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Spanish tortilla

Simple, filling and delicious, perfect for picnics, summery lunches and lunchboxes! I've been really struggling with lunches recently, I haven't really been planning and therefore end up at lunchtime just making a sandwich because I don't have time for anything else. This week I re-joined my old Slimming World group- with my husband's working patterns being so irregular I had really struggled to stick to my old Monday night group and had just stopped going, but I know myself, and without ...

Healthy chocolate orange energy bombs

  My children are the polar opposites when it comes to food. Mimi, who is 8, adores fruit and will eat it like sweets- a big treat for her is to have a fruit salad- the more variety the better. Marls (5) cannot bear fruit, she can't even sit next to someone who is eating an apple or a banana, and if I've cut fruit up for Mimi, she will ask me to wash her hands before I cuddle her! As much as this is frustrating, I can understand it- I felt the same about fruit as a child. With the ...

Tex-Mex quiche

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 ...

Asparagus and bacon quiche with sweet potato & oat crust

  My method of cooking is generally like one long episode of Ready Steady Cook- I tend to shop randomly around special offers, and then every day I make up our meals based on what I have in the cupboards/fridge. Today I had a picnic lunch planned with some friends and the kids- I wanted to make a quiche to bring, but when I checked up on my supplies I realised I only had 1 sweet potato left (this is my usual quiche crust, click here to see), and I had completely run out of cheese, ...

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 ...

Mediterranean style lamb kebab

I'm still discovering what my Tefal Actifry can do, I've recently received some recipe challenges from Tefal, and this was my second! My challenge from Tefal was to create a healthy Mediterranean style kebab recipe. I wasn't sure how easy this would be to do in the Actifry, but was so happy with the results! I love any recipe where you can throw in all of the ingredients and then leave it to look after itself, and this was a perfect example of this! https://youtu.be/g-iI3y6Rcjg I ...

Zesty chicken nuggets

Ever since I first saw the advert for a Tefal Actifry I have coveted one- a way to make crispy golden chips with the smallest amount of oil! But that was all I really knew it could do, so when Tefal offered me the chance to try and Actifry and gave me some recipe challenges, I was excited to see what else the Actifry could do! My first challenge from Tefal was to create a healthy chicken nugget recipe. I was happy about this one as I love chicken nuggets! You can watch here how I made ...

Chicken satay strips

Chicken satay is one of my all-time favourite foods! I wanted to create something that was both a healthy option for a picnic, and also a treat! I'm a big fan of powdered peanut butter, particularly for cooking with as it's a low-fat great way to get that peanutty taste, and it mixes in so well with sauces and marinades. There are a lot more options on the market now since I first started buying this- the first one I bought was PPB which I think cost about £9 from the health food shop- ...

Popeye quiche

I go back time and time again to the sweet-potato crust quiche, as it is just such a brilliant alternative to pastry. Sometimes I slice the sweet potatoes, and sometimes I grate them and it is lovely both ways. I have explained before that this doesn't give a crisoy crust the edges do get a crunch but the bottom and sides stay fairly soft- it is still however and effective crust for the quiche and adds a difference texture and taste which is lovely! I stuck with a very simple ...