Warm Lentil Bacon Salad with Shallots & Fresh Thyme

Having loved the last lentil salad I made (Lentil Salad with Feta & Mint)  I decided to use lentils again.  I really don’t eat them enough.  They’re so filling and so full of protein that they’re extremely good for you.  Legumes, beans and pulses don’t seem to cause me any ill effect although I know…

Pan Fried Cod with Tomato Chorizo Cassoulet

This evening I was in the mood for something light yet tasty and filling.  When feeling this way I usually turn to pulses.  Beans and lentils really pack a protein punch and seem to keep me feeling full for much longer than anything else.  Haricot (navy) beans are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that…

Grain Free Banana Bread

When 3pm hits and you want something sweet, instead of reaching for the chocolate or processed cookies go for something much healthier!  Cut yourself a slice of this delicious Grain Free Banana Bread.  Free from any nasties and full of good-for-you ingredients you can have your cake and eat it!  If you’re a fan of…

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder

I love a roast dinner – there’s something about it that feels so homely, and with friends of ours coming over for dinner (who have recently emigrated to Hong Kong) I decided to do a traditional British supper to welcome them back to the country.  This time of year is all about Spring Lamb and…

Full English Breakfast Muffins

If you’re anything like me there’s never enough time in the morning to cook a delicious breakfast.  Mornings are always a rush and there’s only ever time to grab something quick to eat, but breakfast is so important so I’m trying to be more organised at the weekends and cook things that I can eat…

Gambas Al Ajillo (à la Dan) – Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp)

Last night’s dinner was a follow-on from Madrid.  When telling Dan all about my trip, I realised that I hadn’t eaten Gambas Al Ajillo (Garlic & Chilli Prawns/Shrimp) once on the whole trip, so to rectify it we decided to make it at home, and Dan offered to cook it .  Other than his burgers…

Chocolate Banana Muffins with Pecans

I got the idea for these muffins from my Carrot Cake Muffins with Dates & Pecans.  I loved the crunch of the nuts throughout the muffin, but wanted to change-up the flavours this time.  Chocolate and banana is one of those combinations that just goes so well together.  Throw in some pecans and you’ve got…

Healthy Chocolate Brownies

Sometimes you get a craving that only sticky gooey Chocolate Brownies can fill.  Well now you can indulge guilt free with this amazing recipe for Healthy Chocolate Brownies – or Health’ier’ Chocolate Brownies at least!  It’s grain-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free so there’s no processed nasties in it.  The main ingredient is almond butter which…

Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins

I love a good lemon cake, something about the tanginess combined with sweetness, and Lemon & Poppy Seed is one of my favourite combinations.  The poppy seeds add a kind of savoury nuttiness which just works so well with the lemon.  These Lemon & Poppy Seed Muffins are made without any refined ingredients so they…

Roasted Carrots with Honey, Thyme & Toasted Almonds

Let’s face it, carrots can be pretty boring.  A staple vegetable on the side of most meals, very little attention is often paid to them. Usually steamed or boiled, they’re pretty ordinary, but this is a recipe to make them just that bit more special.  I love carrots, especially with a roast dinner and have…

Slow-Cooker Coq Au Vin

A classic, warming, slow-cooked French Dish today – Coq Au Vin (or at least my version of it, as apparently traditional Coq Au Vin adds chicken blood to the sauce – but I didn’t find that idea very appetising! Start by melting the butter (or you could use oil to make the recipe dairy-free) and…

‘Healthy’ Peanut Butter Fudge

This weekend was my dad’s birthday and I wanted to make him something delicious as a special little homemade present – last time I made him some of my healthy Salted Nut Brittle but I wanted to do something different this time.  He has a very sweet tooth, but he gave up chocolate (and anything…