Farmhouse Breakfast Week is almost upon us! Between Monday 22nd January and Friday 26th January 2018, people of all ages are encouraged to enjoy hearty, farm-to-fork activities – one of which is to prepare and eat a nutritious farmhouse breakfast.
So what exactly does a farmhouse breakfast comprise of? Well, basically, anything you can harvest on a farm and put straight onto your plate. That includes meats, fresh fruit, gorgeous vegetables and fresh herbs.
A quintessential farmhouse breakfast might include sausages, grilled tomatoes, home made tomato sauce, free range eggs and bacon rashers.
Those ingredients might seem daunting to use if you’re trying to shed some timber. But there are a number of adoptable cooking techniques that allow you to minimise your calorie intake and still max out on flavour.
Here’s our tips:
Choose the leanest back bacon
Firstly, the whole point of Farmhouse Breakfast Week is to support your local farmers and challenge yourself to better eating – so it’s crucial you buy your bacon this week from a local butcher. Streaky bacon typically contains 83 calories, where as back bacon with the fat trimmed contains 41 calories. When you add this up over three rashers, you’re reducing your overall calorie intake by 126 calories by making an easy switch.
Poach your eggs
Organic, free range eggs are bursting with nutrients and come from the most ethically farmed hens. When fried in vegetable oil, you can expect to consume 107 calories per egg. But when poached, the
number reduces down to 84 per egg. What’s also to love about poached eggs is their runny middles. When placed on top of a piece of bread, the gorgeous hot yellow yolk will soak your bread, reducing the need for butter.
Make your own ketchup
Shop bought ketchup isn’t the most calorific of condiments, but it can contain a lot of sugar and sometimes tastes so strong it overpowers the rest of the meal. Making your own ketchup is cheap, easy and more nutritionally valuable. Here’s one recipe you might like to try
- 3 large tomatoes, chopped
- Half a bulb fennel, chopped
- Half an onion, chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 tablespoons treacle
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 5 whole cloves
- 1 whole star anise pod
- A teaspoon of salt
Method: Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and cook on a low heat for 20 minutes or until the mixture becomes thick. Once cooked, transfer into a blender and give it a blitz. Leave to cool and store in the fridge until you wish to use it.
Buy your fruit and veg fresh and local
The less distance your veg has travelled, the fresher it is. And fresh veggies not only taste better, but are more nutrient dense and beneficial to your body. Fresh tomatoes that have been lightly grilled and seasoned taste a hundred times better than whatever’s on offer in the supermarket. And if you feel like adding some healthy greens to your plate, a handful of spinach (wilted) over your egg and toast will give you a morning iron boost and help to fill you up until lunch without adding calories to the meal.
Top Tip when grilling tomatoes: Pour a dash of balsamic vinegar over your tomatoes before grilling them. Once they’re grilled, season with salt and pepper and a sprinkle of fresh basil.
Make your own juice
Fresh fruit can be pressed in a juicer or blized in a blender to make some incredible juices and smoothies. So why not make your own? Juice together an apple, thumb of ginger and 2 carrots for a truly refreshing, vitamin packed morning beverage. Or, blitz together a banana, a cup of berries and teaspoon of honey!
Did you know you can make your own baked beans! Check out our wholesome, homely baked bean recipe and add something special to your farmhouse breakfast plate.
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