Warm Salads: the easy way to ten-a-day

You can’t have missed last week’s headlines announcing that the five a day target needs to double. The New York Times led with ‘You’re going to need a bigger bowl‘.

The study found that up to 600g per person per day of vegetables leads to a reduced cancer risk and that 8oog reduced all cause mortality. Apples and pears, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, cruciferous veg and salads were all found to be helpful, with a particular emphasis on green-yellow vegetables and crucifers for cancer risk.

I know many readers greeted the news with dismay. It can be hard to meet those targets.  Continue reading

Happy Tummy Minestrone

This soup is a feed all and cure all. Posh enough for supper with friends, just right for a homely, hearty meal when it’s cold outside, and perfect when you come home from holiday and need to top up on your vegetable intake. I often make it on a Wednesday night to use up all my vegetables before my fresh Riverford box arrives the next day. You can really use any vegetables you’ve got hanging around. Swap the pancetta for chorizo, or leave it out altogether if you want a vegetarian version. Continue reading