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crunchy chickpeas

addictive crunchy chickpeas [garbanzo]

These addictive crunchy chickpeas are my new obsession. Either roast them alongside vegetables (cauliflower, carrots, brussel sprouts are all good). Or follow the recipe below and add them to salads, serve them with drinks or have them as a healthy snack. They add a delicious crunch to pitta and houmus. If you are Stateside you’ll...

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homemade dukkah

homemade dukkah – the easy way to add fragrant crunch to your meals

When you’re looking for your food to be balanced and interesting to eat, you need to add different textures and flavours. I talk more about the principle of flavour and texture balancing here.  One of my favourite ways to add crunch is to add some toasted nuts or seeds to my meals. Homemade dukkah is...

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carrot avocado and sesame salad

moorish carrot, avocado and sesame salad

Last week I was asked to supply some healthy food for the opening party of a fabulous new barre and group-cycling studio near me, The Dailey Method, Willow Glen. I wanted a salad that would hang around well and that would suit their healthy clientele’s dietary needs. Oh and because the studio’s brand colours are...

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cauliflower mash

the smoothest creamiest dairy-free cauliflower mash

Mashed potato is, I think, the ultimate comfort food. The creaminess, the lack of chewing, the fact it stays on your spoon or fork even if you are lying on the sofa watching telly. Don’t even get me started on what happens when mustard and cheese or a handful of chopped greens get added to...

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buckwheat porridge

buckwheat porridge with dates, almonds and apple

Our house practically runs on oats. Sometimes I feel like the cashier at our local Whole Foods must think I have a pet horse for all the oats I buy from the bulk bins. I usually cook a batch of oats with water and flax seeds twice a week so that we can just grab...

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red pepper houmous

you say hummus, I say red pepper store cupboard houmous

I know I’m not alone in my love of houmous (yes that’s how we spell it in England). I was a late starter though. I managed to get through the first 18 years of my life without encountering it, which is odd given it has become such a popular kids’ food now. That first batch...

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grilled green beans

On hot summer days I try to avoid using the oven. Our house gets so hot that the thought of adding extra heat is too much. That means we do most of our cooking outside on the bbq. That’s the grill for American readers. I was very confused when I moved here from England and...

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veggie stew

end of the week veggie stew

The week before I fly home to England from California I always go into an extra crazy vegetable eating and juicing mission and this veggie stew is perfect. It is my attempt to pack in as many vitamins and antioxidants so we are ready to fight off any bugs flying around inside of the plane. ...

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chorizo and chickpea stew

Chorizo and chickpea three ingredient stew

Sometimes I forget to post some of the easiest things I throw together and this chorizo and chickpea stew is one. I make them so often that it doesn’t occur to me that other people don’t make them too. Or I talk myself out of posting them because they are so simple I wonder if...

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sesame wasabi crusted tuna

sesame wasabi crusted tuna with kale rice and a cucumber ginger salad

This sesame wasabi crusted tuna is a really nice way of making a dinner that feels that elusive combination of healthy and fancy at the same time. Last month I was hankering for something crunchy and fried. I’ll be honest, I was craving something like fried chicken but my head wasn’t allowing my belly to decide...

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salmon with tomato fennel sauce

salmon with tomato fennel sauce and broccolini

Faced with a pretty standard fridge full of ingredients the other night, I wanted to make something seasonal, healthy and quick. This salmon with tomato fennel sauce and broccolini is what I ended up with. It was a perfect combination of virtuousness and deliciousness and was very fast too. This type of quick tomato and...

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roast beet goats cheese salad

roast beet, goats cheese and kale salad with savoury granola

I’m always on the lookout for a new way of livening up my daily salads. I’ve long known that a bit of crunch along with something a little sweet is the way to make a hum drum salad sing. I’m not one for fruit in salads – that is an American taste that this Brit...

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salmon burger

a salmon burger and a little black dress

I love burgers but usually default to my favorite beef burger recipe when we’re grilling outside. A non-beef eating friend came over on Memorial day so I had an excuse to try out a couple of recipes so she wouldn’t feel left out. I settled on one from Gwyneth’s new book but, as always, I couldn’t...

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Julie's lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup

Growing up this was a pretty-much weekly item on our menu. My Mum, Julie, embraced lentil eating in the 80s along with her perm and shoulder pads. So I’m naming this as Julie’s lentil, carrot, tomato soup for her. The hair and fashions have changed but this remains a favourite in our family. She is...

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lentil houmus

easy lentil houmus

I have another houmus (or hummus, houmous, or humus) recipe that I love. So I was dubious about this lentil houmus recipe but curious too. It uses lentils rather than chickpeas which makes it super creamy and higher protein (15g per serving). Totally delicious, easy peasy to make and a great lunch or snack for kids...

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shepherds pie

a lighter take on shepherds pie

When the weather starts to turn colder I crave the foods I grew up on. One of my favourite comfort foods is Shepherds pie which my Mum used to make with lamb topped with creamy mashed potato and grated cheese on top which she’d put under the grill (broiler) until it bubbled. She’d serve it...

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cauliflower and kale soup

a cup of cauliflower and kale soup

I feel cauliflower is often overlooked but I’m increasingly using it to give the creaminess I want in soups without having to use cream or potatoes. This cauliflower and kale soup is easy peasy to make and tastes gorgeous whilst being super-virtuous. I made a big batch and froze some for lunches. My Grandma, Myra,...

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