Energy Balls

There are so many variations for great energy balls. The key is to blend the flavours and nutrients to suit your tastebuds. The basic recipe has only three ingredients and a good strong chocolate flavour. Add extra ingredients as you wish, but keep in mind you need the texture to be pliable to make into…

Delicious Seed Mixes

Pear Cafe Seed Mix Great for salads, eggs, soups, dhals, sandwiches, on cereal, on avocado. Especially good with egg mayo. Scale up or down and keep in a jar. Great source of copper, manganese, Vit E. Works out about 60 Cals per 10g. One teaspoon is about 6g. 2tbs Sesame Seeds 2tbs Sunflower Seeds 2tbs…

Bhajis (onion, or any veg)

Onion Bhaji recipe Just vary the ingredients to what you have. All you need are some veg(grated or finely sliced) and the gram flour, everything else is optional. Essentially, it’s possible to do this by sight. Grate the veg, sprinkle on the chickpea/gram flour, then add enough water that when stirred it all holds together…

Butternut & Wild Garlic Lasagne

This is a variation on a Jamie Oliver recipe from the Superfood book, which is sure to be fabulous (super squash lasagne, spinach, cottage cheese and seeds) . This humble creation is due to the  necessity to use up cupboard, fridge and freezer contents.  Serves 2 very hungry people as a main dish. 0.5  …

Healthy “Nuts” (sirt recipe)

This in another healthy alternative fake recipe in my collection.  Swap roasted peanuts for a much lower calorie and healthy alternative.

Amazing Pea Purée

Amazing Pea Purée Amazing because it is so versatile, so easy so healthy and everyone loves it.    I have used it as a pasta sauce, a dip, topping for crostini or canapés,   a side salad and in a sandwich! 2 cups frozen peas 1-2 shallots (use spring onions, or red onions if preferred)…

Healthy Hummos

I never have tahini in my cupboard anyway……this version uses natural yoghurt instead.  Saves on calories, doesn’t compromise on taste.   Ssshh….. don’t tell the purist or traditionalists.  Just try it. Have a look at the other variations below too.  Freezes really well. Roasted Red Pepper Hummos Serves 4 128 cals per portion 1 Red…

Fake Pasta from courgettes

Low calorie, tasty and incredibly easy 2 medium courgettes per person Salt Lemon to taste I find this works really well as fake spaghetti/thin fake spaghetti if using a handheld juilenne tool. Also really great as lasagna sheets. Directions: 1. Cut the courgettes to preferred size/shape. 2. Salt the courgette generously in a colander and…

Simple Chilli Toffee Shards

Great for finishing off a dessert with panache! 150g. Caster sugar 0.5 tsp dried chilli flakes Line a small baking tray with parchment. In a pan, using only a low heat, melt the sugar with the chilli. Don’t stir but move the pan around to help melt evenly. When the colour is a golden brown…

Panzanella Perfection

Easy, healthy and prepare ahead recipe Serves four for main course lunch, easy to multiply for more portions. Good as a starter too. 1kg Tomatoes, ripe as possible. 2 Bread (thick slices of coarse white bread ie ciabatta, putliese). 2 Garlic cloves, crushed Salt and pepper 4tbs Extra Virgin Olive oil 3tbs Red Wine Vinegar…

Easiest Peruvian Ceviche

For two people, I use the following. Easy to upscale. Play with chilli amounts if spicy is your thing. Tilapia fillets or other firm white fish ( two fillets, weighing about 250g in total). Cubed 2 garlic cloves, chopped pinch salt pinch black pepper 2 teaspoons fresh coriander. Chopped 1/4 habanero chilli pepper, seeded and…

Quick and Easy Pickled Carrots

Try as a side dish with Indian or Japanese dishes. Also good with rice or salads. 2 Carrots – peeled & thinly sliced on a diagonal/julienne style 1 tbsp Salt – table or cooking salt 75ml. Cider vinegar – or white wine vinegar or rice vinegar 15g Sugar – caster is preferred Optional : add a…

Moroccan Tomato & Chickpea Salad

  Quick lunch, low GI, low fat and very very tasty Serves 4 1 red onion, finely sliced 2 cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained 4 tomatoes, chopped 4 tbsp lemon juice 1 tbsp olive oil Handful of fresh herbs, chopped (ie basil, mint, coriander) Large pinch of paprika Large pinch of cumin (ground) Salt…

Really Easy Miso Chicken

This mix is enough for 4 large chicken breasts, 12 boneless thighs or 4 spatchcock quails, 6 cod fillets etc etc 150g sweet white miso paste 2 tbsp mirin 1 tbsp English mustard 2 tbsp caster sugar 1 tbsp lemon juice Mix the ingredients and marinate for at least 1 hour. Bake in the oven…

Easy Peasy Fat Free Tea Loaf

Today Soak 300-350g of raisins in 350ml cold tea, overnight My version : 300g raisins and 20g dried orange peel. Standard version : use mixed dried fruit Tomorrow Turn the oven on to preheat at 170 In a large bowl, put in the following and mix it up with a big spoon a) 270g self…

Balsamic Syrup dressing

This great on salads, cold meats, parmesan, tomatoes, asparagus. But also really lovely on strawberries or ice cream. So versatile! So easy! So addictive! 250 ml balsamic vinegar 4 tablespoons brown sugar   Simply heat both ingredients to a gentle boil and maintain stirring occasionally until reduced by half. About 8-10 mins should do it….