Healthy recipes to help you thru december

If you ask most people what the worst time of year is, I’m sure that many will say January. That’s because it’s the immediate aftermath of Christmas and there is no longer anything to look forward to for the rest of winter. There are a whole two months of cold, dark days to go before spring starts to break. That’s quite upsetting! However, you should be able to get through the cold days of the start of the new year if you have a good selection of comfort-food recipes. Been looking for something new to cook for your family? Here are a couple of ideas to get you started.

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • 1 liter beef stock
  • 3 lb boneless pork spare ribs
  • 1 lb ready made barbecue sauce
  • White bread buns

  1. If you don’t already have a slow cooker, you can check on dontpayfull.com for John Lewis coupons as they sell a good selection of these handy cookers.
  2. Once you have your slow cooker, pour in the beef stock and add the ribs. Turn on high and cook for four hours.
  3. Preheat your oven to gas mark 4 (180 degrees C). Mix the sauce into the shredded meat and place in the oven for half an hour.
  4. Take out of the oven and fill your buns with the pulled pork.
  5. If you want, you can always chop up some lettuce and other salad ingredients to add to the buns. Enjoy!

Curried Carrot Soup

  • 5 oz butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 lb carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Half teaspoon curry powder
  • Half pint of chicken stock
  • One bouquet garni.

  1. There’s nothing quite as warming as a dish that is rich in spices, so this soup will be great to keep you warm on the coldest days of the year!
  2. Melt the butter in a frying pan over a gentle heat. Once it has melted, add the onion and garlic and soften them. Once the onions appear to be softer, add the carrot and cook for a further five minutes. There’s actually a fine art to softening onions correctly, and you can read more about it on bbcgoodfood.com.
  3. Add the cumin seeds, curry powder, bouquet garni, and chicken stock and cook for another five minutes.
  4. Bring the mixture to the boil. Once it is boiling, turn down the heat and then simmer over a low heat for around half an hour.
  5. After the half an hour, take out the bouquet garni and dispose of it. This isn’t actually edible - you just add it to the mixture for its great flavor.
  6. Ladle the soup into large bowls and serve with some delicious, crusty bread. If you want, you can also chop up some fresh coriander and sprinkle this onto the soup as you serve it. Yum!

Hopefully, these two recipes will get you through the cold days that we can expect in January. Remember to follow each with a delicious dessert - you definitely deserve it!

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