Winter Diet

As temperatures drop, many of us turn to food for comfort.

Perth dietician Julie Meek says it is simple to cook comfort food without the calories.

Here are some of her recipe suggestions...

Broccoli and Cauliflower Soup

1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely diced
4 litres of chicken or vegetable stock (salt reduced)
1x head of broccoli (cut into florets)
1 x head of cauliflower (cut into florets)

Spray a large saucepan with cooking oil and add onion and garlic, cooking until soft and translucent. Carefully add stock, cauliflower and broccoli, bring to the boil and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until soft. Blend all ingredients with a stick or jug blender and serve.

Sticky Date Pudding

200 g dates, pitted and chopped
250 ml water
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1½ cups self-raising flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon custard powder
375 ml can CARNATION Light and Creamy Evaporated Milk
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons golden syrup

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Lightly grease a 20-cm round cake pan, and line base with baking paper. Place dates and water in small saucepan, bring to the boil, and remove from heat. Add bicarbonate of soda and stir well. Set aside. Sift flour into a large bowl, stir in sugar and make a well in the centre. In a small bowl, whisk egg, oil and vanilla, then add to flour mixture. Add date mixture and stir gently to combine. Pour into pan, and bake for 35 minutes or until a skewer or knife inserted into the cake comes out clean. Leave in pan for 5 minutes, then turn out. Meanwhile, to make the sauce, put custard powder in a small bowl and gradually add 1/3 cup milk, stirring until smooth. Place remaining milk in a small saucepan, and stir in sugar and golden syrup. Add custard mixture to saucepan, and stir over low heat until mixture boils and thickens. Serve pudding warm with sauce and a scoop of ice cream, if desired.

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