RECIPES

Our special cassoulet

Our special cassoulet

Cassoulet is a hearty dish but with a few little tweaks we’ve reduced the calorie count while keeping the big flavours. Choose really meaty sausages and gammon, take the skin off the chicken and use a very small amount of oil – it all helps.

464 calories per portion.

Ingredients

  • ½ tsp sunflower oil
  • 6 sausages, at least 85% meat
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 onions, halved and sliced
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 450g/1lb)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 200g/7oz piece smoked lean gammon, trimmed and cut into 2cm/1in cubes
  • 2 x 400g/14oz cans chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml/5fl oz red wine (or water)
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4-5 bushy sprigs fresh thyme
  • 400g/14oz can cannellini beans in water, drained and rinsed
  • 400g/14oz can butter beans in water, drained and rinsed
  • freshly ground black pepper

For the garnish

  • handful fresh flatleaf parsley
  • ½ large orange, zest only, finely grated