8 Best Healthy Ready Meals For When You’re Too Tired To Cook

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Adults in the UK eat over 79 million ready meals every week– the simple fact ismicrowave cooking is going nowhere. But it doesn’t need to as long as you cook clever. According to Harvard Health Publishing, you should heat your food quickly, using as little liquid as possible. This preserves the vitamins and minerals content of meals.

That said, you can’t make something out of nothing: if your ready meal isn’t healthy to begin with, it won’t be after 2-minutes at 900 watts. Moreover, according to Cancer Research UK convenience foods can increase your risk of cancer, if you make the wrong choices.

In 2018, where health is trendier than Black Mirror, healthy ready meals have advanced past the beige food world of kormas and Pukka Pies.

There are plenty of options made with fresh, nutritional ingredients that’ll fit your macros and take any self-imposed guilt out of microwave cooking. 

Next time you’re scouring the supermarket at 8.54pm after a class, don’t let being time-poor ruin your healthy habits (read: put down the microwave pizza). Try one of these healthy ready meals instead.

HEALTHY READY MEALS

1. TESCO

Beautifully Balanced Red Thai Chicken Curry, £2.50

‘A nutritious and delicious blend that delivers on protein and fibre, while staying low in salt.’ – Rob Hobson, nutritionist, food consultant and co-author of The Detox Kitchen Bible

2. SAINSBURY’S 

My Goodness! Courgetti Basil Kale Pesto, £2.50

‘Who doesn’t love courgetti, especially when paired with this tasty topping. A fibre-rich option when you’re short of time.’ – Rob Hobson

3. ASDA 

High in Protein Wild Salmon & Mixed Bean Rice, £3

‘High in omega-3, one of your five-a-day and half of your daily fibre intake – for less than 500 calories.’ – Laura Tilt, registered dietician and WH columnist

4. MORRISONS 

Eat Smart Spiced Chicken, Bulgarwheat, Cavalo Nero & Red Pepper, £3.32

‘Thumbs up for two portions of your five-a-day, a mix of grains and almost 40g lean protein. Low in salt, too.’ – Laura Tilt

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5. M&S 

Balanced For You Chicken Katsu Curry, £4

‘Full of flavour and filling, too. Felt like more of a treat than a healthy ready meal.’ – Claire Sanderson, Editor, Women’s Health

6. WAITROSE 

LoveLife Mushroom & Aubergine Ragu, £3.50

‘This veggie meal clocks in less than 200 calories – but contains a third of your daily fibre intake from two (or even three) of your five-a-day.’ – Laura Tilt

7. OCADO 

Bol Sri Lankan Lentil Sambar, £3, Tesco

‘Tasty, spicy and rich in vegetables. It also contains only 9g refined carbs per 100g, which makes it a good option for those watching their weight’ – Miguel Toribio-Mateas, nutrition practitioner and clinical neuroscientist

8. AMAZON FRESH

My Healthy Kitchen Pea, Mint and Rocket Risotto, £3.99, Amazon Fresh

‘This dish is low in sat fats, sugar and salt and the combination of white rice and quinoa means more fibre. At 450 calories, it’s great for people trying to maintain their weight as it is rich in fibre and protein.  By steaming in the packet you are also able to maintain more of the water-soluble nutrients in the dish’ – Rob Hobson

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