Kickstart the New Year With Our Favourite Healthy Side Dishes


The goose got fat, the turkey was stuffed, and you’re now left groaning that your favourite jeans don’t fit. You’re not wanting to slump down in to the January blues, but your usual treats (Vale of Mowbray Pork Pie anyone?!) need a healthy twist if you want to ensure a sense of satisfaction alongside your food. No problem, here are our favourite healthy side dishes worthy of transforming a beautiful slice of a Grosvenor or County pork pie in to a veritable, yet healthy, feast.

Get Dizzy With the Spinny
If you haven’t caved and given in to the spiralizing craze then now’s the time to jump on board. Get yourself a spiralizer, we particularly like those from our friends at Lakeland, and start transforming that humble carrot, courgette or cucumber in to a zany, healthy, new year salad. You get the crunch and vibrancy of your favourite veggies, zested up with a dash of vinaigrette, and a texture sensation you won’t look back from. Get spiralizing!

Sweet & Sour
There’s a reason so many great recipes play on the sweet and sour theme: it works. Fact. Our taste buds go in to party mode when we tease them with a zap of tang and a lull of sweet. Add in the saltiness and meaty deliciousness of a pork pie and you’ve got a winning combo. Therefore, one of our favourite healthy side dishes is piccalilli. Pork pie and piccalilli is, let’s face it, a match made in heaven. If you’re feeling inspired then take a few days and create your own, and if you’re not that prepared we won’t tell if you nip down to your local supermarket and grab a jar.

Crunchy Crispness
Sitting comfortable alongside a delicious pork pie is a yummy crunch portion of Waldorf Salad. This old favourite shouldn’t be relegated to the Boxing Day buffet only, but should have pride of place year round. The crunch of fresh apple, the goodness and nuttiness of the walnuts, and the fruity sweetness of grapes complement a pork pie like Laurel does to Hardy. Just think of the vitamin boost too! Here’s our super-quick Waldorf Salad Recipe:

Waldorf Salad
6 tbsp Mayonnaise
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Eating Apples, cored and chopped in to cubes
1 Cup Seedless Red Grapes (halved)
2 Stalks of Celery (thinly sliced)
1 Cup of Chopped Walnuts

In a bowl mix together the mayo and the lemon juice. Stir in all the other ingredients. Season.

Job done!

Winter Warmer
If you’re looking to jazz up a slice of the County or Grosvenor Pork Pie and elevate it to being worthy of serving up for dinner alongside a cheeky glass of red, then this recipe for Sautéed Swiss Chard with Blood Orange Dressing is just what you’re looking for. Jam-packed with Vitamin C, you’re going to be dining in style whilst also treating your body to some TLC. Trust us, it’s a combination that works.

So grab your favourite jeans, refuse to give up the pie, and make your healthy side dishes work for you.

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