Recipe blog

Clean vegetable thai green curry

Clean vegetable thai green curry

This simple, yet delicious dish serves 2-4. Great to eat as leftovers – not so great to freeze due to courgettes and peppers it has become a firm favourite in our house especially when we’re in the mood for being indulgent! Prep time is around […]

Garlic prawn/chicken salad

Garlic prawn/chicken salad

I’m beginning to notice that lots of my recent recipes are fish-orientated – I just seem to be in the mood for fishy dishes right now. But this great lunchtime treat is just as delicious served with chicken, goats cheese, or avocado if you want […]

Easy tomato salsa

Easy tomato salsa

iStock_000014598298_ExtraSmallInspired by yesterday’s spicy bean burger, I decided to make some salsa using a classic recipe I picked up when I lived in Mexico for a few months in the late 90’s.

Salsas are a great way to bring many meals to life with masses of flavour – sometimes they’re great in a pile on top of a dish, sometimes on the side, or even sprinkled all over so that you taste it with every delicious mouthful. There are a million different salsas made and eaten in Mexico – this just one, and a very satisfying and easy to make one it is, too!

You can make this as spicy or mild as you like by varying the amount of chilli.

Ingredients:
4 tomatoes, skinned if you have time and finely chopped
small-medium red onion, finely chopped
3 tbsps fresh, chopped coriander
Chilli, finely chopped (about 1/4-1/3 chilli)- I tend to use habanero or scotch bonnets in my kitchen – and if I don’t have any in the fridge “Lazy Chilli” does the job
Juice of 1/2 lime

Method:
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and put in the fridge for an hour or two.

Serve:
Bring to room temperature before serving, and eat as much as you like – whilst being high on flavour, this is an accompaniement which is very low on fat! Great with burgers, salads, fish, and meats.

Spicy mexican red kidney bean burgers

Spicy mexican red kidney bean burgers

Today, I’ve been trying to figure out a simple bean burger recipe without breadcrumbs, which maintains a nice firm texture, and all the magnificent flavours mexican cooking brings. The recipe which follows hits the mark, I reckon! I like my burgers pretty spicy, so you […]

Salmon, avocado & goats cheese salad

Salmon, avocado & goats cheese salad

                  If you’re after a light lunch in between a day of heavier festive fare, a starter, or snack, this fits the bill a treat and feels indulgent, even though it’s a great clean meal which delivers […]

Hearty clean minestrone soup

Hearty clean minestrone soup

When the weather turns cold, sometimes there’s simply nothing better than a hearty soup to see you through the day. But rather than fill up with one containing pasta which may leave you feeling bloated, a couple of tweaks provides you with an equally delicious, clean version of it which you can turn to whenever you fancy a warm comforting meal!

Ingredients:

Dessert spoon coconut oil
1 medium red onion
1 clove garlic
1 medium carrot, diced in half cm-ish squares
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
1/2 red pepper, finely chopped
4 skinned, chopped tomatoes (to skin, cover in boiling water until skin ‘cracks’ & feels loose, then peel) 1/2 tin cannelini beans
1 bay leaf
1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 mug quinoa, rinsed
1.2L vegetable stock / bouillon

Salt & pepper to taste

Generous handful of spinach, finely chopped
1 level tbsp finely chopped fresh basil

Method: Soften the onions, garlic, carrot, pepper and celery, thyme and bay leaf. When the veg are tender, add the tomatoes, beans, rinsed quinoa and 1L stock and cook on a medium heat for around 15-20 mins (until the quinoa is tender, but not overdone). Add more stock if required.

When cooked, remove from the heat, and remove the bay leaf. To serve: Season with salt & pepper and stir in the spinach & fresh basil.

Add a few parmesan shavings if you fancy.

Parma-ham-wrapped salmon on lentils

Parma-ham-wrapped salmon on lentils

I’m afraid I haven’t had a chance to photograph this one yet, but it is a very delicious, nutritious and sustaining meal, great eaten alone or with friends and family. Ingredients to serve 2: Salmon fillets x 2 Packet of Parma or serrano ham 200g […]

Kids won’t eat veg? Don’t stress, just outfox them!

Kids won’t eat veg? Don’t stress, just outfox them!

I’m a mum who wants my children to benefit from a healthy diet to enable them to be healthy and strong. So it’s always a stinger when my eldest refuses point blank to eat anything that resemble a vegetable. He just doesn’t ‘do’ them. ‘Yuk’ […]

Cocoa-heaven hot drink

Cocoa-heaven hot drink

Evening! I can’t resist posting this on a cold, blustery night when warming the cockles is the order of the day.

If you don’t want to load up on calories or send your blood sugar into overdrive, but need a soothing, warming, delicious drink, pop a spoonful of cocoa powder (organic, ideally but not essential – and NOT one of the ready-made ‘hot-chocolate’ drinks) into a mug. Pour boiled water into the mug, then sweeten with Agave nectar if you need to.

Sip and enjoy your antioxidant-packed, low cal, yet satisfyingly chocolatey drink. It’s particularly good when you’re flagging mid-afternoon and craving something sweet but are seeking a healthier alternative!

 

 

A warming way to start a winter’s day

A warming way to start a winter’s day

Staying hydrated in the winter months can be tough, and there’s nothing better than a warming drink to brighten your spirits. This ginger infusion will provide a boost to your body through hydration and is a great way to start your day (after your pint of […]