Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Comfort Foods Made Healthier


A while ago I stopped eating meat and cutting down on dairy in favor of lots of healthy fruits and vegetables along with nuts, seeds, grains and pulses. And while I'm not always being super healthy and like to have the odd Dominoes Pizza or indulge in sweet and doughy baked goods with my coffee there is honestly no better feeling than making a healthy dish that tastes incredible and is just as satisfying as the greasier, fattening, unhealthy version. Whats more is that these are so simple and easy to make and require very little preparation or ingredients and are also perfect for people with specific dietary requirements (vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free)...

Sweet Potato Fries 

You will need...

2 large sweet potatoes
Olive oil or Coconut oil
Paprika, cayenne pepper or any other spices and flavor you may want to add
Salt and pepper
Drizzle of honey and/or lime juice (optional)

Method...

This is literally the easiest thing on the planet. Once I have chopped my sweet potatoes into small shapes I basically mix all of the ingredients together and drizzle over my chips. I put them into the oven for around 30 minutes and that is honestly all you have to do. I honestly love these as an alternative to traditional chips and they are so filling as a snack. Dip into spicy hummus (you can try my recipe here) for extra indulgence with none of the guilt seeing as these are so much more nutritious than traditional french fries.These are also great because they can be made with just any old spices you find lying around. They are amazing with rosemary as an accompaniment to a Sunday roast!


Sugar Free Baked Beans

What you will need...

2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 tin of haricot beans (drained)
1 tablespoon tomato puree
2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)

Method...

I start by frying my garlic in a tiny bit of oil until it is transparent and golden all over. I then add the honey and the chopped tomatoes and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes. After this I add the haricot beans and the tomato puree and cook for a further ten minutes after which a little salt and pepper can be added and voila! home made baked beans! This recipe is especially useful for vegetarians and vegans who want to find something filling and tasty but without all of the empty calories from sugar. These taste a little sweeter than supermarket tinned baked beans but I honestly love them so much either with a good old veggie fry up or as a filling on a baked potato!


Kale and Cashew Pesto

What you will need...

2 mugs of freshly prepared kale
Half mug of cashew nuts
2 tablespoons of olive oil (although this is dependent on what you want the consistency to be like)
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Handful of freshly chopped coriander
Half mug of Parmesan cheese of which you can use the low fat or vegan version

Method...

I start by roasting the cashews on a baking tray for up to 15 minutes to bring the flavour out (although this is optional) before putting them into the blender to form a fine powder. Once this is done I normally add the kale and lemon juice followed by the rest of the ingredients. Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed I add a small amount of water at a time to really get the smooth consistency before removing from the blender and storing in a jar! This is honestly so good on everything from pasta to toast to using as a dip for vegetables. I'm such a huge pesto fan but I really like to know whats going into mines. And seriously who doesn't love cashews though?!

Do you guys have any recipes on how to make your favourite foods healthier? I would love to know? 


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  1. These sound delicious, thanks so much for sharing. I love sweet potato fries and would happily eat them all the time so would like to try and make some healthy ones at home. The kale and cashew pesto also sounds amazing and I will be trying that soon as it sounds simple but tasty. Li x

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