Week beginning Friday 11th September 2020 When you need something sweet…YOU NEED SOMETHING SWEET! I hear you! I’m the same and I certainly don’t deny myself. That said, it’ll never be sweets or biscuits that reach for; I honestly can’t remember the last sweet or biscuit I ate! The simple reason is that it really […]
These healthy recipes have been created, tried and tested in my own kitchen and make regular appearances on my family’s menus day-to-day.
The photos are all mine, taken with an iPhone and some are definitely better than others! But they’re authentic and of the actual dish I’ve made, usually taken hurriedly before anyone is allowed to tuck in!
If you’ve enjoyed these healthy recipes or have any personal additions that you’d like to share, please feel free to comment at bottom of any recipe. I’d be delighted to receive your thoughts or suggestions.
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Now, I’m a tomato fan and it’s one of the foods that I always have in the kitchen (at room temperature and never in the fridge!) but with so many to use up, I figured I need to find a way of using them and also “preserving” them so I can continue to enjoy them as the season ebbs away.
Week beginning Friday 10th July 2020 This Week: Nailing your “Break” Fast Is Breakfast actually the most important meal of the day? It’s certainly purported to be but in truth, this is not as crucial as we may have been led to believe. There’s no doubt that nailing that first meal of your day, with […]
Week beginning Friday 3rd July 2020 This Week: HEALTHY GO-TO LUNCHES You’ll be amazed what a difference it makes if you actually sit down and eat a healthy meal at lunchtime, rather than reaching for an unhealthy snack you’re hoping will tide you over. Here’s 4 quick fix lunches that are packed with healthy, filling […]
Tom Yum Miso Soup is an easy “one-pot meal” soup to put together and an effective way to boost your gut health. By including chicken bone broth or miso paste, alongside fibre-rich vegetables, your simple and full of flavour meal is also a great gut healer. To make Tom Yum Miso Soup, you’ll need: Servies […]
Packed with omega 3s found in oily fish like salmon, this meal also provides the coriander that acts as a chelator to help the body to remove heavy metal build-up in large fish such as salmon/tuna. The fresh ingredients all combine to provide a powerful anti-viral, anti-inflammatory meal that is high in fibre and low GI, keeping you fuller for longer.
A combination of kale and courgette takes this nutritious combo to another level of flavour and vibrancy when making a soup! This creamy kale and courgette soup is delicious, flavoursome, nutrient dense and very easy to prepare. With it’s super green colour, you know you’re getting plenty of antioxidants; the perfect winter warmer to ward off the sniffles.
This tasty pearl barley risotto recipe ticks all the boxes; quick and simple to make and highly nutritious. Not only does it provide 3 different vegetables to notch up your veggie intake, but is is also an excellent protein rich meal. Replacing the traditional rice for a pearl barley risotto, along with protein rich mushrooms […]
This nutritious Butternut Squash Cinnamon Granola uses butternut squash to provide sweetness whilst boosting the nutrient content and can be used as a topping with yoghurt, but as it’s so delicious, do watch the portion sizes! Makes an ideal portable snack.
Whenever we gather as a family in the Loire valley, I get to learn lots of new authentic dishes from my cousin, Linda who is not only an incredible cook but who also shares my passion for all things healthy! It’s wonderful to be able to work together and adapt some of our middle-eastern family classics to a healthier version.
Pancakes are no longer a once a year treat and nor should they be! Made with the right ingredients, and with nutritious toppings, pancakes can easily be transformed into a delicious and healthy choice. You’ll love these healthy oat pancakes plus they’re actually more simple than you may think to prepare and cook! Here’s one of […]
This easy roasted red pepper hummus variation combines deliciously sweet Romano red peppers with traditional chickpeas, tahini and lemon juice for a vibrant alternative. Packed with flavour, try it as a side accompaniment or as a super healthy dip or snack with fresh vegetable crudités. This easy hummus variation combines deliciously sweet Romano red peppers […]
I never tire of Aubergines and I’m always looking for new and interesting ways to eat them! Aubergines are an ideal meat free option and a delicious high fibre choice to boost your veggie intake. Roasted, they’re light and healthy and super easy to prepare. I’d serve at least half per person but if it’s […]
This dark chocolate bark is SO easy to make and an incredible treat that’s actually healthy! It’s fun to make and even more fun to eat! I keep mine in the freezer so it’s no so accessible and a little harder to break into! With a hint of chilli and salt, you’ll be amazed […]
These cute courgette rolls make a great starter, nibble or beautiful canapé to impress your guests and of course, they’re also very healthy! They may look fiddly but they are in fact very easy to put together; the most time consuming part is grilling the courgette strips, which can be done easily on a griddle […]
If you’re looking for a showstopper dessert, that’s super healthy and easy to make, this delicious raw cashew cheesecake is a guaranteed winner! It’s gluten-free, vegan and incredibly delicious; I urge you to give this a go and I do hope you love this guilt-free dessert as much as I do!
