What’s cooking next week?

Monday

Fish fillets baked with a spicy tomato sauce, butternut squash and basmati rice

A healthier interpretation of a West African dish; orginally created as a nutritious alternative to appeal to Chelsea Football Club’s West African 1st team players. Now a favourite with non-athletes too!

Tuesday

Moroccan spiced turkey with carrots, chickpeas and bulghur wheat

Wednesday

Baked pancakes with spinach, chestnut mushrooms and Gruyere, served with balsamic roast tomatoes

A great warming dish! Gruyere, like other dairy foods, is a valuable source of calcium – a mineral essential for healthy bones and strong teeth. Spinach provides good amounts of several antioxidants including vitamins C and E. It also contains substantial amounts of B vitamins, including folate, niacin and B6.

Thursday

Rose harissa baked salmon with Persian spiced pilaff, green beans and minted yoghurt

Salmon is an oily fish and can therefore be particularly beneficial to health as it provides omega-3 fatty acids: benefits include protection against heart and circulation problems. Basmati rice has a low GI (glycaemic index) score which means the energy is released slowly into the bloodstream, helping to keep blood sugar levels even and preventing feelings of hunger and energy dips.

Friday

Chianti baked Aberdeen Angus meatballs with penne and rocket & Parmesan salad

Lean beef is a great source of easily absorbed iron. Iron is needed to keep blood healthy and oxygenated and to prevent iron-deficiency anaemia. Tinned tomatoes are an excellent source of an anti-oxidant called lycopene. Cooking the tomatoes means that the lycopene is released from the tomato cells and more easily absorbed. Lycopene can help protect against eye disease and cancer.

Bon appetit!

Monique

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