Chickpeas

Like kidney beans, chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegetarians and everyone else really! They are also very rich in fibre. Insoluble fibre binds to and removes cholesterol and prevents constipation and digestive disorders. Soluble fibre also lowers cholesterol and helps to prevent heart disease and strokes. Chickpeas are very high in folate, […]

Lamb tagine

This lamb tagine is a lovely dish and not that hard to make! I made it for a dinner party and the timings work out well because you can cook it all the night before or morning of. You can find it in The Guardians top 10 stews. To serve 6 you will need: About […]

Avocado houmous

I love houmous, I love guacamole and I love avocado, and this combines them all into a wonderful dip. It needs only 3 ingredients really: avocado, chickpeas and lots of lemon Cut the avocado in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender. Rinse a tin of cooked chickpeas in cold water then pop […]

A twist on banana loaf

When looking for a healthy way to use up bananas, this is a pretty darn good option. It uses basic store cupboard ingredients and, of course, those pesky brown bananas. Ingredients: 3 ripe bananas 240ml milk 2 eggs 1tbsp baking powder 200g oats 70g wheat bran (optional) 1 tsp vanilla extract 100g chopped nuts (we […]

Mackerel, beetroot and sweet potato

This is an easy, quick and super healthy dish to whip up mid-week. It’s become a regular dish at home when in need of something a bit lighter and is pretty inexpensive. Serves 2: 2 sweet potatoes, cut into small dice 2 crushed garlic cloves 2 pre-cooked medium beetroots 2 sprigs of thyme 2 smoked […]

Barley risotto with mushrooms, kale and chorizo

Last night’s dinner was a combination of store cupboard ingredients and bits and bobs from the fridge, but it turned out rather tasty. Healthy and hearty, a risotto fills you up and acts as a base for such a wide variety of ingredients. Using barley instead of risotto rice is often quicker and is much […]

Tattie scones/potato farls

Since it’s Paddy’s weekend and a sunny Sunday in Scotland I thought I’d make some potato scones for breakfast (it is not at all that I seem to have a huge excess of potatoes at the moment). I saw the recipe in the Guardian yesterday and woke up thinking about them! Here’s how to make […]

Avocados

I’m back on avocados again and can’t get enough of them. They make a great filling snack on their own – I put a little oil and black pepper on half then just scoop it out with a spoon – or spread on rye bread or chopped into a salad, the list can go on. […]

Kale pesto

This is a lovely twist on traditional pesto and is still super quick to whip up. Dark green kale is the number one vegetable on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), so has the highest levels of antioxidants of all vegetables. Kale also contains more calcium and iron than any other vegetable and a […]

Spicy broth with mushrooms, spinach and prawns

I made dinner last night in about 5 minutes flat and it packed a punch. A spicy broth made with a stock base is the perfect way to warm you up, fill you up and get all your veggies in. It doesn’t even really require a recipe, just add whatever you fancy or is in […]