Healthy Ways to Cook the Classics

It’s summer, which means you may well be watching your weight – and that’s absolutely fine. But why miss out on delicious home-cooked meals? The thing is, you really don’t have to!

To ensure you can still enjoy some tasty tea-time treats that are as good for you as they are satisfying to eat, we’re sharing with you a handful of ways you can cut down the calories in classic dishes we all know and love. So, now, there’s no need to say no to lasagne, curry, or even creamy fish pie; with these top tips from the My Appliances blog, you can have your favourite dishes – and eat them, too. Read on…

Spaghetti Carbonara

This classic Italian dish is usually laced with cream – oh, and bacon. So, how on earth could it ever be healthy? And that’s not to mention the carbs it features. But thanks to this recipe via delicious magazine (simply click the link below), you can still enjoy this tasty pasta dish.

With just half the fat of a standard spaghetti carbonara recipe, it also has 125 fewer calories. We’re off to the supermarket to get the ingredients right now!


Another classic dish for lovers of Italian cuisine: the deliciously indulgent lasagne – yum! But how on earth can you make this recipe a little healthier? Olive magazine has the answer, in its specially-formulated, low-calorie recipe.

Served with a fresh, green salad, the meal features lean turkey mince, skimmed milk and spinach. But don’t worry, it still tastes lovely!


How can something so flavoursome be good for you? Well, it’s worth knowing that authentic Indian dishes tend to be meat-free, which helps cut a substantial amount of calories. And providing you do add enough flavour, this should more than make up for the lack of chicken, beef or lamb.

Jamie Oliver has plenty of curries over on his site, both meat-free and otherwise. Choose from a chickpea one, or a chicken one – and there are many more here where those came from.

Roast Chicken Dinner

Ah, the famous Sunday dinner! How do you make that healthy, then? AllRecipesUK saves the day – and the weekend via this simple recipe which features all the trimmings while being pretty good for your waistline, too. Make sure you add plenty of veg, as the recipe suggests, and you’ll be getting your five-a-day, if not more. Result!Fish Pie

There’s something very comforting about a warming fish pie, isn’t there? What isn’t so comforting is the amount of fresh cream a dish like this often makes use of. But you don’t have to go crazy with the cream, not when you have this fish pie recipe to hand.

Containing salmon, king prawns, smoked haddock, frozen peas, and semi-skimmed milk (to name a handful of ingredients) it’s a healthier version of one of your favourite evening meals.

How do you ensure your midweek or weekend meals are lower in fat or calories? Let us know by commenting on this blog.

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