It's January and everyone is done with the excesses of Christmas. Happily, there seem to have been a lot less focus this year on diets and more on eating well. Here are just a couple of ways in which the Rangemaster Elan 90 gets used in our house for good-for-you and happy eating.
Use the varying heat levels in the tall side oven:
These Falafels from the BBC Food website are a great way to make a healthy lunch either to eat at home or to freeze and use for packed lunches. The ingredient list is simple and the method quick and easy.
By using the side tall oven of your Rangemaster you can put some vegetables like peppers, courgettes and aubergines in to roast while you prepare the falafels and leave them to rest in the fridge. Then, move the veg right down to the bottom (where it's much cooler) while the falafels bake so that it's all ready to eat together with some tahini or yoghurt, salad and maybe some pitta bread when they are done.
For the falafels
- 1 can chick peas
- 1/2 red onion or a small onion, chopped very finely (finer then I did)
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- Salt and pepper
- 1 egg
- A little oil Herbs & seasoning of your choice: they recommend cumin, lemon zest and mixed herbs.
Follow the method here
Make the most of the oven timer:
Using the timer on your Rangemaster is great for proper, quality meals like roast dinners where you can leave it in and set it to be done when you come home. It's also great for making slow cooked items such as dried fruit snacks. Some fruits can be dried out overnight in the oven and if you can leave it on a timer it's so much easier.
These banana chews are a good snack for when you need a bit of energy. They come from a new cookbook by American runner Shalane Flanagan and her friend and trained chef, Elyse Kopecky called Run Fast, Eat Slow. You don't have to be a runner to enjoy the book as it's got a lot of energy filled recipes using proper ingredients. They don't believe in low-fat anything and since Shalane is still a darn sight faster than anyone I've ever met it can't be bad! Check out some more of the recipes here.
Banana chews from Run Fast, Eat Slow
- 3 bananas
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- Preheat oven to 110c
- Slice bananas
- Heat coconut oil gently until liquid.
- Combine with cinnamon and vanilla bean paste
- Brush some of the oil mix oil onto the baking parchment
- Place the banana on and brush the top with more of the oil
- Set your oven timer for 2.5hrs
- Put in the oven to bake and run away.
- Come back later and try not to eat them all at once