This delicious miso aubergines recipe is so easy and ideal to serve as a non-meat option, whether you’re vegan or not! You’ll be amazed how easy it is to make your own glaze topping, adding depth and balanced asian inspired flavours that’ll instantly transform this fabulous vegetable. You can serve these miso aubergines with stir-fry […]
I love running my yoga retreat at a property that I’ve owned and run since 2001! It’s a wonderful opportunity to invite a small group of like-minded individuals and offer them a glimpse into my world, where we can fully indulge a healthy lifestyle together; cooking and eating delicious healthy food, enjoying the beautiful outdoors […]
This hearty Butternut Squash and Lentil Dhal is a delicious way to combine warming spices with protein rich lentils, nutritious butternut squash and spinach. I’ve used green lentils here as I prefer a variety that holds its shape and doesn’t go too mushy, but all varieties are fine to use.
Whereas traditional flatbreads are wheat based, these gluten-free chickpea flatbreads are made using an alternative flour; chickpea flour, which is naturally gluten free and incredibly nutritious. With good protein and fibre, this is a perfect choice is you’re looking to vary your grains and reduce your intake of gluten.
This versatile Sun Dried Tomato Tapenade is perfectly sweet, sharp and chilli and a great alternative to a traditional pesto. It is fabulous served as a dip with a flat bread, seeded crackers or pitta chips but it also make a perfect base for a wrap, stirred through a pasta sauce or a flavour boost […]
Sometimes we don’t have time to source all the unusual ingredients some recipes ask for and the good news is that with this recipe, you don’t need to! One of the wonderful things about this recipe is its simplicity… you only need 4 ingredients for the paste and you still end up with an incredibly […]
A big part of eating healthy is planning ahead and overnight oats, also known as Bircher Muesli is the perfect recipe if you’re looking for a healthy, satiating breakfast or snack and ideal as an on-the-go choice in a jar. This recipe packs a lot in, so not only do you make sure you’ve got […]
Making your own homemade pesto gives you the freedom to play around with the ingredients and create an alternative version, like this Nut Free Pesto, that is not only delicious and incredibly flavoursome but also super healthy! Pesto is so easy to make and one of the most versatile dishes you can have lurking in […]
This brilliantly quick and healthy Butterbean and Tomato Bruschetta is a perfect way to get fresh and healthy ingredients in to your diet. Use it as part of a salad on a bed of green leaves or as topping for Sourdough toast or a sandwich filling. Enjoy the vibrant colours and Mediterranean flavours; a great […]
When it comes to healthy French onion soup, you could be forgiven to think that it hasn’t got that much to offer in terms of nutrients, with its comforting clear broth, no variety of vegetables, “just” onions and the gooey cheese toast topping. Well, you’ll be pleased to know that it is, in fact, a highly nutritious choice.
