When the weather’s miserable you want lovely warming meals to share. These three recipes are easy to make and are also packed with goodness to help ward off seasonal colds and other nasties!
Lamb chops with tomatoes
Lean lamb is a great source of a protein, iron and of zinc – fantastic for growth and the body’s defences. Also for B vitamins like B12, which help maintain energy levels and wellbeing during winter.
At a glance
Place lamb chops in a roasting dish with strips of pepper (yellow ones contain the most vitamin C) and finely chopped garlic. Add cherry tomatoes or quartered large tomatoes, and pour over half a litre hot water or stock infused with a dessertspoon tomato puree and a teaspoon Marmite. Bake on gas mark 5 (190°C or 375°F) for 35 minutes. Serve with broccoli and mash.
Chicken pasta supper
Chicken is a low-fat source of protein and rich in zinc which is great for skin health, body repair and immunity. Chicken also has B vitamins and nutrients that the body converts into serotonin – the ‘happy hormone’. Perfect for a gloomy February…
At a glance
Lightly fry chopped onion, garlic and 500g chopped chicken. Stir in one tablespoon plain flour and a dessertspoon tomato puree then stir in ¾ litre chicken stock and simmer for 45 minutes. Add 400g cooked penne and the chicken to an ovenproof dish and bake for 10 minutes on gas mark 7 (220°C or 425°F).
Peppers with rice
Peppers are great for vitamin C and other nutrients that help defend against infection. Their Beta carotene is especially good for skin, lung and eye health and their vitamin K is great for healthy bones and essential blood clotting.
At a Glance
Cut strips of colourful peppers and lightly fry with chopped onion. Squeeze in the juice of half of lemon. Cover the pan for a few minutes then add five fresh tomatoes chopped up. Leave to simmer for 25 minutes then serve with rice or as a side with sausages.
Pass it on – a week’s dinners in 2 hours
Simple ideas to get the week’s evening meals all sorted in just two hours weekend preparation.