spring vegetable minestrone soup

Soup is always my go to dinner on a Thursday when life is that bit more chaotic! This one takes no time at all to make, with prep and cooking time being only 15 mins. I use whatever green veg I have in but it really is good with beautiful in-season asparagus. I like to…

black bean + smokey roasted pepper chilli

The boys are always super starving after swimming on a Monday, and I literally need to have tea on the table within 5 mins of being home, otherwise there will be a total meltdown! So I needed to get savvy tonight and prepped this chilli within 20 mins and cooked it off a bit before…

spinach, chickpea + lentil curry

As a family we are trying to eat more meat-free meals, replacing the meat with alternative proteins such as pulses and tofu.  This simple curry is full of nutritious pulses, whilst being super cheap to make and full of lovely fragrant flavour.  The troops lapped it up with rice and naans and have requested it…

spinach, butternut squash + ricotta conchigle

I drew inspiration for this pasta dish from a lovely fellow instagrammer, @mrssinge. This really is a tasty, filling, nutritious and low fat dish that is worth the effort to make it. You can cut corners and reduce the prep time by buying a tub of simple tomato pasta sauce but it’s really worth making…

lighter beetroot hummus

We are all desperate for some colour in these final weeks of winter. Spring keeps hinting that it’s not far away and I’ve got some gorgeous pink tulips to brighten up our home. It’s that gorgeous colour that game me inspiration for this pink hummus.  I often buy store hummus and love the lighter varieties…

butternut squash + chickpea tagine 

I always mean to experiment and make tagine more often but they are normally too much prep for a weekday…until now! We need to eat more veggie meals too and I had some odds and ends of veg leftover so thought I’d try out a quick(er) veggie tagine. Some ready chopped butternut squash, mixed spices…

tuscan bean soup

I adore big hearty bowls of soup for a quick tea on busy week days. This one is packed full of goodness and takes no time at all to make. I enjoy this with a sprinkling of reduce fat cheddar on top and some freshly baked bread. Satisfying and healthy in one bowl. Enjoy, Mrs…

squash, courgette + ricotta cannelloni 

I was really looking forward to experimenting with this perfect Friday supper. I expected it to be easy, fairly quick but special enough to kick off the weekend!  Unfortunately due to the ‘veg crisis’ I couldn’t get loose courgettes, however I could get both spiralised squash and courgette, which in hindsight was great because it…

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…

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…

roasted aubergine & cauliflower curry

Boost those winter lurgies into orbit with this easy roasted aubergine and cauliflower curry! After the decadence of the festive period, a hearty veggie dish wins through in January. We are all currently suffering from some type of lurgy and aren’t feeling at our best, especially me who is immunosupressed. This dish contains warming garam masala…