Healthy versions of comfort meals

Slimmed-down fish and chips? Low-cal curry? But they can’t taste as good, surely? Oh yes they can. These recipes rewrite the rules when it comes to comfort food.

Healthy versions of comfort meals

Savoury

Healthy gratin dauphinois

Healthy gratin dauphinois

This low calorie version of the classic gratin dauphinois saves 332kcals and 36g fat per portion.

Tikka pork chops with Bombay-spiced sweet potato wedges

Tikka pork chops with Bombay-spiced sweet potato wedges

This delicious Indian-inspired dish is surprisingly low-fat and low-cal.

Lemon chilli chicken fajitas

Lemon chilli chicken fajitas

A low-fat, low-cal moreish Mexican dish of chicken fajitas, with a lemony kick.

Chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup is one of our Top 10 comfort foods and it's low-cal. Because it can be frozen, it's a meal-in-one you can take out of the freezer and reheat in minutes.

Green Thai curry with greens

Green Thai curry with greens

Give your greens some gusto with this low-cal vegetarian curry bursting with broad beans, courgettes and asparagus.

Pork goulash

Pork goulash

Pre-make and freeze this low-cal crowd pleaser so you can feed a impromptu gathering with ease and speed.

Chicken and leek pie

Chicken and leek pie

This gorgeous pie is a low-cal option that doesn't lose out on flavour.

Healthy fish and chips with pea purée

Healthy fish and chips with pea purée

This classic recipe has 40g less fat and 200 fewer calories compared to the traditional dish. Oven-cooking the potato instead of deep-frying means you get chips with a reduced calorie count.

Healthy spaghetti carbonara

Healthy spaghetti carbonara

This spaghetti recipe has half the fat and 125 fewer calories compared to a typical carbonara.

Lancashire hotpot

Lancashire hotpot

A favourite dish with families, this traditional English recipe is cheap to make and low in calories.

 


Sweet

Gluten-free nutty chocolate traybake

Gluten-free nutty chocolate traybake

These are gluten-free and lower in saturated fat. Although they’re made without butter or oil, these chocolatey squares are still deliciously squidgy in the centre.

Sussex pond pudding

Sussex pond pudding

This is an intensely lemony sponge; ideal for people who don’t want too much sweetness in a pud.

Cranberry and apple strudel

Cranberry and apple strudel

Filo pastry is considerably lower in fat than other types of pastry, which makes this healthy recipe for cranberry and apple strudel extra special.

Low-fat hot chocolate and cherry soufflés

Low-fat hot chocolate and cherry soufflés

A low-fat pud that's a memorable, guilt-free dessert.

Healthy bread and butter pudding

Healthy bread and butter pudding

This slimmed-down version of the classic British pudding is only 295 calories per serving.

Apple and nutmeg custard pie

Apple and nutmeg custard pie

Combine British apples with custard pie for a twist on this comforting British pudding.

Bread pudding

Bread pudding

Not to be confused with bread and butter pudding, this is a dense, sticky affair. Served hot, it's fantastic with custard or ice cream. I like to make it in a sandwich tin and serve pieces of it like pie.

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

These low calorie cheesecakes are surprisingly simple and a great way to impress dinner party guests.

Apple cinnamon crumble

Apple cinnamon crumble

Apple crumble is everyone's favourite dessert, but this one is super-charged with cinnamon for an even bigger warming effect.

Chestnut and chocolate torte

Chestnut and chocolate torte

This easy chocolate recipe requires overnight chilling, so it's a perfect weekend dessert.

 

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