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 ...
I just love Italy- the food, the places, the people- it's a dream destination for me. We travelled to Umbria a couple of years ago at the end of the summer holidays- we didn't have a big budget so we found the cheapest flights that we could (they were to Milan, I wouldn't recommend that drive!), and then rented a cheap but beautiful little villa via Air B&B in deepest Umbria- it was idyllic, we had fresh herbs in the garden, figs growing in the grounds of the complex- we stocked up on ...
Healthy Beef Madras
I was always a fussy eater as a kid- I wouldn't touch any fruit and would only tolerate certain vegetables. when I was about 12, my Mum made a discovery, which was that I would eat pretty much any vegetables if they were in curry! Although adulthood (and travelling the world) made me much less fussy, and I love a lot of the foods I wouldn't eat as a child, I still love a good curry!
One of my dreams is to go to India for a cookery course and culinary tour. I've never been to India, but ...
The best healthy baked onion bhajis
I've been wanting to make a nice baked version of an onion bhaji for a long time- I've never made any type of onion bhaji before, so this recipe was completely made up. I didn't want to use chickpea flour (to keep them Slimming World friendly), and I also wanted to bake them rather than fry them.
I made a batter using sweet potato, egg and spices, and hoped for the best! I was really happy with the result, they came out of the oven crispy, and genuinely delicious!
Try these served ...
Vegan lentil bolognese
I've been trying to find ways to get more legumes into our diet, and I have been dying to try out a lentil ragu recipe after seeing the idea on Pinterest!
I used puy lentils, although you could also use green lentils- personally I would avoid red lentils as they can go very mushy, but I've seen some versions that do use them.
One of the keys to a good bolognese sauce is giving it a nice long simmer, and this therefore works really well with dry lentils, as they have time to cook to ...
Passion fruit & mango overnight oats
Every time I remember to make overnight oats I mean to do it more often, as they are so delicious! It's one of those things that's more than a sum of its parts.
I'm really fussy about food consistency and always have been- I hate squishy and sloppy things where you don't know whether to chew or swallow! When I first tried overnight oats I was expecting them to be way too squishy for my taste- but they aren't, in fact they have a very satisfying consistency- it's almost like a pudding.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...