Sure look. 2021 isn’t exactly off to a wonderful start: the weather’s Baltic and we’re all stuck at home again for the foreseeable future. What we all need now is a collection of comforting, nourishing and flavoursome meals to see us through into happier, warmer times. Read on to find 11 of our favourite healthy comfort food dinners perfect for a January lockdown.
If you’re trying to eat less meat this month, this veggie version of Ireland’s much-loved spaghetti Bolognese might be just what you need. Our top tip? This one freezes well, so make double while you’re at it and have a homemade ready meal at hand for later in the month.
Staying on a veggie buzz, this meat-free cottage pie is sure to satisfy everyone at the table — and we all know there’s nothing more comforting than cheesy mashed potato!
Another option perfect for getting those veggies in is this hearty gratin. Packed with fibre and protein, it’s guaranteed to satisfy — plus, it’s topped with garlic baguette, so you know it’s a winner.
The cold weather often makes us crave something spicy, yet creamy, and this lighter version of the classic chicken tikka masala does the trick every time. Who needs the takeaway?!
Another delicious fakeaway favourite, this spicy and sour Thai fish curry is low on calories but high on flavour, and will definitely warm you up from the inside!
Chilli con carne is one of our favourite comfort foods, especially since we can mix up the sides depending on our mood: rice, baked potatoes, chips, wedges, taco shells or tortilla wraps all do a great job. Try our best basic chilli recipe or try a spin on the classic with our three tasty ways to pimp out your chilli.
If you’re looking for a taste of sunshine — something to transport you to the Mediterranean and make you forget how cold it is out there — this so-healthy, so-simple prawn stew might be the answer. It’s ready in 20 minutes, too!
A classic creamy fish pie is ultimate comfort food. However, if you’re not feelin’ the cream right now, never fear — this clever twist uses a lighter tomato-based sauce to create a pie that’s just as delicious, but a little bit lighter.
Another spin on a traditional meal, this roast chicken recipe includes plenty of in-season root veg for a well-rounded dinner that’ll feed the whole family. The chicken is roasted over the vegetables, giving them plenty of extra flavour while cutting down on your washing up.
Another perfect dish for those times when you just need a big, steaming bowl of goodness, this Tuscan bean and kale stew makes a great lunch, or add some good bread to make it dinner that’s light, yet filling.
A rich noodle-filled broth is a classic comfort food for a reason. Whether it’s a traditional chicken noodle soup, a filling bowl of ramen, a vegetarian twist on Vietnamese pho or this fiery Thai broth designed to help you shake that cold, there’s a noodle soup with your name on it. If you have a chicken carcass left from that roast dinner, we highly recommend you use it to make this Vietnamese chicken noodle soup — you won’t be sorry.
What’s your go-to healthy comfort food? Tag us in your creations on social media @easyfoodmag — we love to see what you’re cooking!