Does anyone else struggle to return to normal life after they have been away somewhere? After being at a festival at the weekend we then had to drive for four hours to pick Ringo up from my parents house, then another four hours home and it has all completely wiped me out. I feel like I need to sleep for a week but I have so much that I need to be getting on with that that really isn’t an option! (more…)
What are your go-to meals? The ones that you cook frequently, pretty much know the recipe for off by heart and that never disappoint. These sweetcorn and feta fritters are one of mine and I cook them, or a variation of them, probably once every few weeks. They are quick and easy to make, easily adaptable to fit whatever you happen to have in the fridge or freezer, and most importantly, delicious! (more…)
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Did you know that in the UK each year, households waste 7 million tonnes of food?! (As a whole, not each!). This adds up to a total cost of £12.5bn, or about £700 per family. That is a shockingly large amount of waste and so much of it is perfectly avoidable with a little bit of care and planning. (more…)
Although I do really like making my own pizza from scratch, including the dough; it can be a bit of a faff and takes a while. Not good if you are hungry and craving pizza fast! I am not a fan of shop bought pizza bases, but one really good ready-made solution is naan bread; it makes the perfect pizza base and because it is pre-baked you simply need to melt your cheese to finish off your pizza. (more…)
Spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup – a hearty, warming and filling vegan soup that is quick and easy to make and incredibly good for you!
There are definite signs of spring in the air and I’ve spotted plenty of flowers starting to bloom while out on my daily dog walks; but the weather is still decidedly wet and chilly and I am not quite out of the craving comfort foods stage yet. Soup is one of the meals that I make most regularly throughout the colder months and this spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup is my new favourite. (more…)
Loaded veggie quesadillas – healthy, filling quesadillas stuffed with spiced roasted sweet potatoes, peppers, black beans, avocado, cream cheese & 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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
Vegetarian cottage pie (or shepherds pie, either name works seeing as there is no meat in it to distinguish between them) is a meal that I make fairly regularly as it is so simple, hearty and healthy. Lentils make a great (and very healthy) replacement for meat in a lot of recipes, particularly in warming Winter ones such as stews and pies; and I always have a stash of several different varieties in the cupboard. Although I often cook with dried lentils, they can take a while to cook and some varieties need to be soaked overnight before you can cook them so I also keep tins of pre-cooked lentils for when I want to make something a little more low-effort. I used a tin of lentils in this cottage pie, they really help to bulk it out and make it far more filling than it would be if just made with veg. (more…)