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Family Favourites

Family Favourites

We want to show you how to take your food and make simple changes that can lead to a healthier meal with more veg. Find your family’s favourite dinner and follow our easy steps to small victories with no battles!

Taking your food from good to great!

One step at a time.

Google “Spaghetti Bolognese recipe” and you get over 50 million results. There are plenty of amazing recipes out there, and the last thing you need is yet another one promising you it’s “the best EVER”, “super healthy”, “quick & easy”, “classic”, “authentic”… the list goes on.

We are not asking you to learn a whole new fancy recipe in order to add more veg to your family’s diet. All we are doing is taking the UK’s family favourite recipes and suggesting small tweaks and simple steps that will add more veg, make it healthier, often cheaper, and create little fuss.


Veg Power’s own home super chef shows you how to move in small steps from a ready meal or super simple dish to healthier veg-packed favourites your family will still love.

Family Favourites

Find a meal that your family already loves, or try the most basic possible recipe we have included for each of these dishes, and slowly build up the veg and and make your meals healthier using our easy steps.

For each meal you will find the “next step” for your existing favourite way of making a dish, along with tips for how to make that meal healthier, cheaper, and which veg works best and how to add it, slowly.

These are not recipes as you know them, they are tips to take your own dishes (even if they are ready meal versions right now!) from good to great, one step at a time.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is one of our nation’s favourite dishes. If you love this meal but want to know if there are ways to make it a little healthier, tastier and add more veg without upping the cost, this is the place for you.

Chilli con carne

Chilli con carne is simple, cheap and delicious. It is easy to adapt, simple to add veg to, and can be batch cooked to save time and money for the future, too! We’ve gathered some expert tips and small steps to help you take your current chilli from good to great.


Fajitas are fun food! Kids love this colourful, flavoursome dinner you can eat with your fingers, and they are easily adaptable, too. Change the meat and veg for your own favourites, and follow our expert tips and simple steps to take your fajitas from good to great.

Stir Fry

A stir fry is one of the easiest ways to add more veg to your diet. It is super quick, super simple, and super tasty! We have gathered some expert tips to help you take your family stir fry from good to great.


Stews and casseroles are classic comfort food, great for filling bellies and batching to cook once and eat twice. Plus, they are affordable, simple, adaptable and easy to add more veg to! We’ve gathered some expert tips and small steps for you to take your stew from good to great.

ShephErd’s pie

Shepherd’s pie (or cottage pie, which uses beef mince instead of lamb) is cheap and filling and tasty, so it’s no wonder we love it in this nation! We’ve got together some expert tips and small steps you can take to move your shepherd’s pie from good to great, making a balanced meal and increasing veg slowly over time to make it easier for everyone.


It doesn’t get much more quintessentially British than a Sunday roast. When served with some veg alongside the meat and potatoes, you can often get a pretty balanced meal with this one, but let us take you step-by-step to make it the best your favourite roast can be, the easy way.


Is there anything easier to feed children than pizza? If it’s a big hit in your house, then good news! There are simple, small steps you can take to turn pizza night into a chance to eat more veg and turn it into a more balanced meal.

Pasta Bake

A pasta bake is a classic midweek family meal, as it is cheap and easy to put together, and usually goes down well with everybody! We’ve brought together some expert tips and simple steps to take your pasta bakes from good to great.


Garfield isn’t the only one who loves lasagne! We eat loads of it in the UK, and despite its reputation, it doesn’t have to be difficult to make, depending on what shortcuts you take. But if your lasagne is currently a ready meal or a few jars, we have some simple, affordable steps to tweak your lasagne to help it become healthier, cheaper and higher in veg!

Jollof rice

Jollof rice is tasty, colourful and easy to adapt and add to – perfect for a family weeknight dinner, and simple to change and tweak in small ways to improve and add more veg over time. We’ve gathered some expert tips and small, simple steps for you to take your favourite jollof recipe from good to great!

Jacket Potato

A jacket potato is such an easy, cheap and kid-friendly dinner, perfect for a weeknight. Whether you buy yours pre-cooked, chuck them in a microwave or leave them in the oven, there’s no denying the simplicity and ease of this dinner. We have gathered our expert tips and simple, small steps, for you to turn a favourite meal into an opportunity for eating a little better, with a little more veg.

Sausage & Mash

Sausage and mash is a British staple! It is affordable and filling and enjoyable, so it often appears on our dinner tables. We’ve got together some expert tips and simple steps to show you how to slowly improve your sausage and mash recipe, whether you are just starting out or know what you are doing but just want to add a little more veg. Take it at your own speed, and let us help you take your sausage and mash from good to great!


Curry is our favourite takeaway, but is remarkably easy and affordable to make at home! The strong, sweet flavours of curry are very forgiving, allowing you to add more veg and less meat easily with less chance of people noticing since it changes the taste very little. Follow our simple tweaks and tips to make your curry even better.

Mac & Cheese

Mac ‘n’ cheese is classic kid food, perfect for filling up hungry bellies! It is cheap and tasty and easier than you think to add veg to. We’ve gathered expert tips and come up with small steps you can take to bring your mac ‘n’ cheese from good to great!

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