Since beginning my new Food Optimising way of eating via Slimming World, I am always looking for ways to reduce my use of processed ingredients and for foods with lower syn values. This way of eating limits all kinds of flours, even wholegrain flours, although the whole grain itself, say quinoa, can be eaten freely in unlimited quantities.
Wild garlic season may just be the highlight of the spring for me. As much as I adore asparagus and Jersey Royals, there is something so alluring about shards of garlicky green leaf growing free in the wilderness.
Turmeric is a very powerful spice, a popular spice in India, used for thousands of years. It contains curcumin, which is the substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and is a very strong antioxidant.
Nothing says Springtime like a posy of flowers. After the seemingly endless grey of winter, early Spring flowers are a welcome splash of colour and life. They look almost good enough to eat. Which is handy. Because with many of them, you can. So hurrah for edible flowers.
The Tories have crossed the line in their latest move to impose cuts on the BBC... Ministers are planning to axe several "soft" elements of the broadcaster's output, including travel advice and 'magazine' style features. But the most shocking casualty will be the removal of most of its cooking recipes, which range from a humble burger to a painfully fashionable kale and quinoa sauté.
There's no exact measurement for the amount of ingredients here; mix and match whatever veggies you like, add some sprouts, rice noodles, shrimp, different herbs, etc. The beauty of these is using what you have on hand or changing it up with what's in season for different colours, flavours, and textures.
These aren't currently on the menu but they're something my Mum cooked for me last week and as soon as I ate them I realised I needed to update the specials showcasing these delicious crispy and addictive morsels. These are what we call 'Gateaux Bringelle' meaning aubergine cake, similar to ad pakora or bhaji but lighter in flavour and texture.
As muffins go, these are fairly healthy. I resisted the temptation to pipe maple cream cheese frosting all over them (but don't let me stop you, in fact send me photos) and I reduced the butter and sugar content a fraction but they're honestly not as joyless as I'm probably making them sound.
I usually make these muffins a couple of times a month on a weekend usually and often top these bad boys with melted dark chocolate or chocolate butter cream. The best thing about these muffins is that they are HONESTLY the quickest, easiest (self-proclaimed) BEST muffins to make in the entire world (probs)!
When it comes to reducing cholesterol; improving skin, hair and nail condition; and maintaining a healthy heart, oily fish such as salmon, mackerel, fresh tuna and sardines really are are a must-have ingredient to include in your diet. They're rich in heart healthy omega-3 which is really important for heart health.
It's a toughie. In the kitchen I am rarely just cooking. There is usually also some tidying, cleaning, laundry and conversation also taking place. And often a toddler driving a plastic car into my legs.
Who doesn't love pizza? It's one of the great joys in life, and with such a wide range of available styles and toppings it's easily one of the most versatile foods around. But this time, we're taking the classic pepperoni pizza and giving it a twist.
While the traditional sushi with rice is pretty straightforward, in my effort to reduce grains and maximizes nutrition in my diet I wanted to take a step further and create a sushi roll packed with a powerhouse of nutrition.
Spring brings about embracing the lighter side of things and these carrot cake bites are a total treat! Not only are they incredibly easy to put together, they're also raw, vegan, and gluten free! They take no time at all and are as delicious as a freshly baked carrot cake.
Eating & Living is a recipe book for those in recovery from eating disorders - by those who have been there. This collection of recipes has been shared by people who are recovering or are recovered, carers, friends and family of sufferers, professionals and health experts - and each of them has told their story as to why this recipe matters.
Have you noticed a bit of a theme going on here? Chocolate and Orange AGAIN? Well, it is my favourite chocolate combo and when you can healthily eat chocolate for breakfast with the sprightly zest of orange, what could possibly be wrong with that?