With a busy lifestyle, it can be difficult to eat healthily in order to get the appropriate amount of nutrients you need. With many experts recommending that you should eat five pieces of fruit or vegetables a day, it can be tricky to fulfil that quota while still taking on everything that life throws at you. If you are working and taking care of a family too, it can be even more difficult to prepare a healthy meal and sit down for long enough to enjoy it.
Soups and casseroles are an ideal way to get your five a day and can provide you with a healthy meal with little preparation. For some great soup and casserole recipes, check out the Schwartz website. Not only can you use leftover vegetables to create a soup, but the ingredients can be very cheap to purchase which means it is easier to eat healthily on a budget.
Soothing, warm and the ultimate comfort food, soup is perfect for lunch in the office or a hearty meal at night. With a wedge of crusty bread, it can provide you with that extra boost to get all that afternoon work done or as a warming meal after returning from a hectic day. Contrary to popular belief, soups are often very easy to make. Some people worry that lots of preparation or cooking may be involved but often a soup can be prepared in one pan, and when cooking only needs stirring now and again.
For example, with leek and potato soup, you can cook the ingredients in one pan and the majority of the cooking time is simply allowing the soup to simmer. Soups can be carried to work in a flask, depending on thickness and chunkiness of the ingredients, and are versatile enough to be consumed anywhere.
For something with a little more bite that can also be cooked in one dish, casseroles are just as easy to prepare and cook, and can help ensure that you have a hearty meal at the end of the day. For example, sausage casserole is a simple and very tasty meal that can be cooked in the oven (sausages need to be fried a little beforehand) to provide you with a nourishing and comforting meal.
A good casserole will fill you up and stop you feeling like eating a huge amount of high fat, unhealthy food at the end of the day. Most casseroles can also be frozen once cooked and cooled, meaning that they can be kept for several weeks and popped in the microwave to provide a quick and easy meal.
If you cook a large amount of casserole and freeze it at the start of the week, there will always be a good meal waiting for you and with minimum washing up. Soups and casseroles are perfect to fit in with our fast-paced lives. Nutritious and tasty, there is a recipe for everyone and with a huge amount of available ingredients in the shops, the possibilities are endless!