10 Lighter recipes for January
1. Skinny haddock, bacon and mushroom chowder
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Soups and chowders are great lunch favourites, but a rich, cream-laden soup isn’t what we look for in January. This chowder recipe—with bacon, mushrooms, sweetcorn, potatoes and haddock—uses semi-skimmed milk, but still results in a richly fulfilling dish.
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2. Lamb and lentil shepherd’s pie
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Shepherd’s pie is the traditional way to use up leftover lamb from a Sunday roast, but you don’t have to go to those lengths—lamb mince will do just as well. This recipe uses lentils as well as the meat, making it go much further and be more economical.
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3. Ginger chicken lettuce wraps
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Using a leaf rather than a wrap or soft tortilla is an easy and tasty change. As a bonus, with a judicious choice of leaves it’s easy to add a welcome crunch to the wrap. Here, the chicken is spiced up a little with ginger, and bell peppers add colour.
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4. Easy bouillabaisse
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Bouillabaisse is the classic fish stew of Marseille; a dish surrounded with rules and strong traditions. But rather than struggle around endless fishmongers trying to find a source of red scorpion fish (rascasse), here’s an easy recipe using seabass, monkfish, shrimp, mussels and clams.
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5. Low-fat vegetarian lasagne
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Rather than make a traditional ragu as the base, this lasagne uses a range of tasty vegetables: squashes, courgettes, carrots and mushrooms. The low-fat theme is continued with fat free ricotta and low fat mozzarella cheese.
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6. Three-bean sweet potato chilli
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Budgets are stretched in January, but here’s an economical as well as tasty dish that’s perfect for feeding a crowd. Using a number of different beans adds to the flavour, but it’s the sort of dish where using what you have is more important than following the recipe precisely.
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7. Walnut parsley pesto spaghetti
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Pesto can come from a jar—and for a late-night carb-fest, it’s a great resource. However, fresh pesto is easy with a food processor, and much nicer, and also gives the opportunity to really vary the ingredients. Here, a homemade walnut and parsley pesto is served on spaghetti enlivened with edamame beans and cherry tomatoes.
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8. Spicy chicken curry with cauliflower “rice”
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Cauliflower rice is so easy to make, and a great way to add extra helpings of vegetables to your diet. Simply pulse cauliflower florets in a food processor until it’s in small, rice-sized pieces. It can be eaten raw in salads, or like here cooked and served hot.
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9. Spaghetti squash carbonara
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Another vegetable adaption here, with spaghetti squash. If you haven’t come across this vegetable before, it’s worth seeking out. Underneath the tough skin, the texture of the flesh separates out into long, narrow strips—very much like spaghetti. It does need a little cooking, but it can do its thing in the oven while you’re busy with other things.
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10. Crockpot carrot cake overnight oatmeal
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Overnight oatmeal—porridge cooked in a slow cooker, ready to go when you are in the morning, is a really handy way to prepare breakfasts for those in a hurry. Here, we’ve added grated carrots to the oatmeal for added flavour.
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