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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.

[5 mins prep / 40 min baking @ 180 degrees C / serves 1 : 1 salmon fillet, 1 sweet potato, 2 eggs, rocket]

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 15 mins after the sweet potato.

3) after 15 more mins, boil two eggs for 8-10 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!


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.


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’ve discovered how great polenta is – cheap, tasty and ready in 5 minutes. Today I had it with a rich veggie casserole, which took 4 minutes to prep and 45 mins in the oven. Can’t beat an easy peasy dinner. 

Pre heat oven to 160 degrees C.

1) in an oven proof dish, place one chopped sweet potato, 3-5 chopped mushrooms, 3-4 brocolli florets and 3 frozen Linda Mcartney sausages. 

2) rinse and drain a tin of lentils and pour into the dish.

3) pour over 1 pint of stock (I used a beef oxo cube, but use a veggie one to make it veggie). 

4) bake for 45 minutes.

5) boil 1 cup of water and 1 cup of milk in a pan on the hob – then pour in 1/2 cup of dry polenta. Stir for 3-5 mins, add cheese and chives.

Looking forward to my leftovers for lunch tomorrow. 

   
Since starting marathon training, I’ve had to think a bit more seriously about what I’m eating. I’ve resolutioned to eat less meat, partly because it’s cheaper, but also to be healthier and slightly more environmentally friendly. Every little helps right? This ‘lasagne’ made a dinner last night and lunch today, all for about £2.

1) defrost a big handful of frozen spinach and squeeze out the excess moisture.

2) stir in 3/4 tub ricotta and spread into the base of a lasagne dish.

[I added sliced courgette as a layer but in hindsight I’d just leave it out as it makes it a bit wet]

3) lay on slices of polenta – a whole block of it costs 75p from Tesco.

4) cover with grated cheese and bake for 30 mins on 180 degrees c. 

I served mine with baked sweet potato which I had put in before starting on the ‘lasagne’.
 

  
I stumbled across this recipe from the Little Green Spoon, who I adore. I had everything in the cupboard/ freezer so it was a super easy dinner. The seeds were a great change (probs healthier too) from breadcrumbs. 

1) in a blender whizz up a handful of seeds so they’re crumbly but not completely smooth. Pour into a bowl.

2) place 5-6 sun dried tomatoes and a couple of dessert spoons of their oil into the blender. Whizz til smooth.

3) place Basa fillet on foil (I use frozen fish and it worked from frozen) and spread on the sun dried tomato paste.

4) sprinkle over the whizzed seeds.

5) scrunch foil over the fish and bake for 20 mins at 180 degrees C. I opened up the foil for the last 5 min so the top went a bit more crunchy.

I served this with paprika baked sweet potato and garden peas. Easy peasy dinner. 

  
Apologies for the wordy title – I was just describing everything on the plate! This is such and easy and tasty dinner, it requires very little effort!

1) peel and slice 2 sweet potatoes, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 180 degrees c.

2) after 5 mins, put the fish in. I use frozen because it’s cheaper to buy and lasts a long time. To prepare, place the fish on tin foil and spread pesto on the top. Wrap up the parcel and place on a baking tray.

3) bake the fish and sweet potato for 25 mins.

4) remove the fish from the oven and open up the parcels – sprinkle breadcrumbs on the top and put back in the oven, leaving the parcel open.

5) after 5 mins take everything out. Sprinkle feta over the sweet potatoes and olives on the fish. Add some boiled brocolli to your plate for extra green.

Don’t lose the juice in the foil! You should have a light pesto drizzle for the fish. 


This dish is an ode to my colleague to whom I said “I’m making a sloppy joes recipe but putting it on fries instead of in a bun” and she disgustedly replied with ‘it’s not a sloppy joes if it’s not in a bun, you’ve made chilli cheese fries. Also they’re wedges not fries’. Thank you Jess. So here we are with some US comfort food but slimmed down (or made British, I’m saying).

1) slice 1 potato into wedges (skin on) and par boil for 5 min.

2) peel a small sweet potato and chop into fries shapes.

3) roll the potato and sweet potato in olive oil, season, and place on a baking tray in the oven at 180 degrees c for 30 mins.

4) brown mince in a heavy own on the hob.

5) add 1 chopped red onion, minced garlic, chill flakes and smoked paprika.

6) add 2 chopped salad tomatoes, 1 orange pepper and cook for 5 min.

7) stir in 1 small tin of baked beans, place a lid on and simmer for 10 mins.

8) remove potatoes from the oven and let cool slightly, then put on a plate, pile on the mince and grate over some cheddar.

Totally deelicious y’all! (sorry)

 

I love snacking and crisps are my downfall. However, I’ve started making my own and they taste better and they’re healthier. 

1) peel and thinly slice a sweet potato.

2) drizzle lightly with olive oil and a sprinkle of salt.

3) bake at 180 degrees c for 15 mins, then flip them over and bake for another 15 mins.

Keep an eye on the thinner ones as the edges will catch. Pop in a bag once cooled and you’re done 🙂 



I was inspired by this recipe for Bombay potato filo pie and switched in sweet potato. Solely because I had sweet potatoes that needed using up. It turned out pretty yummy. I will make my own curry paste next time, sorry for being lazy!

1) chop and peel a large sweet potato and chop 3 tomatoes and oven at 180 degrees c for 15 mins. 

2) in a colander in the sink, pour boiling water over a bag of spinach. Squeeze out the excess moisture and chop.

3) in a pan fry up some Pataks Balti paste with onions. Add the par roasted sweet potato and tomatoes and spinach. Cook for 5 min.

4) line a Pyrex dish with filo pastry and brush with melted butter. Pour in the sweet potato mixture and scrunch filo pastry on top.

5) brush melted butter all over pastry.

6) cook on 170 degrees c for 30 mins or until golden brown.

I served mine up with green veg. I’m saving half the pie for lunch tomorrow.