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 […]

Lovely lentils, French-style

  I am just back from a long weekend in Paris and it was fantastic. My friend and I are eating our way round Europe and we are perfect travel buddies, as we both like nothing more than wandering round markets and sampling all of the local food. Foodie highlights: whole artichoke dipped in flavoured […]

A word on iron

I’m doing another talk for netball juniors this weekend and one of the things I will be talking about is iron. It is one of the most important micronutrients and also one that is often deficient in certain populations. These include adolescent girls, female athletes, the elderly, vegetarians and vegans, but low iron levels can […]

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. […]

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, […]

Kidney beans

Kidney beans are a superb source of good-quality protein, zinc and fibre and contain iron in abundance.  An average portion of kidney beans (60g) contains at least 1/4 of our daily iron requirement, which prevents anaemia and increases energy levels. Zinc helps to maintain a healthy immune system, maintains fertility and helps with macronutrient digestion. […]

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 […]

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 […]