A Healthy Alternative to Take Out?

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As the ‘New Year, New You’ headlines hit us hard and fast at this time of year, I can’t help but wonder how long it will be into February (or maybe even January) that those healthy eating plans many of us promise ourselves start to fade.... the problem is with ‘diets’ is that so many of them are tasteless, dull and well, just plain boring! 

What frustrates me the most is that with a little know how, healthy eating doesn’t have to be that way! Healthy eating is about eating fresh, flavoursome foods, that source good natural ingredients, which don’t deny you of any of the above. Of course it does help if you’ve got a few tasty recipes up your sleeve, which is why I was very excited to discover the brand new Hari Ghotra book at the end of last year ‘The Easy Indian Slow Cooker Cookbook’. I was also lucky enough to be sent a slow cooker from Kitchenaid to try out a few of the recipes, which have been warming our cockles over these cold winter months.

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As my family are particularly partial to a take away curry, they were very pleased at the prospect of more home-cooked curry dishes on the menu. And as I’m sure you’re aware, take away curries are often laden with fat and colouring, so to make them yourself at home is most definitely the healthier option.

Although this is by no means advertised as a weight loss or healthy eating recipe book, it does indeed promote healthy eating. Let me tell you something, first of all diets don’t work. They just conjure up the idea of deprivation and when we deprive ourselves we never stick to anything do we? So, here's an idea; instead of going down the ‘diet route’ this January, why not focus more on eating wholesome, home cooked food that will nourish your body and soul?

Saying that, I would opt for brown basmati rice or quinoa over white rice, as it has a higher nutritional value and also watch your portion size. You’ll no doubt be tempted to go back for more as these recipes really are very more-ish! So, if you make a large batch, then either save some for lunch the next day or stick it in the freezer for a day when you don’t have time to cook. 

Speaking of time, if you’ve never tried a slow cooker before (like me) then this could be the answer to all your culinary conundrums! As a busy mum, with my daughter Olivia often tugging at my legs as I prepare dinner, I don’t often have the time to prepare meals that take a long time, so the concept of the slow cooker; whack it all in in the morning and leave it to do its thang- is one of the biggest appeals to me. 

Hari also has a YouTube channel and website if you fancy having a peek and if you’d like to buy the book, which I highly recommend, then here’s the link.

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