Eats and treats

In the Mood for Healthy Food

Rich food is fine, a great treat; but we also enjoy tasty, healthy dishes that are well-balanced and satisfying – without that guilty feeling from over-indulging.

There is no calorie counting in Jo Pratt’s clever ‘In the Mood for Healthy Food’ but it does offer a wide range of dishes for breakfast and brunch, light meals, main meals, and – for those for whom no meal is complete without a dessert – ‘something sweet’ recipes too.

In the Something Sweet section is a yummy-looking flourless red velvet chocolate torte which might also go towards our ‘five a day’ – it contains beetroot.

Also for chocoholics, there’s a turkish delight chocolate mousse which has an avocado blended into it.

In the spring when our rhubarb is at its most prolific we’ll be trying the rhubarb and ginger dairy-free fool.

Jo’s variation on a quiche sounds good too – instead of pastry she has devised a base which includes oats, nuts, wholemeal flour, rapeseed oil and egg.

If we are having one of our meat-free days we often use meaty Portobello mushrooms – the idea of serving them with an exotic pomegranate couscous appeals enormously.

But this is not a vegetarian cookbook; there are plenty of recipes for fish and meat such as shepherd’s pie, chicken stew, seared tuna and mackerel.

There is also a section of useful items to keep in the store cupboard and an interesting couple of pages on nuts – nut butters, creams and milks.

A really encouraging and inspiring, well-illustrated book for anybody looking for tasty, heathy recipes.

In the Mood for Healthy Food.
Jo Pratt. ISBN: 978-184899277-1. £20. Nourish Books.
www.nourishbooks.com 

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