Winter indulgence without the weight gain

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Eat your favourite winter comfort foods without expanding your waistline (too much)

There is a host of winter comfort foods that are simply too good to resist, like fluffy mash served with a thick gravy, and good old spaghetti and meatballs. If you’re watching your waistline and are worried that most of your favourites are laden with carbs, there are clever ways around it – thanks to our smart recipes and Woolworths’ range of carb-clever eats, that is.

For many of us, the cold wintry days can bring on the blues, and we often find ourselves rummaging through the fridge and pantry for the unhealthiest eats and treats. Some argue that it’s our body’s way of trying to cheer us up, but whatever the real reason, there’s no denying that winter can really whet the appetite. To keep you in check without taking away your guilty indulgences, we’ve rounded up ten delicious dishes to keep those excessive carbs at bay.

TASTE RECIPES TO TRY:

Carb-clever carbonara
Abigail Donnelly’s recipe for carb-clever carbonara is a smart way to substitute regular pasta with baby marrow “spaghetti”, which she serves with a creamy carbonara sauce. Yum!

Low-carb cauliflower pizza bases
Another Italian favourite that can be made with less carbs, this recipe ditches flour for cauliflower, which makes just as good a pizza base.

Beef and cauli mash shephards pie
Those still on the banting bandwagon will find this shepherd’s pie quite the treat – it might even convert carb lovers. Cauliflower turns out to be a hit combined with beef and bacon!

Pecan-and-cream-cheese chocolate balls
We haven’t forgotten about those with a sweet tooth. These balls are LCHF-friendly and utterly droolworthy – and the best part? They’ll only take you 10 minutes to make.

Low-carb, high-fat biscuits
You’ll have to keep your cookie jar filled with these scrumptious biscuits made with almonds and coconut flour, because you’ll just keep going back for more.

WOOLWORTHS PREPARED MEALS TO BUY:

Cauliflower mash
Cauli mash is as delicious as potato mash – just you try it! Pop this creamy cauli mash in the microwave for 2½ minutes and you’re ready to dig in.

Beef meatballs
These meatballs are a wise choice if you’re watching your carb intake but still want to indulge in your wintry favourites. They come with roast vegetables with tomato sauce and cauli mash.

Cottage pie
Love cottage pie but hate what it’s doing to your waistline? This carb-clever cottage pie is for you.

Cauliflower and Gruyere soup
What’s winter without a bowl of warm soup? Cauliflower works like magic with Gruyere in this creamy soup, and can be ready in under 5 minutes.

Korma chicken curry
The ultimate curry in a hurry, this hot number is ready to eat in under 3 minutes.

Ashraf Booley Article by: Ashraf Booley

Woolworths TASTE’s digital content producer loves nothing more than trying out inventive recipes and using close friends and family as his guinea pigs. When he’s not crafting content or posting images to TASTE’s Instagram account, he sits in a quiet corner sipping on pretentious tea and penning poetry.

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    Anya Joubert
    June 9, 2015

    Hi there, how LCHF friendly is your cauliflower wraps?.. I enjoy wraps and was just wondering if one can use these on banting?
    thanks