The moment the temperature tips over 16 degrees I start eating salad again. I’m also on a bit of a health kick. This salad is massive and would easily do you for dinner.

1) peel and chop 1 sweet potato, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, place in the oven at 180 degrees.

2) in a ramekin, mix 1 dessert spoon of olive oil with cayenne pepper and smoked paprika to create a paste. Then smother on a salmon fillet. Pop in the oven with the sweet potato.

3) after 15 mins, boil two eggs for 10 minutes. Peel and halve.

4) flake the salmon and place on top of mixed leaves with the sweet potato.

Pop on your eggs with symmetry!


Gotta love a homemade soup – tasty and super cheap. This recipe made about 3 medium bowls.

1) wash and chop 2 leeks, peel and chop 2 medium potatoes.

2) melt a knob of butter in a large pan and add the leeks. After 2-3 mins, add the potato.

3) after 2 more mins, add 1 pint of veg stock, pop the lid on and simmer for 20 minutes.

4) remove from the hob and add a splash of milk. Transfer ladlefuls to a blender and whizz til smooth.

5) reheat in a pan and season, serve up with buttered crusty bread. Lots of butter. Lots. 


Saw a recipe for Cajun bean burgers ages ago but couldn’t remember where, so I just threw these together and they were so good! This recipe makes 3 medium burgers or 2 huge ones!

1) in a bowl mash 1 tin of rinsed cannellini beans, 1/3 cup of sweetcorn (I have a bag in the freezer!), then mix in 1 egg, 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs and a big shake of Cajun seasoning.

2) place foil on a baking tray, wet your hands and form the mix into patties – it’s quite wet so you may have to just scoop it out and form it on the foil.

3) bake on 180 for 20-25 minutes. 

4) serve up with sweet potato fries, potato wedges and a splodge of garlic mayo.

  

As easy dinners go – this is one that requires barely any effort but packs a tasty punch in flavour. Anything with halloumi is the best.

1) in a blender, whizz up 3-5 sun dried tomatoes and their oil, and a shake of chilli powder, to form a paste. Place a salmon fillet in an oven proof dish and spread on paste. Bake on 180 for 20 mins.

2) to prepare the lentil salad, wash tinned lentils, stir in 2-3 chopped salad tomatoes and add a splash of lemon juice.

3) slice halloumi and grill for 2-3 mins until golden brown on both sides.

4) place rocket on a plate, put lentil salad on top, place the cooked fish on top and add the halloumi.

Yum! 


Oh dear it’s a been almost 2 months since I’ve posted on here, it’s amazing how fast time flies. A month ago I ran the London Marathon and since then I’ve completely lost any interest in being fit and healthy. Until yesterday. I ran the Vitality 10k and someone took the most hideous photo of me looking about 100 stone. So today, the health kick starts!

This is so simple it’s barely a recipe –

1) in a pan on the hob fry 1 chopped onion and sprinkle in some ras-el-hanout spice mix.

2) once softened, pour in a tin of tomatoes and a rinsed tin of chickpeas.

3) add more of the spice mix, pour in 1/2 cup of veg stock, stir and pop a lid on for 10 mins.

4) cook couscous as per packet instructions and stir in a shake of cinnamon beige serving.

I’ve got leftovers for lunch tomorrow, very much looking forward to it!

  

I stumbled upon this recipe for barbecued black eyed beans and made some adjustments to fit with the ingredients I had in the cupboard. Served with mash, this made a scrummy and warming dinner.

1) in a pan, fry a chopped onion and garlic. Add chopped carrot, sweetcorn and swede (or any other veg you fancy).

2) pour in 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 rinsed tin of black eyed beans.

3) add a glug of red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, 1 dessert spoon of honey, cayenne pepper, chilli flakes, cumin seeds, thyme and a squeeze of lemon.

4) stir and leave to simmer for 15 mins.

Serve up with smooth mash or rice. 

  
After making my Harissa salmon last Friday I had a jar of Harissa to use up. These burgers were AMAZING. I made 4 big ones and had scoffed them within 24 hours. 

1) peel and chop one large sweet potato, place in a pan of boiling water and cook til soft.

2) in a large bowl, empty 2 tins of tuna. Grind in pepper, break an egg into it and add 2-3 tsp of Harissa paste.

3) mash the sweet potato and add to the tuna bowl, mix it all together.

4) set aside a plate and pour breadcrumbs on it – I used bashed up oat cakes and seeds as I’d run out of regular breadcrumbs.

5) wet your hands, form the fish mix into patties and place in the breadcrumbs.

6) place on a lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 mins at 170 degrees C.

Serve in a bun or with salad and a sprinkle of feta.

  
I made this in about 8 minutes this morning. I’ve got meetings over lunch and I’m out of the office all afternoon and wanted something I could just snack on throughout the day with pitta. It’s basically hummus, just with a different bean (are chickpeas beans? Who knows). A jar of sun dried tomatoes is the best here because their oil helps it become nice and smooth.

In a blender, place 1 rinsed tin of cannellini beans, 5 sun dried tomatoes and 2 dessert spoons of their oil, a good grind of black pepper. Whizz til at your desired consistency. I prefer it a little lumpy but scoopable with my pitta! 

  

 Last Friday I was debating what to make for ‘date night’, but having zero energy I was settled on fish and chips. On my way home from work, I remembered I had some Harissa paste in the cupboard and decided to go for something healthy. This was such an easy dinner, but with massive and satisfying flavours. 

1) place 2 salmon fillets in an oven proof dish and smother with Harissa. Place in the oven on 170 for 18-20 mins (til flaky).

2) chop and boil some mixed veg: carrots, broccoli, mange tout, mini sweetcorn.

3) cook cous cous to packet instructions, drain the veg and stir in, sprinkle over ras-el-hanout, a Moroccan spice mix.

4) put the cous cous and veg on a plate, place the salmon on top and sprinkle with feta and mixed seeds. Serve with salad – I went for spinach leaves.

Yum.

  
When I was little my dad used to make the best ever pancakes. They’re big and thin and tasty. The recipe is also barely a recipe!

In a bowl whisk 1 cup milk, 1 egg and just under 1 cup of plain flour. The mixture should be quite liquidy. Butter a frying pan and put on a medium heat. Transfer the mixture a ladle at a time and flip once til golden.

Serve with Nutella, banana and syrup. Sod healthy pancakes today. Be naughty and enjoy it.