Healthy, low-cost dishes to make you smile

Sides

Bean and Celeriac Stew

Bean and Celeriac Stew

I fell in love with a bag of dried beans in Waitrose the other week. I know, weird stuff happens to me! After admiring the 10 different beans in the mix I realised I needed to cook something which really celebrated them and made them […]

Pomegranate Slaw

Pomegranate Slaw

Pomegranates are at their best right now and also readily available at a reasonable price – so there’s no reason not to incorporate them in your meals to give them a new fresh feel and a dazzling burst of red. That’s why this Pomegranate Slaw […]

Flavoursome Roasted Cauliflower

Flavoursome Roasted Cauliflower

I know some people are crazy about cauliflowers but they have never been top of my fave veggies. Often they are cooked in a way which is so bland so I have resolved to find more exciting ways to make the white vegetable more exciting. […]

Beetroot and Chickpea Fritters

Beetroot and Chickpea Fritters

I’m always looking for new beetroot recipes for my family because we love it and I want to grow some next year too. The beauty of Beetroot and Chickpea Fritters is they are so versatile. They are fab in a wrap instead of falafel, they […]

Fig and Rocket Salad

Fig and Rocket Salad

There is nothing quite like a beautifully ripe fig. They have such a unique flavour which really sums up the mellow end of summer and beginning of autumn. I feel the flavour is enhanced and deepened when they are grilled or lightly cooked so their […]

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 […]