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Recipes to Help You Get Your Five-A-Day

If, like so many of us, the festive period now feels like a distant haze of over-indulgence, we’ve got the perfect recipes for you. Full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients, these dishes include not only protein-packed beef, but a hearty dose of vegetables to help you get your five-a-day and set you off on the path to a healthy year.

Corned Beef with Colcannon and Honey Roasted Carrots

Although it has developed something of a dubious reputation, traditional corned beef should be tender, flavourful and contribute a deliciously salty pang to your meal. This classic Irish recipe suggests a plate packed full of healthy offerings, such as colcannon mash, green cabbage, and the highlight, gloriously caramelised honey roasted carrots.

As well as the more widely known health properties of cabbage and carrots, such as fibre and potassium, they also both contain a healthy dose Vitamin K, which has properties that aids cardiovascular health and helps fight osteoporosis and cancer.

Stir-Fried Ginger Beef with Crunchy Aromatic Greens

A great way to get your daily dose of greens, this stir-fry recipe includes not only a whole load of vegetables, but a load of flavour and texture too! Make sure your wok is nice and hot prior to cooking to ensure your greens retain their crunch. We also love this teriyaki stir-fry recipe, packed with colour, flavour and five types of veg!

Both recipes contain ginger, a spice with powerful natural health benefits. These include anti-inflammatory properties, and the ability to help lower cholesterol and treat indigestion.

Irish Beef Striploin with Alexanders and Braised Kombu

If you’re looking to impress, and up for a challenge, Paul Foster’s recipe for Irish beef striploin is worth the extra effort. It contains a vibrant green purée of alexanders and emerald green kombu squares for a little salty-savoury kick. If you’re not familiar with these slightly out of the ordinary veggies, alexanders are a wild food and tastes similar to parsley, and kombu is an edible kelp seaweed popular in Japan. Perfect if you’re looking to be a more adventurous chef this year, and full of nutrients.

Kelp contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, as well as a whole host of minerals. Alexanders, an ancient food source introduced to England by the Romans, are known to aid digestion.

Slow Cooked Beef & White Beans with Cauliflower Mash

If your new year’s resolution is to cut down on carbs, this slow cooked beef recipe is perfect for you! Cauliflower has been said to aid weight loss, and its use as an alternative to potatoes for the mash creates a lighter alternative. The inclusion of white beans, as well as adding a healthy dose of fibre, also means you won’t be left feeling hungry. The perfect balance of hearty and healthy needed at this time of year.

Roast Beef Salad with Asian Dressing & Peanut Sauce

Generally, if a dish is full of natural colours, it indicates that the ingredients will contain lots of nutrients. This vibrant roast beef salad is testament to that. Full of beautiful vegetables and herbs such as mint and coriander which both contain a myriad of healthy properties, it is dressed with an Asian-inspired ginger, chilli, lime and sesame and can be eaten warm or cold.