Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Healthy eating is not expensive

I hear it very often that healthy eating is expensive and lots of people cannot afford it. My latest Orchard project, the Beautifully Balanced Frozen Food from Tesco Programme proved it is not true. Healthy eating can be even cheaper as junk food loaded with unhealthy preservatives and additives. I tried lots of healthy ready meals from the Beautifully Balanced Frozen Food range and transformed lots of frozen vegetables and fruits into delicious dishes. The Orchard at Tesco sent me money off coupons to help me toward my healthy eating and coking journey.


It is true, healthy eating means quite lot of time spent in the kitchen. There are people who say, they never cook, because they cannot. It is a false answer, everybody can cook. I started to spend more time in the kitchen only five years ago and now I have a lifestyle blog, where I share my recipes and food creations.

When you are a beginner in the kitchen you should start with buying pre-prepared frozen fruits and vegetables. I stock up usually from Tesco, because even the Everyday Value range has perfect quality. There are some surprising, but exciting, new additions including avocado, kale and mint. By freezing vegetable at the peak of their freshness, they keep all that goodness locked in until you are ready to cook - so in many cases, using frozen veg is actually healthier than using ‘fresh’.


It is good to have some frozen fruits and veggies in your freezer, because you can use them any time. These do not contain any additives, preservatives or added sugars and salts. Are healthier as conserves.


Here are some tips for what can you use pre-prepared frozen vegetable and fruit with no cooking experience:


The best way to use frozen fruit, as raspberries, blueberries, summer fruits, pitted dark sweet cherries and mixed fruits is baking some muffins or sponges. Try my Gluten Free Cherry Sponge.


 More chunky fruit as pineapples, mangoes and frozen fruit salad are perfect in smoothies. There are even smoothie mixes: Tesco Strawberry And Banana Smoothie Mix; Tesco Blueberry, Raspberry, Blackberry Banana Smoothie.

I even make ice cream from any frozen fruit and Greek yogurt in my food processor. Check my easy recipe!


You can cook delicious and nutritious traditional soups from frozen peas.


Frozen chopped parsley transforms plain cooked potatoes for an exciting side dish.

Frozen sliced carrots, sweet corns and petits pois make rice richer.

Frozen sliced mushrooms and sliced mixed peppers are delicious on homemade pizza.

Try the micro veg range as low carb side dish.

You can easily prepare traditional dishes as farmhouse casseroles from frozen casserole or farmhouse mixes.

Buy some frozen button sprouts for Christmas, and prepare only the amount what you eat for one meal. Stop food waste with Tesco frozen vegetable and fruit.


Okay, I know, we all have very busy lifestyle. Tesco gives healthy alternatives on very good price on non-cooking days.

Tesco Orchard project gave me an opportunity to try the Beautifully Balanced Frozen Food range from Tesco on discounted price.

These products are perfect for people who do not like to cook, but would like to eat healthy. Tesco Beautifully Balanced Frozen Food is full of flavours, not as plain as other “healthy” meals. Tesco have paid extra attention to using fantastic ingredients that ensure the unique character of each dish comes through in strong, bold flavours. The dishes have perfect sizes – enough even for one muscular man. Tesco wants us to eat healthy but do not limit the portions.  Tesco Healthy Living Beautifully Balanced range does not let us with a feeling we can still eat something, maybe a chocolate bar.

Before my Orchard project I was not aware about the Tesco Healthy Living Beautifully Balanced ready meals. I have health conscious lifestyle so I do not like to eat in fast food restaurants. I usually cook at home and have my lunchbox with me in work, but sometimes I do not have enough time. Since I am in Tesco Healthy Living Beautifully Balanced Orchard project I started to buy ready meals from this range to fill my lunchbox.

Healthy Living Beautifully Balanced range makes my life easier. These are healthy and delicious ready meals with lots of protein and 2 of my 5 a day. On the other side they are all low in sugar, fat and saturated fat.

I have found these meals extremely delicious looking and beautifully colourful. Real food looks better as artificial! I love even the green packages. These are very eye catching and easy to find in the Tesco freezers.

I love the healthiness, tastiness, wide variety, ethnic food variety, satisfying portions and good prices.

Here are a few of my favourites from the Tesco Beautifully Balanced range:

Tesco Healthy LivingChunky Tomato Pasta Sauce – rich Italian pasta sauce with vinegar and big vegetable chunks as courgettes and aubergines. You just need some wholegrain pasta or try my tricky recipe.

Tesco Healthy LivingSweet Chilli Chicken Noodles – chicken breast slices in medium sweet chilli sauce with water chestnuts and soya beans. Protein boost after my exercises.

Tesco Healthy LivingBroccoli And Tomato Quiche - Broccoli, tomato and Cheddar cheese baked with eggs and fromage frais on a tomato flavoured shortcrust pastry base. Just the healthier variety of traditional recipe.

Tesco Healthy LivingIndian Style Superfood Mix - a vegetable mix with lentils and rice in an Indian style curry sauce. I love it with roasted chicken breasts.

Tesco Healthy LivingLemon And Coriander Quinoa Mix – it is the perfect low carb side dish for me. It is a vegetable mix with brown rice, cooked quinoa and coriander in a lime dressing. Contains 54% mixed vegetables as Red Pepper, Yellow Pepper, Broccoli, Soya Bean, Red Onion.

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