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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 with&nb...

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. ...

Tex-Mex quiche

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jambalaya

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 ...