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Dinner party dishes that keep the calories down

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Dinner party dishes that keep the calories down
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Starters- Red pepper and fennel mussels

Mussels are low in fat and also readily available to buy cheaply in shops so make a great starter for if you're keen to save the pennies as well as the pounds this January.

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Blackberry and goat's cheese tarts

Spread a little love at your get-togethers with these lovely fruity tarts.

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Tomato, onion and olive bruschetta

Bruschetta is a real mainstay of the dinner party world and rightly so because it tastes delicious. It's also filling enough before your main meal without drastically topping up your calorie count for the evening.

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Main- Honey and wholegrain mustard roast salmon with lemon and dill bashed potatoes

Salmon is often a crowd-pleaser at dinner parties and your guests can also be smug in the knowledge that your boosting their brain power and adding healthy omega 3 into their diet.

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Asparagus, pancetta and lemon linguine

It's an Italian classic which you can transform into a healthy eater's dream dish, packed full of taste and low on calories. It's also an easy make to feed a party of friends as you can cook up one big batch- great for if you're short on time.

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Healthy winter gratin

Want to steer clear of too many carbs on the dinner table? This gratin makes a healthy alternative to a side of potatoes or wedges.

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Sweet potato, butternut and soya bean korma

Love a curry but worry about the calories? This one substitutes Alpro soya single for thick cream making it a much lighter option and full of veg too. Great if you've got vegetarian guests.

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Roasted cod topped with celery, walnut and black olive stuffing

This takes only 15 minutes to cook making it ideal for a dinner party dish you don't want to spend hours stewing over.

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Dessert-Roasted orchard fruits

If you usually roll your eyes at the thought of fruit as a pudding, this is the dish that will change your mind. Wonderfully sweet and juicy and yet totally guilt-free.

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Baked apples stuffed with quinoa, raisins and walnuts

This not-so-naughty dessert is packed with goodness, especially from the fibre-filled quinoa which not only fills you up but is also brimming with vitamins.

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Apple autumn tart

By keeping the pastry nice and thin on this tart, you can enjoy it without worrying about the calories.

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Poached pears in blackberry wine

If you like the sound of a dessert you can prepare hours before your guests arrive and then just whip out the fridge when dinner is done, you'll like this poached pears dessert that also has a spicy- almost Christmassy taste- to it.

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Light blueberry cheesecake

Fancy a dessert that requires no cooking? This cheesecake is fuss-free to make as well as a great lighter version of this dinner party classic.

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