Healthy, low-cost dishes to make you smile

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Fifteen Minute Pad Thai

Fifteen Minute Pad Thai

Whenever I see Pad Thai on a menu I have a magnetic like attraction to it! There’s just something absolutely perfect about the combination of flavours and textures. Obviously I can’t eat it out every day as I would love to, so I have come […]

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

Spicy Sweet Potato Soup

A friend and I were talking recently and she was saying how she would like to see more soups on this blog because she a) loves them b) looks at recipes and they seem to be long and overwhelming. To be a soup is a […]

Vegan Sloppy Joes

Vegan Sloppy Joes

I recently became obsessed with the concept of the Sloppy Joe. Mainly because I have never had one and probably never will. It’s on the list of things I’ve never tasted like a kebab, Big Mac, dubious southern style chicken from a faux KFC… Generally […]

Simple Beetroot Risotto

Simple Beetroot Risotto

I’m having a ‘no shop’ week this week which is something I like to do every now and then, where I don’t buy any food that week, just use up things in the cupboards and freezer. It’s a really helpful concept for reducing your food […]

Sweet Potato Couscous

Sweet Potato Couscous

Couscous is no longer the hard to fine, expensive ingredient it used to be and is easily found on most supermarket shelves. It comes in many varieties, I love the wholemeal and giant couscous, both of which you can use to make this Sweet Potato […]

Pearl Barley and Beetroot Salad

Pearl Barley and Beetroot Salad

Pearl barley is so often associated with winter as it’s popular in soups, but don’t just save it for the colder months because this gorgeous grain is also brilliant in salads. It pares beautifully with the earthy flavour of beetroot in this filling Pearl Barley […]

Sweet Potato and Spinach Bake

Sweet Potato and Spinach Bake

I am always on the hunt for easy dishes I can make in advance and take to friends as part of a communal bring-a-dish lunch or if guests are staying. I want to spend as much time as possible with them rather than slaving over […]

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Watermelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Too many years ago I ate one of the most delicious meals of my life in the kitchen of one of my dearest friend’s houses. She was living in Athens at the time and we visited her at the beginning of the summer, just before […]

Beetroot, Lentil and Somac salad

Beetroot, Lentil and Somac salad

I love lentils. There, I’ve said it. They are so picked on and ignored as a foodstuff but do not deserve their bad press at all. A nutritional powerhouse, easy to cook and really cheap and filling too. Quite why they are so derided is […]

Super Fast Smoked Salmon Pate

Super Fast Smoked Salmon Pate

Shop bought pate can be a bit of a rip off, often bulked up with not so nice or totally random ingredients and not enough of the bit you were buying it for! That’s why I like to make my own. This Smoked Salmon Pate […]