Banoffee Muffins – Banana and Toffee Muffins

These banoffee muffins are soft and squishy with a delightful gooey toffee and chocolate centre and perfect to use up any overripe bananas. Tip: if your bananas are on the point of liquefying and won’t wait until you have time to make muffins, pop them in the freezer and they’ll be even better to use […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Gingerbread men Christmas tree decorations

I love making these personalised edible gingerbread decorations for our Christmas tree!  They’re fun, festive and a great activity even the youngest children can join in with. I’ve kept these simple with just a white icing name but with a few smarties, hundreds and thousands, food colouring and some imagination they can be as bright […]

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 […]

Braised Chicken and Vegetables

Back when I was 18 and a student at York University, halls of residence were pretty basic. In fact our “kitchen” consisted of a partitioned off bit of corridor with a sink, fridge and baby belling shared between 5 people. Coming from a family of cooks and chefs I quickly fell into the role of […]