Healthy but tasty!
It's January and obviously everyone is going crazy for a bit of healthy eating. So here is our tuppence worth which we really think could help you!
It seems these days you can easily get caught up in all the quick fixes, detoxes, fad diets and extreme diets. We've put together our top picks from our buffet and catering menus that you could make at home to set you on your way to a healthy but proper tasty year!
1. Beetroot, walnut and goats cheese salad, Crème fraîche dressing.
A simple enough start, simply salad leaves of your choice, (if you can include spinach then this superfood will give a great boost) goats cheese, cubed or sliced cooked beetroot (pickled if you like) and some crushed walnuts to add a great texture not to mention all the great health benefits they bring and nutritional balance... see here
For the dressing: Combine Crème fraîche with a little Dijon and salt (both to your taste).
2. Smoked mackerel pate, citrus greens.
Smoked mackarel is easily available pre cooked and is extremely healthy. Simply peel the skin off and combine in a food processor with light cream cheese or crème fraîche. Add a little lemon zest and juice and flat leaf parsley. If you like it punchy then add a little mustard and/or horseradish.
For the greens we use celery, asparagus (blanched), cucumber and a little radish for colour and flavour.
For the dressing: Freshly squeezed orange juice, a little lemon juice, salt and as little olive oil as you can. This is a dressing that packs flavour so go easy at first.
Serve with some oatcakes or ryvita for an extra healthy alternative.
3. Lemon and cumin chicken, chunky vegetable rice
Make this at home the night before for something tasty for dinner and at the same time make tomorrow's lunch. Enjoyed hot or cold.
Rub a chicken breast with a little olive oil and about half a teaspoon of ground cumin. Zest quarter a lemon and sprinkle over the top. Then place the quarter of lemon on the oven tray. Season the breast well prior to popping in the oven. Cover with a little tin foil to keep the juices in.
For the rice you can use normal long grain or brown if you like it (which is obviously healthier too). Steam this as normal with a little salt. Once cooked drain any water and add diced onion, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, peppers and any other veggies you like. mix this though and add a tea spoon of soya sauce, lemon juice or red wine vinegar, and a little tomato chutney if you have it. Season to taste and enjoy hot or cold.
4. Vegetable Soup
Lightly fry carrots, leeks, celery and garlic with some low calorie spray. Make sure you also season at this point. Add a bay leaf and vegetable stock. You could also add some tinned tomatoes and beans of your taste at this point (less stock obviously if adding tinned tomatoes). Bring to the boil and add some diced potatoes. If you need a little more oompth simply crumble down a stock cube finely and add.
Don't forget to recommend us to anyone you know looking for a healthy buffet delivered to their workplace this January in Glasgow, Hamilton, East kilbride, Bellshill, Motherwell or euro central.