creamy pasta

Creamy low-fat Mushroom and Italian Greens Pasta

This delicious creamy dish  holds a naughty secret – it’s actually a lot lower fat than you’d think!  Lightly cooked italian greens (Cavolo Nero) give a crispy fresh edge whilst the mushrooms give a beautiful savoury bite. Ingredients Serves 4 350g linguini pasta 4 tablespoons quark 1tbs olive oil 200g diced chestnut mushrooms 1 finely […]

Porridge – The Random Flavour Generator

With Christmas over and the dark, damp months of January and February to get through hot, filling breakfasts are a great way to liven up chilly mornings. I have to admit I’ve been guilty of using the phrase “about as exciting as porridge” a few times over the years but nothing beats the humble oat […]

Meatless Monday – Meatless Chilli con Bean

This meatless chilli is a vegetarian version of a family favourite!  To taylor it to suit other palates adjust the chilli powder as suggested.  For those who like it extra hot, a garnish of finely chopped fresh chilli will liven it up a treat! Replacing meat with pulses is a great way to reduce the […]

Quick and Easy Butter Bean Enchiladas

Here’s our latest contribution to meatless Monday. These enchiladas are quick and easy as well as  full of healthy veggies and high in soluble fibre to help keep you feeling full for longer. If you’re a spicy food fan, feel free to ramp to chilli up to suit your taste! These enchiladas are a great […]

Christmas Cranberry and Champagne Jellies

These beautiful little jellies make a fantastic low calorie alternative to traditional Christmas pudding and are truly easy to make. Ingredients 450ml sparkling wine or champagne 450ml cranberry juice 100g Sugar 8 gelatin leaves Mint sprigs for decoration  Method  Pour 400ml of the cranberryjuice in a saucepan, add sugar and bring to a boil. Turn […]

Christmas Devils on Horseback Recipe

These delicious little sweet and savoury mouthfuls are a favourite in my family and have always replaced the more traditional “Pigs in Blankets” at Christmas time.  Not only is “Devils on Horseback”  a much racier name but they are also a lot lighter on the saturated fat and calories! Ingredients 10 prunes, stones removed, soaked […]

12 tips of Christmas weight management to keep your waistline trim

UK Dietitian 12 tips of Christmas weight management Fancy fitting in to your jeans on January 1st? Us too. The thing is, how do you enjoy Christmas and get away with your waistline intact? Well, there’s no fool-proof method and life will invariably try to trip you up even with the best of intentions but […]

Butter Bean and Bacon Pasta with Rosemary

I would love to take credit for this recipe but I’m going to have to admit that this one is not mine. 4 years ago this was the first dish that my other half made me and pretty much sealed the deal for us to (very happily) share the cooking. Although he initially made this […]

Packed Lunch Noodles a la Dietitian

OK, so here’s an admission. I used to eat pot noodles when I was a teenager and what’s more, I used to enjoy them! Then a few years further on, circa 2004, I discovered the London-based joys of Wagamamas and take-out oriental food on every street corner. Now in 2011 I can’t imagine tucking into […]

Beat the Christmas Bulge

It’s 6 weeks until Christmas and in one way or another, we’re all getting in to the Christmas spirit.  Department stores are haemorrhaging tinsel and my mother is panic buying jumbo sized selection boxes! It’s true that most of us will gain weight over the Christmas period.  In fact, it’s thought that some of us […]