Harissa & herb Moroccan meatballs
Years ago, when I was working in London I would sometimes pick up my lunch in Leon, and one of my absolute favourites was the Moroccan meatballs. They would serve these with brown rice with toasted seeds, and an amazing homemade coleslaw (and I HATE normal coleslaw, but this was lovely and crunchy and not covered in sloppy mayonnaise!). Unfortunately we don't have Leon restaurants down in Devon, but I do have 2 of their cookbooks, which I have used SO much! This one is the absolute classic ...
Lemon chicken penne
We have a favourite new roast chicken recipe from my newest cookbook, Sirocco ( absolutely amazing book by the way!)- it uses the zest of 2 oranges and 2 lemons, so I needed to find a way to use the juice so it wouldn't go to waste (we just drank the orange!). I've often mixed seafood with lemon and pasta, but never chicken, so this recipe was a bit of an experiment but I thought it was a winner! My kids love this too, without the chilli.
I have loads of chicken breasts at the moment as ...
Sweet potato falafel
I only discovered falafel in my 20's, and was instantly in love. Not only is it super-worthy, being made from chickpeas (full of fibre and protein), they taste so good, and are a fab way of bulking out a salad. For me, as a sworn meat eater, they also provide a viable meat alternative!
I've tried making falafel without using any olive oil before, but it was quite dry and crumbly- adding in the sweet potato gives it a lovely texture and extra moisture without oil.
These were ...
This stuff is so good! It's gorgeous with lots of things, in particular I love it with sweet potato wedges, falafel, skinny chicken nuggets and cous-cous salads. It tastes amazing. But don't eat it if you have a date or a job interview the following day- it's seriously garlicky!
I adapted this from a recipe from one of my favourite ever cookbooks Leon's 'Ingredients and Recipes'
Leon’s (not too) spicy chicken cous cous
This cookbook is one of my all time favourites:
I have got lots of firm favourites from it. I urge you to try this (not too) spicy chicken cous cous, as it is seriously delicious! I have really reduced the amount of oil and butter in this to make it work for Slimming World, but it's still completely yummy!
I think one of the reasons I love this so much is that it was the first proper meal I ate after the birth of my first daughter and I was starving, and sleep-de...