The humble cauliflower – what to do with it

You won’t often find cauliflower in my fridge. I absolutely hate cauliflower cheese and until recently, I never really knew what else to do with it. Since following the recipes of the brilliant Yotam Ottolenghi in the Guardian and reading his books, I have discovered new ways to enjoy a bit of cauliflower in my […]

Super salads

Yotam Ottolenghi is quickly becoming one of my favourite chefs and food writers. His solely vegetarian recipes are so different to your everyday but so easy at the same time – and he creates the most wonderful salads. Sun or snow (or horrible windy rain), salads can always be relied on to add a dose […]

Getting figgy with it

Figs, both fresh and dried, are a great source of fibre and iron. Most of the fibre in figs is soluble, which has beneficial effects on blood sugar levels and LDL cholesterol. Boosting iron intake keeps energy levels up. Dried figs are a concentrated source of potassium and calcium for fluid balance and bone density. […]

Top seeds

Seeds are a great way to boost your fibre, protein and good fats. Here’s a lowdown on the best ones: Chia: packed with protein, calcium and omega 3 and fibre. Prevents blood sugar spikes. Sunflower: rich in the essential polyunsaturated fat omega-6 and very high levels of vitamin E, an antioxidant. Also high in plant […]

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, […]

Almonds

Almonds are a great snack and packed with goodness. In snacking terms, almonds take a long time to digest so keep hunger at bay, great for people watching their weight. The slow digestion time is due to the high content of monounsaturated fats, a fat that is good for arterial and heart health. Almonds are […]

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 […]