Classic dishes with a healthy twist
With health now more important than ever, the big questions is...how can we enjoy our favourite, home cooked dinners in a more balanced way? We asked our fabulous team of Nutritionists to share their top tips...
The filling - start by adding plenty of vegetables to your meat filling; diced onion, carrot, celery and mushrooms. Soften the veg before adding your meat. Swapping beef or lamb for turkey mince will reduce the fat content too.
The topping - instead of potatoes, try mixing with celeriac, carrot and squash with a tablespoon of low fat creme fraiche, salt and pepper. Your dinner is now packed with veggies and lower in calories and fat.
Instead of using lasagne sheets, try layering aubergine and courgette slices. Before assembling your lasagne, grill the vegetables at 220 degrees for 5 mins on each side then use use to create your layers. When making your bechamel, use skimmed milk and resist the temptation to top with cheese. A great alternative is a generous sprinkle of nutritional yeast, which you can get at most supermarket and is a great source of vitamin B12.
Try and get low fat beef mince for your sauce and use half of what you usually would. Make up the rest with a tin of cooked puy lentils. These are high in fibre, low fat and calories so make a great replacement. When cooking your pasta, reduce by half again and replace the remainder with courgetti. These small changes won't affect the flavour but will make your meal more nourishing and the lentils will keep you fuller for longer.
Instead of frying your chicken and veg in excess glugs of oil, try roast them instead. Mix the fajita seasoning with one teaspoon oil per person and rub into everything. Great veg for this meal is red onion, peppers, mushrooms. Roast until everything is cooked and mix through grated carrot and sweetcorn at the end to bulk the veg out. Serve with plenty of salad, fat free yoghurt in place of sour cream, and some homemade tomato salsa. With all of your extra trimmings, one wrap should be plenty.