Cherry season is here! Hurrah! In celebration, I bought a huge box of the delectable morsels at the store this week, only to find that they are the one fruit my children won’t eat. It was a surprising revelation seeing as they usually devour any fruit within arm’s reach. But that meant one thing – more cherries for me. So I decided to put some to good use by making these whole wheat cherry almond scones….
I love to cook. Unfortunately, however, cooking for pleasure is very different from having to prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. For many of us, preparing meals can seem like a relentless chore that has to be fitted into an already hectic schedule. It is very easy to resort to picking up take out or throwing a frozen pizza in the oven. And while there is no problem with doing that every now and then, in terms of health, it is best not to do it every night of the week. So how do you fit healthy food preparation into a busy lifestyle? The answer is to have a bank of easy, healthy meals that you can make with very little preparation… like this one pot broccoli parmesan pasta….
It dawned on me recently that, as a dietetics student, I am in a uniquely beneficial position. Not only am I spending my days studying the science of nutrition, I am also surrounded by future Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and all their incredible wisdom. A little while back I was thinking about the one tip I would give to someone who wanted to improve their overall health. That is when I realized that my colleagues would be a wonderful resource. After years of studying nutrition, they are in the perfect position to answer that question. I am very grateful to them for taking time out of their crazy schedules to tell us their number 1 health tip….
Sausage rolls are one of the many foods that I miss from back home in the UK. If you have no idea what I am talking about, they are sausage meat wrapped in deliciously buttery pastry. Sadly, however, they are terribly unhealthy. The sausage meat tends to be low quality, which invariably means it is high in saturated fat, and the pastry consists of butter and white flour. So I was over the moon when I was given this recipe for vegetarian ‘sausage’ rolls. Instead of sausage meat, the filling consists of low fat cottage cheese, pecans, egg, onion, rolled oats, and breadcrumbs….
Cauliflower is a seriously underappreciated vegetable. When it comes to fresh produce, we talk about eating the rainbow. Red, green, yellow, orange, blue … but who ever thinks about white? And yet, 1 cup of chopped cauliflower contains 85% of your daily vitamin C needs with only 27 calories. Who knew? As a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, cauliflower has also been linked to many health benefits, including cancer prevention and improved cardiovascular health. So to give the humble cauliflower a little more love, I decided to put together this coconut cauliflower chickpea curry….