Steam Your Vegetables -
The nutritional value and the
taste are both improved and you can save energy and water.
You can buy a three part
stainess steel steamer which is basically a pot where the water goes
and one or two perforated upper containers where items can be steamed,
say, potatoes in the lower, and green vegetables in the upper
container. If three items are being prepared, or there is a greater
volume of food, then the potatoes can be boiled in the water.
Bamboo steamers are a nice
touch, especially if the food has an oriental flavour. Water is boiled
in a wok and one to three steamers placed on top.
Of course one can improvise
with a pot or wok with a lid and if a steamer is not to hand. A
circular trivet can be used to to support the food over some boiling
Eat your Five a Day
Unless you are a Vegetarian or
a Vegan (No they do not come from the planet Vega!) you are unlikely to
be getting enough of the right kind of food. Fruit and vegetables do
not make up nearly enough of our diet.
We can put this right by
substituting unhealthy foods with more wholesome fare. The potato
crisps (chips in Americanese) do not qualify as a salad except in
Glasgow, the world heart attack capital, Oh, yes, I am from that fair
To achieve five a day can mean
eating more than five items; each serving has to be between 30 and 100
grams depending on whether it is dried fruit or watermelon. The British
government health website has some useful downloadable .pdfs that are
worth consulting. Check out the wallchart - www.nhs.uk