As soon as the sun comes out our thoughts naturally turn to eating – and cooking – outdoors. Summer is synonymous with good old-fashioned back garden barbecuing in the company of friends and family. Barbecuing has come a long way, and it’s now not good enough to throw a few boring bangers on the grill. There’s no better way to eat well in the summertime than to combine deliciously marinated cuts of meat, fish or veggies with a variety of eye-catching salads.
If you’re a guest at a barbecue party, that doesn’t have to mean the end of all good healthy eating intentions. There’s no reason you can’t take your own food to a party. Make enough for sharing, and the host will probably thank you for it. Remember that this way of eating is both nutritious AND delicious. Don’t feel you need to explain to anyone who will listen about why you had to bring your own food. They probably haven’t even noticed! Here are my favourite summer barbecue recipes that are guaranteed to steal the show. And proof indeed that eating healthily is anything but boring!
If you’d love 15 delicious & healthy BBQ recipes, then please click HERE
PS it’s not just meat… there are some lovely veg and salads too.
Eat the Seasons – March – Broccoli
Warm winter salad by Jamie Oliver
• 100g quinoa
• 250g purple sprouting broccoli
• 2 oranges
• 1 tbsp tahini
• 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
• 1 tsp runny honey
• extra virgin olive oil
• 200g mixed-colour kale
• 30g blanched hazelnuts
1. Cook the quinoa according to the packet instructions, then drain.
2. Place a large frying pan or griddle pan over a medium heat.
3. Trim the broccoli and cook for 8 to 10 minutes (in batches if you need to), turning occasionally, until slightly charred.
4. To make a dressing, squeeze the juice of 1 orange into a small bowl. Mix in the tahini, red wine vinegar, honey and 2 tbsp oil, then season to taste and set aside.
5. Remove and discard any hard stalks from the kale, placing the leaves in a large bowl. With your hands, massage in a pinch of salt for 1 minute.
6. Once the broccoli has charred, add to the kale and tip over half the dressing. Add the quinoa and toss together.
7. Put the pan you used to cook the broccoli back over a high heat and toast the hazelnuts until golden, then roughly chop.
8. Add a little more dressing to the salad, toss again, then arrange on a large serving platter.
9. Peel the remaining orange, slice into rounds and scatter over the salad. Tip over the chopped toasted hazelnuts and serve straight away, with any remaining dressing on the side.
Shamrock Shake Smoothie Recipe
For St. Patrick’s Day
This healthy smoothie would make a nice breakfast or a healthy snack and you would get a serving each of fruit and veg in as well as having a fun.
The recipe is below or alternatively watch this fun lively how-to video (with music!) from Eating Well:
- 1/2 cup low-fat milk (or milk alternative)
- 1 frozen large banana, sliced
- 1 cup spinach
- 1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1/3 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
- 4 ice cubes
- kiwi slices for garnish
If you managed to catch all the tips I’ve posted over the past 25 days on how to eat more fruit and veg then good job!
If not (or if you would just like them all in one fantastic guide) then please click here.
We are constantly hearing that we need to get a minimum of 5 portions of fruit and veg into our diet each day for good health and probably more like 10 portions per day for optimal health. But I know from personal experience this can be difficult and you can run out of ideas. I know the tips you’ll find in this guide will help you on your journey to great health and tip 10 might surprise you!
Yours in health,
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Tip 24 of 25
Combine fruit and veg in a juice
A green juice is the perfect way to start the day as you mean to go on. This one will get you off the blocks with a good few servings of your 10 a day
Tip 23 of 25
Carry handbag snacks
Apples, pears and satsumas are perfect travelling companions. Team them with a small handful of nuts to make the perfect blood sugar-balancing snack.
Tip 21 of 25
(you’ve managed 3 weeks of these tips… we are nearly at the end… stay with me!)
Squeeze in an extra portion where you can
If you’ve been trained to think of dinner as protein, starch and one veg, challenge yourself to improve your life with the addition of one additional vegetable.
Whatever you are making, think ‘how can I add another vegetable to this?’
Perhaps when you are thinking of meat and two veg…. skip the idea that potato counts as a veg. Nutritionally speaking, potatoes fall into starchy vegetable category, and are more along the lines of pasta and rice and bread as to content. Perhaps you could replace those and have another veg with your meat and veg.
Tip 20 of 25
Don’t forget the crunchy snacks
Good old veg make for brilliant snacks. Come on in. Baby carrots, radishes and sugar snap peas don’t even need any chopping.