Mackerel is a healthy fish that contains lots of good oils including omega 3 fatty acids.
It barely needs anything added to it (especially if it is pre-seasoned). A bit of seasoning: some salt, pepper, chilli sprinkled over it.
I have got into a routine of adding vinegar to the mackerel before heating in the oven at 180 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.
Vinegar is supposed to break down the fats and I find it also brings out a great flavour. Generously pour regular vinegar over the mackerel before putting into the oven.
I also chopped some carrots and parsnips together with some broccoli. Poured over some olive oil, added some salt and pepper and popped in the oven for about 30 minutes to bring out the flavour of the veg.
Some people were a bit sceptical of grilling broccoli, but it frays the “leaves” and finishes them with a nice crispy taste (almost like seaweed in Chinese restaurants).
The final meal is lean and healthy for a small lunch/dinner main meal. I recommend having this with the broccoli soup to start and it allows you to use up the stalk of the broccoli too!
Chop the following finely and mix together for a beautiful and healthy beetroot salad.
They say that foods with the colour red are meant to be good for all things blood related.
A study has shown that beets lower the chance of heart disease and strokes (along with broccoli, and spinach).
Garlic is also supposed to reduce cholesterol, and it is also very tasty – even if it does leave you stinking for hours afterwards. It is also supposed to help act as a natural antibiotic that can leave you significantly less likely to catch a cold.
Onions are also believed to have cancer healing properties. As well as helping with hayfever, cholesterol and heart disease it helps to detoxify the body by carrying out waste products.
The final ingredient in this salad is coriander which some people love and some people absolutely detest. However there are some great health benefits from coriander, such as preventing hay fever, relieving headaches, helping to prevent liver, breast and colon cancer.
All in all this is a very healthy salad to accompany a main meal that will help keep the doctor away as well as fill you up in a tasty manner!