Want to feed your family well, without scrimping on flavour?  Good teamed up with Live’ly Express and Miele to find out how…

During a busy working week, the siren call of a takeaway or convenience meal can be all too hard to ignore. Thankfully, when  teamed up with healthy meal service Live’ly Express and high-end appliances firm Miele for a masterclass recently, it became clear that catering to your family’s cravings needn’t mean sacrificing your dietary goals. Here, Live’ly’s senior clinical dietician, Yasmine Haddad, and chef Ismail Taha let us in on their secrets.

Why do you think parents struggle when it comes to healthy home cooking?

Y: In a busy city like Dubai, parents often forget to plan wise food choices and to stay active and fit. Cooking in general requires time, planning, preparation and the right cooking equipment. Some parents also have the notion that healthy cooking may render a meal tasteless, but the reality is that making a dish more nutritious can be as simple as swapping one or two ingredients.

Does cooking healthily have to be time consuming?

I: I find healthy cooking to be less time consuming and messy as you can use an oven, grill or steamer to cook your food in a large batch for the whole family. Such healthy cooking methods also enhance flavour and preserve nutrients, while lean items usually require less time to cook.

Do appliances make a big difference when it comes to cooking healthily?

I: New multifunctional technologies, such as those adopted by Miele, have shown to be more user-friendly, making healthy cooking an easier and more pleasant experience. The different compartments of the Miele oven not only save cooking time but also preserve quality and flavour.

What advice would you give parents looking to boost their family’s diet?

Y: The internet is filled with delicious, healthy recipes. When you find one that catches your attention and is easy to prepare, don’t be afraid to try it.  After all, a healthy body goes along with a healthy mind, and a healthier and livelier you makes a better parent and role model.

Why did you decide to demonstrate this particular recipe?

I: This is usually prepared with full fat ingredients and a lot of oil, rendering it less nutritious, but it is also an easy dish rich in healthy spices, vegetables and proteins when cooked correctly. That’s why I wanted to shed light on a healthier way to prepare it.

SHRIMP TIKKA MASALA

Serves 4

Prep time: 40 mins

Cals per serve: 311Kcal

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 tbsp ginger, grated

1 tbsp garlic, grated

2 tbsp fresh tomato, diced

2 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp garam masala

1/2 tsp chilli powder

1 cup water

20 large shrimps, shelled, cleaned and deveined

1/4 cup plain yoghurt

2 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Method

1) In a heavy pot, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and cook slowly, stirring often, until golden, about 20 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, fresh tomato, tomato paste, garam masala and chilli powder then cook for three or four minutes, until very fragrant. 2) Add the water and stir until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add the shrimp and poach gently until cooked through, around three to five minutes. 3) Remove the curry from the heat and stir in the yoghurt. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve over cooked jasmine or basmati rice.