Recipes

Maple roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you can only think of mushy balls of green slime when you think of sprouts, then you need to give this recipe a go! Sure to convert even the greatest sprout hater, this delicious side is perfect for any Sunday roast, not just Christmas […]

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Black bean “Bolognese”

This is a delicious warming dish for colder days. The dish is entirely plant based and full of nutritious ingredients. Black beans are a fantastic source of protein and fibre, and are also high in folic acid and magnesium. The flavours are inspired by traditional […]

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Mini apple gingerbread donuts

Being baked, these are far healthier than traditional donuts, and their mini size makes them a perfect bite sized treat. The mixture is heavier than cupcake batter, so don’t be tempted to make these into cupcakes if you don’t have a mini donut mould, as […]

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Blackberry breakfast oats

Overnight oats make a brilliant breakfast, with the bonus that they are ready to grab and go with no morning preparation required. I like to keep extra pots of these in the fridge for healthy day time snacks too! Of course, you don’t need to […]

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Cherry vegan cheesecake

I am constantly inspired on social media and by fellow food bloggers by the incredible diversity of plant based food. Although I am not vegan, I am a strong advocate of a heavily plant based diet and at times avoid dairy for health reasons. Cashew […]

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Black bean and beetroot salad

This super simple, plant based salad is delicious standalone or as a side dish. Black beans are a great source of protein and full of fibre which makes them very filling. Using cooked beans and raw beetroot makes this an extremely quick salad to put […]

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Three grain egg and minted pea risotto

This vegetarian dish is a great, healthy alternative to traditional risotto. Buckwheat is actually a seed not a grain, although it is generally treated like the latter. One of the benefits is that it is gluten free as well as being high in nutrients and […]

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Summer vegetable wholegrain salad

This salad is full of summer produce and filling enough for a main meal, although also makes a perfect accompaniment for a BBQ or summer picnic! It is completely plant based and gluten free. You can mix up the vegetables if you don’t have everything […]

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Berry blast chia pudding

This makes an excellent breakfast, snack or dessert! I like to make a few at a time as they will last in the fridge for a few days, then I have them ready for breakfast or can grab one whenever I feel like a healthy, […]

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Smoked mackerel salad with rye crumb

This is a simple salad that works well with strong spring leaves like spinach and watercress, as well as herby salads. I particularly like to add chives. Mackerel is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and, like all oily fish, are said to help […]

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Tomato gnocchi with watercress pesto

Gnocchi is deceptively simple to make and doesn’t need any special equipment. Some people use eggs to bind their gnocchi together but you can make it without, as in this recipe, making the dish plant based. It’s a great base for pesto, creamy or tomato […]

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Spring Green Smoothie

Smoothies and juices are such a great way to start the day and get an extra boost of fresh vegetables into your diet! This healthy spring smoothie has vitamin rich spinach, cleansing and detoxificating ginger, flaxseed to aid digestion and for a boost of omega-3 […]

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Rhubarb fool

There are few British fruits available in spring, but quality makes up for quantity in the form of delicious rhubarb. The tart pink fleshy stems are wonderful with sweet or savoury dishes, but one favourite of mine is whipping it into a simple fool. Soft […]

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Citrus and marjoram drizzle cake

A perfect alternative to chocolate, this cake makes a wonderful treat for Easter with its lovely spring like citrus zing. Marjoram is not a common herb to use in sweet dishes, but it adds a delicious and unusual twist to the flavour. I’ve made it […]

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Recipes for Spring

SPRING is here! It’s official; the clocks have changed, the sun is flooding in through the window and my garden is full of brightly coloured spring flowers and pretty blossom. So I thought I’d do a roundup of some of my favourite spring recipes. Think […]

Homemade pesto

Do you always buy pesto ready-made? Well, now’s the time to try making your own! This simple little sauce can transform so many dishes and it is the easiest, quickest thing to make. It is also far cheaper to make your own then buy it […]

Fish and spinach pie

Fish pie is one of my favourite go to dishes for a filling, tasty, easy dinner. I always add a thick layer of greens to the base, spinach, kale and cavolo nero are all great options. To keep it healthy, I don’t overload with sauce. […]

Sorrel and buckwheat soup

Sorrel is a hardy herb that is easy to grow although it isn’t so commonly found in the shops. It has a strong flavour so is perfect for soups and sauces. The early leaves can be added to salads, but the more mature leaves are […]

Pancake day!

I love pancakes… I really could eat them every day, and this year I’ve been doing lots of experimenting with healthier pancake alternatives. I thought I’d share two of my favourites below: fluffy banana pancakes (dairy and gluten free), and chickpea crepes (plant based and […]

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Pears poached in spiced ginger syrup

Pears are a delicious and widely available British winter fruit and they make the perfect base for this simple tasty dessert. With only four ingredients, and taking just a few minutes to prepare, poached pears couldn’t be easier to make! The ginger and cinnamon give […]