It's January and I'm always keen for a new food challenge, so it just seemed the obvious decision to try out Veganuary. If you follow my blog you'll know that I'm already dairy & gluten free, so how hard can it be to give up meat? My 12 year old daughter who although has decided now not to be vegan, was the most fastidious vegan convert literally overnight for over six months, so I have a hard act to follow. She'd study every food label for traces of non-vegan foods, tut t

Gluten free pear and apple crumble

Fancy a crumble but worried it's not healthy, fear nt this recipe is delicious, healthy and will surely satisfy all those crumble desires on a cold, dark Autumn night. Ingredients: (serves 4) Crumble topping 180g Porridge oats 100g Walnuts, chopped 3 tbsp gluten free flour (I've used rice flour) 100ml Maple syrup 2 tbsp coconut oil 1 tsp cinnamon Fruit base 3 large seasonal comice pears, peeled, cored and cut into small chunks 3/4 large apples peeled, cored and cut into small

Roasted squash with a chilli quinoa filling.

A delicious vegan Autumn warming dish that's super easy to make. Ingredients: Serves 2 1 medium squash 50g quinoa 4 spring onions 1/2 red chilli Handful of cashews 2 cm ginger, grated Coriander, chopped Olive oil Salt and pepper Optional: 40g of feta cheese (for non vegan version) Method: You can use any type of squash for this recipe. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade or Gas mark 4/ 350F. Start by washing and drying it. Cut it in half and scoop out all the seeds

Broccoli Soup

Looking for a super easy seasonal, delicious and nutritious lunch recipe? Look no further... Ingredients (for 2 - 3 people): 2 medium potatoes, peeled and chopped into quarters 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets 1 medium onion, diced 2 garlic cloves, chopped finely 1 tbsp olive oil 1 pint chicken or vegetable stock Salt & pepper to season Handful of sunflower and pumpkin seeds Method: Start by heating the olive oil in a pan on the hob over a medium heat. Add in the onion a

Wild garlic pesto with courgetti

Forage for your own or buy it from your local veg store or market. In season in the Spring time wild garlic tastes slightly mellower than regular garlic, but contains all the same numerous health benefits. The main one being it's ability to help reduce blood pressure. The nuts are optional but add a bit of extra bite. Wild garlic pesto Ingredients: 100g wild garlic, washed 40g sunflower seeds 3 tbsp olive oil 40g roasted hazelnuts (no skins) - optional 1 tsp lemon juice P

Healthy snacks for kids

So another school term starts and your kids are coming home hungry and tired. Chocolate bars and crisps are an easy option I know, but let me tempt you with some healthier alternatives that should keep the hunger pangs away which your kids will love just as much... Apple and cinnamon rings (serves 4) These yummy apple rings are a great sweet treat, which are healthy. Apples contain insoluble fibre and pectin, both help keep your bowels regular, whilst cinnamon is a great an

"Mum, I'm going to become vegan".

"Oh - really?" I've never been against veganism and I'm all for eating a mostly plant based diet, but did I want my eleven year old to become vegan? To be honest my initial reaction was no, I didn't. On a selfish basis I knew to eat well (nutritionally well), I'd have to start cooking differently for her and that would mean more work for me to make sure she was eating all the nutrients she required as a growing girl. I was (and still am) concerned that it was a nutritionally

Bread glorious bread

This week marks the end of my three month abstinence of all things dairy and wheat not to mention peas, cannellini beans, kidney beans, yeast, almonds, cashews..... Am I feeling smug having got through a whole three months without some of my favourite foods? Excited that I may now be able to reintroduce them back into my diet? Oh how I have missed freshly baked bread. Many times over the last few months, I've clinged longingly to warm loaves of freshly baked bread, whilst