Recipes to tempt your taste buds!!
With the new challenges that we all face in the current COVID crisis it is important that we look after our own health and that of our loved ones.
All the recipes below have been made with your health in mind, keeping levels of salt, fat and sugar low whilst adding vegetables and fibre. When ordering your meat from the local butcher why not ask for leaner cuts of meat with less fat or ask if they stock healthier options of your favourites such as lower salt sausages. When planning your meal always consider using healthier alternatives of products and remember to include a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and salad and starchy carbohydrates such as wholemeal pasta, rice and breads. For more information on a healthy balanced diet please refer to the EATWELL GUIDE
Experimenting with new recipes at home can sometimes feel quite daunting. Let us take the hassle out of it for you by suggesting some easy recipes to try, making healthy options and using up left overs. All recipes are based 4 people unless stated otherwise
Suggested store cupboard ingredients: many of these form the basis for lots of recipes: garlic bulb, vegetable oil, spices such as cumin, chilli powder, curry powder, Italian herbs, tin of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, soy sauce. Ensure that you always have some salad items and vegetables (fresh, tinned or frozen) such as onion, peppers and carrot and tins of beans and pulses to add to dishes to bulk them out and make them healthier. With a stocked store cupboard, you can make a wide variety of exciting and tasty meals.
Why order in when you can make it at home? Some of the recipes listed are amazing Fakeaways Feast! to make at home rather than order in. Why wait around for the delivery to arrive when you can whip it up at home in half the time?
• If you don’t have an ingredient – don’t worry. Experiment with what you have. Dried herbs and fresh herbs are both great to use.
• Experiment and swap using different ingredients. If our recipe suggests pork why not try it with chicken. If we suggest onions try leek? Cooking should not be set in stone. Find flavours that you like and have fun experimenting.
• Everyone’s taste perception of saltiness is different. Salt can always be added if required but not taken out! Try not to add salt during cooking for your family, especially if you have children. The maximum recommended daily amount for a 5 year old child is half the amount of an adult!
• Always try to add extra vegetables and pulses (beans and lentils) to meals. Not only does it improve the health of the meal but makes meals go a little further.
• There is a wide variety of healthier alternatives available in our shops and supermarkets, such as higher fibre, reduced salt, lower fat, lower sugar and lower calorie options. These have been developed to be healthier but still have the same flavour. Start to look for the healthier alternative on your next shop. Freezing. Always cool food quickly before placing in the freezer. Remember to label and date all products. Always defrost meat products thoroughly in the fridge. For more information on safe cooling and freezing visit www.fss.scot.gov