Healthy, low-cost dishes to make you smile

Sides

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 […]

Moroccan-style Freekah Salad

Moroccan-style Freekah Salad

Last year everyone was going freeky about freekah which is no bad thing as frankly this grain is ace! I have so many salads in my life with the grain but this is my Moroccan-style Freekah Salad. You will not be reaching for the snacks […]

Childhood Potatoes

Childhood Potatoes

In our house these are called Childhood Potatoes for no other reason than I first had them when I was a child (and loved them – they weren’t exactly typical of food in the south west of the UK in the 1980s after all) and […]

Red Cabbage ‘Slaw

Red Cabbage ‘Slaw

A friend of mine give me the recipe for a similar Red Cabbage Slaw but as usual I lost it! So I have made my own version from memory and taste. The most important thing to remember about this slaw is not to grate the […]

Posh new potatoes and green beans

Posh new potatoes and green beans

One of the best ways to eat fresh and save cash is buy seasonally and make the most of promotions in story. That’s what happened when I came up with this dish. The potatoes were just 59p a bag and the green beans on offer […]