Recipes by TV chefs including Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson are "less healthy" than ready meals, researchers said.
Meals randomly selected from the books of top TV chefs contained "significantly more" fat, saturated fat, energy, protein and less fibre per portion than supermarket ready meals, the study suggests.
Neither the ready meals or the recipes complied with all of the nutritional recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the study suggests.
Every year, UK residents spend £2.5 billion on ready meals - which are often portrayed as being unhealthy.
Meanwhile, many people's diets are influenced by recipes created by popular TV chefs - which are "sometimes promoted as being healthy".
Researchers from NHS Tees and Newcastle University decided to compare the nutritional content of the meals.
In December 2010, researchers chose the top five TV chef recipe books on amazon.co.uk, including 30 Minute Meals and Ministry of Food by Jamie Oliver, Baking Made Easy by Lorraine Pascale, Nigella Lawson's Kitchen and River Cottage Everyday by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
They compared the nutritional content of 100 recipes randomly selected from the books to 100 own-brand ready meals from Tesco, Asda and Sainsbury's.
The study, published in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal on bmj.com, found that no recipe or ready meal met all of the WHO nutrient intake goals for preventing diet-related diseases.
Find Meat Alternatives
This may sound like an obvious one, but replacing meat with vegetable sources of protein like rice, beans and lentils, will always help reduce costs. That goes double during this period, when the USDA specifically predicts a price hike in animal protein. The Environmental Working Group recommends reducing meat-based meals by <a href="http://static.ewg.org/reports/2012/goodfood/pdf/goodfoodonatightbudget.pdf" target="_hplink">two additional meals per week</a>, replacing them with lentils or beans for significant savings.
Skip Prepared Foods
Not only are boxed, frozen meals, pizzas and burritos more likely to be processed and laden with excess sugar, fat and salt, they're also generally more expensive, <a href="http://static.ewg.org/reports/2012/goodfood/pdf/goodfoodonatightbudget.pdf" target="_hplink">according to the EWG</a>.
Plan With A Shopping List
Grocery stores are designed to encourage more purchases, so walking in without a game plan can be dangerous for your bottom line. Instead, come equipped with a list full of staples that get you the most bang for your buck.
Think About The Nutrient You Want
Want fiber? Black beans and popcorn may be the cheapest sources. Need to up your protein intake? Go for canned tuna. For a more complete list of swaps, <a href="http://fitbie.msn.com/slideshow/8-ridiculously-cheap-healthy-foods" target="_hplink">check out Fitbie's suggestions</a>.
Buying in bulk is a cheap way to get a lot of food in your larder, but healthful fruits and veggies can go bad before you can eat them. That's where pickling, jarring and canning can come in handy -- it's a cheap, healthful way to keep seasonal produce all year round. Start by checking out the <a href="http://nchfp.uga.edu/" target="_hplink">National Center for Home Food Preservation</a>, a government resource that provides guides on safe canning, pickling and other forms of preserving.
Another form of preservation, freezing is a good option for perishable items like meat and cheese, in addition to produce. The <a href="http://static.ewg.org/reports/2012/goodfood/pdf/goodfoodonatightbudget.pdf" target="_hplink">EWG also points out</a> that freezing allows buyers to bring home family-sized packs that are on sale, further helping with savings.
Grow Your Own
Though there's an initial investment in starting a garden -- the seedlings, planting boxes, fertilizers, tools and other instruments do add up -- there are incredible gains, too: a steady source of organic, fresh fruits and veggies. If you don't have a backyard, rooftops, balconies and community plots work just fine. Want to learn how to create your own veggie garden? <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/gardening/outdoor/garden-starting-checklist-00000000002180/index.html" target="_hplink"><em>Real Simple</em> has some good tips</a>.
This is an obvious one, but so many people don't do it. Using vouchers is a great way to get organic and other pricier health foods at a discount.
