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Recipes: Dorcas Barry brightens up family dinner

Dorcas Barry

Published 19/02/2012 | 06:00

One easy way to choose healthy food for your family is to eat by colour. By including a variety of colourful foods in your diet, you will be increasing the nutrient content of your meals.

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Avoid getting into the habit of eating the same vegetables all the time. Increasing your family's experience of different tastes supplies a broader range of vitamins and minerals.

These recipes are great additions to the family-meal repertoire. They are easy and quick, and can be adapted to suit your family's taste, too. Garlic could be added to the tomatoes and onion in the cod dish, and courgettes would be a great addition when they are in season in summer.

Chopped red peppers or fennel work well with the baked aubergines, and you could change the topping to include your family's favourite cheese.

The crumble can be made with any seasonal fruit. If you don't like ground almonds, replace them with the same amount of extra oats. If you are using summer fruit, remember to omit the spices.

For the crumble, make sure that the coconut oil you use is virgin organic. The fats contained in coconut oil are medium-chain fatty acids, which help to speed up metabolism in the body.

Coconut oil also has a high burning point, so it can be used for cooking without being damaged by heat, as happens with many other cooking oils.

More recipes and healthy eating cooking tips at www.dorcasbarry.com Photography by Trevor Hart

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