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Our recipes are triple-tested to ensure they work for you
Read the recipe before starting. Some
ingredients, like salt, aren’t included in the
Use standard measuring spoons for accuracy,
especially for things like spices, yeast and salt.
Where possible, we use humanely reared and
produced British meats, poultry and eggs, and
sustainably sourced seafood.
To help avoid waste, we suggest how to use
any leftovers you may have from our recipes.
Eggs carrying the British Lion mark guarantee
that all hens are vaccinated against salmonella.
We try to avoid using plastic. You’ll find
instructions to wrap or cover, but we won’t specify
what to use unless it’s vital to the recipe.
Helping you to eat well
Our Bant-registered nutritionist analyses our
recipes on a per-serving basis, not including
optional serving suggestions. You can compare
these amounts with the Reference Intake (RI), the
official recommended amount an adult should
consume daily. Energy 2,000 kcals, Protein 50g,
Carbohydrates 260g, Fat 70g, Saturates 20g, Sugar
90g, Salt 6g (please note RIS for total fat, saturates,
sugar and salt are the maximum daily amounts).
Healthy recipes are checked to ensure they have
a low amount of saturated fat, sugar and salt per
100g, equivalent to green on a traffic-light label.
On a per serving basis, Good Food require the
saturated fat to be 5g or less, salt 1.5g or less
and sugar, 15g or less per serving.
Low-fat recipes in Good Food are low per 100g,
or 12g or less per serving.
Low-calorie recipes have 500 calories or less
per main course, or 150 calories or less for a
dessert. We also include the number of portions
of fruit and/or veg in a serving, and highlight
recipes that supply a third of the daily requirements
of calcium, iron, folate and vitamin C, and a good
source of fibre and omega-3.
Balanced recipes contribute to your five-a-day,
include starchy carbohydrate, a lean source of
protein and dairy, or plant-based alternatives. These
recipes also use unsaturated oils in small amounts,
and all components of the main meal are included
in the analysis – only seasonings are exluded as
‘to serve’. Saturated fats, sugar and salt are
medium per 100g, or amber on a traffic-light label.
How we label our recipes
Vegetarian (V) or vegan recipes are clearly
labelled, but be sure to check pack ingredients.
Freezing (❄) Can be frozen for up to three months
unless otherwise stated. Defrost thoroughly and
heat until piping hot. Recipes for advertisement features are checked
by our cookery team but not tested by us.
Our gluten-free recipes are free from gluten,
but this may exclude serving suggestions.
For more info, visit coeliac.org.uk.
We are unable to answer individual medical
or nutritional queries.