10 easy meals with four ingredients

You can make any of these 10 simple heart-healthy meals using only four ingredients from your fridge or store cupboard. 

1. Frittata


Simple meals frittata


  • Soften sliced pepper and courgette in a pan with a little oil.
  • Add sliced, boiled potatoes.
  • Beat eggs, pour into pan. Cook for a few minutes, then put under grill until set through.

2. Broccoli and chickpea pasta sauce

Broccoli and chickpea pasta sauce

  • Put everything in a pan. Simmer, with lid on, until broccoli is soft and sauce has thickened. Stir occasionally.
  • Serve with wholewheat pasta or a jacket potato.

3. Spinach and lentil curry

Spinach and lentil curry - easy meals

  • Put lentils, onion and curry powder in pan. Cover with water.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes or until lentils are soft. Stir occasionally. Add water if needed. Add spinach (fresh or defrosted). Cook 5 minutes more.
  • Serve with brown rice or a jacket potato.

4. Bolognese sauce

Bolognese sauce - easy meals

  • Soften chopped onion and grated carrot in a pan with a little oil.
  • Add extra-lean beef mince and cook until browned.
  • Add tinned tomatoes. Simmer for 30 minutes or until thick, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with wholewheat pasta or a jacket potato.
  • Optional additions: garlic, bay leaves, oregano, rosemary.

5. Creamy salmon pasta

Creamy salmon pasta - easy meals

  • Cook pasta to packet instructions. Add peas 2 minutes before end of cooking time.
  • Drain tinned salmon and stir in with low-fat soft cheese over a low heat for 1 minute.

6. All-day breakfast

All-day breakfast - Easy meals

  • Put mushrooms and cherry tomatoes in non-stick oven dish and bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes.
  • Place fresh spinach in dish. Break two eggs on top of spinach.
  • Bake for 5 minutes or until egg whites are set. Serve with toast.

7. Veggie kedgeree

Veggie kedgeree - easy meals

  • Put chopped onion, brown rice and curry powder in a pan. Cook according to rice-packet instructions.
  • Top with boiled or poached eggs.
  • Optional additions: peas, or swap eggs for tinned tuna.

8. Summer veg stew

Summer veg stew - easy meals

  • Soften chopped onions and peppers in a pan with a little oil.
  • Stir in chopped tomatoes and chickpeas. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with rice.
  • Optional additions: garlic, chilli, rosemary, basil.

9. Chicken tray bake

Chicken tray bake - easy meals

  • Put skinless chicken thighs, wedges of pepper and onion, and new potatoes in non-stick oven dish or roasting tin.
  • Bake in hot oven for 45 minutes or until chicken juices run clear when pierced with fork and there is no pink meat.

10. Tuna, asparagus and white beans

Tuna, asparagus and white beans - easy meals

  • Boil asparagus for 3–5 minutes.
  • Stir in tinned tuna, tinned butter or cannellini beans, and finely chopped red onion.
  • Serve with wholegrain bread.

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