Sugar-free recipe could be a winner

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Creative Chesterfield man Philip Robinson is in the running to win Diabetes UK’s latest recipe competition, which aims to get families cooking up healthy meals — but needs your votes.

Philip, 61, has been living with type two diabetes for more than eight years so he knows first-hand how important diet is when it comes to managing the condition.

He created the recipe for a fruity oatbake, which is healthy and sugar-free.

He said: “I have always enjoyed cooking but when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I became even more interested in making meals from scratch given that so much of what we buy is full of hidden sugars.

“I am delighted that my recipe has been shortlisted.”

Peter Shorrick, Diabetes UK regional manager in the Midlands, said: “We have shortlisted four recipes from the many competition entries that we received and are now inviting members of the public to vote for their favourite.

“From Philip’s fruity oatbake to Debbie’s chicken noodles, there’s something for everyone. You don’t need to be living with diabetes to get involved.

“These healthy recipes are suitable for everyone who wants to take care of their health. So visit Diabetes UK’s website to vote now and get inspiration for tonight’s dinner too.

“We hope that our competition will inspire families around the country to get creative in the kitchen and cook up some great healthy family suppers together. Cooking with children is a great way to teach kids about healthy eating and also helps them learn a whole new set of skills like teamwork, science and maths.

“And who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of the treat of licking the cake mix from the spoon?”

For those who need some help in the kitchen, Diabetes UK’s Enjoy Food recipe finder provides delicious and healthy recipes. Developed in partnership with Tesco, Enjoy Food offers recipes, advice and diabetes nutritional information from experts.

From organising the weekly food shop to serving up a delicious meal at the table, there’s simple, practical advice for all families whatever their budget.

Voting is open until August 28. Visit www.diabetes.org.uk/recipe-competition.