Now that our yearly hibernation period has come to an end, it is time to say goodbye to warming beef stew and pies, and say hello to fruit for dessert and salad for a lunchtime snack. It’s no secret that healthy food isn’t as fun to eat as the unhealthy stuff. Most of us would much rather be chowing down on a pizza instead of crunching your way through a carrot. So how do we make healthy food fun and exciting? It might seem like a job reserved for professional caterers like these, but in fact, you can make some healthier meals at home which will not only satisfy your cravings, but will become family favourites. Don’t believe us? Try these recipes…
Pizza is never going to be a healthy meal, however if you make some tweaks to the recipe it can be a pretty nutritional meal. The key to a healthy pizza is making everything from scratch. You can make gluten free dough online here and then make a simple tomato sauce with chopped tomatoes, basil and garlic. Spread this on your low carb dough, sprinkle on some cheese and vegetables and bake!
Low Fat Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is the epitome of comfort foods in the winter period, so it might seem only fair that you have no chance to make this even remotely healthy… you’d be wrong. Cottage pie can be made healthier with a few simple changes: swap the mash for sweet potato mash, swap the beef for quorn, and add in some extra veggies like carrots and even spinach. Healthy cottage pie? Sorted.
Fajitas are a fun party food which is perfect for when you are hosting our family or a group of friends at the house. Usually fajitas will consist of shop bought sauce, shop bought toppings and salty seasonings… not any more.
- 4 Chicken breasts cut into strips
- 1 tbsp paprika
- 2 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp garlic salt
- 2 tsp chilli powder
- Chopped tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 2 bell peppers
In a pan, add the chicken with some form healthy oil, onion and spices, cook for 8 minutes. Add peppers and chopped tomatoes, bring to a boil and cook for a further 15 minutes. To assemble, place in a wrap with salsa, homemade guacamole and sour cream.
Another family favourite is nachos, and you will be correct in saying that there is pretty much nothing healthy about nachos… however if you are smart with your ingredients you can actually create a well rounded dish. Swap out the nacho chips for thinly sliced potato. Roast these for 40 minutes until crisp. Then the key to making these nachos healthier is making your own toppings. A simple guacamole can be made with a mashed avocado, lime juice, chilli and coriander. Salsa can be made by mixing chopped tomatoes, onion and garlic. Top your nachos and serve with a side salad and voila!