Lentil soup with caraway and coriander

Sunday is soup day, especially when it’s cold, and this is a particularly warming take on the traditional lentil soup. 1 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 carrot, roughly chopped 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp caraway seeds 1 garlic clove, crushed 250g red lentils vegetable stock Heat the oil in […]

Banana bran muffins

Banana bran muffins – full of fibre and energy 115g butter 100g brown sugar 2 bananas mashed 115ml milk 1tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 175g wholemeal flour 100g bran 1tsp baking powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/4 tsp salt Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Combine the bananas, milk, vanilla […]

Beetroot dip

Beetroot makes a wonderfully bright and tasty dip that is very quick and easy to do, and super healthy. It is betalains that gives beetroot its deep purple-red colour. They are potent antioxidants quite unique to beetroot, but work in a similar way to the anthocyanins that give things like red cabbage, blueberries and plums […]

Cashew nut butter

Being allergic to peanuts, I turn to cashews for my dose of good fats. I don’t know about peanut butter but I find ready-made cashew and almond butters a bit cloying, so I like to make my own. It needs very few ingredients: 200g cashew nuts (or any kind of nut, unsalted) 3-4 tbsp sunflower […]

Rosehips

These glossy red jewels are rosehips, and you can find them in abundance in the hedgerows right now. A bit tricky to pick from their spiky bush and things can get a little sticky, but totally worth it for the beautiful red syrup you can make from them, bursting with vitamin C. Rosehips are one […]

Protein pancakes

For those who supplement with protein, these pancakes are fab! Recipe from the Optimum Nutrition recipe book. 1 banana 2 eggs 1/2 cup whey protein (I had banana flavoured) 1/2 cup milk 1 cup oats 1 tbsp flour (I used rice flour but any is fine) Blitz everything in a blender and cook in batches […]

Breakfast smoothie

Ready-made smoothies are often full of sugar and packed with too much fruit without its fibre goodness. This smoothie just contains some of the best breakfast ingredients blitzed together into a thick milkshake-esque drink, great for those naughty people who eat breakfast on the run. 1 banana, nice and ripe a handful of porridge oats […]

Wrapping things up

On occasion, it’s nice to go back to basics. Have a wee look at the ingredients in mission deli wraps: Wheat Flour, Water, Vegetable Oils, Humectant (Glycerol), Wheat Fibre (2%), Sugar, Wheat Germ (1%), Emulsifiers (E471, E472e), Salt, Raising Agents (E450, E500, E296), Flavouring, Preservatives (E282, E202), Stabiliser (E466), Flour Treatment Agent (E920). Maybe a […]

Barley-stuffed chicken

Last night was roast chicken night and the slightly odd-looking grain stuffed inside is pot barley. I was never a fan of scotch broth but barley is my new favourite addition to salads and now stuffing! It is stocked full of fibre, the soluble kind that helps lower bad cholesterol, as well as a fibre-like […]

My go-to granola bars

This is my favourite recipe for granola bars and the one I use all the time when I seem to have a surplus of oats and dried fruit. Perfect for a pre- or post-workout snack, combining fast-release carbohydrate from the honey and dried fruit and slow-release energy from the oats. The banana provides energy, B […]