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5-minute Singapore Noodles

  As much as I love to cook from scratch, I'm all for a short-cut every now again, but unfortunately I struggle to find convenience food that is up to scratch for me. Generally I'd rather not have anything than a lot of the convenience food that is around! It's been years and years since I've tried a noodle-in-a-pot type snack- the only time I have ever really done it is when I spent a long, wet, cold British summer working in an ice-cream van on Dartmoor where lunch options were ...

Chinese Tenderstem broccoli and beef stir-fry

I’ve had a revelation in my kitchen in the past year- frozen ingredients! I’ve only ever really used my freezer to store leftovers and emergency fish-fingers, but I’ve started to see the power of using my freezer to store my everyday ingredients. Not only is it so convenient for  me as, aside from being a very disorganised shopper, I don’t live somewhere where I can just ‘pop’ to a shop; but there has also been a lot of publicity recently about how frozen ingredients are ...

Turkey rogan josh

Somehow curry is the perfect antidote to the excesses of Christmas day- especially if it's one full of veggies and goodness! I made a slightly different one last year (see it here), and this year I really fancied having a go at a turkey rogan josh. It's nice and easy, all the spices, onion and garlic are blended into a paste and then it's just a case of adding everything together and simmering it for about half an hour. Out traditional Boxing Day dinner is actually turkey, chips and ...

Vegan sweet potato hummus

A couple of months ago I had an amazing weekend away in the Cotswolds with a big group of girls (and inspirational slimmers) that I met through Slimming World- we all met for the first time in 2016 at a bloggers' lunch organised by Slimming World head office, and since become fast friends. I wasn't able to make it to the last meet up, but this time we stayed in an absolutely gorgeous house (Alcester Farmhouse) booked through Kate & Toms, an absolutely brilliant company who have the ...

Soy, orange & ginger chicken and squash traybake

  I love a dish that you can cook all in one, and I really fancied finding a new way to use butternut squash- entering into Autumn there are lots of lovely squash and pumpkins around, and i had an inkling that soy sauce would go really well with baked squash, giving it a bit of caramelisation. I mixed in some orange and zest to help it along with some sticky, sweet flavour, and then some ginger and garlic to finish it off. This all baked together beautifully with the chicken, ...

Jerk fish traybake

I'm so keen to get more fish into our diets- it's such a healthy option, and with so many proven health benefits- fish really is a superfood, way more than all of the fads that come and go. Unfortunately I haven't been as super-organised as I planned to in getting to a fishmonger, and therefore our diets definitely don't include the recommended 2 fish-based meals a week. I've found the perfect way to address this, and I can't really believe I didn't clock on sooner! Frozen fish! The ...

Butterbean and za’atar dip

One of my favourite cookbooks of 2016/17 has been Sabrina Ghaynour's Sirocco, I've loved every recipe that I've tried, and this one I have made over and over again- pretty much any time we have had anyone over for dinner/snacks and often as a Saturday night nibble! I made the recipe by the book for my Christmas Persian feast, it uses lots of garlic oil, and is super-tasty. However I wanted to make a healthier version so that I could enjoy it guilt-free, so I've made a few little changes ...

South-African Bunny Chow

  Anyone who is a regular visitor to my Facebook page will know that I am a huge Nando's fan! It's my perfect comfort food, and we'll often have this Homemade Nando's as a weekend treat! When Nando's got in touch with me to ask if I'd like to have a go at making their Bunny Chow, I was excited to try it out (after googling to see what it was!), I've just made a couple of little adjustments to keep it Slimming World friendly. Why Bunny Chow? In exploring its Southern-African ...

Pomegranate and orange glazed ham

  Right on my doorstep is The Old English Pig company- they breed beautiful free-range, traditional Old English pigs, and their sausages are honestly the best I have ever tasted (and they are working on a low fat one!). I've had a lovely piece of gammon from them sitting in my freezer since Christmas, and I really wanted to do it justice by finding an unusual and delicious glaze for it! I think for an effective glaze you need to have a really good amount of sweetness, and so I ...

Hummus

  The UK hummus shortage prompted me to get this recipe up on the website! It's one of those things that is so super-easy to make, and tastes so good freshly made that I think it's such a shame to buy the plastic pots of it in the supermarket! Most hummus recipes use a fair old bit of olive oil, which is delicious, but not great if you are trying to slim down. I use fat-free yoghurt instead of oil to give it a smooth and 'dippy' consistency, and personally I think it's just as ...