Healthier RoastsDecember 2, 2014
We all love to sit down for a roast with all the trimmings: crunchy roast potatoes, towering Yorkshire puddings, piles of veg and a puddle of rich gravy made from the pan juices. But our waistlines (and our doctors) may begin to protest if we have too much of a good thing. Fortunately, there are ways you can serve up a healthier roast without compromising on deliciousness.
Dish up chicken and turkey more often. They’re virtually fat free, especially once you’ve taken the skin off, compared to fattier alternatives like lamb or duck. And venison has fewer calories and more protein than any other red meat; it’s full of vitamins and iron too.
Elevating your meat on a roasting rack will ensure excess fat drips away into the bottom of the pan. Maybe even leave the meat out altogether once in a while and dish up a vegetarian alternative like a Tomato, Pesto and Olive Tart or a Pumpkin and Gruyere Tartlet. Try a Salmon Wellington or a Smoked Fish and Cider Pie for a fishy take.
If you’re one of those people who likes to chuck your carrots in with your meat and potatoes, consider steaming them instead. In fact, filling more of your plate with other nutrient-rich veg such as steamed broccoli, cauliflower or green beans will help you eat more healthily without you even realising you’re doing it.
Instead of oil-soaked roast potatoes, try mashed or, if you just can’t bear the thought of not having roasties, cook them with their skins on so they don’t absorb so much fat. Cutting them into larger chunks helps too as does cooking them in a separate pan to your meat. Toss them lightly in olive oil before you put them in. Mashed carrot and swede makes a lovely change from roast potatoes as well. Just go easy on the butter.
What you cook in can also make a difference. The more non-stick your pan is the less oil or fat you’ll need. Our Lakeland Baking Range is ideal, with everything from a large roasting pan to a Yorkshire pudding tin so you can kit out your kitchen for a lifetime of cooking.
If you like your roast dinner swimming in gravy (and who doesn’t?), then it might be worth investing in a Gravy Skimmer. This clever jug allows fat to rise to the top so you only pour the leaner juices over your food giving you all of the taste with none of the fat.
With a few simple tweaks your Sunday roast can be a much healthier affair and while your taste buds won’t notice the difference, your waistline certainly will. Just don’t go undoing all that good work with a second helping of pudding now, will you?