10 delicious meals instead of a horrible diet dish

Losing weight doesn't mean you have to eat salad, or cabbage soup, or vegetable juice. Check out our delicious calorie-counted heart-healthy alternatives.

1. Don't have a slimming shake - have this delicious ratatouille with eggs.

Oven-baked ratatouille with eggs

Slimming shakes contain around 200 calories each. But for 222 calories per serving, you could actually have a proper meal. 

2. Why drink ‘green gunge’ when you could eat this yummy soup?

Roasted red onion and fennel soup

A juicing diet is not a good way to lose weight - you'll miss out on important nutrients and will probably feel hungry most of the time. But for just 104 calories you could have roasted red onion and fennel soup (pictured) which is low in fat, salt and sugar as well as contributing towards your 5-a-day.

3. If you're going to go paleo, at least do it in a delicious way.

Moroccan spiced meatballs with herby brown rice 

The paleo diet can easily be high in the wrong kinds of fat. And eating a steak on its own isn't that much fun (no chips, remember). If red meat is your thing there’s no need to get all caveman about it – try our heart-healthy Moroccan spiced meatballs with herby brown rice (pictured) instead.

4. On the 5:2 diet? Try our carrot and coriander soup.

Carrot and coriander soup 

If you're doing an intermittent fasting diet, our carrot and coriander soup (pictured), with just 67 calories per portion, will keep you going on fast days.

5. Why go on the cabbage soup diet when you could have this delicious soup?

Tomato and lentil soup

Single food group diets are bad news nutritionally, because you're unlikely to get the balance of nutrients you need. Instead, you could select a mixture of low calorie dishes from our recipe finder, such as this warming roasted tomato and lentil soup (pictured) - just 145 calories per portion and the lentils will make it more filling.

6. If you're going to avoid carbs, at least eat something heart-healthy and delicious.

Seared salmon with watercress sauce 

High-protein, high-fat diets can easily be unhealthy and high in saturated fat. Too much saturated fat is linked to raised LDL cholesterol levels. Choosing healthier types of fat is important, whether you'e trying to lose weight or not. It's important to have the right kind of fats, (unsaturated fats like olive, sunflower or rapeseed oil, nuts and oily fish.) Why not have our seared salmon with watercress sauce (pictured)? The salmon contains omega-3 polyunsaturated fats that are healthier for our heart.

7. Need a vegan diet meal? Look no further.

Aubergine, chickpea & spinach curry 

Whether you've gone vegan for weight loss reasons, as an ethical choice, or you're trying the VB6 (vegan before 6) diet, there's still plenty of choice on our recipe finder. So no need to have a boring green salad with cubed tofu, try something delicious like this aubergine, chickpea & spinach curry (pictured).

8. Why have grilled chicken and boiled vegetables when you could have this instead?

Chinese chicken with lime, ginger & cashew nuts 

Grilled chicken and boiled vegetables might be a 'typical' diet meal, especially if you are following a wheat or gluten-free diet. But you could have Chinese chicken with lime, ginger and cashew nuts (pictured) - far more delicious and just 302 calories per portion.

9. Our piri-piri chicken will bring joy to any dieter's heart.

Piri-piri chicken

This recipe is suitable for sugar-free, paleo, and low carbohydrate diets, or simply those who want to eat healthily and enjoy their food. Each portion contains 394 calories. 

10. Ditch the food combining diet, have this aromatic Oriental dish instead.

Stir-fried tofu with pak choi 

The principles of the food combining diet are nonsense - there's no reason why you can't combine different food groups, such as carbohydrate and protein, in the same meal. So ditch boring dishes like pasta with broccoli and cauliflower and have stir-fried tofu with pak choi (pictured), which includes some noodles as well.

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