Wild Rice Purple Salad

Wild Rice Purple Salad

This recipe celebrates naturally gluten-free grains. This is a stunning winter grain salad using everything purple and pink with nutty wild rice. If the bitter radicchio or chicory are hard to find, red cabbage works very well here too. Give the rice a thorough rinse before soaking. Eating a rainbow of colours from your food isContinue reading

Amaranth Granola

Crunchy Amaranth Granola

This recipe celebrates naturally gluten-free grains. Amaranth, used by the ancient Aztecs, is a complete protein source boasting all 9 essential amino acids. Sometimes I make a simple porridge with soaked amaranth, cinnamon, a few blueberries and a drizzle of honey, but I love this nutty granola with apples and a little nut-milk or Coyo. You’llContinue reading

Brown Rice Donburi

Brown Rice Donburi Bowl

This is my own healthy version of Donburi, a traditional Japanese “rice bowl dish”, enjoyed by many in Japan as a staple dish. It consists of a delicious steaming bowl of rice served with one or two portions of protein: egg, fish, meat or vegetables. Donburi has many interpretations, so use your own choice of proteinContinue reading

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Smörgåsbord Platter

Taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers This festive Smörgåsbord Platter has to be the most exquisite way to serve a crowd a feast of colour, flavour and goodness, plus it’s the perfect way to use up leftovers and short-lived fresh produce over the Christmas holiday. No matter how well I’ve planned or how good my intentions, there will always be surplus foodContinue reading

Turkey Green Curry Soup

Turkey Stock & Green Curry Turkey Soup

Taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers There is something strangely precious about my turkey stock: I think because its flavour is so intense and delicious, I try to save it for ‘best’ (I usually make a big batch of stock in my slow cooker on Boxing Day and then freeze in portions to use at aContinue reading

Turkey Pate

Zingy Turkey Pâté

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers I love to make little pots of pâté to dip crunchy crudités into, or to spoon generously onto little gem lettuce boats. Here, Ieftover Christmas turkey lends itself to one of my favourite types of pâté; packed full of healthy fats and protein, this makes a super light lunch after the richnessContinue reading

Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable Fritters

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers I’m a huge fan of fritters: they are packed full of goodness and taste; make the ideal quick, lazy breakfast/brunch; and are the perfect choice for reincarnating leftover veg. I love to top them with poached eggs or a pile of smoked salmon teamed with a handful of baby leaf spinach or rocket. I’ve used sprouts, peas,Continue reading

Gluten Free Carrot & Caraway Bread

Carrot & Caraway Gluten-Free Bread

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers This is a sumptuous and festive loaf, perfect for Christmas platters and sharing with family and friends. It keeps really well if you want to make it ahead of time. Makes 1 Tin Loaf 100g gluten free brown bread flour 7g fast action yeast 200ml warm water 400g glutenContinue reading

Turkey Quiche

Turkey, Carrot & Parsnip Quiche

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers This alternative oat and potato crust which I’ve used for this festive quiche maybe unusual, but its flavour and texture lend a brilliant twist. I have used leftover carrots and parsnips here, but swap in other veg such as Brussel sprouts, leeks, or squash – whatever you have to hand to boost goodnessContinue reading

Shakshuka

Shakshuka Using Leftover Vegetables

Recipe taken from Healthy Christmas Leftovers The smoky heat of a shakshuka works wonderfully with leftover vegetables thrown into the sauce. Here (given the festive time of year), I used leftover chestnuts, crunchy red cabbage, peas and leeks, but do experiment and use what you have to hand. If you are cooking for a crowd, youContinue reading

Festive Mince Pies

Quick & Easy Gluten-free Mince Pies

Prep 30 mins, plus 30 mins to chill // Cook 20 mins I’m not a fan of baking or making desserts, cakes, treats or sweets (even if they have a healthier form of sugar in them) as they are still going to disrupt our blood sugar levels. The abundance of sweet foods on offer over Christmas can so easily dent our willpower andContinue reading

Festive Red Cabbage

Braised Red Cabbage with Apple & Pecan

Here is a long-time festive favourite of mine – honestly, I could eat it any day of the year – it’s super simple to cook and authentically festive and delicious. This would make a brilliant rainbow addition to your Christmas lunch or any other meal this December. And best of all, it can be preparedContinue reading

Choco Moulds

Homemade Chocolates

Grab yourself some sweet little moulds and create these super easy homemade chocolates. Or grease some spoons for a really creative way of serving to guests – see below. 125g cacao butter 50g cacao powder 50g coconut nectar Melt the cacao butter in a bowl over simmering water, remove from the heat and sieve inContinue reading

Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

Hazelnut Chocolate Salted Caramels

When the temptation to indulge on chocolate-y treats come thick and fast (it happens to us all!), here’s my delicious (not too naughty) hazelnut chocolate salted caramels. These are decadent and truly delectable. Makes 12 caramels Prep time: 15-20 minutes Soak time: 20 minutes Freeze time: 3 hours Ingredients: 14 small medjool dates, pitted 75ml coconutContinue reading

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Smoked Salmon & Buckwheat Toast Canapé

This is what I’ll be eating on Christmas morning – I love to start Christmas day with smoked salmon (its something of a tradition for me), so I’ll be making this for all my family this year. This can also be a great appetiser during the festive season. Smoked Salmon is a source of proteinContinue reading

Choco Brownies

Chewy Chocolate, Almond & Cranberry Brownies

Ingredients: 140g raw almond butter or nut butter of choice 2 tbsp chia seeds 5 tbsp cold filtered water 1/2 tsp ground pink Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp gluten-free bicarbonate of soda 65g coconut palm sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract 3 tbsp dried cranberries (optional) 125g organic dark chocolate (at least 70%), cut into small chunks Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 140ÅãC/275ÅãF/Gas mark 1. Line aContinue reading

Quinoa Nut Roast

Festive Quinoa Nut Roast with Cranberries

I had never made a nut roast before but, ‘oh my’, I am delighted with this one. I don’t often eat quinoa but I know so many of you love it and it works perfectly here, together with the pistachios, hazelnuts, cranberries and butternut squash. It does take a little prep, but it’s worth it. Plus, it oozesContinue reading

Martini

Spiced Blood Orange Martini

Blood oranges come into season just in time for festive fun (blink and you may miss them as they are only briefly available in the UK). I love them and so always get excited to include them in my dishes. And in drinks, too, for their blush red colour – this means a Blood Orange Martini, of course! AnyContinue reading

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Chocolate & Orange Chia Pudding

Prep time: 5 minutes // Standing time: 30 minutes // Serves 2 Chia is a magical little seed: a nutritional powerhouse; bursting with omega-3 fatty acids; vitamins, antioxidants, fibre, calcium and protein; and ticks all of the boxes for such a tiny, ancient seed! They are easily absorbed by the body and make an ideal protein source toContinue reading

Cashew Cheese Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts Cashew Cheese

You’ll Need (Serves 4 – 6 as a side dish) 450g brussels sprouts 180g cashew nuts soaked for 3 hours & drained 400ml water I garlic clove Juice of half a lemon Grating of nutmeg 1 tbsp nutritional yeast Step-by-Step Preheat oven to 200/180 fan. Blanch or steam the sprouts for 3 minutes, drain andContinue reading

Chocolate Mouse

Healthy Chocolate Mousse

If you are looking for a gluten-free, dairy-free pud to wow your guests, look no further. These are so quick to make and yet taste complex, luxurious and like a naughty treat. A perfect healthy take on a classic so you and your guests can enjoy a treat without any of the worries… You’ll Need: 100 mlContinue reading

Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup

Jerusalem Artichoke, Sage & Hazelnut Soup

This recipe is taken from my #EatInSeason series for November. Silky smooth Jerusalem artichokes, toasted hazelnuts and sage make a heavenly winter soup. I would suggest reducing the quantity of Jerusalem artichokes and replacing with parsnip, or similar, if you are new to eating them (they are quite hard to digest but richly nutritious, see myContinue reading

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

Warm Jerusalem Artichoke Salad

This recipe is taken from my #EatInSeason series for November. I love to eat warm salads at this time of year. This one, using Jerusalem artichokes, is nicely filling and delicious; if you’ve never eaten Jerusalem artichoke before, it’s a little like a potato but nutty, earthy and velvety – but eat in moderation as they are notoriously hardContinue reading

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

Jerusalem Artichoke, Chestnut & Celeriac Puree

This recipe is taken from my #EatInSeason series for November. The rich, sweet and nutty joys of Jerusalem artichoke partner wonderfully with chestnut and celeriac for this puree  – it’s a festive, wintery marriage. This puree also lends itself perfectly as a velvety base for meaty white fish like turbot, brill or cod, with steamed winter greens.Continue reading

Squash, Mushroom, Chard Lasagna

Squash, Mushroom & Swiss Chard ‘Lasagna’

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. I have always found both the preparation and eating of a bubbling tray of lasagna a comforting activity. There is something about all those different stages of preparation and their tantalizing smells as I potter about the kitchen, carefully stacking layer upon layer. If I have timeContinue reading

