When I plan my meals for the week I don’t just have to think about myself I have three other people to consider. I need to make sure that what I’m cooking is both healthy and nutritious and something my family will like and enjoy – sometimes that isn’t always easy. Over the past week I’ve been cooking my way to a healthy smile and my family have been eating their way to a healthy smile, I’m going to show you how to eat your way to one too.
So what foods can help our dental health? I think we all know that tea, coffee, red wine, sugary foods and fizzy drinks are a no no or at least that’s what my dentist always tells me. I always seem to get told what I shouldn’t be consuming but not what I should be which I would find far more beneficial.
The infographic above lists some great ingredients that are not only healthy but have some great properties that can help your teeth and I’ve included some of them in my dishes below. I will be publishing all of the recipes during the week so please subscribe if something takes your fancy so you don’t miss it.
The first dish I made was Celery Soup, this is incredibly simple to make and all of my family including Baby Gourmand love this soup. It might seem strange to have apple in a soup but it adds a sweetness which works incredible well with the heat of the pepper. The best thing about this soup is you can pop it all in a slow cooker and leave it until you’re ready to blend and serve.
To make this soup you will need:
1/2 bunch of celery including leaves
1 Red Onion
2 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 tsp Pepper
1 tsp Mixed Herbs
vegetable stock to cover
Roughly chop the vegetables and place in a slow cooker, add the herbs and black pepper, cover with vegetable stock and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours. Just before serving blend the soup with a hand blender. Adjust pepper to your own taste.
This curried fish pie is very different to anything you will have eaten before. I used a mixture of salmon, cod and smoked haddock and added onions, peppers and spinach to the curry to make a very tasty and nutritious dish.
Spinach featured heavily in my main meals as you can probably tell. I’m very lucky that both of my children love spinach in all of it’s forms but this particular mash always goes down well. The smoked fish is baked in the oven which in itself is quite plain but when served with a garliky spinach mash it transforms the dish into something special.
I took a bit of a risk when making this cheese, apple and potato pie, I wasn’t sure if it would work, I think adding the fresh thyme to the filling really helped and my family couldn’t get enough of this.
Olive and Walnut bread was a huge hit! I’ve been baking a lot of bread recently and I actually made 4 loaves before finding this taste combination which really worked well together. I had originally wanted to make a soft top tin loaf but it just didn’t work, this was my final attempt and is probably one of the best loaves I’ve made.
Mini Gourmand made these apple, and brazil nut muffins, we decided to pop some nuts in a food processor so that the muffins would be soft rather than crunchy. They made a great after school snack and Baby Gourmand had a couple as his mid morning snack.
The spiced sausage pasta was made for Baby Gourmand and Mini Gourmand, I used fresh tomato and herbs to make a sauce and added a little green chilli for a bit of a kick.
The apple and plum pie I made only lasted two days, now I can’t be sure who it was who kept going into the fridge for more but I know it wasn’t me or Baby Gourmand!
I also made fruit and nut stuffed chicken legs but my family are so greedy they didn’t give me a chance to take a picture before delving right in and devouring them.
Everything that I made with the Abel & Cole meat and vegetable boxes was a huge hit with my family. By cleaver planning I made a pack of sausages, two chicken legs and a whole host of vegetables last for a whole week which I never would have thought possible! Not only did my family eat some amazing dishes they also ate food which helped keep their smile healthy.
Were you aware that any of these vegetables could help you have a healthy smile?