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 ...
Best ever cranberry sauce
I would never buy a jar of cranberry sauce from the supermarket as it's so, so easy to make! It only take 5 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook!
Slimming World- this is the Christmas version, when I would make it with sugar- so therefore the syns are quite high- I'm having a go at one made with sweetener soon and will do a taste comparison and share the recipe if it's good!
Triple-layer chocolate french toast
French toast makes a fantastic breakfast, as it's as much as a treat as pancakes but it's so quick and easy to make. Last week I had a sudden brainwave after being reminded about the Kingsmill wholemeal crustless toast in Tesco- how about a triple layered French toast, sandwiched together with chocolate spread and peanut butter?!
So this was the first incarnation of this meal- a layer of bread, a layer of peanut butter, a layer of bread, a ...
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 ...
A friend recently suggested I tried frozen pre-chopped onions, she said it had been a game-changer for her- I had always felt a bit funny about it- maybe thinking it was a bit lazy not to just chop your own onion if you needed it?! But my mind has been completely changed! Why did I not do this sooner? It just makes general meal prep so much quicker, and who isn't pressed for time these days, plus, I actually really flipping hate chopping onions! The other thing that this revelation has done ...
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 ...
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 ...