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Princess Diana’s Favorite Foods

Find out what this beloved British royal loved to eat.

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Princess Diana was the first royal to steal America’s heart, and now we can steal her eating habits. According to her former personal chef, Darren McGrady, she (almost) always ate healthy. He often turned popular comfort foods into healthier versions she could enjoy without the guilt. Learn what she ate over and over again. Then, check out 10 Foods Queen Elizabeth Loves to Eat.

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Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers was one of Princess Di’s favorite dinners. This good-for-you dish was packed with veggies like zucchini and mushrooms, so we can see why she loved it.
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Fish

The Princess of Wales dined on fish frequently, especially because she didn’t eat red meat. It was a healthy option that could served for dinner many nights of the week. We think she would have liked our baked salmon recipe.
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Tomato Mousse

Chef Darren McGrady made an incredible tomato mousse Diana loved. But since she wanted to cut out fat from her diet, she made him create a fat-free version for her. Of course, he obliged.

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Lamb

For special occasions, Princess Diana served lamb to her guests. It was a rare occurrence when she ate meat, so this was an indulgence. Prepare our lamb for your next dinner party.
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Poached Chicken

Lady Di let her two sons eat whatever they wished when they were with her. In order for her to share a meal with them, her chef made healthier versions of their not-so-healthy dinners. For example, when they indulged in roast chicken, she’d dig in to poached chicken. Learn how to poach chicken.

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Stuffed Eggplant

Stuffed eggplant was a variation of Princess Diana’s favorite dinner: stuffed peppers. It was another veggie-loaded dish she’d eat often. For an easier alternative, try our Eggplant Parmesan.

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Salad

Salads were abundant in Princess Diana’s diet. She was concerned with eating healthy, so a nutritious salad was always a good dinner option. We think she’d like our fat-free cobb salad.
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Fresh Juices

Drinking homemade vegetable juice was another way Diana stayed healthy. One recipe consisted of carrots, celery, spinach and parsley. Our version is made with tomatoes, celery and green bell pepper.

 

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Fat-Free Foods

When she cut fat from her diet, her chef created many fat-free versions of classic comfort foods. This was a challenging but energizing task for him.

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Bread and Butter Pudding

Diana’s favorite dessert was bread and butter pudding. It’s like bread pudding we have in America, but also a little like crème brulee. She’d often sit with the chef while he prepared it, snacking on the raisins while they chatted.

 

Emily Racette Parulski
Emily Racette Parulski is a Senior Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in email newsletters. When she’s not writing about food, she’s baking something sweet to feed her chocolate obsession.