Winter is here: Soups for the Soul

When the weather turns colder and it is time to batten down the hatches, there is nothing I find more comforting than a proper bowl of homemade soup. Soup is such an easy and comforting thing to have bubbling away on the hob, and I struggle to justify tinned soup in anyway. All those additives and artificial flavourings are totally unnecessary when you can make a pot chock full of healthy vegetables taste so good, so easily. So I have this super easy and quick soup recipe for you, to prove how seriously simple, not to mind healthy,  it can be to make at home.

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Spicy Lamb Steaks with Tabbouleh

I love the Hairy Bikers! They are absolutely nuts but fab! As you guys know from previous posts, these two larger than life northerners embarked on a weight loss journey and did very well! I have given you some recipes from their original cookbook and now, due to the success of the first, they have a new book out! Its called Hairy Dieters: Eat for Life and its great. This is one of the first recipes I tried from the book. I love lamb, but roasting a whole leg of lamb for just two people seems a waste. So this suited me down to the ground. Its really tasty. I made a little mint yoghurt to go with it and it will definately go on the regular dinners list! The salad is great to have in the fridge and have a spoon with lunches so I make lots but this amount has six servings.

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Healthy Dauphinoise Potato?!

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I am a busy busy lady at the minute so im sorry about the more sporadic posts but trying to get as many up as possible. Today’s one is a great one I promise! Dauphinoise potato is one of those dishes that defines simply great French cuisine in the eyes of the world. Its garlicky and gooey and creamy and delicious. And maybe not the healthiest. I cant resist it occasionally.  It is surprisingly easy to make this one healthier. It goes so well with roast dinners, pork chops, steaks, basically anything you could thing of. Please try this one! Continue reading

Roasted Duck Breast,Colcannon and Steamed Spring Vegetables

Duck is one of my favourite things to order out, it is so tasty and predominantly healthy. The meat is leaner than chicken! The skin however is another matter! I dont often cook duck at home but decided to try it this week, partially because they were on offer in my local butchers. Duck is great with a fruity sauce so I went with a cherry sauce but you could use an orange or plum sauce if you wanted. The key to making this healthy is, unfortunately, to remove the skin before cooking! Continue reading

Berry and Oatmeal Muffins

I love muffins, but often they are much less healthy than you would think. They are really handy for a quick breakfast or a handy snack on the go so I like to have some in the cupboard or freezer for a day when Im running behind and need something I can grab and go! These ones are great, moist and fruity but made with oatmeal instead of flour so they keep me filled up. They are nice and fruity too. You could substitute blueberries instead of strawberries or raspberries, if you were that way inclined 🙂

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Mexican Lasagna

Well its the start of another week and if you are anything like me, you might need some cheering up on a Tuesday when the sun is shining but you are stuck in the office. Cake usually helps! But if you are trying to eat healthily, it will probably lead to more misery in the long run! So instead, maybe a yummy dinner that is also good for you waistline?! Mexican food is usually pretty naughty. Full of cheese, oil and carb laden, it tastes great but doesnt lend itself to being eaten regularly. This dinner has a tasty Mexican twist but is still healthy. I whipped it up for me when I was all alone one evening and took leftovers for the next day! Continue reading

Happy St Patrick’s Day: Irish Beef Stew

Happy Paddys weekend everyone! For those of you lucky enough to actually living in Ireland now, you have a long weekend of fun and frivolity to look forward to. What could be more important than some decent soakage!? (For those of you who dont know, soakage is hearty heavy food to eat when one is intending to consume large amounts of alcohol! Perfect for the day thats in it!) Irish stew, in my mind, is traditionally a lamb based stew. But so many people prefer a beef version and this one is so tasty yet really healthy. I will confess that it does not contain any of the traditional Guinness or other stout as I was trying to keep it healthy. It doesnt need it though, its still great! Continue reading