Christmas · Healthy Eating

20th December

With the boy’s school finishing today and all the festivities at the end of term, they are exhausted, which means tempers run high and the need for something quick and easy to cook in the way of veg is essential. Frozen vegetables have come a long way since they were first sold. Now vegetables are packed very soon after they were harvested and so they retain most of their nutrients. Sometimes they are fresher than the ones you bought at the supermarket and then left in your fridge for a week before eating them.

Frozen veg are great for reducing waste as well. So if you struggle to plan meals, frozen veg could help. I wouldn’t recommend all your veg are frozen but they make a valuable addition.

Today’s vegetable is one of those which freezes well.

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Beans

I would recommend buying whole beans rather than sliced because less nutrient will leach out during the cooking process. I think they also cook better. You just need to defrost them so plunge them into boiling water and cook until they are hot.

Beans are a good source of protein as well as having lots of B vitamins, vitamins C, A and K, and lots of minerals such as folate, manganese, calcium, iron and potassium.

Today I am not going to give you a recipe but suggest you have some of these with your evening meal. You could steam them, pop them in a pasta sauce, stir fry them or pop them in a curry.

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