Super suppers

Super suppers

By
Julie Montagu
Contains
20 recipes
Published by
Quadrille Publishing
ISBN
978 184949 786 2

Pretty much every night for me needs to a superfast supper. Arriving home from a full day and having to feed four kids and still do loads of other things, such as helping them with their school work, getting them packed up for the next day, sports practice, piano, guitar… you see where I’m going with this. And in this wonderful modern world we live in, pretty much everyone I know is super-busy too. Unfortunately, one of the easiest things to let go of when life is like this is our food. Why? Because it’s easy to pick up something ‘already made’, stick it in the microwave and boom! There’s our supper in two minutes. But, believe it or not, when we eat these processed and packaged foods, it actually depletes our energy. So we are much, much better off carving out just 20 minutes every night to make something that will keep us healthy, happy and energized. Here are my top 20 superfast super-suppers.

Superfood superheroes

1. Legumes (Black beans, cannellini, kidney beans, butter [lima] beans etc.)

There is a wide range of essential vitamins and minerals to be enjoyed by eating a variety of legumes. They are frequently referred to as an economical source of nutrition due to their low cost and abundance of goodness. Legumes are generally high in protein and fibre, low in fat, low in calories and contain no cholesterol. Aim to include as many different types of legumes as possible in order to enjoy the full effects!

2. Coriander (cilantro)

The natural chemical compounds in coriander are useful in preventing disease and promoting optimum health. The leaves are crammed full of antioxidants as well as being rich in a large number of essential vitamins and minerals.

3. Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable that can be prepared in a range of ways. To get the maximum nutritional benefit it is best not to overcook it. Cauliflower consumption has been linked to the prevention of certain cancers and is also often utilized for the detox support it provides to the body.

4. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes have a much more interesting taste than regular potatoes, and many more health benefits! They are a particularly good source of vitamin A, which is linked to strong vision. Sweet potatoes contain a wealth of vitamins B6, C and D, all of which are essential to optimum function of the body in general. These amazing potatoes contain iron, potassium and magnesium, and will release natural sugars into the bloodstream slowly, helping to keep energy levels consistent.

5. (Bell) peppers

Peppers contain over 30 different compounds from the carotenoid family. These are plant pigments with important antioxidant properties. Bell peppers can help to balance blood sugar levels and contain quite an impressive amount of vitamins and minerals, while being low in fat.

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