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 ...
Berry baked oats with toasted almonds
This makes such a delicious and filling breakfast- and it's good enough to feel like a weekend treat! If you are short on time in the morning it is fine to pre-cook and re-heat in the microwave, or you can have the dry ingredients pre-mixed, and the wet ingredients pre-mixed ready to just combine quickly in the morning. I just love the crunchiness of the almonds on top of these. I don't add any sweetness into the mix- I like to serve them with raspberries, fat-free yoghurt and some maple ...
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 ...
Fluffy American style pancakes
One of my most popular pancake recipes is my Blueberry and cinnamon pancakes, I think because they are really lovely and fluffy, with a gorgeous texture. This is a similar recipe, but using a little vanilla just to make a lovely plain pancake, perfect for any topping that you fancy. I tend to serve them with fat-free yoghurt, strawberries, blueberries and maple syrup.
I don't add any sweetness into the actual pancake mix- I tend to use the natural sweetness of the fruit that I add, ...
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 ...
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 ...
Caramelised onion hummus
I'm making up for lost time with hummus, I had never even tried it until about 4 years ago- it just looked like something I wouldn't like! I sampled some out of politeness at a friend's house a few years ago, and realised what I had been missing! I have since discovered how easy it is to make, and not only that, but how easy it is to make a healthy version that still tastes amazing! I've never been a fan of carrot sticks, but add hummus, and they are a treat!
Some of my favourites so far ...
Spring leeks and peas
It's lovely to discover new favourite dishes, and this leek side, which I created as part of my Easter meal, is really easy to do, delicious, and makes a nice addition to any family meal, especially a roast dinner.
The great thing about leeks is that they are grown in the UK, they are cheap to buy and they have loads of flavour!
Scalloped potato gratin with rosemary and garlic
I recently attended a lovely Easter event with Iceland Foods, and was inspired to come home and cook my own Easter Feast! I love potatoes Dauphinoise, but they are usually full of fat, so I wanted to create something that looked as lovely on the table, but that was a healthy alternative with no added fat. Particularly as this was for an Easter Feast I wanted to keep the main as lean as possible to allow for chocolate consumption throughout the rest of the day!
I hand sliced the ...
Butternut squash puree with maple and cinnamon
I was inspired to make this puree after attending a lovely Easter event with Iceland where the chef served roast turkey with a butternut squash and cinnamon puree. I thought this was a delicious, and great alternative to serving gravy and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
My version is slightly different, I added in a little maple syrup for sweetness, and a small amount of butter which really gives this such a gorgeous smooth texture, and rich, buttery taste.
I've served this up as part of my ...