Healthy and Delicious - and that includes our cheese...

At H&D, our adventure into gluten free food has raised plenty of questions about exactly what goes into the best quality food. Gluten is obviously a no-no for us but we also steer clear of additives and preservatives, preferring to opt for the freshest ingredients we can find and natural methods of preserving. Many of our recipes are vegetarian but if we do use meat, it’s great quality and organically farmed for the best flavour. The fruit and vegetables we use are organic too. This ethos means we can be confident that our food not only tastes delicious but it’s as beautifully simple and unadulterated as it can possibly be.

We apply the same stringent quality controls to the cheese we use in our Healthy and Delicious gluten free recipes...

...as we do to all our other fresh Italian ingredients. It’s very important for those of us who are following a gluten free lifestyle to ensure we’re getting all the nutrients we need, but it’s just as key that everyone has enough calcium rich dairy in their diets for optimum health (especially once we get to a certain age). Cheese can be a brilliant source of calcium and like all Italians, we love our classic Italian cheeses and have made it a priority to find suppliers of parmesan and mozzarella that we can be really proud to buy from.

Take our mozzarella supplier for example ‘La Latteria’, founded by Simona di Ventri whose family has a successful business focussed on artisanal products. Simona moved to London from her native Italy but felt that despite the amazing culinary repertoire which the capital boasts, she missed truly authentic Italian mozzarella. Hence La Latteria was born and Simona hasn’t looked back.

Like Healthy & Delicious, the ingredients which La Latteria use are sourced from trusted producers, organically where possible. Their fabulously milky, deliciously tasty mozzarella is a result of traditional, artisan cheese making skill and experience. It’s the perfect addition to our baked Italian dishes and makes an amazing simple treat for the buffet table.

The parmesan cheese we use at Healthy and Delicious has a much more complex and chequered history...

As we always seek to use the best and most authentic ingredients (like our H&D olive oil), only the true ‘King of Cheeses’ - Parmigiano Reggiano will do for us and we source it directly through the Parmigiano Consortium in Parma in Italy. This is an organisation rich in tradition, originally established to control and regulate the production and sale of parmesan - so we can rest assured that every piece of our parmesan has met strict criteria required for accreditation.

Parmigiano Reggiano was first created in the Middle Ages. It’s mentioned in Samuel Pepys writings and appears in scripts of Marco Polo’s adventures. Throughout history this prized Italian cheese has been the target of Mafia driven organised crime, has been officially identified as one of the healthiest cheeses because of its high levels of amino acids, and has narrowly missed falling foul of the 2012 earthquakes when thousands of parmesan wheels (key to the authentic production of parmesan) were damaged.

Parmigiano Reggiano’s Italian provenance combined with its uniquely gritty texture and strong, tangy flavour, make it the ideal ingredient for adding to our authentic Italian Healthy and Delicious dishes. Mixing rich parmesan with the mellow flavour of mozzarella is a match made in heaven. We’ve worked hard to source the best ingredients for our Healthy and Delicious dishes and we’re particularly proud of these two fabulous cheeses. Truly the perfect Italian combination.

(The cheese images above are from the 'La Latteria' website and the Parmigiana Consortium website. They're both full of interesting information and well worth a visit.)

We're pleased to present the new H&D gluten-free Summer Menu...

Freshly prepared Italian food

Despite the fact that the UK seems to have been suffering from a distinct lack of summer of late, we've still been bringing the sunshine into the Healthy and Delicious kitchen, with our fabulous new range of summer-infused gluten-free recipes. All inspired by the flavours of the mediterranean and our very favourite vegetables, these Italian classics have been given a Healthy & Delicious twist by our resident chefs and presented to perfection, so whether you choose to eat them with family, friends or business associates, they'll be similarly impressed by the elegant appearance and rich and complex flavour combinations of every one of these sumptuous summer dishes.

Gluten free Italian food delivery

Order a selection of our new summer dishes via the Healthy and Delicious website or through Deliveroo.co.uk and all you'll need to do is add a little side salad with a drizzle of our flavoursome Healthy and Delicious Olive Oil or dressing and enjoy.

Italian dishes with a summer flavour

First up are our Aubergine Blooms, which are grilled aubergine pockets stuffed with a delicious mixture of rice, capers and mozzarella cheese, enhanced with a combination of herbs. Wonderful on their own as a starter or main course and even better eaten alongside our Stuffed Baby Courgettes. These are stuffed with millet and corn couscous (entirely gluten-free of course) and a delicious blend of capers, mozzarella and pecorino cheese with delicate herbs.

Authentic Italian recipes for London

Our Stuffed Peppers are an Italian classic. Gorgeous brightly coloured peppers stuffed with our signature gluten free, vegetarian couscous combination. Fabulous. We've also included one of our favourite recipes - Egg Frittata Buds which another, lesser known Italian classic recipe - baked with a herbed potato mixture, shallots and mozzarella and pecorino cheeses.

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Healthy & Delicious vegetarian meals

We're very excited about our Healthy & Delicious stuffed tomatoes - always one of our favourites. Ripe and tasty beef tomatoes, stuffed with a gluten-free mixture of long grain rice, mozzarella, capers and our signature homemade H&D tomato passata.

New gluten free beef lasagne

In addition to all of these scrumptious vegetarian Italian dishes, we've also added a new lasagne to the mix. We've always had our classic vegetarian gluten free lasagne, but now we also have a version layered up with organic beef too. This classic southern Italian favourite combines hand stretched gluten free pasta with our signature pasta and special H&D gluten-free béchemel sauce.

