3 easy swaps to transform your meal times

Running out of your usual dinner-time favourites? These simple food swaps can help.

3 easy swaps to transform your meal times

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 vegetables

If you want to make spaghetti Bolognese but you've run out of pasta, 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 rice to replace regular rice. This cauliflower rice with prawns recipe is made by whizzing up cauliflower in a food processor before microwaving.

Try the sweet potato alternative

Sweet 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 alternatives

Not only is this tomato and lentil recipe a great alternative to the classic Bolognese sauce, it's also perfect for vegetarians, cheap to make using store cupboard ingredients.While you're at it, why not whip up these delicious smoky bean fajitas or try these sweet potato, corn and polenta burgers in place of beef burgers.