We’re all thinking about healthy eating now that it’s January, right? And not just as an antidote to the ridiculous excesses of Christmas; there’s something about the fresh start of a new year that makes me want to get into all kinds of good habits. Still, even though I want to eat healthily this month, my commitment to this ideal is usually on the wane by the end of a long day, so I need the recipes I choose to be as easy as possible.
Enter Jamie’s Everyday Super Food: if you’re lucky, you’ll have got a copy for Christmas, and if not, I urge you to buy it as it’s the easiest and tastiest way to eat healthily this January. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even snacks – so you’ve got the whole day covered. I love the idea of eating this way from Monday to Friday and then indulging a bit (or a lot…) at the weekend. Don’t worry, the recipes aren’t too complicated, either – or full of weird or expensive ingredients.
I’ve actually had the book for a few months now and cooked a good handful of recipes – they’ve all been great. My favourite is probably the butternut squash daal – it makes a huge batch, so I keep portions in the fridge for my lunches throughout the week. The roasted sweet potatoes with black beans and jalapeño tomato salsa is another favourite, as the sweet potatoes and beans give it that carb-heavy, comforting quality. For breakfast, I’ve been making batches of the protein porridge at the weekend and then eating it all week. But, like I say, all the recipes I’ve made have been really tasty, and have passed the ultimate test: that Pete doesn’t complain about them being too healthy.
I’m a total Jamie fangirl these days – I also have Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals and Save with Jamie and, along with Jamie’s Everyday Super Food, they’re the books I cook from most often. In fact, I’ve cooked at least half of the recipes in each of these books – they’re full of accessible, healthy dishes that are just the kind of thing you want to cook for dinner (i.e. not too hard or fussy). So, if you want to start the New Year eating a few more vegetables and a bit less chocolate, then Jamie’s Everyday Super Food is a good place to start.
What good habits are you hoping to establish this January? And what do you cook when you want to eat healthily?
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I really thought someone was going to buy me this for Christmas but nope! Tempted to get it for myself now, lots of people rave about this one. I’m doing my first ever dry January this year… 5 days and counting. SO HARD not to crack open a beer after the wee man’s finally dropped off! Also tempted to try the Buzzfeed Clean Eating Challenge but feel like it requires more planning than I’m capable of. Plus two weeks off gluten just is never going to be realistic for me. Lots of good ideas though: http://www.buzzfeed.com/christinebyrne/clean-eating-challenge#.ah3vKppp0