Order gluten free dishes

If you need a simply delicious selection of food for a dinner or family celebration or you're looking for event catering or gluten free wholesale products to sell in a shop or cafe, with Healthy and Delicious you can rest assured that everyone will enjoy the menu whether they're leading a gluten-free lifestyle or not. And now we've introduced our summer menu, there'll certainly be sunshine - whatever the weather.

If you're gluten-free, these 'superfoods' are well worth taking note of...

The road to nutritional balance can be a rocky one, particularly if you're living a gluten-free lifestyle. It can be tricky enough to steer clear of all the classic, traditionally gluten-rich energy boosting carbs like bread and pastry, let alone keeping ahead of all the hidden gluten in all those things you never would have dreamt could cause problems. Making sure that you do eat enough of the essential vitamins, nutrients and energy rich foods that will keep your body in tip-top working order can often be forgotten in the quest for avoiding the food which triggers symptoms of gluten intolerance, coeliac disease or wheat allergy but if you're a sufferer, these really are key.

At Healthy & Delicious, we're all about fresh, organic ingredients...

because they're the ones with all the nutrients and flavour. We're always experimenting with different ingredients and recipes and we're continuously seeking out new elements to add extra dimensions to our dishes.

We've gathered a list of some of our favourite, but sometimes overlooked super-ingredients that are packed full of vitamins and minerals. These could be useful to be aware of if you're following a gluten-free diet (or otherwise) and are looking to help keep your body in great working order and your skin glowing.

Free range eggs - a great source of protein and vitamin D. We use dozens of eggs for our deliciously light gluten free pasta dishes and rich Italian desserts and we never underestimate the value of these, the most versatile of ingredients.

Oily fish - with omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish are crammed with the nutrients that aid a healthy immune function and keep you full and energised. We're total fans of the richly flavoured smoked salmon that we use in our Agnolotti and our catering and events menus.

Avocados - full of healthy fats and known to help balance hormones. A brilliant staple ingredient to include in a gluten-free diet, these creamy and delicious fruits feel thoroughly indulgent and make a great snack we love them scooped straight from the skin.

Quinoa - a slow-to-digest grain that helps stabilise energy. Cutting out wheat can mean that you can get hungry more quickly so finding alternatives to fill you up is important. Quinoa is brilliant in salads and alongside stews and combining that with plenty of of our special gluten free pasta and gnocchi means that our gluten-free diets are varied and satisfying.

Walnuts - classically Italian and full of omega-3. Italians have been using walnuts for decades in their cooking and as well as being a delicious, crunchy addition to all kinds of Italian dishes, they're also packed with brain boosting omega-3 and slow release energy. An ideal gluten-free snack.

Mussels - these excellent shellfish are rich in zinc which is one of the minerals that is often found to be lacking in the average gluten-free diet because it's main source is wheatgerm. It's vitally important for maintaining immunity and general health. If you're not a fan of shellfish, opt for spinach or cashew nuts as zinc-rich alternatives.

Yoghurt - a great source of protein, yoghurt is a simple, delicious additional to meals and treat in itself. Watch out for unwanted additives and choose the ones with the shortest ingredients lists - just milk and yoghurt culture is all you need.

Maintaining the right balance of nutrients and minerals for your body whilst leading a gluten-free lifestyle can sometimes feel like hard work, particularly if you have a family to feed, friends to entertain or events to run. There's a wealth of advice and information around if you're after gluten-free recipes and alternatives but if you just fancy having someone else take care of it all, Healthy and Delicious are always here to help. If you're planning a wonderful family dinner or evening party with friends, we can provide a selection of freshly prepared Italian inspired dishes or delicate canapés - all created with wonderfully fresh, nutritionally sound ingredients and all thoroughly Healthy & Delicious.

 

 

 

Choose H&D gluten free catering for your events and parties...

One of the things we love doing (and we're keen to do much more of) is gluten-free event catering and food for parties and functions. We're thoroughly inspired by the plethora of fabulous ingredients around at the moment and we love finding ways to create beautifully simple and enticing plates of sharing food, buffet treats and canapés for our clients to enjoy, so they don't need to be concerned with the hassle of cooking or the worry of catering for specific dietary requirements like gluten-intolerance.

We use fabulous Italian ingredients...

to build delicious, elegant menus for your guests. Whether you're hosting a small party for friends to celebrate a special birthday, or you're organising a corporate event or large scale business lunch, we can create a special selection of scrumptious dishes to satisfy the biggest appetites and the most discerning palettes.

At Healthy and Delicious we understand the extra pressure of providing meals to suit...

specific dietary-requirements and that's why our gluten-free menus also incorporate elements of vegetarian cuisine and plenty of healthy, low fat fresh dishes. Our gluten-free menus can also be tailored to suit your particular requirements - bespoke selections of authentic Italian recipes which are bursting with the flavours of the mediterranean.

We can also produce a fantastic range of gluten-free canapés which can be extended to suit any event size. They make a brilliant display and when there's a selection laid out in elegant dishes, they really do make the perfect party piece. All of our canapés and event catering dishes make the most of our very own artisan olive oil, our rich and delicious tomato sauces, our own signature pesto sauce and some of our favourite cheeses, specially selected from our very own, exclusive Italian small producers.

If you have an upcoming event that you're considering catering options for...

or if you're having a party and want to provide canapés that will suit everyone's tastes and requirements, why not consider Healthy and Delicious's gluten free event catering? Beautifully presented, freshly prepared and just that little bit different. Get in touch if you want to find out more about our menus or make a booking.