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How to shop for the best ingredients

When you’re looking to get the most out of your kitchen and cooking, you should always have one eye on the ingredients. A couple of factors come into play for me and cost, sustainability and quality are my top three. Cost This one is really important and is why, with a Delicious and Real subscription, you can chose the ingredients that you buy. I do a weekly online shop as I don’t have the time to go to the supermarket every week!! I also do a bulk shop to Aldi where I stock on my store cupboard essentials: I tend …

Reducing overwhelm in your kitchen

Meal-planning The best way to get organised in your kitchen is to write  meal-plan: it really makes a massive difference to your daily life. But the benefits of meal-planning go way beyond being more organised: It helps you make more mindful, healthier food choices It saves you money as you only buy what you need to It reduces your food waste as you know exactly what to cook with the food that you have in It reduces the amount of packaging in your shopping trolley: ingredients tend to be less heavily packaged than processed foods It takes away that daily …

Eating a more varied diet is the key to good health

How many different plant foods do you eat in a week?  I was reading an article in the Times recently – it was about the 10 healthy habits that we should build now.  Number 4 was all about variety (something that is easier to attain when meal planning) and how we should be aiming for a whopping 30 different plant based foods per week!  Research has shown that those lacking in variety, were likely to have insufficient fibre and an inadequate amounts of 2 or more vitamins and minerals.  People eating 30 different plant foods (including whole grains, pulses, fruit and …

An organised kitchen with Delicious and Real

On Saturday 8th October, I will be on the live demo stage at the Clean and Tidy Home Show. Join me and learn all about how to rid yourself of kitchen overwhelm and save yourself time and money! Discover how creating a meal-plan will not only reduce your food (and energy) bills, but will also reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen and the amount of ‘stuff’ on your shelves. I will be talking you through what your kitchen actually needs (do we really need 4 frying pans?!?!?) and how best to store items and make the …

Understanding Your Health Means You Can Take Better Care of Yourself

Understanding your health means that you are going to be able to take better care of yourself. The more you know, the more powerful you are, and that is especially true when it comes to health. The answer is often diet We often overlook poor diet when we are trying to find the cause of our symptoms but 70% of our immune system is actually located in our gut. “Seventy percent of the immune system is located in the gut,” says David Heber, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of medicine at UCLA Health. “Nutrition is a key modulator of immune function.” Immune …