Cooking with colour March 26, 2021

by Anna Our Cooking tools

We’ve all heard the age-old adage that ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’, but what about a rainbow a day? Fresh fruit and veggies are packed with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which is why a colourful plate at mealtime is so important.

Why not set yourself a challenge to see how many colours of the rainbow you can pile onto your plate? To help you get started, we’ve pulled together some of our most colourful (and delicious) dishes.

Red, Orange & Yellow 

Great news if you’re a fan of red veggies like tomatoes and red capsicum! They’re coloured by a natural plant pigment called lycopene, which is an antioxidant that has been linked to good heart health. 

Cheesy Veggie-Loaded Grilled Gnocchi – 3.58 star rating

Veggies in this group get their vibrant colour from carotenoids, which have been said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits. Some carotenoids are converted to vitamin A, which helps to maintain healthy eyes.

Golden Zucchini, Carrot & Cheddar Fritters – 3.59 star rating

Chicken & Creamy Peppercorn Sauce – 3.64 star rating

Green 

We all know that greens are good for us! They’re full of good stuff, like vitamin K (which may promote blood and bone health), and phytochemicals (which have been said to have anti-cancer properties). Plus, leafy greens such as spinach and kale are good sources of folate; an essential nutrient for pregnant women. 

Haloumi & Sweet Potato Tacos – 3.59 star rating

Loaded Lentil Cheesy Nachos – 3.55 star rating

Purple 

Anthocyanin is a plant pigment that gives purple veggies their unique colour. The best part? Anthocyanin has powerful antioxidant properties that may protect cells from damage and reduce the risk of heart disease. So get stuck into things like beetroot, red cabbage and radish! 

Seared Salmon with Mint Pearl Couscous – 3.63 star rating

Japanese Beef Rice Bowl – 3.66 star rating

Brown & White

White produce like bananas and potatoes are good sources of potassium, while others (like garlic) have health-promoting phytochemicals such as allicin, which has both antibacterial and antiviral properties. 

Spiced Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Salad – 3.67 star rating

Beef & Rosemary Cottage Pie – 3.61 star rating

Now you’ve seen how easy (and beneficial!) it is to eat the rainbow, there’s no better time to get cooking and enjoy the health benefits of all the delicious fruit and vegetables on offer.

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