Now I am in the land of salads, I have a whole lot of great recipes to try. This one is timely with a recent study in the US showing that the mediterranean diet may lower the risk of memory problems in later life. And you can’t beat this for a mediterranean style salad.
I haven’t forgotten my home made series !
Most families these days do seem to have a pasta night. Pasta meals go down well in my house. I like making pasta dishes for a few reasons – its quick and easy, relatively easy on the purse, most of the family seem to like it and I can pop lots of vegetables into pasta dishes.
Most people can master their own version of the bolognaise but it’s such a shame to see people reach for the trusty old bottled sauce. Home-made? Well you could argue that a meal made with a bottled sauce isn’t.
Having just found out that the UN has declared 2013 the International year of Quinoa, I thought it would be a good idea to share a recipe using Quinoa. I’ve tried using Quinoa a few times but must admit, I need to try to use it more.
So what’s so good about it?
My 8 year old has been a little picky with his vegetables lately, so I’ve been looking at different ways to serve them in an effort to make them a little more interesting for him. I found this vegetable fritter recipe which might just do the trick. I’m thinking of using these as an after school snack or as a side dish at meal times. You can try all sorts of different vegetables and add cheese or bacon if you want. I know my son will love these with a dipping sauce.
Sorry it’s been a while since the last post…Christmas preparations taking over here at Northwest Nutrition’s headquarters! Speaking of Christmas, I was looking for desserts and puddings using a slow cooker and found this dried fruit compote recipe. This is guaranteed to get the smell of Christmas wafting through your household. I normally don’t really like the smells that fill the house when the slow cooker is on but this one should even get your family Grinch into the spirit of things.
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This morning, there was frost on the grass and ice on the car windshield. Yes, its slow cooker and stews and casserole weather again. The winter weather doesn’t mean you have to go for winter stodge though. This lamb tagine with couscous will warm you up for sure.
Yes, chicken nuggets. Much maligned and misunderstood. Home made nuggets aren’t so bad as an occasional treat for kids. Here is a different, “home-made” take on the popular kids’ meal choice. Once again, “home-made” , (real food), means you know exactly what goes into your family’s food. Great as an after school snack with dipping sauces or as a light meal . And they don’t have be served “brown style”, with chips. You could serve them with rice and vegetables or with a salad.
I’ve been reading a lot about the “slow food” and the “real food” movements lately. I find these both really fascinating and the principles are pretty much along the lines of what Dietitians have been saying for years – avoid processed junk!
Its always the best idea to try to have as many colours on your plate, “eat a rainbow” is the catchcry but I have a soft spot for greens. Greens are traditionally the ones we tend to have the most trouble encouraging our families to eat so using lovely recipes like this green vegetable risotto is a nice way to get those greens in! This recipe includes celery, broccoli, sugar snap peas, courgette and parsley, a great variety of green favourites.
Sitting here on a cold and rainy day and thinking of comfort foods? Feel like a pudding? Its always a good idea to include fruit in your puddings. That way you can at least ensure your treat is also packed with a few good vitamins. Charlottes can be served hot or cold. Individual portion sizes, using individual ramekins, are good for portion control if you are watching your weight.
I’m working on putting some vegetarian meals into my family’s diet and like this one particularly as it can be eaten at breakfast, lunch or dinner. How versatile! This recipe is a bit of a frittata really and includes the goodness of peppers/capsicum, mushrooms and courgettes/zucchini with good old eggs.
And, no, you dont have to be afraid of eggs. The old “3 eggs a week” message I used to trot out when working for the heart foundation many years ago has well and truly been replaced with “eggs are fine” after all the evidence we have gathered on eggs over the years. Eggs are a great source of protein and there is evidence that they help make us feel fuller for the morning when eaten at breakfast. So give this a try, makes a change from the usual..
It’s the end of two weeks school holidays for the AM Dietetics household, so it’s back to school on Monday. Having opted to go to packed lunches in the middle of this year, this also means back to trying to think of a good and interesting variety of packed lunches. I usually use a range of different breads but it’s always nice to try something a little different in the form of rice, pasta or couscous based meals. I usually make it up as I go along when it comes to lots of rice dishes but I found this great little recipe, which I have adapted, which gives it all – a little slow release, low GI carbohydrate, fruit, vegetables, some healthy fats and a bit of lean protein. Add a stick of cheese (which I always do in the lunch box) and you have it all covered! Oh and it’s great for adults too!
Feel like a healthy burger? It’s Friday so I thought I’d post a quick and easy salmon burger. Salmon is loaded with protein and with omega 3 fats, great for protecting against cardiovascular disease, for joint protection and also for improving mood and cognition. So why not have a “feel good” Friday..
Kids don’t like courgette or zucchini? Have some leftovers in the fridge? Here is a great way to get the kids to eat more vegetables without even knowing it. It’s also a nice way to use up your leftovers. Courgettes are called zucchini back where I’m from. People tend to love them or hate them but they are a super vegetable when it comes to nutrition. They are low in calories, a source of folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. See if your guests can guess the secret ingredient in this tea cake.
I love to discover new traditional foods. Simnel Cake is a new one to me. It’s a traditional British Easter cake, to celebrate the end of Lent and has been eaten since medieval times. Im obviously a bit slow catching up with this one! I found a lovely recipe to try. Sure, its a cake but a little bit of treat as a celebration now and then is fine. After all, food isnt just about health, its about family, tradition and celebration as well. This recipe serves 12. Happy Easter.
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