Dried beans are cheaper than canned. Dry milk, mixed with water, makes <a href="http://static.ewg.org/reports/2012/goodfood/pdf/goodfoodonatightbudget.pdf" target="_hplink">a cheaper and no less healthful</a> substitute for recipes. Get bulk bags of dry oats for oatmeal, rather than the more perishable boxes of cereal. Dried fruits are another way to keep vitamin-packed goodies on your shelves for longer periods.
The TV chef's recipes were also more likely to achieve red traffic light labels than the ready meals.
"Meals based on television chef recipes were less healthy than ready meals," the authors wrote.
"Significantly fewer were within the recommended ranges for fibre density and percentage of energy derived from carbohydrate and fat, and per portion they contained significantly more energy, protein, fat, and saturated fat and significantly less fibre.
"The recipes were also more likely to achieve red traffic light labels according to the criteria of the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).
"Despite reported efforts from industry to reduce the salt content of meals, only 4% of the ready meals met the WHO recommendation."
The authors suggest that TV chefs who create unhealthy meals should be subjected to a 9pm watershed. They also state that recipe books should contain more nutritional guidance, such as those portrayed on the front of many food products.
A spokesman for Jamie Oliver said: "We welcome any research which raises debate on these issues and in fact Jamie's most recent book, 15 Minute Meals, does contain calorie content and nutritional information per serving for every dish.
"We will soon also be re-launching the Jamie Oliver website with nutritional information on the recipes. However, we would regard the key issue to be food education so that people are aware of which foods are for every day and which are treats to be enjoyed occasionally."
A spokeswoman for Lorraine Pascale said: "Some of the recipes in Lorraine's book are healthy, some not quite so much so. There are plenty of salads, soups and light meals as well as the richer dishes.
"Her books and shows to date haven't been about healthy eating, they are about cooking. However, funnily enough, the topic of her next series and book specifically addresses healthy eating."
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The 4-hour Chef | Timothy Ferriss
This book is a choose-your-own adventure guide to rapid learning – a recipe for life - enabling you to master everything inside the kitchen and apply it to everything outside the kitchen. It is possible to become world-class at just about anything in six months or less. Timothy Ferriss travels from Manhattan to Okinawa, and from Silicon Valley to Calcutta, unearthing the secrets of the world’s fastest learners and greatest chefs. Ferriss uses cooking to explain ‘meta-learning’, his step-by-step process, that can be used to master anything, whether searing steak, learning to swim or speaking fluent Spanish in eight weeks. The process of figuring it out – the grandest ‘recipe’ of all – is the same. Priced at £21.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-4-Hour-Chef-Learning-Anything/dp/1477800077/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354099815&sr=8-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Weekend Cookbook | Catherine Hill
Choose from quick, clever recipes like Tomato and Tallegio Tart or Sticky Mango Chicken Salad when you get in late on a Friday night. With a bit more time, impress on a Saturday with Prawn and Chorizo Stew or Marmalade Glazed Barbecue Ribs. And for a Sunday lunch to round off the weekend choose from lots of slow-cook, low maintenance ideas like Moroccan Leg of Lamb with Chickpeas, or Horseradish and Sugar-crusted Beef with Watercress Pesto – perfect for heading home to after a Sunday walk or drink at the pub. With a relaxed approach and packed full of delicious recipes, ingenious tips and advice, make your weekend cooking something to remember. Priced at £18.99, <a href="http://www.penguin.co.uk/nf/Book/BookDisplay/0,,9780718159092,00.html">it is available to buy here</a>
Indian Vegetarian Feast | Anjum Anand
Anjum adapts the true flavours of India, with her trademark concern for healthy eating and a good diet, to make meals that are healthy, light, bright, modern and balanced, providing all the protein and other nutrients we all need for perfect health. This book teaches us all how to eat vegetarian recipes for life. Many of Anjum Anand's recipes are family favourites or based on the vibrant street food culture of India, adapted to bring them bang up to date. Priced at £19.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Anjums-Indian-Vegetarian-Feast-Anjum/dp/1849491208/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354101798&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Great British Puddings
