Family meals without the fat

Wish you could halve the fat of your favourite foods? Want to eat well while still enjoying traditional treats? Well, thanks to Angela Nilsen and her ultimate makeovers, you can. Try these virtuous versions of all your favourite main meals.

Lighter Massaman curryLighter Massaman curry

Give it a makeover: Using skinless chicken breasts, light coconut milk and rapeseed oil, Angela has reduced the fat and saturated fat of typically decadent massaman curry by over half. Also, by including sweet potatoes she's done away with the need to add any sugar to sweeten the sauce. Lighter massaman chicken curry


Healthier chicken biryani

 Give it a makeover: With less than half the fat of your usual takeaway, this healthier chicken biryani is a guilt-free pleasure. Angela reduced the need for added salt with a carefully balanced blend of herbs and spices and roasted the onions instead of frying so they needed less oil. Healthier chicken biryani


PastieLighter Cornish pasties

Classic: Completing your picnic with a Cornish pasty can be a calorific affair. This original recipe comes in at over 1000 calories! Classic Cornish pasty recipe

Give it a makeover: Angela's pasty recipe more than halves the fat and calories, making this version a more palatable choice for those looking for a lighter option. Makeover Cornish pasty recipe


BaltiHealthier chicken balti

 Classic: Always a popular choice, chicken balti is a flavourful favourite, but often a little on the heavy side. Classic chicken balti recipe

Give it a makeover: Angela perfectly blends spices in her low-fat version for a healthy meal with an equally healthy kick! Makeover chicken balti recipe


RisottoHealthier risotto primavera

 Classic: This Italian spring classic may seem angelic, but Angela's classic version is lugging 30g of fat in its wake. Classic risotto primavera

Give it a makeover: More veg and less lard in this healthier version means a huge reduction in calories and fat. Makeover risotto primavera recipe


Beef WellingtonBeef Wellington

 Classic: This weekend favourite is a little devil in disguise. A whopping 763 calories means this dish is saved as a special treat. Classic beef Wellington recipe

Give it a makeover: With just a third of the fat and almost half the calories this version can be on the menu far more often. Makeover beef Wellington recipe

Salmon en crouteSalmon en croûte

Classic: This dinner party favourite is a decadent treat, weighing in at whopping 985 calories. Classic salmon en croûte recipe

Give it a makeover: Filo pastry lightens things up nicely, saving you over 600 calories and 40g fat. Makeover salmon en croûte recipe


Coq au vinCoq au vin

Classic: Gordon Ramsay's step-by-step coq au vin is divine for a dinner party - but coming in at almost 1000 calories you'll think twice about enjoying seconds. Classic coq au vin recipe

Give it a makeover: This version of the classic French casserole maintains it's rich, deep flavour but only clocks up a diet-friendly 420 calories. Makeover coq au vin


Classic: This midweek staple is a little on the calorific side. Classic lasagne recipe

Give it a makeover: Lovely layers, lean meat and a cheesy finish - but fewer calories. Makeover lasagne recipe



Classic: A classic recipe many wouldn't mess with, but high in sat-fats, carbs and calories you'd normally want to save this as a special treat. Classic moussaka recipe

Give it a makeover: Cut those carbs right down and wave goodbye to half the fat and calories. Makeover moussaka recipe.



Classic: No BBQ is complete without a juicy burger or two but just one of these heavyweights will set you back almost a 1000 calories. Classic burger recipe

Give it a makeover: This virtuous version will save you 600 calories, contains a fraction of the fat and still tastes like a garden grill wonder. Makeover burger recipe


Steak & kidney pieSteak & kidney pie

Classic: Comforting, casual and calorific. With a whopping 50g of fat this hearty pie is pure indulgence. Classic steak & kidney pie recipe

Give it a makeover: A shadow of its former self, you can now add this pie to your midweek meals without bursting at the seams. Makeover steak & kidney pie recipe


Onion tartOnion tart

Classic: Lovely in lunchboxes or with salad for supper, this vegetarian fail-safe is a little high in saturated fat. Classic onion tart recipe

Give it a makeover: Spring fresh and bursting with flavour, Angela slashes those serving stats in half without compromising on taste. Makeover onion tart recipe


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jessybrain's picture

You have mentioned beef on your article. Isn't it high fat meal? Rather I would some low fat foods such as Apples, Barley, Beans, Berries, Broccoli, Buckwheat, Cabbage, Carrots, Chicken, Coffee, Corn, Cottage Cheese, Figs, Fish, Kiwi, Leeks etc.

toughtoplease's picture

Beef does not equate to fat. There are many lean cuts of beef that how low levels of fat, and it's not necessary about the ingredient but how you prepare it.
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