Christmas is well and truly over and many of us will be trying to eat healthier after all of the treats over the festive period. Here are some low-calorie and easy recipes for you to try to kick start 2017.


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This recipe is quick and easy to make and ideal for students who are looking to save money. The majority of ingredients are tinned, which reduces the cost of the meal and means you can store them for longer.

Peach and chickpea curry

You will need:

1 x 250g tinned chickpeas

1 onion

1 clove of garlic

1 chilli

a splash of oil

1 tsp of ground cumin

1 x 400g tin of peaches

1 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes

1 vegetable stock cube

1 tsp of mixed herbs

First of all, drain your chickpeas and wash them thoroughly to get rid of all of the water they’ve been sitting in. Then peel and finely chop the onion, garlic and chili.

Add the oil to a saucepan and gently cook the onion, garlic and chili, adding the ground cumin after a few minutes.

Drain the peaches but ensure you reserve the juice! Chop the peaches up into small chunks, and add to the saucepan, along with any reserved juice.

Add the chickpeas and tinned tomatoes to the saucepan.

Then, add your stock cube and your herbs. Stir everything together and reduce to a low simmer, allowing the mixture to thicken. This should take around 30 minutes.

You may need to add some water to the pan if the curry looks too thick.

You can serve with rice or with pitta bread.

This recipe should make enough for two people, as well as leftovers for the next day.

Photo: Jasmin Woodward


This recipe is great and relatively cheap to make. You could mix it up with chicken or different vegetables, so is a really good basis to start eating healthier this January.

Beef and broccoli

You will need:

1 portion of cut beef strips (or alternatively, buy a thin steak and cut into pieces)

1 x broccoli

A splash of light soy sauce

A teaspoon of brown sugar

1 clove of garlic

1 chopped chilli

1 cup of water

A splash of oil

First of all, brown your beef in a pan with a splash of oil. Once it’s cooked, remove from the pan and put aside.

Add your garlic and chili to the pan and cook this for around 10 seconds. Add your soy sauce, brown sugar and water.

Once this begins to thicken, add your broccoli and cover. Allow this to cook to your taste, but around 10 minutes should be enough.

Add your beef back into the mix, and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve with rice or salad.