This new bowl movement is healthy and satisfying

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This new bowl movement is healthy and satisfying

The trend is towards getting everything you’ll ever need in one balanced bowl

Roberta Thatcher

Cape Town-based foodie Melissa Delport has combined her love for all things edible and her exceptional photography skills in a gorgeous new cookbook.
You are first and foremost a photographer. How did you move into the food space?
I entered MasterChef a few years ago, had my five seconds of fame, and the rest was history. I realised that I want to share my love of food (and eating it) with the world.
You must have experimented with hundreds of bowl recipes for this book – did you come up with a winning formula?
Yes, I definitely follow a structure to put all my meals together. Of course it isn’t black and white but I try to combine a healthy protein, good fat, a tasty grain and loads of veggies and greens.
What are the main elements for eating healthily?
I focus on foods that don’t come with a label, and if they do I check the ingredients, not the calories. I try to eat mainly  delicious veggies, whole grains, fresh fruits, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. I want people to start counting chemicals, not calories. I focus on not eating dairy, gluten and sugar. I also don’t eat a lot of meat. We have to start asking ourselves where our food is coming from. We trust labels and opinions too easily rather than making educated decisions for ourselves.
Do you have favourite ingredients?
I love olive oil and lemon. They are two things you will always find in my kitchen. I also like to finish off the dish with as much yumminess as possible, such as seeds and nuts. The best advice is to always chase the flavour and maximise it. So when you are cooking, taste, taste, and taste again!Are there recipes for all meals in your book?
Yes, it has a little something for everyone. It has breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus plant-based and meat-loving recipes. I also tried to step out of the box with breakfasts and show a different way of preparing them. You won’t find Eggs Benedict and plain scrambled eggs in the book.I imagine a benefit of many of your recipes is that they’d be easy to pack for lunch. Do you have any tips for eating more healthy homemade meals on the go?
The biggest tip is to always cook more and save for later. Meal prep is what sets you up for success. So, if you are in the kitchen cooking, take time to roast extra or fry up some more. It will never go to waste and you can always eat it later. I try to cook a lot of elements on a Sunday then save them for the week ahead. You can combine all the precooked foods and create gorgeous meals on the run.Can we expect more cookbooks and recipes from you?
I am definitely up for another book and sharing more recipes on my blog. But for now, I just want to focus on the success of this project and see where it goes.‘Whole Bowl Food For Balance’ by Melissa Delport is published by Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House SA.  R300 from leading bookstores and online retailers this April. Follow Melissa’s blog at www.trufflejournal.com

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