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Food fast: 10 best ready meals under 500 calories

Too tired to cook? On a healthy-eating drive? Try one of these tasty, low calorie ready meals
  • @EllieLevenson

When it comes to ready meals, low calorie no longer has to equal anemic and flavourless. These days, there are a variety of delicious, innovative and nutritious dishes on the shelves, that all come in at under 500 calories.

We've scoured the supermarket shelves to find the best out there. From surprisingly hearty winter warmers like Marks & Spencer's venison meatballs with braised cabbage and mash, to one pots meals ideal for eating on the go like Incredible! Chicken & Wild Rice.

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 For a meal that tastes like you’ve spent hours in your kitchen cooking, try the sticky pulled pork and sweet potato mash from the My Goodness range at Sainsbury’s. Or for a quick lunch or dinner that's full of flavour, go for the Soulful Food OnePots from Ocado. Anyone who needs to keep nut, dairy and gluten free should look up County Durham-based Ilumi.

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1. Sainsbury’s My Goodness! Sticky Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Mash, £3 (buy in store)

2. Marks and Spencer Fuller Longer Venison Meatballs with Braised Red Cabbage & Mash, £4.29 (buy in store)

3. Soulful Food OnePot Moroccan Chicken Tagine with British Spelt, £3.49

4. Incredible! Chicken & Wild Rice Meal Pot, £2.89

5. Amy's Kitchen Indian Mattar Paneer, £2

6. Innocent Mexican Veg Pot, £3.90

7. Waitrose LOVE Life You Count Fisherman’s Pie, £3.29

8. Ilumi Kerala Chicken Curry, £3.75

9. Cook OMG Pot Chicken Noodle Laksa, £3.99

10. Aldi Ham and Mushroom Fettuccine, £1.89 (buy in store)