Luckily, most families in the UK do not have the obesity problems recently discussed on BBC Radio 4 (The Report: Childhood Obesity 16.8.2012). However, the programme was a timely reminder that an inability to control weight is an increasing problem in some families. The demands of family life mean that, more often than is desirable, hard pressed carers resort to processed food to fill dietary needs. Not everyone enjoys cooking and many of us have little confidence in our ability to produce healthy meals from natural ingredients. However, it is possible to cook healthy meals, which will over the long-term keep weight in check and ensure that we remain healthy. Experts agree that fad diets do not produce lasting results and in fact can mean increased weight gain within a short period. These healthy recipes are simple to master, will support weight management within the family and are delicious to taste.
Green Bean, Olive and Tuna Salad
500g small potatoes, quartered
200g tuna, drained
400g green beans, trimmed
2 tsp mustard
2 tbsp red-wine vinegar
60ml olive oil
Small bowl mixed olives, pitted
Fresh basil leaves, torn
Salt and pepper to taste
Hard boil the eggs and allow to cool. Shell and cut in half.
Boil the potatoes, carefully remove from water and set to one side.
Use the potato water to blanch beans for 3 or 4 minutes. Plunge into iced water to preserve colour.
Mix mustard and vinegar in a bowl. Add the oil a small amount at a time until it is well mixed and season with salt and pepper.
Flake the tuna.
Arrange eggs, potatoes, beans, tuna, and olives on a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette before sprinkling with basil leaves.
One Pot Chicken
500g chicken pieces, breasts and/or thighs
400g broccoli florets
400g shredded spring greens
150g frozen peas
1 tbsp olive oil
1 chopped onion
300g small potatoes
½ litre vegetable stock
A bunch of sliced spring onions
3 tbsp pesto
Salt and black pepper
Heat the oil in a large saucepan pan. Add the onion and sauté for 5 mins until soft, add the chicken, then fry until lightly browned. Add the potatoes, stock and black pepper and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 30 mins until the potatoes are tender and the chicken is cooked.
Add the broccoli, spring greens, peas and spring onions and bring to the boil. Cover and cook for 5 mins. Add the pesto, heat through and serve.
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