Moroccan chicken stew

Taking a Moroccan-inspired route with a stew allows you to add lots of wonderful spices to your dish, which not only add flavour but pack a health punch too. Cinnamon bark contains many volatile oils that have been found to have an anti-inflammatory action and act as a digestive aid, easing bloating and heartburn. Cumin […]

Chilli and rosemary cornbread

This is just super! No yeast, no kneading and still out comes a hearty bread great for dipping, dunking and accompanying. It happens to be gluten free if you use gluten-free baking powder and you can swap to almond milk to make it dairy free too. Another great from the River Cottage books by Huge […]

Spinach falafels

These green machines pack a health punch. Chock-a-block with spinach, chickpeas and spices and perfect crammed into homemade flatbreads with some mango chutney and rocket. Spinach is full of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenes and vitamin E. It is also rich in vitamin K, that vitamin we hear little about but is great for bone strength. […]

Tomato and pomegranate salad

This salad is at its best with homegrown tomatoes (thanks Dad) but I’m sure would taste lovely with shop bought. Aim for a few different varieties and colours to keep things tasty and interesting. The pomegranate seeds give a pop of sweetness with every mouthful – just delicious. I always like to leave tomatoes out […]

Socca Sundays

Anyone looking for a wholesome, easy, gluten-free pizza base should try this. Socca is a pancake or crepe made with chickpea flour originating from Nice, France. The chickpea flour is nutty and flavourful and makes a lovely pizza base or appetizer to dunk into dips. What’s more it is gluten-free and vegan if you’re into […]

Pre-race nutrition tips for smashing a half marathon

I am doing my 2nd half marathon tomorrow and have been paying a bit closer attention to my nutrition than normal in the run-up to it to make sure I feel tip top going into the weekend. I’m usually able to run for about 2 hours without much of an energy top-up, just a couple […]

Dippy eggs

Need a quick, light and healthy meal? Or a delicious brunch? Perfect for sharing? Here you go! Nutritious and protein-rich eggs on a bed of homemade tomato sauce, with some (preferably) homemade bread to dip in. Try baking some bread of your own with some of these recipes. Tomato sauce is really rich in the […]

Salad jars

I saw this idea recently and think it’s fantastic! Salad in a jar. No mess, no exploding boxes and easy to transport! It allows you to dress the bits that need a bit of moisture but keep leaves, nuts and seeds etc. fresh at the top. They keep well for a couple of days in […]

Broad bean and feta frittata

A frittata is the perfect base for pretty much anything you have in the fridge or growing in abundance in the garden. This high protein, fresh and healthy dish is super quick and easy and is great as a leftover lunch. Broad beans are really high in fibre and contain the flavonoid quercetin, beta-carotene, vitamins […]

Courgette, basil and parmesan soup

This is one of my favourite soups and is perfect at this time of year to use up the glut of courgettes in the garden. It’s a superb Martin Wishart recipe, who has a restaurant in Edinburgh and also holds cook schools, allowing you to spend a day in the kitchen cooking and eating. I […]