Elevate your traditional Sunday Roast with these simple and smart choices

Sep 1, 2023

The Sunday Roast: a quintessential and beloved Australian tradition.

Whether it’s for a special occasion or simply the perfect way to spend a spring weekend, the aroma of succulent meats and roasted veggies brings families together over a hearty and comforting meal.

The process of crafting your Sunday Roast can be just as gratifying as savouring it at the table.

Involve the kids in the kitchen, infuse your personal touch into the recipe, or, as we’re about to outline, draw inspiration from our tips to weave healthier choices seamlessly into the process.

It’s more than just cooking; it’s the perfect opportunity to bond, create, and simply spend time in the kitchen, only to be rewarded with a delicious meal at the end!

Read on to discover some simple swaps and choices you can make for your next Sunday roast, to ensure a healthy, delicious, and nourishing meal the whole family will love. 

Our favourite tips to enhance your Sunday Roast

1. Create your own flavoursome stock

If you’ve never made your own stock, this can certainly seem daunting… but it’s actually easier than you might think!

Simmering bones, vegetables, and aromatics creates a depth of flavour that elevates your roast to new heights. Enrich flavours and avoid any hidden sugars that can sometimes lurk in store-bought versions with your own stock!

2. Choose lean and delicious meats

At Australian Butchers Store, you’re spoilt for choice with an array of premium, lean meats. 

Elevate your roast’s nutrition effortlessly by opting for lean cuts like chicken or tender turkey; these selections deliver wholesome protein without compromising on flavour.

Don’t hesitate to explore other quality, lean meat options that align with your family’s taste, such as juicy pork tenderloin, delectable lean beef cuts, or succulent lamb loin.

Each of these options not only offers a delightful dining experience but also adds a health-conscious dimension to your Sunday roast tradition.

Australian Butchers Store ensures you have a range of high-quality, lean meats to suit your preferences and culinary creativity.

3. A lighter touch of oil

Hidden oils often fly under the radar, but making a simple switch here can greatly impact your cooking. Opt for a modest drizzle or a quick spray of oil when roasting vegetables.

4. Embrace a colourful array of veggies

Broaden your veggie options by selecting capsicums, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, pumpkin, and red onions.

This variety not only adds a spectrum of flavours but also contributes an array of essential nutrients to your roast. Roast them alongside your chosen meat, creating a dish that’s as hearty as it is wholesome!

5. Elevate flavours with dried herbs

Transition from pre-packaged spice mixes to dried herbs. Options like rosemary, thyme, and oregano infuse your roast with robust flavour without the excess salt and preservatives commonly found in pre-made spices.

6. Choose sweet potato for nutrient richness

We all know that potatoes and Sunday Roast go hand-in-hand, but did you know there’s a simple swap you can make here, without compromising this perfect pairing?

Enhance the nutritional profile of your roast by swapping white potatoes for sweet potatoes. 

These nutrient-packed alternatives offer a lower glycemic index (GI) and a wealth of vitamins and fibre, contributing to a well-rounded meal.

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More tips for a delicious Sunday Roast

  • Try making your own gravy! Prepare a delicious gravy using vegetable broth, a medley of herbs, and a pinch of cornflour to thicken it up to enjoy added flavour
  • Experiment with different seasonings including garlic, citrus zest, or even a touch of balsamic vinegar to create a unique flavour profile
  • Make sure you leave your roast to rest before carving for juicy, tender meat
  • Don’t forget to enjoy the process! A quiet, slow Sunday to perfect your craft is pure bliss

Remember, the heartiness and enjoyment of a Sunday Roast doesn’t need to be compromised; rather, it can be made even more wholesome with a few mindful decisions.

Shop all your favourite meats, including the traditional Sunday Roast, with Australian Butchers Store

For superior-quality, hormone-free meats that elevate your Sunday Roast, explore the offerings at your local Australian Butchers Store. We have four stores across Melbourne and also offer home delivery for added convenience.