Healthy eating? Easy as pie, or coq au vin
I'm starting week two of the plan, and it's my wedding anniversary. But under Jane's guidance, I'm supposed to be taking a healthier approach to eating, so it's time to get inventive. As it's our first anniversary with a baby, there is no chance of a midweek night out on the town. Instead I decide to cook a nice meal. Usually an occasion like this would be an excuse for a lavishly indulgent meal but I want to be good so I thought I'd add a flourish to Jane's healthy eating tips. I dig back through my Crafty Cook recipes and find some great contenders for a romantic dinner that fit but doesn't require too much preparation or fiddling about. I choose Coq au Vin, but add a couple of extra carrots and a handful of mushrooms to help me hit my veg quota for the day. And I make the most of my time in the kitchen by making triple and freezing the extras portions. It's a lovely meal and my husband doesn't even notice I am feeding him healthier food, though I must confess I can't resist an extra glass of wine.
I also dig out some other Crafty Cook recipes that would be great for batch cooking - try Veggie Moussaka and Goulash & Dumplings. Both recipes are easy to double or triple and freeze well for those days when you just haven't got the time or energy to cook a healthy meal, and it means you won't need to resort to the take-away menus.
Having my hands full with the baby means that a lot of my meals need to be quick and eaten on the go, so flexibility is really important. I'm finding Jane's healthy eating tips really easy because I can see what's in the fridge and cupboards and fit that to the plan rather than having to shop specifically for it. It's a big contrast to a rigid diet where I'd have a long shopping list of things like grapefruits, ryvitas and bean sprouts.
To find out how I'm getting on with the plan, I'll be reporting back again on Tuesday.
How are you getting on with the eating tips?
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