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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Wild garlic and pumpkin seed pesto

Ever since I moved back to Devon I have made an annual event of going up to the woods near where my parents live and picking some wild garlic to make pesto. At this time of year it carpets woodland, and isn't one of those foraged things that is impossible to find! If you haven't picked it before, then make sure you google it to ensure you are definitely picking the right leaves (I have popped some pictures below for reference!) , although it's pretty easy to identify with it's strong ...

Persian cranberry rice pilaf

We had this gorgeous rice as a side dish to our alternative Christmas feast Friendsmas- read all about it here! I have always been hopeless at cooking rice for big groups of people- it nearly always gets all glutinous and stuck together! This is rinsed through very thoroughly and also soaked, and it was perfect! The cranberries were a little nod to Christmas and worked really well in this rice and alongside the other dishes Pulled Persian chicken  and Crushed carrots with harissa and ...

Crushed carrots with harissa and pistachios

  I can't claim this recipe unfortunately, it is from the amazing Yotam Ottolenghi, one of my all time favourite chefs- he can really work magic with vegetables! This recipe is from his book Plenty More (click here to see). We had this as part of an alternative Christmas dinner for Friendsmas (click here to see the full menu) and my husband and I both agreed that this was one of the star dishes. There is a hint of orange (perfect for the alternative Christmas dinner), and it ...

Brocamole

This is my version of Nigella's 'brocamole' idea- she in turn credits the idea to Ludo Lefebvre, who did a purely broccoli version with no avocado. I adore fresh guacamole, and although avocados are very good for you and full of 'healthy' fat, if you are following Slimming World it is very high in syns and for me it's great to be able to enjoy guacamole without eating a ton of syns!  

Homemade refried beans (frijoles negros)

I've always been a big fan of refried beans, even when I was a very fussy eater as a child! I love Mexican food, and spent a summer travelling around Mexico 13 years ago. The food was just as good as I had hoped- everywhere are street food stalls selling amazing little soft tacos with different fillings. The restaurants were amazing- if you ordered fajitas often the meat/prawns would be charcoal grilled and it would come out sizzling on a skillet. So so yummy! It was also the first time ...

Slow-cooker salsa

I'm all for a jar of salsa and that's usually what I will use if I'm having Mexican, but it's so easy to do and I really fancied having a go in the slow cooker- this also means no need for the unnecessary amount of oil, salt and sugar that you might get in a shop-bought one. If you follow this blog you will know how much I love my slow-cooker- I think it's just being able to throw everything in and leave it- pretty lazy cooking for amazing results! This makes a good sized batch of salsa- ...

Slow cooker Cuban black beans

I really love black beans as an ingredient, and I had to try this recipe when I saw it in the Simply Nigella cookbook as it looked completely delicious and also very easy. I also loved the idea of being able to cook the dried beans from scratch in the slow cooker, as they can be quite pricey to buy canned, but are really reasonable if you buy the dry ones. Black beans (also known as turtle beans) are very filling but low in calories, so they are great for filling you up without being ...