Healthy Recipes to Eat with Chips
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that chips make every meal better. While there are certain dishes that simply must be served with a side of Homemade Oven Chips, the beauty of the humble spud is its versatility.
Why stick to fish and chips when there are so many delicious, slimming-friendly recipes to pair with your favourite potato-based side dish? Skip the queue at the chippy and try one of these ideas for dinner tonight…
Fish and Chips
If you want to keep it classic with a fish and chip combo, there’s no need to limit yourself to battered cod. Eating more fish is a great way to give your weekly meal plan a healthy makeover, and our recipes are so much lighter than the deep-fried fish you’ll get from the chip shop.
Why not pair your slimming-friendly chips with one of our Fish Kievs? They have all the best bits of a traditional chicken kiev, but we’ve made them from light, flaky cod instead. Oven-baked and filled with a butter-free garlicky sauce, these are low in calories and big on flavour.
Fish fingers and chips might make you think of childhood dinners, but we’ve given the classic combo a healthy twist that’s perfect for grown-ups. Our Salmon Fish Fingers are a sophisticated version of the freezer-favourite, and they’re easier to make than you might expect.
You’ll only need 5 ingredients and a spare 20 minutes to rustle these up – ideal for making while your chips are cooking away in the oven.
Craving the flavours of fish, chips and mushy peas? What if we told you that you could have all the best bits of a chippy dinner, without all the calories? Our Fish and Chip Pie brings all the ingredients into one dish – and it’s only 432 calories per serving.
This dish really has it all; a layer of green mushy peas, delicately poached, flaky white fish and a topping of golden, oven-baked chips.
Pie and Chips
If it’s comfort food you’re after, it’s tough to beat pie and chips. Comforting carby goodness is exactly the hearty stuff you need at the end of a long week. Tucking into a pie with your chips doesn’t have to mean going off track with your slimming plan; we have plenty of pie recipes that are far lower in calories than shop-bought or restaurant versions.
This Cheese, Onion and Potato Pie is a veggie-friendly dream. Made with crunchy yet light filo pastry, it’s cheesy and stodgy in the best possible way. Cut yourself a slice (only 286 calories!), add a handful of chips on the side and pour over some Gravy – oh my word.
Who fancies Chicken and Mushroom Pie for dinner tonight? With its oh-so-creamy filling you might think there’s no way that this recipe could be slimming friendly, but it’s low in calories and Weight Watchers Points, so it’ll fit in with whichever diet plan you’re following.
Serve it with some chunky chips and plenty of fresh, steamed vegetables for a dinner that you’ll look forward to all day long.
The only thing better than chips on the side of your dish? Chips on the top of your dish, of course! Instead of high calorie pastry, we’ve made a chippy topping for this Steak and Chips Pie, so you can enjoy those rich, meaty flavours for just 316 calories.
Just wait until you taste the gravy inside this pie – it’s so packed full of flavour, you won’t miss the pastry one bit. Spoon some extra veggies on the side and you’re onto a winner! Find the full recipe in our Comfort Food cookbook.
Curry and Chips
When you order from the Indian takeaway, do you always swap out rice for chips? There’s something about crunchy, golden chips paired with spicy curry sauce that’s too good to miss out on. If you’re planning a fakeaway night to save on pennies (and calories!), get your chips in the oven and try out one of our healthier curry recipes to serve with them.
This Mushy Pea Curry is one of our favourite recipes to spoon over a handful of chips. It tastes just like chip shop curry sauce, yet it’s bursting with healthy veggies! This is a great one if you’re trying to sneak vegetables past fussy eaters – most of the veggies get blitzed until you’re left with a smooth, mild curry sauce to simmer your chicken in.
There’s no reason you can’t dish up this Oven Baked Pasanda Curry with chips instead of rice (why not go half and half if you want a bit of both?). You might think that a creamy pasanda is off the menu when you’re counting calories or following a diet plan, but our version comes in at just 191 calories per serving.
Best of all, it’s a one pot wonder that you can leave bubbling away in the oven while you go about your other jobs.
Curry piled on top of chips – sounds like our kind of dish! If you’re obsessed with the mild taste of katsu curry sauce, you’ll need a plate of these Loaded Katsu Curry Fries immediately!
Once again, the secret of our creamy yet low-calorie curry sauce is all in the blending of loads of veggies. Top your oven-baked fries with cooked chicken pieces, a good glug of curry sauce and some crumbled up tortilla chips for a lovely crunch. So much tastier than the takeaway!
Burger and Chips
Who needs a pub lunch when you can make a banging burger and chips at home? Whether you serve with a side of Sweet Potato Fries or spice it up with Salt and Pepper Chips, everyone loves a good burger.
Thanks to the Mexican-inspired spices mixed into the burger patties, these Tex Mex Burgers have an irresistible fiery kick to them. If you can’t handle the heat it’s so easy to bring this recipe down to your level – just add more or less chilli depending on how spicy you like it.
Grab a wholemeal roll and load your burger up with cooling light mayo and loads of crunchy salad, then scoop your chips onto the side. There’s just one big decision left to make…ketchup or no ketchup?
It’s no secret that we love to create slimming-friendly versions of our favourite fast foods, and this next recipe is no exception. Next time you’re craving a chicken burger and chips, rather than heading to the drive through, give our KFC Zinger Burger Fakeaway a go.
Shhhh…don’t tell anyone that you don’t need 11 secret herbs and spices to make your chicken fillet taste just like the real deal (all you need is some crushed up Doritos!). Serve with your favourite chips or fries for a fast food themed dinner that’s so much better for you!
Our Halloumi Couscous Burgers with Salsa recipe proves you don’t need meat to enjoy a burger and chips combo. You can serve them in a bun, on a flatbread or just with a heap of chips and salad – whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Don’t skip the salsa when you make this; it’s so juicy and refreshing, especially paired with the salty halloumi. If you’re cooking this recipe for vegetarians just make sure you look out for a veggie-friendly halloumi cheese.
What’s your favourite thing to eat with chips?
Which slimming-friendly recipes do you like to serve with a portion of chips on the side? Head on over to our Facebook group to let us know. You’ll find a lovely community of almost 1 million members in the group already, and they love to share recipes and inspiration for your slimming journey.
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