After the excesses of Christmas, I’ve been cooking some lighter meals here recently. Admittedly, our Christmas really wasn’t too excessive. Yes, we had some mince pies (homemade, even the mincemeat) and some gingerbread biscuits, but all in all, we treat Christmas as a time to indulge in some really good treats, such as a wedge of Colston Bassett Stilton, rather than eating chocolates and sweets all day every day.
But still, we are feeling the need for some lighter meals. They need to be tasty, filling and warming, as it is January after all.
One of my favourite suppers is a roast chicken. Tonight, I made a roasted free-range chicken with an ovenbaked ratatouille and a crisp, green salad. I bought a 1.5 kilo chicken, which can serve four adults at 180C for around 90 minutes. I topped the chicken in the zest of a lemon, a chopped red chilli, some fresh rosemary from the garden and some Guernsey butter.
Although the chicken cost around £10, it will yield some leftovers for lunches, and I know the chicken was well-reared and tastes much nicer than cheaper birds. It was a very nice light, yet nutritious meal.
If any of you have some ideas for healthy meals you like to eat at home, please do share them, I’d love to hear them.