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Making healthy changes in 2020

 

Making healthy changes in 2020

 

January is well and truly bedded in! It seems a lifetime away until February, we’re certainly back in routine, and New Year’s resolutions have been made (and some broken!).

Topping the resolutions priority list in the new year is eating healthy, but it can be hard to know where to start when there’s so much conflicting advice out there! A recent survey by the British Nutrition Foundation revealed that 43% of adults admit they find it difficult to find reliable information on healthy diets, with changing information, messages and advice from media and experts being the biggest causes for confusion. No wonder it’s hard to know where to look!

We like to keep it simple here and have a number of ways of keeping on the right track. We try and pile our plates with as many colourful foods as we can, and eat everything in moderation. We also most certainly recognise the health benefits of cooking with our Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil!

Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil contains only half the saturated fat and 11 times (yes, 11!) the Omega 3 of olive oil. Omega oils are what are known as the healthy oils, and Rapeseed Oil is a great source of Omegas 3, 6 & 9, in just the right combination to work together as your body needs them. Clever, isn’t it! And that’s not all. It’s also rich in Vitamin E which helps to protect our DNA to promote a healthy immune system.

It is a fat, but in the main our oil is made up of monosaturated fats which are known as the ‘good’ fats which promote healthy cholesterol, and contain less than 1% trans fats which are the ‘bad’ facts as they can raise blood pressure, cholesterol levels and increase the risk of heart attacks.

Our Oil is cold pressed for the health benefits too. This means that our rapeseed is pressed in a natural, chemical-free way. We just take the small seeds and use a large screw-like device to gently squeeze the oil from the seed. This ensures that the oil has all the goodness still in it. If an oil is not cold pressed it may mean that chemicals have been used to extract even more oil from the seed, so it may not contain the goodness that makes rapeseed oil unique.

And let us just add that with its gentle, nutty flavour that is unique to the soil and Wolds where it is grown, it tastes amazing too!

So, whether you dip, drizzle, roast, bake or fry with it you’ll be making one of those positive changes to a healthier you in 2020. Using our most versatile Natural Rapeseed Oil, here’s a recipe or two that will help with the fresh start! We’re rooting for you!

 

Cauliflower & Potato Curry

Serves 2

Ingredients
3 tbsp Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil
3 tbsp Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil with Chilli and Spice
1 tbsp Fennel Seed Dressing
1 small cauliflower
2 large potatoes
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper

Method
Break cauliflower into small pieces and peel the potatoes and cut into small cubes.
Heat oils in frying pan, add cauliflower and potatoes, stir fry for 5 minutes.
Add turmeric, coriander, cumin, garam masala, salt & pepper, Fennel Seed Dressing and 1/4 pint water.
Cover pan, turn heat to low and cook until vegetables are tender, adding more water if necessary.

Our Tips!
Add a handful of peas, diced carrots or sliced green beans.
When making up the spice mix, make up more than you need and then it's ready for next time you cook this dish.

 

King Prawn & Roasted Tomato Tagliatelle

Serves 4

Ingredients
2 tbsp Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil
4 tbsp Smoked Chilli Dressing
2lb/900g Tomatoes, halved
1 Large Onion finely chopped
4 cloves of Garlic, peeled
14oz/400g King Prawns, peeled
Salt and Pepper to season
300g Tagliatelle

Method
Pre heat your oven to 180C.
Place the tomatoes, half the onion and the garlic in a roasting dish. Drizzle over half the Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil and season with the salt and pepper.
Place in the oven and cook for half an hour until the tomatoes are soft and cooked through. When cooked remove from the oven and blend until smooth, adding the Smoked Chilli Dressing to taste.
Heat the remaining oil in a large pan on a high heat. Fry the remaining onions for a few minutes until they start to soften then add the prawns. Continue to fry until the prawns are cooked through.
Finally stir in the tomato mixture and the cooked tagliatelle.Serve with grated parmesan and a scattering of chopped fresh basil.

 

Sticky Gingerbread Loaf

A sweet treat to get you through! Remember it's all about everything in moderation!

Ingredients

5oz Self Raising Flour
Pinch of Salt
1.5 tsp Ground Ginger
4oz Soft Brown Sugar
3 tbsp Black Treacle or Golden Syrup
5 tbsp Yorkshire Rapeseed Oil - Natural or Ginger
1 Egg
1/8 pint Milk

Method

Preheat the oven to 180C.
Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and  then beat in all the wet ingredients. Pour into a lined 1lb loaf or square tin. Simple!
Bake in the oven for 50-60 minutes. Should be firm to the touch, and if you insert a clean skewer to the bottom of the middle of the cake it should come out clean.

Our Top Tip!
This is a recipe from one of our lovely customers. She recommends swapping the treacle for golden syrup if you'd like a lighter loaf. If you leave it for a day or two (if you can!) it will go sticky on top!

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