Classic recipes made healthier

Healthy and tasty twists on all of your favourite classic recipes.
Published 17 June 2020 | Updated 15 September 2022

Classic recipes… with a healthier twist!

Everyone has a list of go-to meals. Recipes that are satisfying, easy-to-make and have been in the family forever. Welcome to our collection of classics made healthier, where the classic recipes you’ve always loved get a healthier, delicious update. With WeightWatchers, making healthier choices doesn’t mean missing out on the foods you love—even hearty, wholesome favourites.

Classic dishes become classics for a reason—they’re full of flavour, easy to make and everyone loves them! But what these dishes often have in common is the use of high fat, high sodium and high in Points. So we gathered our team of dietitians, recipe developers, and content experts to reformulate and create an ultimate collection of delicious classic recipes with a healthy spin the whole family will love.

Classic Aussie breakfasts

Traditional bircher muesli recipes can be up to 19 Points. Our version of the classic is healthier by using unsweetened apple juice and 99% fat-free plain yoghurt instead of full-fat milk, yoghurt, cream, honey, sugar and sultanas.

Classic main meals

Traditional butter chicken recipes can be up to 16 Points per serve. Our version of the classic is healthier by using oil spray, 99% fat-free plain yoghurt and skinless chicken breast.

Classic desserts

Traditional brownie recipes can be up to 12 Points per serve. Our version of the classic is healthier by using cocoa and 99% fat-free yoghurt instead of chocolate and butter.

Healthy cooking method tweaks

It’s not just what you cook, but how you cook that can make a big difference to the Points vaule of any dish. One of the simplest ways to reduce fat and Points is to minimise the amount of oil you use when making a meal. By using one of these smarter cooking methods, you can reduce your oil use by up to 100%, which will significantly reduce the cost, clean-up time and Points for any recipe!

1. Shallow-frying crumbed food or browning meat in 3 tbs oil

Instead, lightly spray crumbed food with oil and pan-fry using a liner (silicone or baking paper). Eliminate oil altogether by using a lined tray in the oven, or use an air-fryer.

2. Deep-frying potato chips or wedges in oil

Lightly spray potato chips or wedges with oil and oven bake on a lined tray at 180°C for 40 minutes. Eliminate oil altogether by using an air-fryer.

3. Deep-fried battered fish in oil

Oven bake without batter, or grill using a dry rub seasoning and a light spray of oil.

4. Stir-frying meat or vegetables in batches using ¼ cup oil

Stir-fry using a non-stick wok and a light spray of oil.

5. Pan-frying salmon in oil

Place salmon under the grill for 5 minutes, or until cooked to your liking, without the need for any oil.

6. Roasting meat with ¼ cup oil

Roast meat on a rack with just a light spray of oil.

7. Pan-frying fish or chicken in oil

Cook fish (for 10 minutes) or chicken (for 15 minutes in a steamer lined with baking paper over simmering water) without the need for oil.

8. Roasting vegetables around a whole chicken, leg of lamb, pork or beef roast

Add ¼ cup oil, plus absorbed fat from meat. Roast vegetables on a separate baking tray lined with baking paper with a light spray of oil.