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Asparagus and cheddar quiche with sweet potato crust

Quiche makes such a filling and tasty lunch, but as much as I love pastry, it's better off as an occasional treat! Luckily I have discovered using sweet potatoes as my quiche crust- they make a great base, add amazing flavour, and the whole thing is full of goodness! A sweet potato crust done in this way (thinly sliced sweet potato circles around to cover the dish) doesn't give a crispy crust, but it still holds the whole quiche together and works beautifully. If you want something a little ...

Healthy (ish) butter chicken

Butter chicken is one of the nation's favourites, and for good reason! I know that you CAN make something that LOOKS like butter chicken and has a very lean sauce using fat-free yoghurt or something similar, but for me, butter chicken is one of those dishes that I can't compromise on. I think butter chicken needs butter, and cream and you can still make a healthier than normal version, that tastes amazing without having to compromise on those essential base flavours. There are lots of ...

Black bean, butternut squash & coconut curry

Curry is a fantastic meal to make if you are feeding a big group- you can prepare it in advance (in fact it often tastes even nicer if it's had a bit of time to 'brew' and is reheated), it's easy to scale up to feed the right number of people, and it freezes really well if you have lots of leftovers. It's also a great way to get in portions of healthy vegetables and pulses without even trying! I came up with this curry for a girls night in with a big group of friends- I needed to feed 16 ...

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 tasty as the ...

Easy cheesy garlic mushroom tagliatelle

Disclosure: This recipe was sponsored by Primula. All words, images and opinions are my own During the hectic Christmas period I tend to fall back on easy and quick meals, and batch cooking to try and keep my meals as healthy as I can before and after Christmas day! Primula is one of those ingredients that I always have in my fridge- it has a long life so it makes a great staple ingredient. As well as a healthy snack spread on crackers, or topping for a jacket potato, it has fantastic ...

Homemade mango chutney

Mango chutney is the perfect addition to any curry, and although there are lots of tasty ones that you can buy, they don't come close to a homemade version. I've customised this mango chutney recipe to showcase all of the flavours that I think make the best mango chutney. I also used a cooking apple in this mix which contributes to sweetness, consistency and overall taste! Once you have made this, it will last in a sealed jar for up to 6 months, and once opened, in the fridge for up to 6 ...

Slow-cooker tandoori beef masala

Why slow-cooked? The slow-cooker is fantastic for a curry- it gives plenty of time for the flavours of the spices to develop, and for meat like beef and lamb, it ensures that you have tender, fall apart meat with not a chewy bit in sight! I also love the slow-cooker because it's hands off cooking- this meal just takes about 7-8 minutes to do, including chopping and frying, then once it's in the slow-cooker you can just leave it and get on with your day! This slow-cooker tandoori ...

Homemade healthy crackers to complement the new Ilchester® Light Cheese Selection Net

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Norseland. If you're a cheese-lover or a savoury snack lover, then this is for you! Ilchester®  cheese (who famously brought us the Cheese Advent Calendar in 2018!) have released 3 of their delicious cheeses in a Light Cheese Selection! The net contains Fiery Mexicana®  (my absolute favourite!), Smoky Applewood®  and Creamy Ilchester® . The brilliant news, is that the cheeses are in the perfect portions ...

How to make the best chicken katsu curry, with Frylight

One of the key changes I have made to the way I cook in the last few years is a reduction in the amount of oil that I use. I always used to glug in the olive oil thinking of it as ‘healthy fat’, but the truth is, if you are working on reducing the calories that you consume in order to lose weight, then cutting down on oils is one of the easiest changes to make, and all oils and fats are full of calories, even if they are presented as the ‘healthy option’- in fact coconut oil has a ...

Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese

Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...