salmon in a parcel, in its own marinade, ensures the fish is juicy and full of flavour. Served with veg and salad for only 376 calories per meal. View recipe

Spinach and Tomato Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

Genovese Spinach and Tomato Pesto Gnocchi

Delicious Italian gnocchi dish that's quick and easy, on your table in 20 mins. Vegetarian, easily adaptable to vegan, it's a fresh and tasty evening meal for only 442 calories. View recipe

Satay Chicken Skewers with Asian Slaw and Rice Recipe

Satay Chicken Skewers with Warm Asian Slaw and Rice

Packed full of flavour, high in protein and quick and easy to make. Served with warm Asian slaw and rice, this 'takeaway' favourite is fresh and homemade for just 477 calories! View recipe

One Pot Fragrant Curried Fish Stew Recipe

One Pot Fragrant Curried Fish Stew

Our simple, one pot fish curry looks really impressive! At only 390 cals per portion there's room for some traditional Indian accompaniments too... View recipe

Easy Veggie Spanish Paella Recipe

Easy Aromatic Spanish Veggie Paella

Enjoy a vegan twist on this traditional aromatic Spanish dish. This paella is packed full of veggies and comes in around 350 calories per serving, all in only 45 minutes. View recipe

Smoky Chorizo and Butterbean Stew Recipe

Smoky Chorizo and Butterbean Stew

This easy smoky stew is full of character, high in F&V and protein. Ready in less than an hour it's hearty Spanish flavours come in at only 427 calories per serving. View recipe


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26 Weekly Diet Plans

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How to Plan a Diet

How to Plan a Diet

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Printable Diet Planning Sheet

Printable Weekly Diet Planning Sheet

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