Healthy Happy Eating in January

Lets face it, January can be a depressing month. Long dark, damp days, no money for most of us and not much to look forward to until at least Easter, when we get a few extra days off work, courtesy of bank holidays.

Which is why I never understand why we add to the misery by forcing our bodies to detox. Why would resisting alcohol, sugar and drinking juices, the colour of our babies first movement, if you get my drift, cheer us up? Everybody who’s anybody is doing the 5:2 diet at the moment, but what’s wrong with just eating good home cooked food?

Last night I watched Jamie Oliver’s “Money Saving Meals”, on catch up, Channel 4. The show is all about using, great produce in economical ways and with the help of an economist and nutritionist, who tell us the calorific value per portion and the cost per portion, the show is full of inspiration for cooking up dishes full of taste but low on the bad stuff. Makes sense non!

Jamie’s fish pie, which he cooked on the show

I know I’ve got a new kitchen which I am crazy in love with, but Jamie has reignited my interest in cooking and I can’t wait to try out some of the recipes from this show. 5:2? 7:7 is the only way to go, good home cooked food, light on the pocket and the fat, and it gives you something to keep you occupied during the long months of winter. I know how I’ll be spending January and there won’t be a curly kale juice in sight!

One of my staple comfort food meals which comes in at around £1.35 and approx 420 calories per portion

Spiced Lamb & Sweet Potatoe Pie

1kg lean minced lamb
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 onions
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
1 tablespoon tomatoe puree
300ml lamb or veg stock
1kg sweet potatoes
300ml greek yoghurt

This fragrant and aromatic version of a shepherds pie is made in the same way as a traditional shepherds pie, by cooking the lamb with the onions and spices, stock and tomatoe puree and layering with the mashed sweet potatoes and greek yoghurt.

An old metal industrial crate Mr B picked up from Oppart Beech Road Chorlton fits all our tins, jars and bottles perfectly, so that everything is on hand for cooking all of Jamie’s amazing recipes.


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