This is the first post in my new Healthy Living series, that I hope will become an on going series. In light of Cameron’s allergies I am making some serious changes in the way we eat. My main aim is limit the amount of processed food we eat.
This first post is by Danielle, who has also started this journey will be sharing some of her recipes with us.
Living a healthier and simpler life is becoming more and more complex. Especially with food. You’d imagine that eating more ‘cleanly’ (clean eating: a fancy way to call wholesome, unprocessed, as close to the earth as possible way of eating/consuming food) was easy. But it’s not. Why? Because we have to unlearn everything we know about food. Well almost.
How and where we buy it, prepare it and eat it needs requires more thought than it used to.
To illustrate my example, I always use a loaf of bread. Typically, home made or artisan bread has around 5 ingredients depending on your recipe (Flour, yeast, water, honey and salt). I’ve just read the number of ingredients on the loaf of bread in my freezer. 17. Yes, it includes some fortifiers/vitamins, but that is another discussion altogether. So in this case, eating more cleanly means reading labels, making more informed decision, making more considered purchases and deciding what kind of family you are. The last one for me is a biggie.
For my family – we are not there. We are not a clean eating family and I’m ok with that. Because as individuals we are all in different stages on this journey. But as the mother of the house I can steer purchases and meal choices so that we are making more wholesome choices. These all happen with baby steps. For example, making your sweet goodies at home when you have the time (let’s not get into the sugar debate on our first blog 😊), this way you know what goes in, you can choose the best ingredients you can afford, and they’ll be preservative and colourant free. A big win!!
So I guess what I’m saying is everybody is in a different place in their journey driven by circumstances, I don’t think it matters where you are in the journey as long as you are informing yourself and your family along the way. There are two sayings that always remain top of mind for me.
“If you grandparents didn’t eat it when they were young, then you shouldn’t either” Unknown
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants” By Michael Pollan
(He is a real food advocate I strongly recommend looking up). And so that we are all on the same page, he means wholesome food and not ‘edible food-like substances’.
So something I like to do at home that helps get the veggies in is my roasted veggies a thousand ways. There is no recipe, just a few principles. It’s easy enough that anybody can do this!! Do it in bulk (that’s the point really – something easy and nutritious to get on the go in no time).
A big tray (or two) of roasting veggies
(Butternut, sweet potato, carrots, patty pans, courgettes, red/yellow/green peppers, onions, tomatoes etc… although you can roast cauliflower and broccoli these flavours are strong, and if anybody in your family dislikes these veggies the plan could backfire! Also, try and get in some lighter veggies like tomatoes and peppers so that it isn’t too carb heavy)
(This could be garlic cloves, I tend to bruise them in their skin so they don’t burn and become bitter; dried green herbs or fresh if you have, if dried, be generous here so that we have flavour; a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, it goes nice and sweet over the veg, a sprinkling of dried chilli; a touch of smoked paprika…the options are endless)
Olive oil/Oil of choice
Mix and Roast on 180/200 Deg Celcius until they have lovely colour.
Now, this is the best part. You can leave some roasted veg aside for dinner for the night. The rest you blend with a stick blender. Add stock or water to loosen it up until thick soup consistency. Let it cool and portion it so that you can stick it in the freezer. And from here, this is your pasta sauce for Meat Free Monday’s or a delicious soup with some croutons and a sprinkle of cheese on top; add chicken into the sauce and braise in the oven with some crispy chorizo or bacon …. The options are endless.
If you have a healthy recipe or an allergy friendly recipe you would like to share please email me 🙂
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