Posts Tagged ‘easy’

Spaghetti With Lemony Rocket & Walnut Pesto, Asparagus, Peas & Goat’s Cheese

Spaghetti with lemon rocket and walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goats cheese - quick, easy and perfect for Spring!

Spaghetti with lemon rocket and walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goats cheese - quick, easy and perfect for Spring!

Spring is just about here, and with it comes an abundance of fresh produce, in particular, green things! This super green spaghetti with lemony rocket & walnut pesto, asparagus, peas and goat’s cheese makes great use of a few of spring’s best vegetables – asparagus, peas (ok, so I cheated on the pea front and used frozen ones, but it would be even better with fresh) and rocket. (more…)

Spiced Red Lentil And Root Vegetable Soup (Vegan)

Vegan spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup - a hearty, healthy and filling soup that is quick and easy to make.

Vegan spiced red lentil and root vegetable soup - a hearty, healthy and filling soup that is quick and easy to make.

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…)

Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers

Vegetarian black bean burgers - delicious, easy to make bean burgers that hold their shape

Vegetarian black bean burgers - delicious, easy to make bean burgers that hold their shape

Bean burgers are a staple in most vegetarian diets but it can be difficult to find a good recipe, many of them end up being a little, shall we say, squishy? As in they have a tendency to fall apart when you cook them. After trying many recipes over the years I think I’ve finally settled upon one that is reliable, tasty and holds together perfectly when cooked. (more…)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Breakfast Smoothie

chocolate peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie - nutritious, filling and delicious!

Chocolate peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie - nutritious, filling and delicious!

I do love a long, leisurely breakfast spent scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, but the sad reality is that there often isn’t time to dawdle in the mornings; that is where this chocolate peanut butter banana breakfast smoothie comes in. It takes mere minutes to whip up, can easily be drunk on the go, is full of nutritious ingredients and fills you up nicely, making it a perfect option for busy mornings. (more…)

Crumble Topped Pumpkin Spice Cake

Crumble topped pumpkin spice cake - super moist, soft, spiced pumpkin cake with a crunchy crumble topping; easy to make and so delicious!

I was initially dreading the end of Summer but it has to be said that there are some appealing aspects to Autumn – the pretty coloured leaves, big jumpers, Halloween, hot (alcoholic) drinks, soup, but most of all the warmly spiced baked goods. I love using spices in baking, and while I do use them year round, it feels so much more appropriate to be heavy handed with them in Autumn and Winter. Lately the internet has exploded with all things pumpkin, and not wanting to be left out I jumped on the bandwagon and baked this crumble topped pumpkin spice cake. (more…)

Simple Wholemeal Apple Cake

Simple wholemeal apple cake - easy to make, moist wholemeal cake filled with fresh apple and spices

As much as I enjoy making towering, intricately decorated layer cakes, the cakes that I most enjoy eating, and crave most often, are generally a far simpler affair. The kind of cakes that aren’t too pretty to look at, but you feel much less guilty about eating a massive wodge of for a mid-morning snack. I had been craving apple cake for a couple of weeks and when the tree in the garden yielded a few ready-to-pick apples that weren’t great for eating fresh, but were good for cooking with, I finally got round to satisfying the craving with this simple wholemeal apple cake. (more…)

Easy, No-Churn M&M’s Cookie Dough Ice Cream With Chocolate Fudge Swirl

Easy, no-churn M&M's cookie dough ice cream with chocolate fudge swirl

It is my 30th birthday tomorrow and I’m not particularly happy about it. I just don’t feel grown-up enough to be 30 years old; I still feel like I’m just bumbling through life without a clue what I’m actually doing (but then do you ever actually grow out of that feeling?). I know that “30 is just a number” and “you’re only as old as you feel” blah blah blah etc. etc, but I can’t quite shake the feeling of dread about saying goodbye to my twenties. To commiserate and cheer me up a bit I made a batch of thoroughly un-grown-up ice cream – easy, no-churn M&M’s cookie dough ice cream with chocolate fudge swirl. (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…)

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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