Tomato, basil & orzo soup
I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.
I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...
Easy to make and full of flavour, this Tex-Mex quiche is a lunchtime winner!
I was talking to my lovely friend Katrin (who blogs over Sugar Free Londoner) the other day about pastry alternatives, and realised that it was ages since I had made my favourite pastry-alternative quiche, using a sweet potato crust. I used to always have one of these in the fridge and I find it so handy for snacks and easy lunches. I do go through phases with my favourite food where I make them all the ...
Quiche lorraine with a hash brown crust
Make a quiche using a hash brown crust for a tasty & healthy alternative
Quiche makes a fantastic easy lunch or dinner option of you are looking for healthy meals that you can pre-prepare.
One of the fantastic things about quiche is that it’s a fabulous way to use up leftovers- most veg/cheeses will go and you can come up with some great concoctions!
I adore pastry but I save it for special treats only, and I find that using a potato or sweet potato crust is a great way to ...
Oxo roast potatoes
This simple method makes very tasty roast potatoes, moist on the inside and crispy on the outside.
A beef stock cube is perfect alongside roast beef, or you can do it with a chicken stock cube!
Lentil and bacon soup
Lentils and bacon are just one of those combinations that work so well. I always make a big batch as it freezes really well and is perfect for a quick, filling lunch if you are stuck. I've also found that this is really popular with my children which makes it even more of a winner!
I use puy lentils if I can find them, although it's not always that easy to find the boxes of dry ones (Merchant Gourmet do them in Sainsburys, but they are pretty steep at £3.50). The ones I have used here ...
Thai style chicken satay fried rice
Recently I took part in the Tefal Slimmer's Secret Supercook challenge- I was asked to create a healthy and delicious dish using the Tefal Actifry, and this is what I came up with!
I adore satay, and I really liked the idea of a healthy satay dish that you could eat on a day-to-day basis. I also love any dish where all the elements are combined so you don't need to cook lots of sides- the Tefal Actifry is perfect for fried rice dishes as it constantly ...
Roasted butternut squash soup
There's just something so cosy about eating butternut squash soup! It feels like the perfect Autumn/Winter lunch. I love soup but sometimes find it a bit of a faff to make, which is why I have recently started making tray bake soups (such as this traybake tomato and basil soup)- throw everything together and roast it and you get a lovely rich flavour, but no pre-frying or standing over the hob!
The potato added to this one gives it a creaminess without adding cream, and it's lovely ...
Crushed pea, mint, lemon and asparagus salad
This recipe is from the lovely Katie Pix, and put together to go perfectly with the Saucy Fish Company's smoked haddock with vintage cheddar and chive sauce.
It's a perfect summer salad- easily pre-prepared so that you can just whip it out of the fridge whenever you are ready!
Thai carrot and red cabbage salad
We recently had a lovely weekend away where our hosts cooked the most amazing meals- they were catering for 11 adults and 4 children and they went to so much time and effort to feed us all. All of the food was delicious and I've asked for all the recipes, but one of the absolute stars was a grated vegetable salad which had Thai flavours. It's really something that I would never have thought of doing and it's really inspired me!
I don't yet have that specific recipe, but we were heading ...
Easy roasted ratatouille
I really like the type of cooking that you can just get prepped and then leave cooking without having to worry about it! when we moved into our house 5 years ago, it came with an Aga- I was soooo excited about it- it's so cosy in the kitchen and I thought I'd love cooking on it. I do love the fact that it's on all the time and you don't have to thik about pre-heating the oven, and I love the fact that it's so cosy on winter mornings and I can heat the girls clothes up, but actually I really ...