Archive of ‘Mains’ category

Loaded Veggie Quesadillas

Loaded veggie quesadillas - delicious, filling, healthy quesadillas stuffed with spiced roasted sweet potato, peppers, black beans, avocado, cream cheese and cheddar.

Quesadillas have to be one of the meals that I make most often, as regularly as once a week because they are not only soooo tasty (anything with cheese is good in my book), but they are also pretty quick and simple to make and are infinitely adaptable. These particular ones are loaded with veggies and black beans so actually make for a pretty healthy and filling meal. (more…)

Carrot And Coriander Soup

Carrot and coriander soup - healthy, filling, quick and easy to make and utterly delicious!

I suppose I should start off by saying happy New Year! I hope you all had lovely Christmases and are thoroughly rested. I’m definitely not, I had quite a lot of late nights, three Christmas dinners (not all in one day), lots of traveling and a fair bit of drinking and I’m feeling rather worn out! I did take a bit of a break from the Internet over Christmas which was quite refreshing, but it is also nice to be back. (more…)

Double Pumpkin Goats Cheese Pizza

Double pumpkin goats cheese pizza - pumpkin puree in the pizza bread dough, topped with roasted pumpkin and red onion, tomato sauce, mozzarella and goats cheese

As I stated in my last post, I’m not quite done with pumpkin yet. Today I’ve got this colourful double pumpkin goats cheese pizza for you; what makes it double pumpkin you ask? Well, not only did I top the pizza with chunks of roasted pumpkin, but much like the chocolate ginger pumpkin bread wreath that I posted last week, I made the pizza dough using pumpkin puree. This not only gives it a lovely orange colour, but is also a great way to pack in a bit of extra veg. (more…)

Spiced Roast Pumpkin Soup With Garlic Croutons, Feta & Crispy Fried Sage

Spiced roast pumpkin soup with garlic croutons, feta cheese and crispy fried sage

The weather suddenly got properly chilly and Autumnal, so much so that we have (reluctantly) had to switch on the heating. It is definitely the time of year for hot drinks, cosy jumpers and hearty soups. Although I do make soup year round, it becomes much more of a staple in the colder months, and I make at least one batch a week; it is so easy to make, healthy, filling and is just the thing to warm you up after a wet, chilly dog walk. (more…)

Spinach, Ricotta & Feta Quiche (Spanakopita Tart)

Spinach, ricotta and feta quiche (spanakopita tart)

One of the ingredients that I always make sure my freezer is stocked with is frozen spinach; I even prefer it to fresh spinach as the fresh stuff cooks down so much that you have to buy a vast quantity of it to end up with barely any once cooked. I use it for a variety of things, my favourites being spinach pesto and various variations of spanakopita – Greek spinach cheese pie. Spanakopita is traditionally made with homemade filo (phyllo) pastry, though shop bought can absolutely be used as well; but I was in the mood for something different so tweaked my usual recipe to turn it into a quiche instead. (more…)

Sausages With Beer Pretzel Buns, Beer Braised Onions & Roasted Garlic Butter

Sausages with beer pretzel hot dog buns, beer braised onions and roasted garlic butter

So apparently this week is #NationalBBQWeek, but as I write this it is dark, wet and miserable outside, most decidedly NOT barbecue weather…hopefully it will pick up for the weekend in time to get the BBQ out (not that I actually even own one…). But even if the weather doesn’t improve, you can still enjoy some BBQ food with these sausages with beer pretzel buns, beer braised onions and roasted garlic butter; as the sausages can just be cooked in a pan or oven. (more…)

Spiced Yellow Split Pea And Sweetcorn Soup With Cheesy Arepas

Spiced yellow split pea and sweetcorn soup with cheesy arepas (corn griddle cakes)

Continuing the theme of hearty, warming recipes, today I’ve got one of my favourite soup recipes for you – spiced yellow split pea and sweetcorn soup; it is really healthy, full of protein and vegetables, incredibly delicious, and because of the split peas it is also very filling. I make it regularly over the colder months when I am in need of a nutritious yet comforting and filling meal, and it’s bright, sunny yellow colour is sure to brighten up a gloomy day. (more…)

Slow Cooked Lamb Rogan Josh And Quick, Flaky Roti

Slow cooked lamb rogan josh curry with quick, flaky roti flatbreads

Last week I spoke about Spring having finally arrived, the weather getting warmer and the sun making an appearance…. well my happiness was sadly very short-lived as soon after that post was published the weather took a turn for the worse and it has been cold, wet, windy and miserable since then. So much for craving light, summery salads and barbecue foods; I have gone back to cooking hearty soups, stews and comfort foods such as this slow cooked lamb Rogan Josh which I served with rice and some quick, flaky roti flatbreads. (more…)

Quinoa, Lentil, Kale And Feta Salad With Salmon

Quinoa, lentil, kale and feta salad with salmon, incredibly heallthy and delicious!

Barring some extremely boring vegetable broths I made when I tried following the 5:2 diet for a while (I lasted 5 weeks and only lost 2lb… and fast days were a nightmare, I have been banned from trying it again, apparently I am not very nice to be around when I’m starving, shocker.), this quinoa, lentil, kale and feta salad has to be the healthiest meal I have ever cooked. But unlike the vegetable broth it is actually, genuinely delicious! This is definitely due in part to the fact that it contains cheese, everything is better with cheese; but it is also loaded with green vegetables and provides lots of protein in the form of lentils and quinoa (and salmon), all of which also happen to be very tasty. Seasoned with lemon juice, garlic and extra virgin olive oil, paired with the feta and the fact that I cooked the quinoa in vegetable stock, it is an extremely flavourful and more-ish salad that is also very very good for you; and because it is high in protein it is also actually filling! Something that I struggle with when it comes to lots of healthy meals is actually feeling full and satisfied afterwards (I’m looking at you courgetti), no problems with this meal though, and I enjoy eating it! (more…)

Thai Green Curry Baked Salmon With Coconut Rice & Vegetable Ribbon Salad

Thai green curry baked salmon with coconut rice and tangy, crunchy raw vegetable ribbon salad - a quick, easy and healthy meal.

As much as I love to cook, there are days when I just really can’t be bothered, when I am tired, hungry and just want food NOW dammit! On those kind of days I will generally turn to a stir fry as my go-to meal as they are so quick and simple to make; that can get a little samey however, so I’ve been trying to expand my repertoire of quick-but-healthy meals. Oriental cookery has far more variety to offer than the same old boring stir fry, and there are a lot of options when it comes to fast food; one of my favourites is a Thai curry, red or green, which is very quick and simple to throw together (unless you want to make your own curry paste…); this Thai green curry baked salmon is my twist on the classic and the whole dish can be ready in just over half an hour if you work fast. (more…)

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