It might not be new, but intermittent fasting will be big in 2021, as the evidence supporting it’s benefits continues to mount. Read Heather’s tips in The Irish Independent and more on our recent blog and this Irish Examiner article on new ideas for 2021.
One of the few positives from lockdowns has been the increase in home cooking and our increased veg intake as a result. Why not aim to build your own healthy recipe repertoire and get one new recipe under your belt this month? Couple that with the trend for eating seasonal and sustainable food and you are all set to hit several food trends for 2021. See below a one day meal plan with recipes or listen to Sorcha’s tips on meal planning and store cupboard essentials (at 1:43).
These pancakes tick all the boxes. They use every day, healthy ingredients, are ready in just a few minutes and a great way to reduce food waste by using up over ripe bananas. You can jazz them up with cinnamon, vanilla extract, seeds, berries or pear slices. However, they also taste great with just the three basic ingredients.
We love this colourful and nutritious salad, which comes together in 5 minutes with a few store cupboard ingredients and seasonal greens. If you are tempted to try your hand at gardening in 2021 then kale is highly recommended. I am still harvesting kale planted during the first lock down in 2020 and it has provided a steady supply of greens for months, all for the princely sum of a couple of euros for the seeds. Try Irish Seed Savers, Little Green Growers, Brown Envelope seeds and the Organic Centre. Or if you prefer plant plugs, we highly recommend quickcrop.ie, who also have a very useful blog.
This might look like a long list of ingredients and it does involve a bit of chopping. But it’s a great way to boost veg intake and a real favourite in our house. Serve it ‘family style’ with everything in the middle of the table and let everyone help themselves. Leftovers are great for a quick lunch the next day. We love adding herbs, like the chives and coriander in this recipe. Beyond flavour, herbs are a great source of polyphenols, like growth enhancers for the beneficial bacteria in our gut.
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