I don’t bake very often but when I fancy a treat, I try to consider an option where I can include some healthy ingredients whilst still feeling as though I’ve had a treat. The good news is that it’s not difficult to achieve this and these divine Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies are one of my favourites! […]
This cumin and lemon chicken marinade locks in the fabulous flavours of the spices and once you’ve combined the ingredients for the marinade, the time consuming part is done, so it’s a very quick meal to put together! The fiery flavour of the radishes along with the delicate spring onions work perfectly as an accompaniment […]
Shakshuka is a delicious and highly nutritious middle-eastern dish often served at breakfast, yet it’s hearty enough to be served as a light meal too. With my middle-eastern background this was a firm favourite growing up and now with my nutrition background, it’s still a firm favourite! With onions, tomatoes and red pepper as the […]
Making your own homemade spicy baked beans is incredibly easy and infinitely more healthy, nutritious and of course delicious than regular shop-bought varieties!! Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy free and Gluten free, this dish ticks all the boxes and is so versatile; you can use it as a veggie side with grilled/baked chicken or fish or as […]
If you’re looking for an incredibly flavoursome family or dinner party meal easy that’s super easy to make, this Thai Chicken Green curry is the one! The fresh paste ingredients are so full of flavour and aromatic, that it’s one of the few curries that is just as tasty eaten immediately rather than making it […]
This Quinoa and Lentil Tabbouleh is a delicious fresh and healthy salad that incorporates plenty of nutritious fresh herbs. With quinoa as a base, it’s a great gluten free alternative to the traditional Bulgar wheat and also provides a protein rich meal perfect to serve as a light lunch or as a side for grilled/baked chicken or […]
These gluten free Courgette Fritters are a perfect veggie side to any meal or they make a delicious light healthy lunch or dinner starter with the addition of warmed goats cheese or a tomato and feta salad. They’re light and super simple and can be prepared in advance, ready to go into the oven. Using quinoa […]
These vibrant stuffed red peppers have graced my meals time and time again over the years! They are a perfect addition, whether it’s a casual weekend family meal or mid week supper with friends and of course, amazing with a bbq. As well as being incredibly tasty, they’re a nutritious addition to any meal, providing at least […]
Muffins always feel like such a treat, but there’s certainly no need for any guilt with these nutrient packed banana oat muffins. These flourless protein-rich banana oat muffins are naturally gluten free, high in fibre and perfect to make in advance to grab for breakfast or lunch on-the-go. Kids will love these too! Making these […]
These light and airy buckwheat pancakes are a delicious gluten and dairy free alternative to the traditional ones, which use wheat flour. Plus, with the addition of so many healthy ingredients, you’re also packing in the nutrients! Their delicate nutty flavour allows them to pair well with so many toppings; fruits, nut butters or just a […]
aI’m often surprised that people think hummus is difficult to make. Making your own homemade hummus couldn’t be easier and the result is a nutritious dip that’s much cheaper and far tastier than shop-bought varieties. You’ll need a food processor but then it’s simply a case of adding the ingredients and 2 minutes later, you’ll […]
This family favourite is a perfect dish to “hide” as many vegetables as you like, as long as they are VERY finely chopped and almost invisible….to the naked suspicious eye!! This bolognese uses Fennel, which you may not consider for this classic dish, but give it a go; the flavour is subtle and works really well. Adding […]
This flourless Sweet Potato Frittata is an easy, nutritious snack that you can prepare in advance, so it’s ready to grab when you’re short of time in the morning for breakfast or in your lunch box, combined with a few cherry tomatoes and any other crudités. Gluten free and packed with plenty of fibre and protein, this is a […]
This spicy Cauliflower rice is a fabulous no carb, very low calorie choice that is not only delicious but a great way to sneak a good portion of a vegetable into your meal. Ticking all these boxes; paleo, no carb, vegan, vegetarian, delicious, healthy and above all super simple, it needs to be a regular on […]
Aubergine and Tahini dip is one of my favourite dips to put together when I’m craving a healthy tasty snack, and it’s so quick but the key is all in the preparation; next time you’ve got the oven on, pop an aubergine (or 2!) in and let it soften. If you’re not making the dip […]
This homemade Vegan Almond Basil Pesto is decadent, rich and so versatile; adding interest to the simplest of dishes! This fragrant recipe is not for the faint-hearted but it guarantees to pack a nutritional punch! Almonds as a base provide more protein and fibre than the traditional pine nuts and also give it a slightly […]
This vibrant Beetroot and Horseradish Hummus is not only very simple to make but also contributes 2 portions of your 7-a-day! No, it’s not the horseradish that counts, but the red kidney beans that I’ve used a base to make this delicious fiery dip. This is a perfect protein and fibre rich snack and also […]
If there’s one convenience item I’d love to encourage you to avoid (forever!), it’s a shop bought salad dressing! The list of nasties are endless and if you’re looking for a healthier, fresher and delicious alternative, you’d be surprised how easy it is to make your own homemade dressing, invariably using store cupboard ingredients. This homemade creamy lemon dijon […]
Combining Sautéed Sesame Kale, Sweet Potato and Cashew Wasabi Dressing, topped with Tamari coated pumpkin seeds creates a delicious salad that is not only stunning but super nutritious! The combination of the nutrient-rich dark leafy greens, with cashews and pumpkin seeds for added protein and sweet potato providing a complex carbohydrate source, this is a […]
These Nutrient-Rich Chocolate Beetroot Brownies not only offer a lower fat, no flour version but also deliver an intensely rich brownie, packed with antioxidants from the beetroot and the dark chocolate. The addition of ground almonds provides valuable oils as well as additional protein, making these Chocolate Beetroot Brownies a healthy longer lasting snack. Ideal lunch […]