Asparagus & Crab Tarts

Asparagus & Crab Tarts

A grain or gluten free life doesn’t have to mean no pastry. These delicious asparagus tarts require a little effort to make but they are a luxurious lunch or starter with a simple salad. Pastry (makes 6 tarts) 250g almond flour 1/2 tsp fine salt 125g coconut oil, hard not melted 1 egg 5-6 tbspContinue reading

Rhubarb & Mackerel Salad

Rhubarb & Mackerel Salad

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. (2016) from the Happy Tummy chapter.  Mackerel is one of my favourite fish – rich in healthy fats. This is an excellent fish to introduce into your diet if you haven’t already done so. Many people think of sweet crumble when they think of rhubarb, but here its acidityContinue reading

Wild Salmon Parcels

Wild Salmon Parcels with Asian-Style Salad

Recipe taken from my new book Nourish & Glow: The 10-Day Plan (page 170-171). Making fish parcels is such a lovely, easy way to cook fish without the risk of it becoming dry. I make mine by lining the inside of some foil with baking parchment, as I personally don’t like to cook directly on to foilContinue reading

Chicken Drumsticks

Crispy Chicken Drumsticks with Fragrant Coleslaw

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. (2016) page 304-305, Everyday Food chapter. This is another recipe I created for for anyone with a  penchant for fried chicken. It’s wonderfully crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside and full of flavour: exactly what you want from fried chicken. Ingredients (Serves 4) 8 chicken drumsticks coconut oil lemon wedges,Continue reading

Banana Ice Cream

Nutty Banana Nice Cream

Recipe taken from my new book Nourish & Glow: The 10-Day Plan (page 227). If you are not yet familiar with using bananas to make ‘ice-cream’, you are in for a real treat. Their texture once frozen and blended is like the most delicious, creamy sweet ice-cream you’ve ever tasted. The addition of nut butter here addsContinue reading

Passion Fruit Crumble

Passion Fruit ‘Crumble’

Recipe taken from my book Cook. Nourish. Glow. (2016) from the Entertaining chapter.  This is such a sweet little pudding. As you know, I’m not one for sweet treats but this is a little pop of yumminess – perfect for dinner parties, and it won’t leave your guests rolling around on the floor with indigestion. Ingredients 150g raspberries 1 teaspoonContinue reading

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers with Chilli (v)

Recipe taken from my new book Nourish & Glow: The 10-Day Plan (page 262). This hearty and warming vegan chilli filling is a great recipe to have up your sleeve for those nights when you need a warming, healthy meal. It works well as a stand-alone dish too – just load up a bowl and add aContinue reading

Rhubarb and Custard

Rhubarb & Custard Tart

Rhubarb and custard: it has to be one of the most nostalgic flavours of childhood, it certainly is for me. This tart gives a happy (but healthier) nod to the classic pudding. Did you know that rhubarb is actually a vegetable, not a fruit? It’s rich in several B-complex vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K, and is a superb sourceContinue reading

Slow Cooked Lamb

Slow Cooked Leg of Lamb with Creamy Cannellini Beans

If you are looking for inspiration for Easter, look no further as this is a winning lunch to share with family and friends. This is a super way to cook a leg of lamb as the meat will literally fall off the bones when you come to carve it. You’ll notice that I’ve added anchovies  – these will dissolveContinue reading

Spring Garden Salad

Spring Garden Salad with Watercress & Hazelnut Pesto

  This is a super way to celebrate spring and the fresh green bounty of salad vegetables that the season brings. This sort of dish lends itself beautifully to sharing, don’t you agree? Friends can help themselves and dip into the peppery watercress pesto as they choose. It’s a dish I make throughout spring and summer; asContinue reading

Crab Cakes

Crab Cakes

Crab comes into season in April here in the UK and partners superbly well with veg also in season, like asparagus, watercress and spring onions. These gluten free crab cakes are my light, delicately tasty take on the American classic. Serve simply with a salad and homemade mayo (so much nicer than the commercially available ones and wellContinue reading

Egg Soldiers

Egg with Veg Soldiers

Often I find the simplest of meals to be the most rewarding and I especially love dishes that can be easily adapted to bring the rainbow of seasonal veg to our plates. This is one of those quick dishes: egg and soldiers with a twist. Here, I have swapped in traditional toasted soldiers for fresh seasonal veg to create aContinue reading

Watercress Spring Tart

Watercress, Pea & Asparagus Herb Spring Tart

The wheat alternative crispy crust on this dairy and gluten-free tart provides the perfect ‘vessel’ for piling in wonderful seasonal, green produce. It literally sings spring. Ingredients Serves 6 For the Crust 100g gluten free oats 60g almond flour or ground almonds 60g brown rice flour ½ tsp salt flakes 1 egg yolk 3 tbsp meltedContinue reading

Spiced Mackerel

Smokey Devilled Mackerel

This recipe accompanies my article on Oily Fish which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. You’ll Need (Serves 2) 2 whole mackerel 240 – 260g, gutted and cleaned For the spice rub 1 tbsp coconut or light olive oil 1 tsp cayenne or chilli powder 1 tsp hot paprika 2 tsp English mustard ½ tsp ground gingerContinue reading

Sardines with Spiced Potatoes

Sardines, Spiced Potatoes & Poached Egg

This recipe accompanies my article on Oily Fish which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. This is a powerhouse of goodness and energy for a weekend brunch. Delicately curried potatoes pair deliciously with tinned sardines. This is a great store cupboard dish and a tasty alternative to sardines on toast! You’ll Need (Serves 2 for brunch) 1Continue reading

Baked Trout

Baked Trout

This recipe accompanies my article on Oily Fish which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. You’ll Need (Serves 2) 1 medium trout 450g, gutted and cleaned 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and sliced 3 medium tomatoes, sliced 1 lemon, sliced 2 medium red onion, sliced 5 sprigs of fresh thyme 2 clove garlic, grated or crushed oliveContinue reading

Greek Steamed Greens

Horta (Greek Steamed Greens)

This recipe accompanies my article Detox: Fact or fiction? which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. In Greece the dish ‘horta’ is simply cooked wild greens seasoned with lemon juice and olive oil, usually eaten cold as a side dish. It works wonderfully with the produce we find at the greengrocers too, so do use what is inContinue reading

Spicy Thai Chicken Broth

Spicy Thai Chicken Broth

This recipe accompanies my article Detox: Fact or fiction? which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. You’ll Need (Serves 3-4) 1ltr chicken stock 2 stalks of lemon grass 4 kafir lime leaves 15g ginger, peeled and thinly sliced 1 birds eye chili, sliced 1-2 tbsp fish sauce Juice of 1 or 2 limes 2 poached chicken breasts,Continue reading

Trout & Salsa Verde

Steamed Trout, Salsa Verde & Courgetti

This recipe accompanies my article Detox: Fact or fiction? which features in my What’s the Evidence? series. You’ll Need (Serves 2) 2 trout fillets, about 200g – 250g 2 courgettes, spiralized Brazil nut salsa verde 8 brazil nuts, roughly chopped 1 ½ tbsp capers, rinsed and drained 1 small garlic clove, crushed 10g mint, finely chopped 20g basil,Continue reading

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Coconut Pancakes

These are really good pancakes; they crisp nicely on the outside but are very fluffy and soft on the inside. I’ve added blueberries and coconut as they work so well together here, but do swap these for your own favourite combo. This recipe appears on page 220-1 of  Cook. Nourish. Glow. (spot the typo though –Continue reading

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