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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Pumpkin time

My pumpkin is ready and waiting to be turned into something more edible (probably soup!). Pumpkins and squashes are pretty interchangeable in terms of cooking and nutrients but obviously pumpkins are the thing to buy at this time of year! Pumpkins are a high fibre source of complex carbohydrates and contain lots of the antioxidant […]