Healthy comfort food ideas

Five comfort food classics that are low in calories and sugar but full of flavour. Try Good Food's top recipes for healthy dinners and feel-good desserts

Healthy comfort food recipes

Some days just cry out for comfort food classics - satisfying stews, spicy curries, and indulgent desserts. Get even more of a feel-good factor with these dishes that are not just delicious, but have added health benefits too. We've cut the sugar and calories and ramped up the portions of fruit and vegetables in some of our all-time favourite foods, so you can eat well everyday.

Chocolate-orange steamed pudding with chocolate sauce

A steamed pudding is often thought of as the ultimate comfort food, but can often be packed with sugar. We've replaced added sugar with xylitol, a naturally occuring sugar alternative, which can be used in the same way as sugar in a variety of recipes. Unlike regular sugar, xylitol actually protects against tooth decay, has a low GI, and contributes around a third of the calories of table sugar. The whole family will love this indulgent-tasting sweet treat, which serves eight with plenty of hot chocolate sauce to spoon over.

Try our chocolate-orange steamed pudding with chocolate sauce

Cardamom chicken with lime leaves

Ready-made spice pastes and powders might be convenient, but they don't quite hit the spot if you are a true curry lover. Here, individual spices add layers of flavour to lean chicken and melting chunks of aubergine, while lime leaves add a zesty fragrance. No-one will guess that this delicious dish is actually superhealthy, low-calorie, and provides four of your five a day. We've added a satisfying side of nutrient-rich, turmeric-spiced brown basmati rice with red lentils.

Try our cardamom chicken with lime leaves

Berry almond Bakewell

Crisp pastry, tangy raspberries and almond frangipane makes this a lovely dinner party dessert or simply a weekend indulgence. No-one will guess that it's low in sugar - we've opted again for xylitol as our sugar alternative. Using shop-bought shortcrust pastry and frozen raspberries make this a convenient and fuss-free option for an afternoon tea treat.

Try our berry almond Bakewell

Sticky baked meatloaf with avocado & black bean salsa

This enduring family favourite makes for a satisfying supper. We've combined lean turkey mince with protein-packed quinoa and a sticky onion glaze to make a healthy dish that is low-calorie and suitable for those on a gluten-free diet. Add in a colourful side of avocado, black bean and tomato salsa and you've got four of your five a day on one plate.

Try our sticky baked meatloaf with avocado & black bean salsa

Pork & apple stew with parsley & thyme dumplings

Can dumplings really be healthy? The answer is yes! These delicious bites use spelt flour and are cooked on top of the stew, so they absorb the flavours of cider, mustard and a hint of apple. With three of your five a day and plenty of fibre, this is a truly satisfying supper.

Try our pork & apple stew with parsley & thyme dumplings

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