Cajun style cod

Lighter recipes you’ll be craving after Christmas

Don't fret about feeling stuffed after Christmas!

By Harriette Casey, 26 December 2016
Lighter recipes you’ll be craving after Christmas

The search for diet dishes starts on Boxing Day and if you're anything like us, you'll want some simple food after all those excess mince pies. From snacks that aren't just Quality Street chocolates, to smoothie bowls you can whip up in your new blender, here's how to put down that leftover turkey sandwich and get back on the wagon.

Smoothie Bowls 

Smoothies bowls are all over social media. You're supposed to eat them with a spoon, a bit like soup; an Instagrammable brekkie that's full of goodness. This blackberry, pear and coconut smoothie bowl looks pretty as a picture and is packed with your five a day! Not got blackberries in the fridge? Don't worry; the beauty of a smoothie bowl is that you can put in any kind of combination of fruit and veg that you want!

Winter Soups 

For quick winter warmers that boost your 5 a day intake, try one of these comforting soups. Make in one huge batch and freeze for a quick lunch or dinner on those chilly January evenings

This Chunky Winter Vegetable Soup is a great way to use up those leftover veggies and eat some extra greens. 

Or for a twist on a classic, try this Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup, bursting with sweet, rich and tangy flavours. 

Quick dinners

Let's face it, on a cold January evening, all you want to do is lie on the sofa and the idea of making an elaborate meal is extremely unappealing. If you're tired of cooking big dishes, we've got a range of quick meals that will take less than an hour, without compromising on flavour. 

Ditch the chips for sweet potato wedges, and boost your 5-a-day intake at the same time with this Cajun-Style Cod recipe (pictured below). Did you know that we should all be eating two portions of fish per week, one of which should be oily like salmon or mackerel.

Perhaps you're feeling peckish for fried chicken? These Cornflake Coated Chicken Nuggets are baked not fried so they're lower in fat, and you'll still feel like you're having a treat! Team with spicy potato cubes to add that extra kick. 

Or, if you've been craving something light and fresh this flavour-packed Pomegranate, Butternut and Cauliflower Cous Cous is just the thing for a quick evening meal or to brighten up those work-day lunches. 

Something sweet

You can't go a whole month without any dessert, right? These dishes are good options if you need to make pudding, or you just fancy something sweet, but don't want to ruin your January eating plan!

Swapping sugar for sweetener makes this delicious Chocolate & Pear Upside-Down Pudding (pictured below) only 174 cals per serving - we can't say no to that! 

If you're after a fruity fix, these gorgeous Nectarine and Raspberry crepes are the perfect after-dinner treat. Lightly bake the nectarines before serving to gently caramelise them.

Healthy Snacks 

Finding yourself reaching for the Quality Street each evening? If the Christmas break has made you a serial snacker, we've got just the thing. Dip cucumbers, peppers, oat or rice cakes into this homemade easy tzatziki.

You can pick up all the fresh ingredients you'll need by visiting your local store or by heading online too.