Healthy, low-cost dishes to make you smile

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Lentil Stuffed Peppers with a Lemon Crumb

Lentil Stuffed Peppers with a Lemon Crumb

Pepper season is almost upon us and soon gardeners and markets will be awash with these veggies which are certainly a staple in my home. There’s a special place in my heart for the long pointed variety which have a thinner skin and flesh, making […]

Mexican Beans

Mexican Beans

Beans are such a gift to anyone looking to eat healthily but save cash. Whether you buy them ready-cooked in a tin or dried and boiled (which I do in bulk and freeze in portions) they are ones of the cheapest ways of getting protein […]

Super Seed Crackers (gluten, sugar, fat free and vegan)

Super Seed Crackers (gluten, sugar, fat free and vegan)

These crackers have just the most unexpected texture, you think they will be rock hard but they are just so airy and light. They are simple to make and keep well so you can always make a double batch. Absolutely packed with omega 3, the […]

White Bean Pate

White Bean Pate

I’m not entirely sure what children ate in the world before houmous. Was there even a world before houmous?!?! Is there a single way of spelling it we can all agree on?!? It’s certainly one of those foods which ends up on the table or […]

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Carrots and Parsnips

I am always looking for different ways to cook the most seasonal vegetables. At the moment carrots and parsnips are so plentiful and cheap I’m incorporating them into lots of meals. Even when they are served as a side, you can ring the changes if […]

Spicy Baked Fries

Spicy Baked Fries

Ok I know chips are not on a lot of people’s menus in January, but cooked sensibly they don’t have to be a ‘forbidden’ food. These super tasty fries are baked with a spicy coating to give you a flavour kick. My top tip with […]

Sweet Potato, Seed and Tahini Salad

Sweet Potato, Seed and Tahini Salad

Seeds are so often overlooked but are such an amazing source of B vitamins, omega fatty acids and trace minerals – including the immunity boosting zinc which is handy at this time of year. They also add a depth of flavour and delicious crunch to […]

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

The world is split into two camps, those who love sprouts and those who are not cooking them in the best way! These cheap, readily available and highly nutritious veggies are just delicious if they are cooked away from a pan of boiling water. Which […]

Asian Slaw

Asian Slaw

I do love a slaw as it can make a simple dish really special – and bump up the vegetable content of your meal to boot. This Asian Slaw is fantastic for serving with a baked tofu burger, some marinated salmon or meats or as […]

Warm Courgette and Mint Salad

Warm Courgette and Mint Salad

This Warm Courgette and Mint Salad is a great way of using up courgettes and it’s such an interesting side dish. It compliments fish so well and is brilliant as part of a buffet as it’s so colourful and a bit different. I like to […]