Pinch of Nom Bonfire Night Recipe Round Up
Remember, remember…that bonfire night is the best bit of November! Who else loves to get all wrapped up and cosy to watch the fireworks with your friends and family?
A night out in the cold calls for something hearty and warm for dinner. There’s sure to be burger vans and hot dog stands aplenty at most bonfire night events, but if you’re looking for healthier choices, we’ve got you covered.
Even if you’re not heading out to a firework display, it’s going to be chilly out there this weekend – so you’ll be needing some winter warmers to fill your bellies.
Psssst…if you scroll to the bottom you’ll find our ultimate bonfire night recipe!
Meals to warm you up
Whether you’re eating before or after the big event, it’s a good idea to tuck into something warm and filling. A hearty meal can still be slimming friendly, and sometimes the easiest recipes are the best for busy nights like this.
Our Campfire Stew is perfect for bonfire night. You can throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and it’ll be ready when you get back home.
Smoky in flavour, this ham and veggie-packed stew is just what you need when you’ve been out in the cold night. You can use a cheap gammon joint to keep it budget friendly too – once it cooks down in the slow cooker you’ll never know the difference.
With just the right amount of heat to it, the fiery sauce is rich with paprika, cumin and a pinch of chilli flakes.
Imagine coming home to a piping hot bowl of this after all the fireworks fun!
Skip the queue for the hot dog van and plan this Italian Sausage Stew instead – it’s far tastier, with the perfect balance of fresh vegetables, filling pasta and herby sausages.
It needs just over an hour to cook away on the hob, so it’s ideal to rustle up before you head out. You’ll have it waiting for you at home, ready to be reheated when you get back.
Almost any low fat sausages will do for this recipe, and you can even switch to veggie sausages if you’re cooking for vegetarians. Just remember to use veggie stock cubes and an alternative to Parmesan cheese too.
Chilli Con Carne is a bonfire night classic for good reason. Wholesome and hearty, with a good kick of warming spices, it’s a crowd-pleasing dish that’s made for chilly nights.
We love how versatile a good chilli recipe is, and our slimming friendly version is no exception. It’s every bit as delicious whether you serve it on its own, with some fluffy Basmati rice or in a crispy jacket potato.
The key is to let it simmer for at least 45 minutes once all the ingredients have been added. It’s worth the wait for all the extra flavour this adds.
Chilli tastes even better the next day, so you can make the most of any leftovers too. It freezes well, so it’s great for batch cooking to see you through the winter.
How about a twist on the classic bonfire night burger? If you’d rather avoid the high calorie bun, but still fancy all the flavours of a traditional cheeseburger, we’ve got the best recipe for you.
This Baked Cheeseburger Wrap is a cross between a quesadilla and a cheeseburger. The giant burger patty inside is homemade, so you’ll know exactly what’s gone into it. We’ve even included a tangy, gherkin-rich burger sauce.
At just 275 calories per portion, this is such a treat before you head out to watch the fireworks, huddle around the bonfire and light your sparklers!
Buffet table snacks and sides
If you’re having a few people round before you head out to a display together, you might want to put out a couple of picky bits for a pre-bonfire buffet.
It’s hard to beat Homemade Oven Chips, and filling up on these before you leave will remove the temptation to buy some while you’re out. Quick and simple, you can add some seasonings or keep them classic.
Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, you can cook them in the oven or pop them in your air fryer if you have one. Not sure which air fryer to get? Check out our handy list of the best air fryers to buy.
A tray of these Sausage Rolls fresh from the oven is guaranteed to start your fireworks night off with a bang. Who doesn’t love a sausage roll?
Our slimming friendly version ditches high calorie pastry, switching it for low calorie tortilla wraps instead. It might sound a bit weird but we promise it works so well!
They get really crispy when you bake them in the oven, with that yummy, well-seasoned sausage meat in the centre. They’re sure to be an instant hit with all your friends and family.
Snack on a couple of these before you head out to keep the junk food cravings at bay.
We love this Sweet Potato and Harissa Salad at a summer barbecue, but we think it’s just as good for a bonfire buffet. You get gentle heat from the Harissa spices, and a creamy yet light sauce made from cool natural yoghurt.
With just 165 calories in each portion, it’s easy to see why this is one of our favourite side dishes.
Looking for a snack that’ll keep you going until you get back from the bonfire? These Cauliflower Hot Wings are so popular!
You can bake them in the oven until they’re crispy, or follow this method for Air Fryer Cauliflower Hot Wings.
This recipe is vegan friendly, slimming friendly and so tasty! The wings are coated in a fiery hot sauce, but don’t worry – we’ve included a cooling yoghurt dip.
The perfect drink for the occasion? A Firework Fizz of course. This bubbly cocktail mixes spiced rum and ginger beer or ale, making for a banger of a bonfire night beverage!
We LOVE the popping candy around the rim of the champagne flutes – it’s a fun nod to fireworks and sure to get the party started.
Puddings and sweet treats
We can’t talk about bonfire night recipes without covering some sweet treats. Even if you want to skip the candy floss and toffee apples, you don’t have to miss out. Instead, prepare one of these slimming friendly desserts to enjoy after the big firework finale.
Gently spiced with ginger, it’s total comfort food and just what you need after a few hours out in the chilly night air. The soft, sweet pears make a nice change to a traditional apple filling, with a crunchy crumble topping to add some texture. Delish!
If you fancy something a little more indulgent, these Chocolate Lava Mug Cakes are gooey, rich and only 208 calories. Yes, really!
Ready in less than ten minutes, they’re easy to whip up when you get home. You only need a handful of ingredients, and you can make them in a mug or a microwavable ramekin depending on how fancy you’re feeling.
With that chocolatey lava centre, these speedy cakes are completely irresistible.
If you’re ready for a cuppa by the time the fireworks fun has ended, why not treat yourself to one of these Biscoff Swirls with your cup of tea?
They only need three ingredients, and in less than half an hour you can be tucking into crispy, buttery pastry, filled with caramelised biscuit spread.
We’re obsessed with the flavour of Lotus Biscoff, and love it in everything from milkshakes to cheesecake. This recipe is one of the simplest ways to enjoy it, and the perfect little treat for bonfire night.
So, what’s our ultimate bonfire night recipe? It’s got to be these Toffee Apple Pies. Sweet apples, buttery caramel sauce and crispy filo pastry – does it get any better?
These little pies might look impressive, but you’ll be surprised how simple they are. You can make them in under an hour and serve them fresh from the oven to enjoy all that toffee apple-inspired flavour while you watch the fireworks out of your window.
What’s on your bonfire night menu?
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