One-pot wonders for all the family
It's a real challenge feeding a family these days. We all have to do more with less, so it's vital to think carefully about food shopping and work out ways to get meals on the table throughout the week that are economical, simple to prepare and nutritious, yet tasty .
Our grandmothers did this as a matter of course, but most of us now decide on our meals the day before -- or on the actual day -- and decisions are based on what we have in the house.
So it's very important to have a good range of foods stocked up.
Of course, not everyone knows how to cook. So help is at hand this week from the Nutrition and Health Foundation (NHF), whose timely fourth annual 'Eat Smart Week' wrapped up yesterday.
The Foundation draws together health professionals, scientists, government and industry and aims to show that everyone can achieve healthy eating, regardless of their cooking experience.
The advice from their experts is simple: "Shop smart, cook smart and eat smart." If you do that, you will be able to establish a healthy diet for life for all the family.
"With purse strings tightened, families have become more conscious of what they are spending on food every week," says Dr Muireann Cullen, manager of the NHF.
"There is the temptation to buy what's on special offer, rather than perhaps what's best for nutrition.
"Obesity levels are now at an all-time high in Ireland, with direct and indirect costs accounting for about €4bn. It is imperative that people start to make the right choices when it comes to food shopping and eating," she adds.
This year, the NHF has teamed up with chef Rozanne Stevens, who has come up with 10 quick, nutritious and budget-friendly 'one-pot wonders' which can be made and enjoyed by everyone.
There is also a handy freezer treasure list, a store-cupboard list and useful top 10 tips.
Here, I've given you four of her recipes, together with a nutritional analysis for each one. You'll find the full recipe collection, lists and tips on the NHF website, www.nhfireland.ie.