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Healthy comfort food

Healthy comfort food


Ever find yourself turning to food for comfort? You certainly wouldn’t be alone. Self-confessed comfort food eater Terri-Ann, creator of the Terri-Ann 123 Diet Plan, has created tasty and filling recipes that satisfy comfort food cravings, without the unwanted calories, and which do away with those comfort-food cravings. These recipes are the perfect way to avoid high-carb and stodgy food, and instead use ingredients that are healthy and full of goodness – good for soul and waistline!


These hearty meatballs and a mouth-watering lasagne are ideal for the whole family to enjoy and are quick and easy to make.


Sweet Potato Lasagna Serves 5

You will need:

1kg lean ground turkey, 400g sweet potato, 1 egg white, 125ml low fat cottage cheese, 125ml reduced fat mozzarella, 2 small tomatoes, 1 400ml tin tomato sauce, 1/3 cup mushrooms, 1/3 cup red onions, 1 tbsp garlic paste, 1/2 cup chopped coriander, 1 tbsp Italian seasoning, sea salt, pepper


Set oven to 200C. Slice sweet potato using a sharp knife and separately chop up tomatoes, onions and mushrooms.

Mix cottage cheese with egg white and set aside. Sauté red onions with garlic paste, then add the meat, tomatoes, cilantro, mushrooms and tomato sauce.

Add Italian seasoning.

Build lasagna. Add sweet potato slices, meat sauce and cottage cheese and then repeat. Top with mozzarella.

Cover with aluminium foil and bake
for 45 minutes.

Serve with crisp salad and balsamic glaze. If you do not like sweet potato you can replace sweet potato sheets with thin sheets of egg omelettes.


Easy Peasy Chicken Meatballs
(Serves 3)

You will need:

600g minced chicken, 4 spring onions, finely sliced, 1 tablespoon ground coriander, 1/2 bunch fresh coriander, chopped, 4 tablespoons lazy chilli, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


In a large bowl, mix together the chicken, spring onion, ground coriander, fresh coriander, lazy chilli and lemon juice.

Using damp hands, form the mixture into evenly shaped balls that are either small enough to eat with your fingers, or large enough to use as burgers.

Heat the fry light in a large frying pan over a medium heat.

Pan fry the chicken meatballs in batches until well browned all over.

Serve hot or cold with salad or sweet potatoes!