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23 Healthy Family Recipes We Love

Welcome to the delicious proof that healthy doesn’t automatically mean boring. There are plenty of family dinner ideas here that you (and the kids) will definitely love. Even if your baby’s weaning, we’ve got the quick ways to adapt the recipe so all the family can tuck in.
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6. Mediterranean baked fish

Liven up white fish with black olives, tomatoes, peppers and lemon juice in this all-in-one bake. For the recipe, click here.
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5. Halloumi, asparagus and pomegranate quinoa with chunky parsley sauce

Quinoa’s high in protein, so it’s a healthy, filling base for the crisp asparagus and firm halloumi in this throw-together supper. For the recipe, click here.
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1. Fish fillets with crunchy Asian coleslaw

Fresh, homemade coleslaw goes perfectly with the fish in this colourful dish. Plus, oily fish is a brilliant source of essential fatty acids to support brain development. For the recipe, click here.
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2. Indian stir-fried spring veg vermicelli with peanuts

With lentils, asparagus and edamame beans, this is a great way to get your five a day without resorting to the usual veg. Check with your health visitor if you have a family history of nut allergies. For the recipe, click here.
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3. Fennel sea bass with sautéed courgettes, spinach and garlic

Perfect for a quick evening meal. Your little one will like the fish with courgette pieces as finger food. For the recipe, click here.
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4. Kidney bean chilli with cornbread

Healthy and a filling meat-free option. Plus, the cornbread makes a great alternative to rice. For the recipe, click here.
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7. Summer roast chicken with peaches and basil

Not your usual combination, but this totally works. Team the peaches and chicken with salad for a lighter meal. For the recipe, click here.
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8. Ratatouille

Courgette and aubergine are soft, easy to manage textures for your child. Try this with cous cous or brown rice for a simple mid-week meal. For the recipe, click here.
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9. Gluten-free chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce

These are baked, so much better for you, and are easy for little hands to hold. For the recipe, click here.
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10. Grilled prawns with fennel slaw

This is from a book of nourishing breastfeeding recipes, so it’s a real go-to meal for new mums. You’re advised to wait a year before giving your baby shellfish, though, and should be careful if you have an allergy in the family. For the recipe, click here.
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11. Vegetable barley soup

Get your veg quota up with this delicious soup that you can store and reheat later. For the recipe, click here.
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12. Griddled Vietnamese chicken with table salad

Who says chicken is boring? This recipe is full of flavour and can be mixed up and picked at by the whole family. For the recipe, click here.
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13. Beetroot and carrot fritters with dill and yogurt sauce

Toddlers will love these colourful, bite-sized fritters, plus beetroot is rich in vitamin C. For the recipe, click here.
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14. Couscous with seven vegetables

Chunky and delicious, this is a brilliant and easy way to pack lots of veg in. And we love the kid-friendly serving suggestion. For the recipe, click here.
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15. Turkey meatballs

Turkey is a less fatty, cheaper meat alternative, but still delicious and a great protein source. It’s also a lighter alternative to beef and pork meatballs. For the recipe, click here.
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16. Warm salad of salmon, baby leeks, parsley and capers

With the health points of salmon and eggs for protein, this salad is a good lunch for the whole family. Just keep the capers out for your little one. For the recipe, click here.
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17. Vietnamese chicken salad

A recipe from M&B lunch place favourite Itsu. Just skip the salad dressing for your baby. For the recipe, click here.
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18. Lentil stuffed peppers

Lentils are a great, cheap go-to for healthy protein and fibre – cut this up so your toddler can handle the pieces easily. For the recipe, click here.
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19. Chicken cacciatore

This fresh tomato, pepper and chicken dish is brilliant when you want a low-effort dish. For the recipe, click here.
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20. Turkey burgers with spicy salsa

Another good use of turkey, this time with a zesty, oriental twist. This also includes avocado, which contains healthy fats as well as protein and potassium. For the recipe, click here.
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21. Gluten-free spinach mushroom crepes

A crepe is hard to beat – quick and easy for any family meal. Plus, this is packed with veg – mix it up with your tot’s favourite ones. For the recipe, click here.
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22. Warm chicken, med veg and bulgar wheat salad

Nutritious bulgar wheat is full of fibre and a good alternative to potatoes or rice that can send your energy levels fluctuating. For the recipe, click here.
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23. Vegetable spaghetti Bolognese

Another gluten- and meat-free option that still fills you up. For the recipe, click here.
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