For some, the thought of healthy family cooking involves lots of ingredients bought from specialist shops or delis, and a huge list of instructions. This does not need to be case, as here at My Family’s Favourite Food I have healthy recipes which are easy to prepare, kind to your wallet and will please the whole family. Food is a huge part of lives and it not only is it for nourishment, but for enjoying. We share food together for all sorts of reasons, from everyday, to marking celebrations, and in times of sadness.
What we eat affects how our body performs and how healthy we are. With obesity on the rise for both suits and children, it is more important than ever to ensure that we know how to prepare and cook healthy meals. Children learn from their environment and watching others. By promoting healthy family cooking at home, you are educating your children and setting them up with skills they will use for the rest of their lives. There will always be the lure of cheap, processed food high in salt, sugar and saturated fat, and there is nothing wrong with eating these foods now and then. It is all about balance not banning food. If you ban chocolate altogether, it will just make your children want it more. Showing your children that what the balance is, and that food that is good for us is tasty, you will be setting them up to a healthier life.
Getting your family helping out in the kitchen not only lets them see what ingredients go into making a dish, they may be more willing to try something new if they have made it themselves. As with a lot of things with kids, there will days when they are more receptive than others, and will depend on what else they could be doing instead. Five minutes is better than nothing, and forcing them to help is more likely to put them off. Getting children to be involved in the choice of what is for dinner is another good way to promote healthy family cooking, and the importance and meaning of a balanced diet. One day at the weekend ask your children what they would like for dinner. In my house the instant answer would be pizza, pizza, pizza. While it would not be a balanced diet to have pizza every night, to have some at a weekend is fine. Making your own pizza is healthier than buying one form a supermarket or takaway but it involves making bread dough. Bread dough contains yeast which requires resting to rise and lots of kneading. If you have a bread maker that has a dough setting, it does the hard work for you. You just need to roll out the dough and put the fillings on top. There is however another method. A simple recipe that does not use yeast and only requires a little kneading, Easy Yeast Free Pizza Dough.
With our lives busier than ever some people think that it takes too long to prepare a healthy family meal. This does not have to be the case, and I want to show you how you can prepare a healthy meal even if you are pushed for time. A great time saving tip is to batch cook. If you are making bolognaise sauce, make enough for 2 or 3 days. The portions you do not use that day, freeze for a day when you know you will be pushed for time and all you will have to do is heat up the bolognaise while cooking some pasta and veggies. If you only have an icebox size freezer compartment in your fridge you can still make extra portions. Rather than having shepherd’s pie two nights in a row, and you run the risk of complaints, reinvent the sauce. Add some kidney beans and chilli powder to get chilli and rice, or bake some potatoes in the oven, cut them in half and scoop out the potato. Spoon the mince mixture into the potato skins and top with the cooked, mashed potato.