Trying think of ways to transform your meals without having to change your recipe repertoire completely?
Swap your potatoes, stock up on low fat ready meals and try some veggie alternatives. These are just a few of the easy swaps you can make to make your meals more exciting.
Here are a few of our suggestions. Happy eating!
Spiralise your vegetablesIf you want to make spaghetti Bolognese, but are trying to add to your 5 a day try spiralising courgette in place of the pasta. You’ll get the same sensation of tucking into a bowl of spaghetti and you'll add to your 5 a day. You don’t have to have a spiraliser either, you can use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons instead. You can also use cauliflower to wholewheat pasta or brown rice to create a lighter evening dish. This cauliflower rice with prawns recipe is made by whizzing up cauliflower in a food processor before microwaving.
Try a Slimzone ready meal to save timeIf you’re short on time never fear because our range of frozen, low fat ready meals are on hand to help out.
The Slimzone range, which can be found in the freezer aisle, are all under 400 calories and 3% fat too. And what's more, the whole range contains at least one of your five a day, with the Chicken & Prawn Paella, and Chicken Jalfrezi containing 2 portions each, and the Vegetable Arrabbiata a whopping 3 of your 5 a day!
Make sure you have a couple in the freezer for those occasions when time isn't on your side. You could even take them to work with you as an easy lunch if you have access to a microwave and a freezer.
The full range includes classic British dishes like Chicken Dinner and Cottage Pie, plus dishes from all over the world including the above-mentioned Chicken & Prawn Paella and Chicken Jalfrezi as well as Chicken Tikka Masala and Chinese favourite Chicken Chow Mein. Thai food fans will also enjoy the fragrant (but not too spicy) Thai Green Chicken Curry and vegetarians can enjoy the delicious Roasted Vegetable Arrabbiata.
Try the sweet potato alternativeSweet potatoes are a tasty substitute to potato and add to your 5 a day. You can top your shepherd’s pie with sweet potato mash, make baked sweet potato fries instead of chips and bake sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes to make a delicious jacket – top with tuna, beans or whatever takes your fancy.
Swap meat for veggie alternativesNot only is this tomato and lentil recipe a great alternative to the classic Bolognese sauce, it's also perfect for vegetarians. Plus, lentils are much cheaper than meat! You can also swap meat sausages for veggie sausages in this 365 calorie toad in the hole. And you can make delicious sweet potato, corn and polenta burgers in place of beef burgers. Go for reduced fat coleslaw or use low fat yogurt to make a homemade slaw.
Swap beef for turkeyYou can still enjoy meatballs and burgers and swapping the beef for turkey will reduce your red meat intake. These turkey meatballs are delicious served in a garlicky, tomato sauce, and these turkey burgers filled with cajun seasoning and sweet chilli sauce are ideal for a midweek meal.