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We're big fans of Jamie Oliver as his recipes are so easy to follow, and most importantly they're achievable.
Many of us here have a well-thumbed Jamie cookbook or two amongst our collection, so we're delighted to be able to share a recipe from his fabulous new book, Everyday Super Food, which is packed with beautifully illustrated and delicious recipes that make it easy to eat well and be well.
Read our Exclusive Q & A session with Jamie
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Your new book is all about making healthy eating stress free and achievable – what’s your number one piece of advice to someone wanting to cook and eat more healthily at home?
I’d have to say, cut down on red meat – it will help reduce your intake of saturated fat. Don't get me wrong, I love meat and I could never be completely vegetarian, but I've spent the last year visiting some of the places in the world with the highest numbers of healthy people in their 90s and 100s, and one of the things they have in common is that they rarely have red meat, and when they do, they savour it. I've cut down myself and now I'm having two or three meat-free days a week, plus, it’s much better for the planet.
As a Dad yourself, what’s the best way to encourage children to eat more healthily?
Set an example. If kids see their parents enjoying vegetables and fruit, then they'll be more likely to try it themselves. This really needs to start from when the kids are babies so that they get used to different flavours and textures, plus getting kids involved in cooking is a great way to inspire them about food.
What kitchen essential could you not live without?
I love my crinkle cutter at the moment, but also my speed-peeler is a piece of kit that I use pretty much every day. I wouldn't be without my Tefal pans either.
Many people look to avoid fats when trying to eat more healthily, but in your book you say ‘fat is essential’ What’s your advice?
Fat is essential. Without it, we would die. Of course, like everything, you should consume fats in moderation, but they serve a number of functions. For example, a little oil-based salad dressing is going to help your body absorb more vitamins from a salad.
What makes a balanced plate of food?
One third of your plate should be vegetables and fruit – mostly veg. One third should be starchy carbs, such as pasta and rice, but what I've done with the Everyday Super Food book is to take that to the next level using wholewheat pasta, spelt pasta, brown rice, quinoa and other healthier options. One sixth of your plate should be protein – eggs, beans, fish, a little meat, and that leaves around one sixth for dairy foods and milk, plus a little bit of fat. In the book, I've done all the hard work for you by balancing every recipe.
What’s your favourite recipe from the book?
I'm always asked this and I can never answer it honestly because it's like choosing a favourite child. You simply cannot do it.
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