Feel like something comforting, warm and filling but won't pop your pants?
Winter does that funny thing of expanding my waistline.
It's all the gorgeous roasts and warm Winter puddings, never mind the golden-topped pies and rich meaty stews.
I'm pretty keen to wear my shorts from last season without tearing a seam, so I've made a pact with my butt to endeavor on some healthy Winter fare. My shorts will thank me and so will my arteries.
Take a long hard look at these delicious and healthy Wintry dishes.
Beetroot hummus - Pretty in pink with this delicious hummus.
Healthier bruschetta - With seeded French bread, fresh tomatoes, olives and goats cheese. A great starter or serve a pile of them with a green salad.
Spiced baked aubergines - Absolutely delicious with creamy yoghurt and pomegranate jewels.
Roasted butternut and rosemary soup - A stunningly fragrant soup. You can leave out the créme fraiche entirely if you're being strict, but a little won't kill you.
Fish and sweet potato pie - This sassy little number is simple to make and really rather wonderful.
Pork and veg stir-fry with ginger and soya - Serve this with brown basmati rice for an extra health kick.
Roasted tomato, lentil and chickpea soup - Such punchy flavour and a meal in itself. Leave out the parmesan and créme fraiche to reach the maximum in low-fatness.
Chilli beef and basil - A stir-fry that will kick you in the taste buds.
Stuffed chicken breast parcels - Stuff those babies with deliciousness. Serve with a bowl of green beans tossed in garlic and almonds.
Strawberries with nuts and honey - So fantastic I cold eat it all day, but a lovely healthy dessert.
- Caro de Waal