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Healthy comfort food ideas

On a cold Autumn evening I like nothing more than tucking into a boiling hot plate of cottage pie or sausage and mash. Whilst they certainly do taste amazing, comfort foods can be quite calorific which is of course not good for your waist line.

So how can you still enjoy your favourite comfort foods without sacrificing on taste? the answer is simple – sacrifice the bad for the good. I’ll be focusing on three of the favourite comfort foods; cottage pie, sausage and mash and spaghetti bolognaise and give you advice on how to turn comfort foods into healthy comfort foods.

Comfort food made healthy

healthy comfort foodHow to make a healthy Cottage pie?

Typically a cottage pie is made with beef mince, vegetables, mash potato and beef gravy. The typical ingredients in Cottage pie often contain a fair amount of calories and fat- something you probably want to avoid if you’re trying to lose weight.

healthy cottage pie

So how can you change the traditional cottage pie to become healthier without losing all the elements that make this dish one of the top comfort foods.

Switch it up & create a turkey mince Cottage pie! 

They look pretty similar but are quite different in terms of nutritional values.

Use sweet potatoes for your mash.

Generally sweet potatoes and white potatoes are all good for you  in different ways, however  the level of Vitamins in sweet potatoes far outweigh their whiter relatives.

Chuck in extra vegetables.

I don’t know how you typically make your cottage pie but when I make it I tend to stick to the basics, peas and carrots. To add a bit more bulk and vitamin to your  meal why not add in extra vegetables like swede, turnips and leeks.

healthy sausage and mash

How to make healthy Sausage and mash?

The good ol’ British favourite sausage and mash. I love mine with buttery mash drenched in onion gravy. So it is possible to make an old favourite healthy by removing some of the most vital ingredients? Of course it is.

Switch it up.. swap pork sausages for chicken sausages!

The important thing to remember is that you should keep the premise of your meal as similar as possible to how you imagine it.The subtle change of ingredients are much better for you but it’ll taste so nice you’ll barely notice it.

Mashed red potatoes!

If you’re looking for a healthier way to eat your mash then it’s worth looking at those potatoes varieties with darker coloured flesh. Varieties include Purple Viking, Yukon Gold and Ruby Crescent. Remember to keep the skin on when mashing.

Red potato nutrition:

zucchini spaghetti

How to make a healthy spaghetti bolognese?

I love a touch of Italian and spaghetti bolognaise is probably one of my favourite dishes – if it’s done right. Whilst it’s probably a lot better for you then burger and chips, spaghetti is jam packed with carbs which can be heavy in calories. Don’t stress you don’t have to give up your favourite Saturday night treat – you just need to get creative.

Switch it up & use courgette spaghetti!

When it comes to healthier ingredients with spaghetti bolognaise it’s important to think outside the box. Whilst it may not taste completely the same, it’s definitely worth trying for the health benefits.

Courgetti – also known as Zucchini or summer squash is an amazingly healthy switch for traditional spaghetti.

Use pork mince

Another alternative to steak mince is pork mince – why not give it a try?

I hope you have fun trying out the new versions of the old favourites. Do let me know what you think and whether you’d do a permanent swap!

healthy comfort food ideas

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