I come from a family of food lovers. Our in-joke at gatherings is to get to the table fast once the food is served – especially dessert – or miss out.
The older generations, while eating reasonable well overall, weren’t especially concerned about what they ate – until my grandfather retired and found his belly was so large he couldn’t do up his shoelaces.
A bushwalk became part of his daily routine. And his diet was up for review. Red meat-dominated meals were regularly replaced with those favouring lean white meats and lots of vegies, which meant a change in several of Nan’s tried and true recipes. The benefits soon became apparent, most notably in Grandad’s shrinking waistline, as well a saving on the grocery bills (veg being cheaper than meat).
Knowing what we do now about the cancer prevention benefits of a healthy diet, especially one rich in fruit, vegetables and fibre that limits red meat, we’re all for healthy family meals.
We do still love our desserts, but now with added fruit.
One of our new family favourites comes from the Cancer Council NSW Eat It To Beat It program recipe collection.
It’s for a healthy shepherd’s pie, replacing Nan’s more meat, less veg version, to boost the healthy, cancer-preventing food content (i.e. extra veg).