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

[5 mins prep / 20 mins cooking time / serves 3 : 2 potatoes, 2 leeks, 1 pint of veg stock]

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!

[10 mins prep / 20-25 mins baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 ]

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 degrees C for 20 mins.

2) to prepare the lentil salad, wash a tin of 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!

[prep 2 mins / 15 minute cooking time / serves 3 : 1 tin tomatoes, 1 tin chickpeas, ras-el-hanout, couscous]

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!


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.

[prep 10 mins, 25 min cooking time @ 170 degrees C / serves 4]

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.

[2 mins prep / 20 mins @ 170 degrees C / serves 2]

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

4) put the couscous 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.

I’m a big fan of chilli but I find beef so heavy. Turkey meatballs are so easy to make and taste great with the chilli sauce.

[15 mins prep / 20 mins cooking / serves 2-3]

1) in a bowl, mix a packet of minced turkey with chopped coriander and black pepper. Form into balls and fry til cooked on the outside. Remove from the pan and leave to one side.

2) in the pan, fry half an onion, chopped carrot, mushrooms and any other bits of beg you have left over (I had cubed swede!)

3) add a tin of tomatoes, a tin of rinsed kidney beans and 1/2 cup of veg stock.

4) add good shakes of chilli powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

5) place the meatballs back in the pan, pop on a lid and simmer for 20 mins. In this time cook the rice.

6) to make the coriander rice, just chop some coriander and stir into the cooked rice.

I served mine with grated cheese and had the rest for lunch the next day.

  
I’ve had a banana turning blacker by the minute in my fruit bowl all week. I made it into a fruit flapjack which fuelled me through my hockey match today (we won 4-0, and secured promotion!). It’s so easy and relatively low on the sugar front too.

1) in a pan on the hob melt 1 dessert spoon of butter, 2 dessert spoons of coconut oil, 1 dessert spoon of honey.

2) in a bowl, mush 1 ripe banana and a handful of blueberries.

3) add 1 and 1/2 cups of oats to the banana, with a tsp of cinnamon and a tsp ground ginger.

4) pour over the melted butter, honey and coconut oil, mix together and pour into a lined baking sheet.

5) press down with the back of a spoon and bake on 170 degrees C for 20-25 mins til golden brown.

Leave in the pan to cool, then chop up and munch.