Celebrating the gooiest, yummiest, sweetest treats that made Britain great, this new cookbook lets you in on the secrets of the best desserts in the country. From steamed sponges (chestnut and chocolate pudding) to classic crumbles (apple, blackberry and cinnamon), forgotten creations such as Lord Randall's pudding and school dinner favourites like jam roly poly, through chocoholic delights to perfect rice pudding and vintage Christmas pudding, this book is a genuine pud-lover's delight. With 150 foolproof, tried-and-tested recipes, easy instructions and colour photographs, this is the essential pudding cookbook from the real experts. Priced at £18.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Great-British-Puddings-Pudding-Club/dp/0091945429">it is available to buy here</a>
Kitchin Suppers | Tom Kitchin
In Kitchin Suppers, Scotland's hottest chef, Tom Kitchin, takes us into his home kitchen and shows us the food he cooks for friends and family when away from his Edinburgh restaurant, The Kitchin. This is a superb collection of recipes by a Michelin starred chef, ideal for time-pressured cooks and makes the most of fresh, seasonal food. With everything from easy midweek meals like Sausage and Butter Bean Casserole, Smoked Salmon and Spinach Lasagne and Cottage Cheese and Dill Bread to an indulgent Sunday Roast of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties or Roasted Chicken with Braised Chicory wrapped in Crispy Pancetta and ending with Pavlova with Raspberries, Peaches and Lime Mascarpone Cream, Tom's home cooking is sure to inspire and excite. Priced at £20, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scandinavian-Christmas-Trine-Hahnemann/dp/1849491925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354101205&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Baking | Mark Hix
In this exciting new book, renowned chef Mark Hix applies his characteristic flair to a range of savoury and sweet recipes that reflects his own unique interpretation of baking. For him, baking covers anything that can be cooked in the dry heat of an oven whether that is a simple everyday luxury like a Honey baked ham or a sophisticated Saffron custard tart. Hix on Baking is split into chapters covering snacks, bread, meat and fish, vegetables, savoury and sweet tarts, and pudding and cakes. Mark s selection of recipes includes dishes such as Blue Cheese and Chive Scones, Baked Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Chilli, and Baked Peaches with Amaretto that he has been cooking for years or that he has eaten on his travels around the globe. Mark Hix on Baking will change your perception of baking and will provide endless inspiration for delicious new dishes. Priced at £20, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mark-Hix-Baking/dp/1849491240/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354102104&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
The Collection | Michel Roux
Quite simply, this is a collection of Michel Roux's finest recipes - devised, refined and perfected during the course of his illustrious career. Recipes for all seasons and to suit all occasions are covered in this generous compendium, which contains over 250 recipes plus numerous variations. Mouthwatering contemporary dishes are featured, along with Michel's interpretations of the great classics. Step-by-step illustrated sequences guide you through specific techniques throughout the chapters. Priced at £25, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Michel-Roux-Collection/dp/1849491852/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354101964&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Scandinanvian Christmas | Trine Hahnemann
In this glorious book, illustrated with Lars Ranek's evocative photographs, food writer Trine Hahnemann provides a cornucopia of 70 Christmas recipes - all featuring ingredients which are common to all northern climes - showing us how we, too, can decorate our homes and make delicious dishes to celebrate Christmas like that found in a Scandinavian kitchen. Priced at £16.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scandinavian-Christmas-Trine-Hahnemann/dp/1849491925/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354101205&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Monica's Kitchen | Monica Galetti
