Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Now Winter will soon be here The perfect soup for those warm cosy nights - it's vegetarian and a good source of calcium, folic acid and vitamin C, too!
Please note you can use any vegetables you like this is just a guide line
potatoes,lentils or different pulses, just put in what you love
1 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves , crushed
2 large potatoes,peeled and diced
1 swede , peeled and cut into chunks
4 large carrots , peeled and cut into chunks
3 sprigs thyme , leaves removed and roughly chopped
850ml fresh vegetable stock or stock cube
500ml semi-skimmed milk
2 x 410g cans mixed beans in water, drained
Heat the oil in a large saucepan, then gently soften the garlic without colouring. Tip in the swede, carrots,potato and two-thirds of the thyme, cook for 5 mins with on colour.
then pour in the stock . Bring to the boil, then simmer for 15 mins.
If you want a broth just add the beans,if you want a thick smooth soup then
Ladle a third of the soup into a blender, whizz until smooth, then pour back into the pan along with the beans. Check for seasoning, then return to the heat and warm through and milk or cream.check seasoning again, Serve sprinkled with the remaining thyme and some warm, crusty bread rolls.
If you try it let me know who you got on.
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Why Breakfast Really is the Most Important Meal of the Day
By now, I’m sure you’ve heard people say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, that doesn’t stop millions of Americans, and people around the world, from skipping breakfast or opting for only a drink of coffee. The truth is that breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, and you will have a much more healthy diet if you include breakfast in your daily life.
Breakfast is rightly named—break fast. When you sleep, you are not eating for 6 to 9 hours at least, and more if you haven’t eaten since dinner the night before. Therefore, breakfast is the first time you’ll be eating anything for a very long period of time. Some nutrients, like proteins, cannot be stored in the body and are therefore not present, so the body needs you to replenish the “low” levels of such nutrients. Breakfast is like the match that lights the fire. It truly is a very important source of energy for your body in the morning.
Eating breakfast in the morning also helps you avoid some illnesses and disease. For example, your sugar levels are probably out of whack from not eating for many hours, so having breakfast levels out the amount of sugars in your body, helping to prevent diabetes. Eating a healthy breakfast also helps you to provide food to your stomach so that you don’t overeat at lunch because you are so hungry. Overeating leads to obesity, which comes with a whole host of problems, including heart disease.
Healthy breakfast foods, like eggs, fruit, or bran cereal are also a good source of many of the vitamins and minerals a person needs during the day. If you don’t eat these things in the morning, it will be hard to make up for that loss later in the day. Remember that without the proper amounts of nutrients, you body will not function correctly. When you eat a healthy breakfast, it also makes you choose healthier foods during the rest of the day, so that you continue to get the proper nutrients needed for your body.
Setting aside 15 minutes in the morning to eat breakfast every day can truly make a great different in your diet. In the best case, your breakfast will include foods from at least three different food groups. For example, you can have whole grain toast (bread food group) with peanut butter (protein food group) and a banana (fruit food group). Top that off with a glass of milk to drink, and you’ve even hit a fourth food group. Breakfast does not have to include a heavy pancakes and sausage meal every day to be healthy, and even grabbing a single piece of fruit or a muffin is better than skipping the meal completely. Breakfast is important to your health!