I’ve been reading a lot about Lifestyle Medicine and how we should be looking to alter lifestyle instead of just taking prescribed pharmaceuticals. As I posted earlier, I read “The 4 Pillar Plan” recently and it was a bit of a game changer (I hate that phrase ever since I was sorely disappointment by the movie “Cabin in the Woods” which was apparently a “game changer” but was, in fact, completely pish).

One of his suggestions was to eat 5 different fruit and veg daily. Now, while I wouldn’t find this all that difficult especially having a vegetarian wife, trying to get two fussy kids to eat that amount can be somewhat challenging. It’s not that they won’t eat fruit and veg, it’s just that they seem to binge on one thing for weeks on end. Currently, my daughter only wants to eat strawberries (which is a lot better than her blueberry fetish which resulted in the worst nappies ever). My son, however, is only eating cherry tomatoes and, at a push, a carrot or two.

In a bid to incorporate more of these things in their diet I made a special effort today. As an added bit of genius, I got my son to come to the shops with me, choose the ingredients, help chop everything up and, most excitingly, use the blender.

As you can see we got tomatoes, shitake mushrooms, baby corn, asparagus, coriander, broccoli, carrots, onions, courgettes and spring onions. There was also garlic but don’t tell Dr Chatterjee as that’s on the FODMAPs diet hit list for IBS.

We sliced and diced and sautéed everything until it was golden and soft. Then we added a jar of Thai red curry paste as I didn’t trust us to create our own. Finally this was blitzed in the blender with a little coconut milk. This was all added back to the pan with the rest of the milk and voila…

A few prawn’s were chucked in and we ate it with Singapore curried noodles. A squirt of lime, some chopped nuts and a few sprigs of chopped coriander and a delicious feast was had by all. Even my wife, who hates mushrooms, couldn’t tell what veg was in this. It tasted like any other red curry I’ve had but the difference here was we doubled the daily recommendation with a single meal.