Monica Galetti presents her favourite recipes in chapters that reflect the different ways we like to cook. There are quick and easy ideas for midweek meals, time-saving recipes to ensure leisurely weekends, impressive but achievable ideas for entertaining and, for something completely different, a selection of very unusual and personal recipes which reflect her upbringing in Samoa and New Zealand. Recipes range from her daughter's favourite Spinach, Ham and Egg Pie to Roasted Root Vegetable salad with Smoked Chicken to Almond Biscuits with White Chocolate Mousse and the more unusual Pacific Island Style Cured Fish. Priced at £20, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Monicas-Kitchen-Monica-Galetti/dp/1849491038/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354101036&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Marvellous Meals With Mince | Josceline Dimbleby
The Americans have hamburgers, the Greeks moussaka, the Mexicans chilli con carne and the Italians have their famous Bolognese. The use of mince in many of the most recognisable dishes of the world is a testament to its versatility. It can be fried, baked, roasted or stewed, used to stuff, top or fill; and can be spiced, soaked or left plain. And in times of economic pressure, here is a relatively cheap ingredient that will provide an ingenious and tasty meal worthy of any occasion. Priced at £9.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Marvellous-Meals-Mince-Josceline-Dimbleby/dp/184949150X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354100849&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
Desert Island Dishes
Desert Island Dishes contains 80 recipes, from simple, traditional suppers, such as Paul Gayler’s Herb-baked chicken in a Maldon sea salt crust, to more complex dinner party crowd pleasers, like Adam Byatt’s Beetroot-cured salmon gravadlax, or even the delicious Soft chocolate caramel with almonds and Maldon sea from Alain Roux – a welcome end to any meal. Priced at £18.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Desert-island-dishes-Maldon-Company/dp/1908984163">it is available to buy here</a>
The ASK Italian Cookbook
Edited by prize-winning food writer Carla Capalbo with special recipes from TV chef and Italian cooking expert Theo Randall, the ASK Italian Cookbook contains over 100 authentic recipes that will inspire the reader to cook Italian food with confidence. From hand-made fettuccine to perfect risottos and indulgent desserts, the book contains some of the most popular dishes from the ASK Italian menu. It also features personal recipes from ASK Italian’s suppliers in Italy, from Theo Randall and Carla Capalbo, and from members of the ASK Italian team. Adrian Garforth MW (Master of Wine) has offered Italian wine matching tips to accompany the food. Priced at £15, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-ASK-Italian-Cookbook-kitchens/dp/0670922447">it is available to buy here</a>
Drinks | Tony Conigliaro
Drinks is a stunning contemporary cocktail guide, which nods to the history of the cocktail and updates 50 classic recipes in astonishing and original ways. Tony's spins on the classics include Vintage Manhattan (using aged bourbon), new classics of his own invention (the Twinkle, now on cocktail menus the world over), drinks based on their perfume (Lipstick Rose, inspired by perfumer Ralf Schwieger's creation for Frederic Malle), fruit-based culinary creations (Sweet Grilled Lemon Margarita and Nettle Gimlet) and groundbreaking savoury drinks (White Truffle Martini). Priced at £25, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Drinks-Tony-Conigliaro/dp/0091948657">it is available to buy here</a>
Exploring China | Ken Hom & Ching-He Huang
China's emergence as one of the world's most influential cultures has ignited our interest in this enigmatic country, but Ken and Ching also have their own quests to explore. They cook with local families, en route to discover the influence of Buddhism on vegetarian food and whether the Chinese did actually invent tortellini in remote Kashgar before travelling to Sichuan Province, China's gastronomic capital. Priced at £25, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exploring-China-Culinary-Adventure-recipes/dp/1849904987/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354547097&sr=1-1">it is available to buy here</a>
The Pressure Cooker Cookbook | Catherine Phipps
As a busy working mother, Guardian writer Catherine Phipps is wholly reliant on her pressure cooker to produce quick and easy one-pot meals for her family. Alongside mouthwatering recipes, ranging from pot-roast chicken and seafood risotto to Boston baked beans, pulled pork sandwiches and Scotch eggs, and even cheesecake and chocolate pots, Catherine offers handy tips on how to adapt conventional recipes for the pressure cooker, safety ideas and a guide to using certain ingredients. Priced at £18.99, <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pressure-Cooker-Cookbook-Catherine-Phipps/dp/0091945011/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1354547346&sr=1-3">it is available to buy here</a>