Simple Ratatouille

Simple Ratatouille

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. Ratatouille is not just for high summer. In fact, I almost prefer it as the weather starts to turn a little more blustery, as the flavours bring warmer day memories flooding right back. It is also a great Sunday ‘cook-up’ dish to prepare in advance for theContinue reading

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. The slow cooker is the busy person’s best friend at this time of year. It only takes me a few minutes to get this in the pot, where I can then just leave it to do it’s magic, before coming back at the end of the dayContinue reading

Puy Lentil Stew

Puy Lentil Stew

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. I think a few of us have been put off the idea of lentils, considering them to be a bit boring and bland. I beg to differ for they are, in fact, hugely versatile and healthy – best of all, they are the perfect base for soaking up delicious, seasonal flavours. ThisContinue reading

Pumpkin Dahl Soup

Pumpkin Dahl Soup

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. There is nothing more delicious or comforting to me than a big, fragrant bowl of dhal on a wintery day. This one, made with seasonal pumpkin, gently spiced with some health-boosting turmeric, is topped with delicious caramelized onion slices, and it is a particular favourite of mine. I hopeContinue reading

Spicy Meatballs

Spicy Meatballs in Sauce on ‘Squashetti’

This recipe is taken from Healthy Comfort Dishes. Autumn Yumminess: These spiced meatballs in a fragrant sauce really warm you up from the inside as the days draw in. It’s also a great dish for sharing (especially with children, if you leave out the chilli). I like to make my ‘spaghetti’ using squash, as there areContinue reading

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread (Gluten Free)

Beetroot, Rosemary and Walnut Soda Bread (Gluten-free)

This is a really unusual way to boost your beetroot intake, plus there is nothing more joyful to see than a pink loaf of bread. Serve with a tasty soup or toasted for breakfast under a poached egg, this is a wonderful addition to your week. Dry ingredients: 250g gluten-free white flour 250g gluten-free brown bread flour 1½Continue reading

Beetroot & Squash Salad with a Hazelnut Dressing

Beetroot & Squash Salad with a Hazelnut Dressing

You’ll Need (Serves 2) ½ a squash, cut into half-moon slices a little coconut oil 3-4 medium beetroot scrubbed and cut into wedges 70 g feta, crumbled 50g rocket or salad leaves For the hazelnut dressing handful (50g) of toasted hazlenuts small bunch (20g) parsley, finely chopped zest of 1 lemon juice of ½ aContinue reading

Beetroot & GInger Smoothy

Beetroot Smothie

I love to balance the earthy taste of beetroot partnered with something zingy like ginger. The addition of almond milk brings some morning protein and it really is the most spectacular colour!  You’ll need: ½ a medium raw beetroot, scrubbed not peeled ½ an apple, cored ½ a medium carrot, scrubbed not peeled 1cm piece (5g) ginger 150-200mlContinue reading

Spiced Apple Sauce

Spiced Apple Sauce

This is a versatile sauce, equally delicious with yoghurt and granola for breakfast as it is with succulent pork or duck. Make a large batch if you have a glut of apples and freeze in small tubs. Makes 7 portions 8 Apples, cored, peeled and chopped 1 cinnamon stick 1 star anise 3 tbsp raisinsContinue reading

Apple, Fennel & Turmeric Salad

Crisp Apple & Fennel Salad with Turmeric Dressing

I never subscribe to the notion that salads are just for summer, and as the seasons change I always find a way to make a perfect plate out of natures offerings. This salad is the perfect combination of crunchy, creamy, & nutty topped with this earthy and vibrant turmeric dressing. It’s a real autumnal celebrationContinue reading

Apple Crumble

Apple & Plum Crumble with Vanilla Custard

The humble crumble is the perfect way to use autumn fruits, here I’ve used plums here but this works equally well with pears, berries, or which ever fruit you have plenty of. I’ve also made vanilla custard with almond milk, but you could also whip coconut cream with vanilla paste if you are short of time. Serves 6-8 ForContinue reading

Potato Salad

Summery Potato Salad

Serves 2 Fresh herbs bring dishes alive and I use them in abundance at every opportunity. I’ve added a good mix here – chives, dill and basil. 500g new potatoes 2 spring onions, sliced 10g chives, chopped 10g dill, chopped 10g basil leaves, chopped For The Dressing 3 tbsp coconut yoghurt (I use Coyo) 1 tbspContinue reading

Courgetti with feta

Yellow Courgette, Herb & Feta Salad

Serves 2 This is a wonderful, super-quick dish (but no less impressive or tasty) – it bursts with summer flavour and goodness. 2 tsp coconut oil 2 yellow courgettes, spiralized 3 Spring onions, white and green parts, chopped 1 green or red finger chilli, diced handful of cherry tomatoes, halved ½ avocado, small diced 15g basilContinue reading

