healthy family recipes: fish tacos with veg and sour cream and salad on the side

From veggie pastas to tasty tacos, these healthy family recipes will get everyone together for a nutritious meal that keeps all ages happy.

We’ve made sure to include a great mix of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes that are packed with nutrients and contain flavour profiles suitable for your little ones. No matter what you fancy, have these Jools-approved, easy and healthy family recipes to hand that everyone is bound to enjoy.

If your family has a few fussy eaters with a thing against veg, try our tips for making vegetables exciting for kids, or our tips for getting nutritious veg into every meal. Once you find something that works for your family, then you’re onto a winner.

Want more family mealtime inspiration? Head to our Family Food hub for even more kid-friendly recipes.


vegetarian pasta recipe

This deliciously simple veggie pasta makes the perfect midweek dinner. It’s all about the classic combo of tomatoes and aubergine, and topped with a crumble of ricotta it’s a really beautiful thing. Enjoy!

This recipe is a firm favourite in the Oliver family household. It’s a lovely, mild curry that’s healthy and hearty and incredibly easy to whip together as an after school supper. Sneaking in potassium-packed lentils and super spinach, not only will the kids love it but you can be rest assured that it’s good for them, too.


chicken recipe

These lovely chicken meatballs in a rich tomato sauce are delicious with pasta and rice, or eaten cold with a green salad and some chilli jam. This recipe from The Chiappa sisters is a fun alternative to pork meatballs, too.

This fuss-free fish pie is the perfect healthy family dinner for batch-cooking and freezing, or simply reheating the next day for an even easier lunch. Creating flavours and textures that kids love, we guarantee it’ll soon become a staple dish in your household, just as it is in Jools and Jamie’s.

If you’re after a super easy meal for the family that’s healthy, delicious and comforting, then Jools’ beef stew is a real winner. Once all the ingredients have started bubbling away, simply pop the lid on your pot and let it simmer until the meat is tender and your house smells good enough to eat.

This is the perfect recipe to encourage your kids to eat more fish – it’s the crispy topping that does the trick! Serve alongside a jacket potato or homemade wedges, plus some easy greens like broccoli or peas – everyone will love it.

Soup is the perfect dish to have to hand for a seriously easy and healthy midweek dinner, and this hearty veg and bean soup is delicious. It’s absolutely full of the good stuff, and any ingredients that aren’t popular in your house can easily be substituted for something else, or left out altogether.

Using root vegetables, bacon and fresh thyme to bring the flavours to life, Jools’ easy chicken and veggie stew is super family-friendly and really versatile. Serve it with a square of puff pastry or stir through some cooked pasta for a totally different dish depending on what you all like.


breakfast recipe

Spinach is a brilliant ingredient to embrace at breakfast time, and it’s super-high in vitamin K, which we need to keep our bones strong and healthy. Popeye knew what he was doing!



fish recipe

Get three of your 5-a-day in just one portion of this epic fish taco recipe. This delicious recipe takes just over half an hour, so it’s a great recipe to jazz up midweek routines.


vegetarian pasta recipe

Vibrant homemade pasta that’s super-fun to make and packed with nutritious spinach – this is a great recipe for getting the kids involved in preparing dinner.


vegan recipe

Giving an established recipe a bit of a tweak is a fun thing to do – switch your fillings to match what’s in season. And the kids will love assembling their own rolls.

Hungry for more? Watch Jamie cook up his healthy Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese from his book, Super Food Family Classics.