Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe with Aubergine Bacon

15 healthy swaps

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We've found 15 ways to make your favourite meals healthier, lighter and more nutritious (but just as delicious!) – think courgetti pad thai, aubergine caesar salad and more


Swap bacon for aubergine

Vegan kale caesar salad with aubergine ‘bacon’

Swap bacon for crunchy, paprika-smoked aubergine slices in our super tasty vegan riff on a classic caesar salad.


Swap spaghetti for courgette

Courgetti with pesto and balsamic tomatoes

Swap spaghetti for courgette with our easy ‘courgetti’ recipe, loaded with baby plum tomatoes, fragrant garlic, vegetarian pesto, toasted pine nuts and lots of courgette noodles.


Swap noodles for courgette

Courgetti Healthy Pad Thai

Swap noodles for courgette in our vibrant, low-calorie, 20-minute version of this Thai classic that packs in prawns, mooli, beansprouts and plenty of spiralled courgetti to help you on your way to five a day.


Swap linguine for sweet potato

Sweet potato linguine with vegan puy lentil ragu

Swap linguine for bright and colourful sweet potato noodles. Topped with a warming, vegan, bolognese-style ragù, this gluten-free low-calorie main is perfect all year round.


Swap white pasta for beetroot tagliatelle

Khorasan beetroot tagliatelle with flower sprouts, garlic and cream

Swap standard white pasta for the prettiest beetroot tagliatelle then add kalettes, toasted walnuts and a homemade sauce to wow your family and friends with this showstopping dish!


Swap eggs for tofu

Californian tofu scramble

Swap eggs for deliciously smoked tofu in this low-calorie, vegan recipe that’s full of flavour from punchy chilli and pan fried courgette and ideal for lazy weekend brunching.


Swap rice for cauliflower

Cauliflower rice with aubergine ragout

Swap traditional rice for this brilliant cauliflower version that’s easy to make, quick to cook and filling – pair it with aubergine ragout for a perfect, veggie-heavy supper.


Swap rice for barley

Pea, courgette and artichoke barley risotto

Swap risotto rice for nutty barley and create a light, summery dish with peas, courgettes and artichokes that feels indulgent but comes in at less than 300 calories.


Swap rice for spelt

Spelt risotto with pancetta and peas

Swap arborio rice for pearled spelt and add crispy pancetta and sweet peas to create a beautifully comforting bowl to warm you up on a cold night.


Swap rice for farro

Leek and farro risotto with toasted hazelnuts

Swap rice for farro in this creamy risotto recipe that’s low in calories but bursting with flavour thanks to the sweet, soft leeks and golden, toasted hazelnuts that are tumbled through it.


Swap minced meat for lentils

Spicy Lentil Burgers

Swap minced meat for spicy lentils and whip up these punchy patties in just 30 minutes for the ultimate plant-based, summer BBQ offering.


Swap potato for courgette

Courgette fritti

Swap potato for courgette and become obsessed with this deliciously healthy alternative to chips, excellent with steak or eaten by the handful as the perfect nibble with drinks!


Swap noodles for beetroot

Tofu steak with beetroot noodles and dukkah

Swap egg noodles for beetroot to bring vibrancy, colour and texture to your plate. Topped with grilled tofu and a beautifully spiced and nutty dukkah, this is a great vegetarian meal for one, ready in half an hour.


Swap wraps for lettuce

Asian lettuce wraps

Swap white floury wraps for fresh crisp lettuce and allow all the flavours inspired by Asia to shine in this simple summer favourite that’s has less than 300 calories a roll and perfect for hot lazy days.


Swap potato for kale

Kale crisps

Swap potato for kale and get ready to bulk bake this fantastically healthy, low-fat, low-cal snack – a great alternative to crisps. Sprinkle with whatever spices you fancy – celery salt or a mild chilli powder would both work well.



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