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How Convenience Fast Food Can Be Cooked At Home

16.03.2016

Domino’s Pizza has revealed that their profits have rocketed since releasing their app that can be used on smart phone and tablet devices. The company have announced that their rising profits are partly contributed to a lowering cost of products but the main game changer has been their accessibility to the public.

Chief executive David Wild has explained that, “The thing that costumers want more than anything else is convenience…” With a huge 41% increase on orders made through their smart phone and tablet app, it is clear to see that being able to have your dinner available at the click of a button is high on people’s priorities.

 

At The Healthy Employee, we are all too aware that what people lack is time. Busy lifestyles are the norm and our health and wellness often takes a back seat in favour of ease and convenience.

But to what extent is convenience compromising our health and wellbeing?

 

Adult Reference Intakes

The following reference intakes are based on an average sized woman doing an average amount of physical activity. They are published by the NHS and established as part of a healthy balanced diet.  All RI's and calorific intake is now based on an average sized woman, this is used as the benchmark by the NHS.

Let’s face it; no one has just one slice of pizza. It is a common occurrence to consume 4 or 5, plus extra nibbles and bits that may be available.

With that said, if you consumed a large pizza, you would be consuming more than double the amount of protein and salt you require, almost 150% more saturated fat than is recommended and more calories than you’d need to see you through the entire 24 hours - all of this in a single sitting!

With a few simple tips and tricks and a healthy handful of planning, delicious and cost effective meals are very realistic. So here we have a brilliant alternative recipe that will keep your waist line and bank balance in check – and you’ll have time to complete your to-do list too!

Did we mention that if you called the fast food in, you would be forking out £17.99 as opposed to approximately £5.50? 

 

TOP TIP!

If you are exceedingly tight on time and aren’t able to prepare the cauliflower based pizza within the recipe below, then why not try simply adding the tomato sauce and your chosen toppings onto a tortilla wrap? Simple, quick, and just as delicious! Serve up with a large salad or a plate of fresh veg to compensate.   

 

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 cauliflower
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano

Topping

  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 125g mozzarella, cut into slices
  • pinch of chilli flakes
  • small bunch of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C. Chop the cauliflower into chunks, removing and discarding the leaves. Put half of the cauliflower chunks into a food processor and blitz until it resembles rice. Do the same with the second half. Add all of the blitzed cauliflower to a bowl, cover with cling film and put it in the microwave on High for 5-6 minutes, until it has softened.
  2. Tip the hot cauliflower onto a clean tea towel and leave to cool enough so that it can be handled. Once cooled, envelope the cauliflower within the tea towel and squeeze as much liquid from it as you can. Once completed, transfer to a clean bowl. Add the ground almonds, egg and oregano, and stir to combine.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and grease lightly with extra virgin olive oil. Place the cauliflower in a large mound in the centre of the baking tray and spread out with a large spoon until it is approximately 30cm in diameter.
  4. Bake in the oven for approximately 15-18 minutes – it will turn golden brown and begin to crisp at the edges.
  5. Whilst your base is cooking, combine the canned tomatoes, tomato puree and garlic in a blender, and blitz until smooth. Transfer your tomato sauce to a saucepan and cook gently for 8-10 minutes, until it has thickened. Tear half of the basil leaves and add to the sauce.
  6. Once your pizza base is cooked, turn the oven up to 240C. Spread your tomato sauce evenly over the base and decorate with the sliced mozzarella and chilli flakes before returning to the oven for approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Once heated through, add the remaining fresh basil leaves and serve immediately.

 

Topping inspiration:

By cooking your own, you can add whatever you would like. So how about…

Parma ham, mushrooms, aubergine, peppers, asparagus, rocket, broccoli, spinach, olives, plum tomatoes, coriander, smoked salmon, roasted beetroot, prawns, tuna, sardines, anchovies?

 

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Are you thinking about adding something to your health and wellbeing programme? Email Anna here to discuss how our Power Up & Motivate With Positive Nutrition Workplace Wellbeing Series may be of use to you. 



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