fish, leek + watercress bake

After the decadence and richness of last nights fabulous Burn’s supper which included haggis, cranachan and Drambuie cheesecake, an infusion of lighter food is needed today!  This fish bake can be rustled up quickly and delivers an overdose of folate and flavour!  Served with mash and plenty of greens (I especially love lemon and olive…

piri piri chicken burgers + avocado

This may look dirty but it certainly isn’t! It’s just proper tasty and full of moist marinated chicken, avocado and salad. Not only tasty but filling too and so big you’ll wonder how you’ll eat it, but you will! Comes in at a very cheap 12 smart points too. Perfect for a cosy Friday night…

quickie chicken noodle soup

Brrrrrrr – We are well under the thumb of winter here in Narnia this evening as it’s hitting -6!!  Both boys have been out in it with after-school activities and are in need of a serious warming up before they head on to the next activity! Thursday evenings are crazy and therefore dinner has be…

lighter lancashire hotpot 

I do love Sundays. Nothing better than a little lie-in with a lovely brekkie, followed by a walk in the peaks and a onepot comforting dinner to come home to.  Not feeling it today though as I’m suffering with unwanted leg pain (whether I’m heading towards a relapse or the teeny bit of dancing I…

cinnamon + banana oat pancakes with blueberry compote

A gorgeous Sunday morning breakfast, much needed after celebrating a lovely friends 40th birthday last night!  Full of fuel for a day of entertaining the 7 year old, this is a quick and easy breakfast that all the family will enjoy! Mrs H x Serves 1, smartpoints 6 20 g oats 1 egg 1/4 teaspoon…

chicken katsu + japanese salad

Woohoo it’s Friyay! It has been a very long week and I’ve really been looking forward to getting home and having some time to test this ‘fakeaway’ recipe. I find cooking hugely therapeutic and relaxing, and for me it stirs those busy weekday troubles away. My boys love a fruity curry and they were weaned…

broccoli, spinach + chive soup

Even with the awful forecast for today we just had to escape cabin fever and get out for a quick walk and re-energise. We are so very lucky to have such stunning walks around the Peak District, just minutes away from home and one of our favorites is Macclesfield forest. Even on a cold and wet…

oat + banana pancakes

I discovered these whilst on weightwatchers and haven’t looked back since! Light, fluffy and tasty pancakes which I think taste better than the flour based ones. Super quick and easy to make, I like to serve mine with the rest of the banana, figs and a drizzle of maple syrup. There are endless toppings and…

roasted salmon, cherry tomato + spinach linguine

This recipe is bursting with summer goodness, unlike the weather here tonight in Narnia! It takes no time at all to throw it together, making a pefect mid-week dish. Chock full of omega-3, folate and antioxidants so bound to beat those winter blues! For littlies who don’t enjoy chunky tomatoes or spinach, you can blitz the roasted…

pulled pork enchiladas

Meals in the week have to be well planned and snappy due to work, endless boys’ activities and generally mum being a taxi! This is one of those dishes that makes you feel very smug as all the hard work is done by the slow cooker during the day and leaves you just to assemble the…

braised beef + porcini

My boys love a good Sunday stew in the darker months and this hits the spot after a wintry Sunday stroll and explore. Deep, dark and earthy, the beef melts in the mouth due to cooking low and slow in the oven. It can be prepared pretty quickly, and banged in the oven within 15 minutes and then…

beetroot, ginger + parsnip soup

After a murky and misty sunday morning stroll at Tegg’s nose to breathe some fresh air and blow the cold cobwebs away, we popped into the little tea rooms to refuel and they happened to be serving steaming bowls of bright pink beetroot soup. It looked so colourful and warming against the backdrop of the damp and cold morning, and gave me some…