Lettuce Boats with Picnic Pots

Lettuce Boats & Picnic Pots

THIS RECIPE IS TAKEN FROM MY NEW EBOOK: STEP INTO SUMMER This is an easy way to pack a luxurious picnic treat. Lovely little tubs of potted crab and crayfish tails and some a light smoked mackerel ‘pate’. You will need three regular jam jars to take this on a picnic, or make in smallContinue reading

Raspberry Muffins

Raspberry & Lemon Muffins

THIS RECIPE IS TAKEN FROM MY NEW EBOOK: STEP INTO SUMMER These muffins are so easy to make and the lemon makes them feel light and fresh. I’ll often whip up a batch for impromptu visitors. Don’t you find the sun seems to make everyone much more sociable? Enjoy these with a cup of deliciousContinue reading

Tuna on Courgetti

Tuna on Sprialized Courgetti

I used to love tuna pasta salad and spaghetti with tuna and tomato was a regular meal for me years ago. This is a much lighter, healthier and tastier version. As well as courgettes, you could also use squash or other vegetables paired with favourite sauces. This recipe works just as well with smoked mackerel, poached salmon or chicken. You’llContinue reading

Root Vegetable Crisps

Homemade Root Vegetable Crisps, Herb Salt

These homemade root vegetable crisps are easy to make and cost the fraction of the price of commercial alternatives which are so often drenched in sunflower oil or similar. They are perfect to serve when entertaining as a healthier, more nutritious and colourful alternative to shop bought crips or snacks. Children, especially, will enjoy their sweetness and bright colour.  Root Vegetable Crisps withContinue reading

Asian Chicken Pot Noodle

Asian Chicken Pot Noodle

This is a fun way to make a healthier version of the often not-so-healthy pot noodle. These are great to take with you on trips or when you need to have a quick, portable lunch, so long as you can get access to some hot water to add. It’s a wonderfully healthy and quick way to enjoy aContinue reading

Pakoras

Vegetable Pakoras

These vegetable pakoras are my healthier take on the Indian favourite. They are delicious and so easy, although I confess a little bit messy to make! Worth the effort, though. I love to serve these at parties with a spicy chutney. You’ll Need (makes 10) 175g gram flour (chickpea flour) ¼ tsp chilli powder ½Continue reading

Vegetable Quiches

Vegetable Soufflé with Parsley, Sage & Rosemary

This is a fun way to use your spiralized vegetables; I think they look so pretty this way and help to keep the soufflé light and fluffy. Don’t be put off by the name ‘soufflé’ as this is just my simplified version and much easier to make. These are great to serve at breakfast, or they workContinue reading

Summer Garden Salad

Garden Summer Salad

I love to serve beautiful salads, especially in the summer months when we are blessed with an abundance of resplendent seasonal produce. This wonderful summery salad perfectly demonstrates how a spiralizer can be used to really jazz up salads and other dishes – look how delightfully pretty it is! It is also a fantastic way to pack in anContinue reading

Healthy Rhubarb Fool

Healthy Rhubarb Fool

You will need (serves 4-5) 6 rhubarb sticks  4 large oranges, juiced 2cm cube fresh ginger, peeled and grated 1 tbsp coconut sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or use a vanilla pod (optional) To serve: coconut yoghurt  optional: torn mint leaves Method: Heat oven to 170 c Top and tail the rhubarb and cut intoContinue reading

Warm Spring Medley

Warm Spring Medley

The ingredient list here could easily read ‘any green spring vegetables that your garden or greengrocer has to offer’, so use it as a base and try other greens like globe artichokes, chicory, baby spinach, or little gem hearts. You’ll Need (serves 4-6) 2 tbsp good olive oil 1 large onion, sliced 2 small heads of fennelContinue reading

Salmon with Broad Bean Salsa

Broad Bean Salsa with Salmon

I love the combination of zesty salsas on fish and springs sweet young broad beans work so well with the simple flavours of herbs and lemon here to create a perfect plate for warmer days. You’ll Need (serves 2) 2 fillets of organic salmon coconut or avocado oil, for rubbing 200g of podded broad beansContinue reading

Broad Bean Dip

Broad Bean Dip

Teasing the delicate green bean from it’s tougher grey skin is a great job for small fingers if you have idle children to spare. If you don’t fancy skinning all 500g of beans, try adding some peas to make up the weight, they also work very well in this refreshing summery dip. You’ll Need (serves 3) 500g poddedContinue reading