3 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

Start the year right with nutritious and delicious dishes made with Arla.
3 Healthy Recipes for the New Year

Who says that diet food is bland and uninspired? You can’t say no to healthy eating when dishes are as creamy and flavorful as these! Using Arla Milk Goodness in your dishes ensures that you’re getting a good dose of calcium, protein, vitamins, and minerals in your meals. Choose from low-fat, skimmed, and organic variants that you can easily include in your meal preps.


Happy cooking and cheers to a healthy year ahead!





Creamy Squash Pasta

Here’s a veggie-filled pasta dish that’s bound to become a favorite! The bacon bits on top add a bit of flavor without adding too many calories. 


Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves 4 to 6


500 grams penne or pasta of your choice

2 slices lean bacon, chopped

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 teaspoon garlic, chopped

1 small onion, chopped

350 grams squash, peeled and diced

1 cup chicken stock

½ cup Arla Milk Goodness Low Fat Milk

Pinch of nutmeg powder

Sage leaves, chopped and more for garnish

Salt and pepper to taste

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese


1.  Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside.


2.  In a pot, fry bacon bits until crispy. Drain and set aside.


3.  Using the same pot, add olive oil. Sauté garlic and onion until fragrant. Add the squash and let brown squash on all sides. Add chicken stock and let simmer for about 15 minutes or until squash can easily be pierced with a fork. 


4.  Add Arla low-fat milk. Mash squash with a fork or use a stick blender to puree it until smooth. Add more milk if needed. Add nutmeg, chopped sage, and salt and pepper to taste.


5.  Mix in the pasta and Parmesan cheese.


6.  Top with sage, bacon, and more Parmesan cheese to serve.





Chicken and Cauliflower Casserole

Add this yummy chicken dish to your repertoire. A casserole is also ideal as a housewarming present for your new neighbor.


Prep time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Serves 4


1 teaspoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 large onion, chopped

¼ teaspoon thyme

salt and pepper to taste

½ kilo chicken thigh fillets

1 teaspoon cornstarch, disolved in 2 tablespoons water

1 cup Arla Milk Goodness Skimmed Milk

1 250-gram head cauliflower, chopped into florets

¼ cup cottage cheese

½ cup breadcrumbs


1.  Preheat oven to 375°F. 


2.  Heat oil in a pan over medium heat. Sauté garlic and onions until fragrant. Add chicken fillets and cook for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Season with thyme, and salt and pepper to taste.


3.  In a small bowl, dissolve cornstarch in water. Add this to the chicken and stir. Add the milk and cauliflower and let simmer for about 4 minutes more. Stir in the cottage cheese.


4.  Transfer to a heat-proof dish. Top with breadcrumbs and more thyme.


5.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until top is lightly browned. 


6.  Serve with rice or bread and garnish with parsley.





Milky Shrimp Noodle Soup

This soup is light yet comforting. It’s packed with flavor, and you can tweak it even more to suit your taste.


Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Serves 3


1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 stem lemongrass, chopped

1-inch knob ginger, peeled and grated

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup Arla Milk Goodness Organic Milk

200 grams rice noodles

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon fish sauce or to taste

9 pieces shrimp, cleaned, peeled, and deveined

1 cup bean sprouts (optional)

Chili for garnish

Cilantro for garnish

2 limes, sliced into wedges


1.  Heat oil in a pot. Sauté onion, garlic, lemongrass, and ginger until fragrant. 


2.  Add chicken stock and milk. Add the rice noodles and let simmer until cooked.


3.  Season with sugar and fish sauce to taste.


4.  Add shrimps and let simmer until they change color.


5.  To serve, ladle into bowls then top with bean sprouts, chili, and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges.



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