If you’re anything like me, then there’s a good chance you may well have overindulged slightly over the festive season. However, January’s never the best time to try and shift a few pounds, especially since all you really want to do is tuck into some good old fashioned comfort food. This is why we’ve tracked down some comfort food recipes with a twist, giving you all the deliciousness without the calories- so take a look!
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Who doesn’t like a hearty portion of spaghetti and meatballs? Well this recipe will allow you to tuck into a proper portion without having to worry too much about the waistline. Using turkey instead of the traditional beef, it will allow you to cut down on the calories whilst still being absolutely delicious. All in all the recipe will take about 40 minutes from start to finish, making it perfect for a midweek meal, so why don’t you take a look here?
Or alternatively, there’s a lighter version of macaroni cheese. This recipe uses cauliflower to cut down on the carb-filled pasta, as well as some low fat sour cream to make sure that it retains that wonderful creaminess without being too overindulgent. If you feel like treating yourself, you could try out the Panko breadcrumb topping that will set it apart from your ordinary mac and cheese. Tempted you? Then find out more here!
And how about the old family favourite, a cottage pie? Well thanks to some more cunning use of cauliflower, this time to hold back on the amount of potato in the topping, and also using plenty of wholesome veg in the filling, you’ll be able to tuck in without feeling too guilty about it all! The recipe makes enough pie to feed 6-8 hungry mouths, perfect if you’ve got a few people coming over for a meal, take a look at it here!
Dark Chocolate Brownies
Now this one might surprise you but it turns out that one of the best things about a good, rich chocolate brownie is that you can replace a few ingredients with healthier alternatives and not notice the difference! This recipe from the Food Network uses both wholegrain flour and a low fat yoghurt in the mix but still tastes as delicious as ever, what more could you ask for?
So there you have it, some healthy comfort food alternatives that are perfect for those looking to cut back a little. We hope that you find them useful in keeping to those New Year’s Resolutions but do let us know if you have any other great healthy recipes that we could share!