Being healthy is being rammed at us from us all angles and everyone has an opinion about the do’s and dont’s of eating to lose weight/fat/extra pounds/whatever and with it the comes the stigma of processed food [cue- ‘dun dun duuuuuh’ music] ….. Just while we’re here at this point, I just want to clarify that it is very difficult to buy non-processed food these days.
Processed food means that an item of food has been through a process of preparation or cooking for example, a burger, bacon, ready meals and packet sauces. And anything else that has had a process involved in it. A steak that has been cut from a large piece of beef, a fillet of fish and even fresh salad leaves! “A food item that has been through any form of process whether it’s peeled, sliced, cooked or cured”.
If you think about it, it really is very difficult to buy non processed foods.
Anyway, how can we eat healthy I hear whimper in the background being surrounded by McDonald’s wrappers. I’m not going to tell you because everyone knows how to, just be sensible in your choices and cook fresh foods more. Exercise is also important, but enough of the health and whatnots.
After your bupa 10k run this weekend get stuck into a massive Caesar salad it’s actually quite healthy and it’s delicious.
- 2 x baby gem lettuce
- 2 x chicken breasts (bigger the better)
- 1 x small packet of Parmesan shavings
- 1 x garlic clove
- 200g x homemade croutons or bought
- 2 x bacon rashers
- 2 x poached eggs
Finely crush the garlic and mix into 2 tbsp of mayo, season with black pepper and add a little milk slowly while whisking until, you get a dressing consistency.
Add a splash of Worcester sauce and tobacco if you wish.
Chop the chicken and bacon and cook in the oven or stir fry with a little oil until cooked
Wash the gems and shred thickly and place into a mixing bowl. Add the Parmesan cheese, chicken, bacon, dressing and croutons and give it a mix. Pile the salads up into a bowl and sit the poached egg on top, really simple and a great eat.
Michael Caines was in the kitchen this week for one of his regular ‘Evening with Michael Caines’. Having a two-Michelin starred chef who’s name is on the door in the kitchen certainly raises everyone’s game. He asked me to cook a few of our latest dishes [no pressure!] I’m chuffed to say he liked all of them very much, especially our Breaded Goosnargh chicken pan fried in garlic butter. If you’ve not been in to try it – you should!
Next week I will give you a few introductions to my gang including our apprentice Georgie who we are hoping to train into another great chef!
Until then peeps keep your comments and questions coming… tweet me @bryntevans01 or @mcatmanchester.
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