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10 healthy family meals

Making tasty healthy meals for the whole family can be a challenge (to say the least). So we've compiled 10 of Mumsnetters favourite healthy recipes to help you out

Orzo and Salmon

Orzo and Salmon

Ingredients: Salmon steaks (one steak per adult and half steak per child), orzo, caramelised onion chutney, green pesto, salad

1. Bake the salmon steaks in the oven (cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of steaks)
2. Whilst the steaks are in the oven cook the orzo in boiling water (it should take roughly ten minutes)
3. Take the salmon out of the oven and put a spoonful of caramelised onion chutney on top of each bit of salmon
4. Drain orzo and mix in some of the green pesto
5. Plate up with the salmon sat on top of the orzo, and serve with green salad

Tacos with a twist

Tacos with a twist

Ingredients: Mince (or falafel), wraps (or wholemeal pitta bread), seasoning, grated carrots, onion, celery, diced tomato, avocado, cheese, natural yoghurt

1. Cook mince with ready-mixed seasoning
2. Serve with lots of grated carrots, onions, celery (or whatever's in the fridge!)
3. Then let everyone assemble their own tacos with natural yoghurt, diced tomatoes, avocado, grated cheese added as they wish

Note: the falafel version of this recipe goes well with wholemeal pitta bread instead of wraps.

Mushroom sausage rolls

Mushroom sausage rolls

Ingredients: pre-rolled puff pastry, chopped mushrooms, garlic, wholegrain mustard

1. Chop mushrooms then soften them in a pan with butter, garlic and wholegrain mustard
2. Once the mushrooms have reduced down wrap the filling into the pre-rolled puff pastry
3. Bake the mushroom rolls in the oven at 200° until ready

Stir-fry rice

Stir-fry rice

Ingredients: Rice, onion, pepper, courgette, mushroom

1. Fry off the onion earlier in the day (to save time later) and let it soften on a low heat
2. Add spices in with the onion (this way you can just add the onion to your rice later and not have to cook both
3. Chop up pepper, courgette and mushroom and then pop it all in the fridge for later
4. When you're ready to cook dinner: boil the rice, drain and then add your mix from early and fry the whole lot

Avocado and egg

Avocado and egg

Ingredients: Onion, garlic, black beans (and/or kidney beans), chopped tomatoes, chopped peppers, chilli, paprika, cheese, eggs, bread

1. Fry an onion and some garlic in a pan
2. Once the onion has gone golden add black/kidney beans, chopped tomatoes, chopped pepper, chilli and paprika
3. Sprinkle the whole dish with cheese
4. Crack eggs over the top and stick under the grill
5. Serve with avocado and some crusty bread

Mince, onions and potato mix

Mince, onions and potato mix

Ingredients: Vegetables (whatever you fancy), potatoes, onion, lamb/beef mince, flour

1. Put potatoes and vegetables on to boil
2. Fry chopped onion (if you want to save a little time you can buy ready-chopped or frozen)
3. Add lamb/beef mince (with salt, pepper, and paprika) – continue to fry until browned
4. Sprinkle on a little flour and stir
5. Add water (or stock) and bay leaf and you're done!

Chilli

Chilli

Ingredients: Couple of onions, three carrots, packet of mushrooms, couple of sticks of celery, chopped tomatoes, passata, red lentils, kidney beans, mince

1. Chop up (or use frozen premixed packets) the onions, carrots, mushrooms and celery
2. Gently fry up the onions, carrots, mushrooms and celery (or bung it all in the slow cooker)
3. Add around 750g of mince and a handful of red lentils
4. Add either a sachet of mild chilli con carne seasoning or a selection of herbs (including garlic and chilli powder)
5. Add tin of chopped tomatoes and a packet of passata
6. Add the kidney beans
7. Cook gently either until the chilli is thickening (or just leave for several hours in a slow cooker)
8. Serve with brown rice, pasta or a jacket potato

Pea and courgette carbonara

Pea and courgette carbonara

Ingredients: Courgette, butter, pasta, peas, egg, Parmesan cheese

1. Finely chop courgette and soften in a pan with butter
2. Boil pasta and add peas at the last minute then drain
3. Add courgette and egg to the pasta and stir through while the pot is still hot
4. Add Parmesan and ground pepper

Butternut squash pie

Butternut squash pie

Ingredients: Butternut squash and sweet potato, onions, courgette, red pepper pesto, mozzarella, ready-made shortcrust pastry

1. Buy a packet of ready-chopped butternut squash and sweet potato. Roughly chop a couple of peppers and onions and a courgette
2. Once this is all prepared, roast it
3. Once cooked mix with a couple of teaspoons of red pepper pesto and diced mozzarella
4. Use bought, ready-rolled shortcrust pastry and make a giant sausage roll with the filling. Slit the top a couple of times and bake

Lentil and vegetable soup

Lentil and vegetable soup

Ingredients: Olive oil, vegetables, lentils, stock, crusty bread

1. Heat a good slug of olive oil in a big pot
2. Chop up lots of veg including some combination of onion (and/or leek), carrot, swede, celery, turnip, squash and fry for a few minutes
3. Add 1/2 mug of brown or green lentils, a tin of chopped tomatoes, water to cover generously, another slug of olive oil and stock
4. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 45 minutes or so until the veg is all nicely soft and the lentils are done
5. Either serve or turn off and let sit then reheat whenever you want it