Diabetic Living dietitian Dr Kate Marsh gives your cold-weather food favourites a slimming and satisfying revamp
Do you find that as the mercury cools, the urge to pile your plate high with the richest, heaviest food rises? Have your cake (and stew and porridge!) and eat it too with these diabetes-friendly lighter takes on comfort food classics.
Porridge is a tasty winter brekkie. Use traditional oats and add stewed apple, cinnamon and sultanas. Or, have baked beans on wholegrain toast, or poached eggs with grilled tomato, mushrooms and asparagus.
Make a pot of soup and freeze it in portions. Include plenty of vegies and beans or lentils for satiety. Or, have a toasted wholegrain sandwich with ricotta and roasted vegies, cheese and tomato or red kidney beans and avocado.
Casseroles and stews are ideal as they can be made in advance. Use lean meats or chicken, legumes and lots of vegies. Curries are also good, but make them tomato, rather than cream-based.
Cook up baked apples, filo with fruit filling, or apple or pear crumble with natural muesli topping served with a dollop of plain yoghurt. Yum!