As much as we love a starchy, gooey comfort food, the post indulgence guilt can fast make that short moment a thing of regret. To satiate your cravings without sacrificing your waistline, read on for ideas and recipes to replace your favourite comfort foods with healthy alternatives that are both easy to make and utterly delicious.
Everyone loves the humble chip but they’re not the healthiest of sides. Swap instead for Baked Avocado Fries – crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside with added superfood benefits; Yuca Fries – a woody, hard root vegetable which works well for frying; or sweet Butternut Squash Fries, which will bring your calorie count down but still satisfy that chip craving.
An unashamedly comforting side dish, mash can easily be recreated cauliflower and butternut squash which not only lowers cal content but adds a sweet flavour too. Or swap your usual dollop of buttery mash for cauliflower – 2015’s trendiest food which works as the perfect low-cal base to bangers or alternative top to a homely fish pie. While white beans give a buttery flavour without using actual butter - just add a (small) topping of cheese for a bowl of tasty goodness.
Harness the power of the spiraliser by recreating your favourite noodle dishes with courgetti and you won’t feel the guilt next time you chow down on a steaming hot bowl of Pad Thai, zesty Shrimp Noodles or warming Chicken Pho.
Carby and delicious, nothing beats a bowl of pasta – especially midweek when you’ve little time to cook, or dare we say it, hungover and in need of some stodge. Replicate your favourite indulgent dishes like lasagne by layer vegetables like courgette or aubergine instead of sheets of pasta, or impress dinner party guests with Nigella’s gulit-free Slutty No Carb Pasta. And for a quick no-fuss dinner or lunch, imitate a bowl of pasta by making ribbon-like strips from vegetables and drenching them in a healthy, tomato sauce.