- Choose lower fat alternatives, such as substituting low fat cheese for cream cheese.
- One third of your meals should consist of salad or vegetables.
- Remember to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day.
- To help you use less olive oil, try using an olive oil spray for cooking, or when making salad dressings.
- If you are trying to cut down on salt, use extra spices and herbs to add flavour to your meals.
- Want to cut down on fat? Swap frying or roasting with grilling, using a griddle pan or steaming your food.
- Choose a leaner cut of meat without fat such as poultry with skin removed, fillet steak. Cut off any visible fat.
- Choose wholegrain rice and pasta as they are higher in fibre than the white alternatives.
- When using cheese, maybe think about a mature Cheddar or a hard blue cheese, for more flavour, but use less of it, perhaps grating it.
Why not liven up tinned soup with these delicious cheese rings.
6 ounces of plain flour
Half a teaspoon of cream of tartar
Half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
Half a teaspoon of salt
A sprinkle of black pepper OR cayenne powder if you like things spicy
Half an ounce of fresh butter
2 ounces of cream cheese
2 or 3 tablespoons of milk
A little beaten egg
2 tablespoons of grated Cheddar cheese
Sift the powdered ingredients into a bowl. Rub in the cream cheese and butter until it resembles breadcrumbs. Blend with milk to a soft dough. With light strokes, roll out fairly thin and use a round cutter to make rings. Brush over with egg and dip into the grated cheese. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 10-12 minutes. They should be nicely risen and golden coloured. Re-roll some of the leftover pastry if you wish to make more. Serve piping hot on top of soup, tinned or homemade.