3 Feb 2015

Winter serving suggestions...mmm!

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Not many things beat a nice, hot meal during the winter months, when it's cold, wet and dark outside. But you don’t have to go off diet to enjoy delicious comfort food that really hits the spot!

We asked our Development Chef Alan Mathieson to have a look at our menu and come up with a few mouth-watering winter serving suggestions. Here’s what Alan had to say…

Beef & Vegetable Stew 

"We recently replaced our Beef in Ale dinner with a sumptuous Beef and Chunky Vegetable Stew – an absolutely stunning and rich dish, which tastes like something you might get served in a trendy gastro pub!

Why not try it with celeriac, potato & garlic mash, plus boiled or steamed tender stem broccoli?"

Sausages in Onion Gravy 

"To bulk out our delicious Sausages in Onion Gravy, serve with roast celeriac, parsnip, carrot and potato wedges. Lightly coat the potato wedges and vegetables in a little bit of oil, season with garlic and rosemary, then bake in the oven.

The rich onion gravy will go superbly with the garlic and rosemary seasoning, and the meaty sausages will be a perfect match for the roast roots and wedges."

Beet Meatball Wrap

"How about something hot AND cold? That's one of my personal favourites, in terms of food combinations!

But be warned: this dish can get messy, so make sure you have lots of paper towel at hand – it's basically a healthy twist on a meatball sub roll.

Cook some green lentils until they just have a tiny bit of bite left, strain and cool down in cold water, then allow to drain thoroughly. Once drained, mix the lentils with fresh coriander, chopped tomatoes, a bit of feta cheese, grated garlic and seasoning. Add a splash of red wine vinegar and a little bit of oil, then leave to soak.

Take a tortilla wrap and add the soaked lentil mix, fresh chopped iceberg lettuce, our delicious beef meatballs (having heated them up first, as per the instructions) and finish with a low fat yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip.

A truly amazing hot and cold combination!"

Red Thai Curry Laksa

"To create a warming, filling oriental meal, add some water to our Red Thai Curry and heat in a pot, then mix in fresh coriander, blanched bok choi and some pre-soaked rice noodles.

If you're feeling brave, add some Bird's-eye chillies (small chillies) and lime juice to give the dish a bit of extra kick."

Well, we don’t know about you, but that all sounds amazing to us – and perfect for a cosy night in. Big thanks to Alan for sharing his favourite winter serving suggestions and tips with us! 

Have your own serving suggestions? 

We hope you enjoy trying one or more of the above out – if you do, feel free to let us know how you got on and what you thought.

Also, if you have any good 'Diet Chef serving suggestions' of your own, please share with us in the comment section below, or on our social media pages.

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