It seems that I am constantly losing the eating healthy battle. I know it’s a lifestyle and on the whole, I make sure we do eat healthy, but sometimes its so hard to be in the mood to cook after you have spent all day running around. The desire to cook balanced meals goes right out the window. Eating healthy is not difficult if there is say, just you. However, in my family I have 3 teens/preteens (girls at that, one vegetarian,) and a 7 year old boy and my husband who might as well be a child also. When they were younger, I could enforce healthy eating and I did. I still keep no soda in the house or potato chips/crisps and pretty much no junk food. Unfortunately for me, the supermarket is walking distance form my house, so when they have a bit of money, off they go to buy all the things I don’t keep in the house! It’s a battle that I am sorely losing.
This is all the more reason I make sure that I cook all food from scratch and make the meal as well rounded as possible. Believe me it’s not easy for me because as I get older, I am more picky than all of them. There are so many things lately, that I have developed an aversion to. I don’t know if my medication affects me or it’s just that my taste buds and sensibilities are just shot!
So having fallen off the band wagon for the umpteenth time, I am trying to focus on what’s going in my body. Being a Brit, I can live on cheese and toast, unfortunately, that’s not a good thing for me. I put on weight so fast if I indulge solely on bread and cheese.
So, I am trying to make every mouthful count and eat more greens, whole grains and so on. You may or may not know my issue with greens, one being I don’t eat too many of them. To find out more read here. The other day I bought a bunch of rainbow chard to make my Indian style spinach dish but with chard. This seems my favourite way of downing greens easily. Also, everyone at home will eat it too. It is pretty tasty and you can make it with chicken, beef or lamb. If you know my history with lamb, you’ll know that I cook mainly beef!
The beef is braised first or in my case, pressure cooked, and then the chard is added and wilted briefly. It takes way too long for beef to tenderise where I live so, I use my pressure cooker to hurry it along. You may cook it however you like, braise it, slow cooker it or pressure cooker it.
INDIAN STYLE BRAISED BEEF WITH RAINBOW CHARD
11/2lbs/681g boneless beef, cut in small chunks
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon red chilli powder
2 cups/472ml water
2 large bunches rainbow chard
2/3 medium red/gold potatoes, diced in medium chunks
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
2 tablespoons dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
salt and pepper
Brown the onions in a pressure cooker pot or a Dutch oven if you are going to slow braise the meat.
Once the onions are golden, add the beef and toss around to brown a bit.
Add the garlic, ginger, turmeric and red chilli powder
Stir around a bit till meat is browned, add the water and pressurise according to your cooker.
If you are doing it without the pressure cooker, just cover and cook till meat is tender, 60 to 90 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash and cut the the rainbow chard in shreds.
Once the meat is tender, add the potatoes and cook till tender but still firm.
Add the chard shreds and let wilt in the pan.
Stir around and let the liquid evaporate.
Add the cumin and coriander powders and check seasoning.
I like a little bit of liquid in the dish so there’s something to spoon over the rice.
The chard does not need much cooking, just the potatoes have to be tender and most of the liquid evaporated.
I like to add some dried fenugreek leaves to my chard, Adds a very distinct flavour and aroma.
It can be too strong if you are not used to it, but it’s a great flavour and has slight bitter undertones that add a pleasant taste to the chard.
I always add fenugreek to my spinach also.
The dish is done once the liquid has evaporated to your preference.
Serve with some steamed brown rice.
So, your turn, what do you have difficulty eating? Is there stuff that you absolutely don’t like or do you have a hard time eating healthy?
I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my crab apple tree, it is blanketed with young, green apples right now. I can already see the mess in my back garden when they all fall.