By Laura Briggs
Think Notting Hill Carnival and you’ll be transported to a vibrant and exciting Caribbean dream, where dancing and great food meet with thousands of people ready to party.
Caribbean food is hot, spicy and delicious and it has health benefits too – the use of chillies and fresh produce means that you can indulge knowing that as long as you eat in moderation you’ll be getting plenty of nutrients and goodness in your diet.
Here are some classic Caribbean recipes to add to your repertoire which use healthy ingredients and will help keep you dancing until the wee small hours for the Carnival on Sunday, August 24, until Saturday, August 25.
This classic dish packs a punch and it all comes from the marinade – with fresh and healthy flavours such as chillies and ginger, this one will transport you straight to the Caribbean!
An essential Jerk Chicken side dish, rice and beans is a simple and tasty accompaniment to many Caribbean dishes.
With Caribbean cooking, using lean meat, low fat coconut milk and incorporating plenty of beans and legumes, and fish can make your dishes healthy. Focus on marinades to get a real kick without adding too many calories, and use pineapple, sweet potato and plenty of greens in dishes to get loads of nutritional value.
For more information on Notting Hill Carnival and the food, visit http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/food/
We've loved Caribbean food since the supermarkets caught on (thanks Levi Roots!) - we often buy meals prepared though but after reading this we have no excuse!