Don’t get bored with healthy food

Rutherglen Reformer - - Community News - Fiona Pe­di­ani

Healthy doesn’t have to mean bor­ing.

For me there is noth­ing worse than eat­ing bland un­in­ter­est­ing food.

If I don’t en­joy my meals then I of­ten start look­ing for some­thing else to eat that will sat­isfy my taste buds.

Cook­ing from scratch means that you can make colourful, in­ter­est­ing and tasty dishes. I don’t see my­self as an amaz­ing cook but I get real sat­is­fac­tion from mak­ing some­thing sim­ple that looks ap­petis­ing and colourful.

The first thing I look for in a recipe is time fac­tor. I very rarely want to spend more than half an hour in the kitchen.

Sec­ondly, do I have the in­gre­di­ents and if I don’t can I sub­sti­tute one of them for some­thing that I do have? For ex­am­ple, if it is a recipe that uses pork mince and I have beef or turkey mince, would that work for me?

Next is where to get great healthy recipes and ideas. I use our Weight Watch­ers cook­ery books, our new book is called No Count and I’m half­way through it al­ready.

For the last three weeks ev­ery meal I’ve cooked has been from this great book. The recipes are so easy and don’t in­volve us­ing ob­scure in­gre­di­ents that I don’t have.

My favourite so far is a chicken paella recipe which was a great hit when I made it for vis­i­tors last week.

Google is also a great place to find recipes and ideas, you just type in what you are look­ing for and an as­sort­ment of recipes with photos and star rat­ings will come up for you to choose from.

Most recipes can be adapted to make them more healthy. If a recipe calls for oil to be used then I would sub­sti­tute by us­ing an oil spray. For cream I would use ei­ther zero per cent crème fraiche, Quark or zero per cent fat Greek yo­ghurt.

Ba­nanas are a fan­tas­tic sweet­ener. Re­cently I’ve been mak­ing a ba­nana loaf us­ing very ripe ba­nanas.

I find that riper the ba­nanas are then the sweeter they be­come, this means that I can use a very small amount of sweet­ener in place of the sugar in the recipe.

Ste­via is a sweet­ener which comes from a plant and it comes in pow­dered and tablet forms.

I’ve also been known to use frozen cher­ries in place of sul­tanas in my loaf, this adds colour and in­ter­est and also brings down the sugar con­tent of the recipe with­out com­pro­mis­ing on taste.

Most peo­ple eat the same amount of food ev­ery day so just by mak­ing a few tweaks an un­healthy diet can very eas­ily be­come a much health­ier one.

If you need some help mak­ing healthy food choices, find your near­est meet­ing at www. weight­watch­er­slo­cal.co.uk

In­ter­est Fiona makes sure her meals aren’t bor­ing

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