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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Change 4 Life Supermeals


Change4Life Supermeals is a nation-wide campaign to help us all plan affordable healthier meals, with recipes created by TV chef Ainsley Harriott, which was launched in January. 

Change4Life’s Supermeals campaign distributed 100,000 copies of a brand new cookbook which contains a month’s worth of popular, healthy recipes all for under £5.

I will be including some of the recipes in our Family Meal Plan this coming week.  There is a Change4Life You Tube Channel which has videos of all the recipes as well as a great website that supports the campaign where you can find all the recipes and formulate your own meal plan complete with shopping list.  You can pick which meals you would like to make for the week and the website puts them all into a PDF document for you to download, which also includes all the recipes and a handy shopping list.  Kids (or adults) can even make their own cookbook.

There's even a tool to help you make sure that your family gets their 5 a day by analysing your meal plan and adding up all the servings of fruit and vegetables contained within it.  There are also loads of tips and tricks to get us all to eat healthier meals and also portion guides which not only help if you're watching your weight, but also cuts down on food waste.

Here's one of the tasty recipes from the Supermeals campaign:



Creamy Pasta with Chicken and Peas

350g dried pasta shapes
175g frozen peas
175g cooked chicken chopped into cubes
1 tbsp horseradish
1 tbsp creme fraiche
1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
1 pinch ground black pepper
1 pinch salt

Bring a large pan of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and the pasta. Stir once and cook for 10-12 minutes, or according to the instructions on the packet, until the pasta is cooked but still slightly firm in the middle.

About 2 or 3 minutes before the pasta is done, add the peas to the pan.  Drain the mixture in a colander, then return to the pan. Add the chicken, horseradish mixture and parsley.

Stir well to combine and season with pepper. Put the pan over a gentle heat until everything is just warmed through, then serve in bowls.

Photo courtesy of Change4Life

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