Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Simple supper health kick

Of late, I have been abusing my temple.
A weekend of socialising, involving drink (despite our masculinity, a penchant for Lambrini is disturbing to all but my inner circle) and late night fast food, has had a negative impact on my well-being, and like so many do, I'm now craving healthy things.

After a hard day's work, the simplest solution is what I'm about to enjoy, a roasted vegetable salad.

To feed two you'll need:
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 2 large flat mushrooms
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 x small floret of broccoli
  • half an onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • half a bag of watercress
  • one third of a pack of feta
  • A sprinkling of Cajun spices
  1. Turn the oven on to 200c and place a large splosh of oil into a large baking tray, and boil a large saucepan of salted water
  2. Chop your sweet potato into large chunks and submerge in the water. Par boiling will soften them and mean they won't take hours in the oven
  3. Roughly chop your other veg, with the exception of the mushrooms, which you'll want to keep hole
  4. After 12 minutes, take the sweet potatoes out, dry on some kitchen towel, and add to the baking tray, along with all of the other vegetables. Sprinkle over the Cajun spices and place in the oven for 20 minutes
Large pasta bowls are perfect for this - pop them in the oven to warm them through.

Arrange your supper with the watercress first, followed by the sweet potatoes. Spoon over the other vegetables and crumble the feta over the top.

The peppery watercress and salty feta means you can get away without seasoning (think healthy). Matched with the sweet vegetables, and the Cajun spice and you have yourself a really simple, well-balanced, healthy...generally gosh darn scrumptious supper.

So many other veg would work in this dish. I hate them (bad experience) but you could substitute aubergines, cherry as creative as you like. And if you're craving that sour note, a squeeze of lemon or if you live dangerously, a splash of tequila...let your imagination run wild...just be healthy.

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