Do you Prefer Fast Food or Home Cooking

I prefer home cooked fast food, so there! I’m not trying to muddy the waters here, but who says home cooking has to take forever? Our favourite meals are healthy, delicious and can be prepared and cooked in minutes.

Try a stir fry with chicken or beef, lots of vegetables, a little dry sherry and oyster sauce. Serve with steamed noodles. If you’re really short of time, you can buy a prepared stir fry vegetable mix from the supermarket to speed things up.

For a tasty treat, try my ‘Kitchen Sink’ omelette, so called because there’s everything but the kitchen sink in it! I always includes finely diced potatoes , because it makes the omelette more hearty. Then there’s smoked bacon pieces for flavour, tomatoes for colour, mushrooms for texture, onions, garlic, peas, prawns – the list goes on; anything goes. Season well, and use 2 eggs per person. A little water in the egg mix will give your omelette lightness. Don’t try to fold it – you’ll just end up with a gooey mess. Set the bottom, then put the pan under a hot grill to cook the top. Delicious!

Jacket potatoes can be prepared in minutes in the microwave. Serve with tuna or prawns and salad, cheese and baked beans or home made chilli. Or pan fry a chicken breast with mushrooms, peppers and onions. When cooked, stir in a little plain yogurt for a quick, tasty sauce.

If we really want to spoil ourselves, we cook a whole sea bass in foil. This takes less than 20 minutes in the oven. While it’s cooking, prepare some new potatoes and peas or salad to go with it. Food heaven!

Or pan fry a fresh tuna steak in a little olive oil. Keep it simple, just season with lemon juice and freshly ground black pepper.

Staying with the fishy theme, try fresh mackerel, poached in milk with black pepper and a bay leaf. The budget conscious among you will be pleased to know that this is one of the cheapest fish around, as there’s never a shortage. Mackerel just love to be caught and eaten!

As you see, fast food doesn’t have to come from the Golden Arches. If you really need that hamburger fix, fire up the barbecue and cook your own. It’s cheaper and it’s better for you.

The big advantage of home prepared food over fast food and takeaways is that you know exactly what has gone into it and how long it has lingered in the fridge. Try my way for a month, and bypass the burger bars and takeaways. Your waistline and your wallet will love you for it!

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