Updated: Apr 6, 2020
So I admittedly do not have the best of willpower when it comes to nutrition - I try and stay away from the dark side but sometimes it does catch up with me...usually on holiday - BUT, generally I am quite conscious about what I eat and do enjoy a well balanced diet!
In my daily life I often try and use substitute foods and this week was no different except I decided to kill two birds with one stone as I have a bit of a hectic week!
Therefore, as part of my shopping list this week, I bought a medium sized chicken to cook and simply added sweet potato, broccoli and asparagus for dinner. With the left over chicken, I prepared the following nights dinner. I had little time to make a sauce so I decided to add a Light Tikka Masala which I bought from Sainsbury's and added some additional vegetables (frozen pea and cauliflower florets) and subsequently let the chicken and veg marinate over night. It's a super quick yet delicious meal for the following evening and I substituted the rice with Bare Naked rice although I usually use cauliflower rice.
When I first reluctantly tried a alternative rice to the norm, I was very dubious that it was going to spoil my meal - but I have to say, it really was great and although the smell of cauliflower initially made me think "urgh gross!" it really has been a game changer for me in terms of substituting it for rice.
So I now invite you to get creative in your kitchen and try and find some substitute alternative foods which may help keep you on a healthier path. Below is a list of my favourite alternatives to pasta, rice, noodles and potatoes:-
White bean or chick pea mash
Swede or celeriac mash
Cauliflower and broccoli rice
Courgetti / zuchinni
Butternut squash lasagna sheets, noodles, crinkle chips, squaffles
Bare naked rice and noodles
Eggplant / aubergine sheets for lasagna
Portobello mushrooms (instead of burger buns!)
Please do note, I do still eat pasta, rice, potatoes etc...but what works best for for me and my body is everything in moderation.