Red Lentil Dhal

Sometimes you just need a curry – right? I didn’t have many fresh ingredients in the house when I got the urge – so I thought a plain dhal would do the trick – but only a very very good one. Sometimes the problem with dhal is that it’s a little lacking in pizazz. Fine,…

Green Lentil and Vegetable Cottage Pie

This is a comforting plate of fodder if ever there was one. It’s what we’ve needed up here lately – as I type there’s a gale blowing round the house and it’s bitterly cold outside. It feels so good to be snugly sipping wine on the sofa while the wind whips through the chimneys. This…

Moroccan Squash and Pea Stew

Ah stew. My favourite thing to cook. I love everything about it. Planning flavour combinations; shaking  up the theme (hence a Moroccan inspired version today); adding alcohol (of course); providing enough texture contrasts and working out how to pack them full of as many veggies as possible. It’s a therapeutic way of whiling away an…

Falafel

Gosh I just love falafel. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to make me own. I’ve been so used to my trusty bean burgersbean burgersbean burgers that I’ve not strayed before – but I’m so glad I did. Falafel are very different to bean burgers – which I should have remembered really….

Lentil, Celeriac and Swede Bake

I’m rather proud of this recipe. It’s everything a home-cooked meal should be, in my not-so-humble opinion. It ticks all the boxes of being a) healthy b) full of vegetables c) filling and d) scrumptious. It’s also something that will work with whatever vegetables you’ve got lying around. You will need the celery/onion/garlic/carrot ensemble for…

Very Easy Ratatouille

Hey everyone! Here’s a very quick, very easy ratatouille. All you need to do is chop everything up and fry it up in a big pan – you really can’t go wrong. A great way to get tucked into lots and lots of delicious vegetables. This is great to make when you haven’t been anywhere…

Low Cal Vietnamese Vegetable Rolls

Vietnamese food is often light and always fresh and tasty. On a recent city break I had the most FABULOUS Vietnamese food I’ve ever tasted. I could have just eaten and eaten and eaten. In fact, I pretty much did. One of my most favouritest Vietnamese foods ever are their rice paper rolls. There’s something…

Herby Aubergine and Courgette Salad

I’m always trying to create different ideas for weekday lunches. I want to look forward to my lunch, and savour every last little mouthful. My go-to combo is sweetcorn, tomatoes, feta cheese and cucumber – a Greek salad morphed into Mexican with the help of an Abel and Cole recipe which gave me the idea. It’s…

Mediterranean Stew

This is what to make if you want something gorgeously moreish, filling and healthy. And don’t we all want that ALL the time? You’ll be filled up due to all the beans 🙂 but you won’t feel all bloated and fat as it’s got just a little smidgen of oil to fry the onions. We…

Chickpea, Coriander and Carrot Burgers

I thought it was really time I blogged these, since we have them almost every fortnight. They’re super healthy, yet have that comfort food treat feel about them – perfect 🙂 One of the things I love about making these is that the whole meal has a whopping 4 of your 5 a day of…

Spinach, Pea and Pine Nut Pesto Pasta

This is uber simple and quick but delicious and filling. Often that’s just what you need. And this one’s healthy too, as long as you can constrain yourself to normal-sized portions. I adore fresh pesto, but due to the cheese-hating Mr Roast Chicken, I hardly ever have it as I love to put in as…

Carrot and Spinach Tagliatelle

It’s a l’al bit of a blurry pic but it was such a yummy, healthy and useful recipe that I just had to share it. The sweetness of the carrots contrasts perfectly with the bitter spinach and makes this a SUPERDUPER pasta dish that’s so healthy – but so delicious – my kind of eating…