Healthy Warming Winter Meals

It is always a difficult time of year when feeling the need to eat healthier and get fitter after the excesses of the festive period, but with cold, rainy weather, and dark cold nights, we want warming and filling comfort food. Take some tips from your Yorkshire catering company for some delicious, heart warming, but healthy meals for winter.

Celebrity chef, Tom Kerridge recently launched his new TV series and book, Lose Weight And Get Fit With Tom Kerridge, where he and 11 volunteers put themselves through two months of health and fitness training, after he revealed that he had been putting weight back on after previously losing 12 stone.

He also goes through how to make healthy meals, but without ever skimping on flavour. We have a couple of our own delicious meals that will put a smile on everyone’s face this winter, without having to worry about piling on the pounds.

For a delicious prosciutto, kale & butter bean stew, fry some prosciutto until crispy in a dry frying pan, remove half and then add two crushed garlic cloves, dry chilli flakes, fennel, and thyme, with a pinch of salt, fry for a further 2-5 minutes, then add 150ml of white wine or chicken stock. Add two cans of 400g butter beans, including the liquid, a 400g tin of cherry tomatoes, and simmer for five minutes, and then stir through some kale until wilted.

Ladle the stew into bowls, removing the thyme sprigs, and top with the remaining prosciutto. It’s a low calorie meal that only takes 25 minutes to sort, and also contains three of your five-a-day.

Keeping the kids fed and happy is a challenge no matter the time of year, but these slow cooker meatballs are guaranteed to please. Using turkey mince means lighter meatballs, and also they can be frozen which means you can batch cook them.

In a pan, heat a little oil, and add one chopped onion, two finely diced carrots, two finely chopped celery sticks, and two finely sliced garlic cloves. Fry for a minute, then add 500g passata, and two tablespoons of chopped parsley. Transfer all this to your slow cooker.

For the meatballs, tip 400g or lean turkey mince in to a bowl, add 4 tablespoons of porridge oats, a pinch of paprika, a crushed clove of garlic, and plenty of black pepper. Mix it all together with your hands, or get the kids to join in with that part! Divide the mixture in to approximately 20 lumps and roll in to a ball shape with your hands. Pop these in to a pan with a little oil and gently fry until  they are browned.

Add these to the tomato sauce in the slow cooker, and set on low for five hours. Serve these with pasta or with a green salad.

If you’re looking for healthy and delicious catering and buffet options, then get in touch with our Yorkshire catering company today.

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