Michael van Straten
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Special Bonfire Recipe

Remember, remember the 5th of November, gunpowder treason and plot. For bonfires, bangers and oodles of fun we should thank Mr. Fawkes quite a lot.

Where would we be without our Guy? We'd have no excuse to spend a cold autumn night out in the garden and often in the rain. But do we need to add insult to injury by serving artery clogging, blood pressure boosting, instant heart disease food on a plate.

Of course we don't.

There are plenty of great healthy foods that adults and children will enjoy with a bonus of the best nutrients Instead of the usual fatty bangers filled with chemicals, try these oven baked mini meatballs of minced, very lean lamb with herbs

Mix 500g mince with chopped onion, garlic, oregano, mint and parsley. Add cumin, a raw egg, then roll into walnut sized balls. Put in a greased baking dish, cover with foil cook in medium oven for 45 minutes. Remove foil, turn up heat for 10 mins till crisp. Serve in warm wholemeal pitta with salad

Wrap large potatoes in foil rubbed with a little olive oil. Place on the edge of the bonfire to cook. As fire burns down push them into the hot ashes and they'll be ready to eat after the fireworks, filled with healthy baked beans.

Cutting out sausages and chips has already reduced the worst of fats by 50% and salt by 75% so this party is already healthier.

With growing numbers of veggies here's a super healthy chilli sin carne – without meat. It's quick, cheap, easy and real Superfood.

Drain and rinse cans of kidney, borlotti and lima beans. Sweat chopped onion, leek, carrot and garlic in olive oil with chilli powder. Add beans, tomato puree, bay leaf, cinnamon, stock. Bring to boil, simmer for 10 minutes and serve with rice and garlic bread.

You can even enjoy a sweet treat. Slice the inner curve of a banana through skin from tip to tip. Stuff with dark chocolate bits. Wrap in foil and put in hot ashes when you remove the potatoes. Delicious eaten with a spoon and bursting with natural health care.

You can't have a party without a drink and nothing warms you up like mulled wine. Stick 10 cloves in an orange. Put in a large pan. Add two bottles decent red wine, cinnamon stick, ground nutmeg, ginger, 2 tbsp honey, a few strips of lemon peel, bring to the boil and simmer gently for 10 minutes. Serve in heatproof glasses.

For the children make it with red grape juice. This really is a great drink to beat colds & flu.

All nuts are very healthy as they protect heart, blood vessels and brain thanks to their vitamin E and good fats. But only if they are not salted. Now's the time to roast them on the embers especially pine, cob and chestnuts that are so good. Use an old shovel or roasting pan

Party time for adults and children does not have to mean junk food. A bit of imagination is all you need to create a Superfeast

 

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