5 A DAY recipes

Fruit and vegetables that are cooked into any kind of dish count towards your 5 A DAY. This means that some of your favourite meals can help you get your five portions.

To get started, why not try our healthy fajita recipe?

Fajita fiesta with 5 A DAY

This meal is ideal for entertaining friends and doesn't need much preparation. Serve with a salad and a tomato salsa if you want some added flavour.

Serves: 4
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes
5 A DAY portions per serving: 2

For the fajitas:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 4 skinless chicken breasts (diced)
  • 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow pepper (chopped)
  • handful of mushrooms (chopped)
  • 1 packet of fajita spice mix
  • 8 soft flour tortillas

To serve:

  • tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • lettuce
  • tomato salsa (optional)


  • Heat the oil in a large pan.
  • Add the onion and chicken. Fry for around three minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Add the peppers and mushrooms and stir. Cook until the vegetables have softened.
  • Stir in the fajita spice mix. Continue to fry on a low heat.
  • Meanwhile, prepare a mixed salad of tomatoes, cucumber and lettuce leaves.
  • Warm the tortillas in a preheated oven for 3 minutes or in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Serve the fajitas with the salad and a tomato salsa, if you like.

(V): For a vegetarian version, simply replace the chicken with a tin of kidney beans, drained (choose those canned in water with no added salt or sugar).

Some carrot sticks with lower-fat houmous or guacamole make a great starter.

Use any leftover fajita filling in a sandwich or baked potato.

More 5 A DAY recipes

For lots of healthy 5 A DAY recipes, download our Fuel for Life leaflet (PDF, 607kb).

You can find more 5 A DAY meal ideas, as well as tips on how to fit more fruit and vegetables into your diet, in our interactive 5 A DAY meal planner.

There are lots of healthy recipes that kids will love at the Change4Life website and the Healthy Start website.

Got a question about 5 A DAY?

If you have a question that isn't answered in our 5 A DAY FAQs, please email the 5 A DAY team at Public Health England: phe.enquiries@phe.gov.uk.

Page last reviewed: 12/12/2013

Next review due: 12/12/2015


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