Fennel salad with cucumber and red onion

This is a fantastically crunchy salad that can be enjoyed with pork or chicken, great as an alternative salad at barbeques.  1 or 2 fennel bulbs (depending on how many people you’re serving) Half a red onion, finely sliced Half to 1 whole cucumber, peeled and sliced (again, use as much as you require) For…

“Creamed” spinach

This is another one of my seriously easy cheat recipes. Simple and healthy, once again I have used one of my favourite “seasonings”, parmesan cheese. 200g frozen spinach 2 tablespoons of low fat natural yoghurt 2 tablespoons greated parmesan Salt and pepper to taste Cook the spinach according to the instructions, I put mine in…

Healthy baked and crumbed chicken thighs

I’ve already shared my recipe for traditional Chicken Milanese (i.e. crumbed chicken breasts) but this is the low fat, “low” mess version.  Serves 2 4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs, you can also use mini chicken breasts 3 tablespoons of breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons grated parmesan 2 teaspoons of fresh herbs, I used oregano but you can…

Left over pasta frittata 

This is a great brunch idea, or a “cook once, eat twice” type idea too. Ideal for a mid week dinner served with a salad or just on its own. Serves 2/3 – add more eggs to serve 4 people Left over pasta, any type really, I’ve used spaghetti but you can even use penne…

Cauliflower White Sauce

This is a fab cheats’ béchamel / white sauce. A quick and simple white sauce that’s healthy; a great hidden veg recipe! Use for all sorts of baked pasta’s such as lasagne, ravioli, cannelloni and obviously, for broccoli and/or cauliflower cheese bake. 1 cauliflower 1 pint of milk 100g grated parmesan 100g cheddar cheese (optional) 1 teaspoon of mustard…

Tomato salad…. so simple… yet so effective

You might question why it’s even necessary to write this up as a recipe because it really is so simple. It’s another one I’ve taken from my mom in law and adapted ever so slightly and I think it’s worth sharing. Firstly, because it is just so good and secondly, because whenever I make this, everyone…

Butternut soup

This is definitely a winter warmer favourite of mine. Really easy to make and so full of flavour. I use parmesan in this recipe, it makes all the difference in terms of seasoning. I add a pot of plain yoghurt or you could use soft cheese or creme fraiche; this adds a bit of acidity…

Smoked salmon pâté

Another one of my favourites. Great on a blini or a cracker and just as good on a slice of toast or a sandwich. This makes quite a lot, I’ve just recently made a batch to use at a new years eve party so you can easily halve the quantities or just make a big…

Green olive tapenade

This is one of my signature “dishes”,  I’ve been making it for years. It’s so salty and rich and great served on a crostini with a cold glass of white wine or prosecco. You could also use black pitted olives but the green are so vibrant. 250g green, pitted olives 6 spring onions, finely chopped…