Recipes to enjoy outdoors

During the warmer months, it’s lovely to eat outdoors with our family and friends, whether it’s to celebrate a special occasion or simply because the sun is shining. It may be a picnic in the park, a gathering in the back garden, or even a party on your street. Regardless of the event, rather than sitting down for a meal, the food served outdoors is usually buffet-style, which we serve ourselves.

The food associated with outdoor eating tends to be highly processed. This often includes lots of processed meat, fried bites, and rich pastry-based foods, which are all high in fat, salt or sugar. The vegetable crudités that are added to bring a bit of colour to the spread are the only nod towards healthy foods.

Our Alfresco dining recipe booklet brings you 8 recipes that are inspired by the traditional buffet foods we eat outdoors but have been given a healthier makeover. The recipes have been designed to follow World Cancer Research Fund’s Cancer Prevention Recommendations and aim to show how easy and delicious it can be for you to follow them too. The recipes are also low in salt, added sugar and saturated fat.

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Online cooking classes

If you’re living with cancer or undergoing cancer treatment, you could benefit from our free, online cookery classes. Our cookalongs are for anyone living with cancer, including carers and loved ones, from any location! Classes are 100% FREE and each attendee will receive a shopping voucher to cover the cost of ingredients.

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Dessert for 6 … or 12?

Many people are confused by portion sizes – or perhaps the recommended portion size for what you're eating is hidden away in the small print on a food label, meaning that tasty pizza you ate for supper last night was actually designed to feed 4 people. We went shopping to look at some foods where packaging may be leading us astray.

> Are you being served … a lot?

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It's National Picnic Week!

Enjoy National Picnic Week from 18 June with our picnic recipes, perfect for a warm summer day with friends or family! Recipes include tasty salads, kebabs and even fresh and flavoursome dips you can make at home and take out.

> See our picnic recipes here

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Please help, if you can

Have you enjoyed one of our free cookbooks or publications recently? Help us continue delivering recipes and advice to as many people as possible by donating to World Cancer Research Fund today! We are so grateful for all your gifts.

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Could you be a copy reviewer for us?

Graphic of copy reviewingWe're looking for volunteers to review our future publications, such as health resources and recipe booklets, to make sure our content is accessible and understandable. If this sounds like something you could help with, please drop Matt Lambert, our Health Information and Promotion Manager, a line at Thank you!
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