Top healthy Winter meals

Feel like something comforting, warm and filling but won't pop your pants?

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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

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