According to a Sainsbury’s survey a quarter of Brits think the above is true!!!!!!! There are many reasons why so many of us are not achieving the recommended 5-a-day of fruit and vegetables: time, cost, they may be boring etc. However, if we knew the fruit and vegetable content of many of the everyday foods we buy, would we be more tempted to buy foods with a higher fruit and vegetable content? The Government continues to be optimistic that improved food labelling will guide consumers to healthier eating. Alongside its plans to label foods with the fat, sugar and salt content by Summer, it is introducing the Responsibility Deal’ calling on food producers to make it clear when pre-packaged food contains one or more portions that count towards the five-a-day and to provide a wider range of healthy options for consumers. Time will tell whether as a nation we care about healthy eating and use food labelling to influence what we buy or whether the majority of us will continue to be ruled by our desires rather than our needs.
Talking of desires, I was invited for lunch at a friend’s last week and I was pleasantly reminded of how good vegetables can taste. Try roughly chopping peppers, onions, leeks, broccoli, butternut squash and sweet potato, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with basil and oregano and place in a medium hot oven for 45 mins. I love adding a whole bulb of unpeeled garlic brushed with olive oil and roasting on top of the vegetables. Once the vegetables are cooked, you can peel the garlic cloves and squeeze the soft sweet garlic over the vegetables. Minimum preparation time and utterly delicious!