Chatelaine Kitchen

Healthy eating: 10 guilt-free recipes

To kick-start a new and healthier year, we packed our February issue with healthier versions of our favourite comfort foods

If you’ve made resolutions to improve your health this month, you aren’t alone. Many of my friends and co-workers have set goals to eat healthier, exercise more or attempt a “dry January” (no alcohol). To kick-start your diet plans, be sure to check out our February issue, which is packed with healthy adaptations of some of our favourite comfort foods.

Here are some guilt-free breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert ideas to keep your body (and taste buds) happy:

Start your day with a protein-packed vegetable omelette with lentils. Or spread some of our smarter peanut butter on whole-wheat toast with slices of banana (don’t let the carrots fool you – they add a delightfully-fluffy texture).

You’re bound to get a few envious looks around the lunch room with this healthy soup and salad combo. Our green chili pork posole and chipotle caesar salad with parmesan crisps are full of fragrant spices and flavours.

Our sesame scallops with pistachio brown rice is so filling you’ll be surprised to hear that this dish is under 400 calories per serving! The brown rice is high in fibre, which makes you feel full faster and longer.

The secret to this delicious black cod with garlic spinach dish is the porcini crust. Grinding the dried porcini mushrooms adds a savoury flavour without adding any excess calories. Pair it with a side of black rice and edamame salad.

Eating healthier doesn’t mean that you have to eliminate all the fat from your diet – the key is eating in moderation. Our macaroni and cheese has the added benefit of roasted squash, a great source of beta-carotene. The secret to this guilt-free comfort food is using a combination of grated cheeses and stirring them in at the last minute – it gives the illusion of extra-cheesiness.

Both our vanilla bean cheesecake with blueberry compote and light decadent brownies are heavy on flavour but light on fat and calories (our favourite combination). So go ahead and indulge – you deserve it!