#BETTERFOOD FOR YOU

We love food. And we love to share our passion with you. Delve into this section and you'll find recipes you can use at home, top tips from our chefs and some topical insights from the team. If you like what you see, sign up and join our Taste Panel and become part of #BetterFood for everyone at EY.

Protein

Understanding your body’s building blocks

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Are You Made Well This April?: Portion Size

Welcome to our first Made Well monthly focus - Portion Size!

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Fresh Raw Pea, Asparagus & Fava Bean Salad with Herbs & Pecorino

Another Summer salad using fresh ingredients at there best!

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Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)

Nice fresh Thai salad, ready for the summer!

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TOP TIP

One of my favourite vegetables is asparagus, I have learnt when cooking this to tie the bunch together and stand it in a pan of water that is already boiling, this will cook the sturdier stems and steam the delicate heads all at the same time.

Well dressed

A salad is not a salad without a dressing, why not try infusing you own oils with some chilli or garlic and rosemary to use as a dressing? A couple of things to remember though, never add vinegar or lemon to delicate leaves before you have infused the oil with it as this will 'cook' the leaves and never season the salad once you have dressed I as the salt and pepper to the first bit of oil it finds, last but not least always toss your salad in bowl to ensure an even coating of dressing.  

Know your spuds

If you want quality potato results you will need to pick the best one for the job, for chips you will need starchy, for mash you want floury and for a gratin you will need a waxy potato. If you are unable to source the exact potato you need, why not go for one of the best all rounder's either the maris piper or the king Edward. One more thing that will determine  the early potato season is that a new potato is only new if you can rub the skin off with your fingers otherwise its just a salad potato.  

Hot pan!

When sealing meat ensure you pan is hot before you add anything else, then add a small amount of oil then seal your protein on all sides ensuring when this goes into the pan you place it away from you to ensure no hot oil is splashing towards you.

Season to taste

Seasoning is a vital part of cooking, seasoning should happen during the marinating process and at the end of the cooking process if needed this will help to tenderise and enhance the flavour.

Al dente

When cooking pasta ensure its under cooked ever so slightly drain this off and finish cooking it in the sauce you will be serving it in, this will boost the flavour and ensure it gets into the pasta.

Waste nothing!

Parmesan rinds can be a great addition when slow cooking a sauce, just add it whole and this will enhance the flavour. Vegetable peel and trim can be used to in soups, stocks and sauces or event as a trivet when roasting.

Equipment

A micro plane or peeler is a handy tool that can used to zest fruits to use in a marinade or on desserts, grate hard cheese to finish a pasta dish or peel vegetables for a salad.

Marinades

Marinating is a versatile and indispensable technique. It boosts the flavor of lean cuts of meat and also works wonders with vegetables and fruits. It doesn't require special equipment and involves simple steps to produce unfussy-but delicious-food. Ideally meat should be marinated for a minimum of 12 hours and fish for a minimum of 2 hours.

Baked tofu with coconut & kale

Nice Veggie dinner if you fancy skipping the meat

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Popcorn Granola Bar

Something a little different then the normal granola bar!

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Simple French maple toast

Some simple & sweet for the cold weekends

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Healthy Pumpkin Bites

A recipe that kids can make and eat

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Food Heroes – Pumpkins

We're big believers in Food Heroes -. Here we have a look at one of my favourite ingredients... the humble pumpkin from Oakley Farm Wisbech http://www.ogsuk.com/farms/pumpkins.php?page=pumpkins

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Summer lemon tart

Summer lemon tart

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Super Boost Bar

Energy boosting, health giving, mood uplifting – these yummy boost bars are even better when you know you made them yourself.

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Orange Cake

A classic Spanish recipe using whole oranges, this cake has zingy fresh flavours and a light delicious texture.

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Mango Salsa

Bright and beautiful, fresh and zingy, this uplifting mango salsa is great with everything from fish and chicken, to curries and barbeques!

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Strawberry and banana smoothie

Super quick, super healthy, super yummy!

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Tandoori salmon skewers

Healthy, delicious and oh so sizzly – a proper taste of summer.

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Roasted Tomato Soup

Bright and rich, sweet and warming, roasting tomatoes and peppers gives this tasty soup an added depth.

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Irish Soda Bread

Try this easy soda bread recipe for when you want bread in a hurry – it's ready in less than an hour.

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Homemade Hummus

Simple, nutritious and delicious, it’s so easy to make your own homemade hummus.

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Calzone

Packed with flavour and deliciousness, this clever folded pizza is always a crowd pleaser.

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Tomato Gazpacho Mousse

A cheeky little Gazpacho mousse with roasted tomatoes and black olive soil

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