A lot of the time with my healthy lifestyle (Well my healthy lifestyle compared to what I used to have) the one thing I am most proud of, is ditching the processed foods. Or as you would say a big chunk of them!
I don’t buy frozen lasagne from the supermarket and if I want one, then I will make my own at home. I wont buy cans of Macaroni Cheese for Kyle, even though I had plenty of them myself when I was growing up.
The main reason?
I know this sounds big-headed but mine taste better!!!!
When it’s processed out of a can it loses a lot of its flavour and never tastes as good as something you’ve made in the oven on that particular day!
I remember a few years ago, there was the mince scandal and how horsemeat was in the processed lasagne’s and at least I knew I was safe, as I had never bought any!
But as time has passed by, there is still a fair few things that I get out of the can. This would probably shock most people as they often assume that because I cook fresh that everything is fresh.
Tinned tomatoes – if you read my blog report earlier this year you’ll know that tinned tomatoes carry a higher nutritional value than those bought fresh from the market. I actually love the taste of tinned tomatoes and when I have been pregnant (both times) I have enjoyed a can of tinned tomatoes on toast. They also make a brilliant base for your casserole sauce or when you’re making a pasta bake. They are often associated with the English Breakfast but they do have other uses too.
Tinned Tuna – I love tinned tuna in brine. Though, my cats love it more and always come into the kitchen meowing at me when it comes out. It makes a fantastic alternative to fresh tuna for a sandwich, fishcakes and casseroles. I don’t have it as much as I would like, but always feel super satisfied after eating it.
Tinned Sweetcorn – I love sweetcorn and like the trusted tuna they often go hand in hand. Our son loves them though and he is often sat snacking on a can of it. I don’t like it as much as him though!
Baked Beans – If there is a can that should be in your cupboard it has to be the baked beans. Beans on toast and jacket potato with beans always come into my head whenever I think about them. We don’t eat it that much as we can make four cans last us a month and as a family of four that’s impressive!
Hotdogs – now this is the bad one of the list that would upset even the soft hearted nutritionists. They taste great, especially in a bun with some fried onions and mustard. Thankfully I don’t have them everyday!
There you have it, my tinned vices and I am officially a canned food junkie, but in a small way and most of my produce that I make will come in fresh and we should all have a few vices now and again otherwise life would be rather boring!