COOKING healthy family meals does not have to be time-consuming or expensive.
PETA TODD prepares quality dinners for her husband, cycling champ Mark Cavendish, and three kids, and she believes eating well is the key to fitness and health.
So each week in Me, the former Page 3 model reveals how to make a tasty meal full of goodness.
Simple coconut bites
(makes 12, 300-350 calories per portion)
I HAVE a weakness for anything coconut based. As a kid, nothing made me happier than coconut macaroons at my Gran?셲 house ??and I still love them today.
Traditionally, coconut macaroons are heavy, sticky and dense.
But they don?셳 have to be this way. My version is slightly lighter than the traditional ones but just as yummy ??and can still be just as moreish.
They are not without their sins so they should be an occasional treat. But they are high in fibre and there are no hidden nasties.
2 egg whites
120g caster sugar
150g desiccated coconut
50g ground almonds
100g dark chocolate (melted)
Preheat the oven to 200C then line a baking tray with baking paper. Whisk the egg whites till they hold a firm peak.
Combine sugar, coconut and almonds and mix well then fold in the egg whites. Spoon the mix into small balls on to the baking paper. Place the tray in the oven for ten minutes until lightly golden.
Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate, either in a bowl over a pan of boiling water, or in the microwave.
When fully melted to a liquid consistency, drizzle over the baked coconut bites ??cool and serve.