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Want to boost the health quotient of your favourite foods without sacrificing flavour? Here are 10 easy ways to make comfort food more healthy

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Give your comfort food a makeover

Sad but true: comfort food tends to be unhealthy. The dishes are usually buttery, creamy, deep-fried—or otherwise high-cal, high-sodium and high-fat (sigh). But once temperatures drop—or we’ve had one heck of a bad day at work—comfort foods such as casseroles, mac ‘n’ cheese and Sloppy Joes start sounding pretty good.

 

Here’s the good news: trim some fat here and add a bit of fibre there, and you can actually turn these diet busters into healthier dishes—without sacrificing taste. Here are 10 comfort food makeovers to add to your cookbook.

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Latkes

These little brown circles are delicious and a great addition to any daily meal. With poached eggs and spinach in the morning, smoked salmon and greens at lunch or in this case with brisket for dinner, they rise to the challenge. Traditionally, potato latkes are shallow fried and tend to be a tad greasy. With this recipe the latkes are finished in the oven and require far less oil in the cooking process.

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Normandy Pork with Apples, Celery and Walnuts

Fresh and fruity, this pork casserole with celery and walnuts comes from Normandy in northwestern France, where cider apples grow in profusion. A dish of rice is cooked in the oven at the same time, making this a very simple meal to prepare. Serve with green vegetables.