Healthy dishes with few ingredients

31 March 2020

Cooking great meals doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are some healthy recipes using ingredients you already have in your cupboard.

Plate of food on a chopping board

After a long day of work, studying and socialising, you may not feel like heading to the shops to buy ingredients. Cooking delicious meals doesn’t always need to be elaborate, you only need a few ingredients from your cupboard and some creativity!

Here are some great meals you can make with few ingredients and minimal effort:

Main meals

Beetroot, hummus and crispy chickpea sub sandwich

Blitz away to achieve purple hummus and layer up on ciabatta with some fried chickpeas and a whole lot of salad.

Full recipe can be found on BBC Goodfood.

Cheesy fish grills

This dish is full of nutrients and only takes 20 minutes. Grill the fish to perfection add cheese and serve with some fresh greens! You could replace the ham with onions or peppers.

Full recipe can be found on BBC Goodfood.

Baked garlicky mushrooms

Mushrooms, tomatoes, garlic and cheese are all you’ll need for this one! Throw it all in to a tray, bake and you’re good to go!

Full recipe can be found on Jamie Oliver’s website.

Red lentil soup

Red lentils are versatile and you can add pretty much anything you want to it – be it vegetables, coconut milk or shredded meat. You don’t need to add a lot of spices, paprika or chilli powder and a bit of salt will do you just fine.

Full recipe on Supergolden Bakes.

Posh beans on toast

You simply cannot beat a British classic! You could serve the beans straight out of the can, or add in some onions, garlic, butter and top with grated cheese.

Full recipe on Olive.

Egg fried rice

If you’ve got rice left over, this could be the perfect way to use it up. Whisk some eggs together, choose your favourite vegetables and enjoy.

Full recipe on Healthy Nibbles.

Honey garlic chicken

Cook the chicken in a pan, pour over your glaze and serve with rice or salad. You could also coat the chicken pieces in the glaze and grill to give the sauce a sticky texture.

Full recipe on Family Food on the Table.


Peanut butter cups

Reach for the peanut butter, encase in chocolate and leave to set. These make for a great treat after dinner or as an energy boost.

Full recipe can be found on Tasty.

Coconut macaroons

These cookies will be some of the easiest you’ve ever made. Perfectly crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle and delicious!

Full recipe can be found on Living Sweet Moments.

Traditional English trifle

For something refreshing, layer cake, berries, custard and whipped cream in a glass. Sit back and dig in! You could also add some jelly and nuts if you’d like.

Full recipe can be found on The Spruce Eats.