10 Healthy Winter recipes for your waistline

Comfort food doesn't always have to make you feel guilty.

01 Jul 2015

We're always on about comfort food here at Food24. Honestly, without it - I don't think we'd get through Winter. Give us anything piping hot that's loaded with bacon and cheese and maybe doused in a rich, creamy sauce. Heaven!

The only problem lies in the fact that come Spring, our jeans cease to fit. And let me assure you, it ain't a pretty sight. They are called muffin tops for a reason! I was at  a media lunch the other day when one of my fellow journalists palmed off the bread offering. His proclamation was, "Summer bodies are made in Winter". I hate to admit it but I think he had a point.

So, without further adieu- I bring you 10 Winter-warmer recipes that enable you to happily and confidently slip into that hip-hugging LBD when the weather turns.

1. Chinese beef shortrib stirfry - A bit of Asian spice and zing work wonders for the metabolism.

2. Curried spinach, fennel and coriander soup - this is a tummy-warming winner.

3. Gluten-free butternut lasagne - lose the pasta and use veggies instead.

4. Catalan tomato fish stew - a hearty, wholesome stew with a light tomato base. 

5. Bangers and sweet potato mash - sweet potatoes are low GI and so tasty.

6. Beef and mushroom cauliflower "risotto" - this is a Banting favourite and one that everyone will love!

7. Tomato, spinach and coriander dahl - lentils are filled with fibre and great at lowering cholesterol.

8. Roasted butternut "pizza"- instead of dough, this recipe calls for a base of vegetables.

9. Sweet potato wedges - Serve these with a creamy dip or guacamole for maximum results!

10. Beef cottage pie - jazzed up with a creamy cauliflower mash topping.

- Tessa Purdon



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