Fast mushroom soup

250g mushrooms, I used half and half forestier to chesnut mushrooms, roughly chopped 1 very large red onion, chopped A tbsp dried thyme A blob of butter for frying onion and mushrooms in 3 tbsp thick cream 500ml veg stock I used my soup maker, which is an excellent purchase. It is morphy richards and…

Moroccan chickpea and cauliflower burgers

This is inspired by this month’s Tesco magazine! I’ve adapted it to use rice flour and reduce the carb content as well as a few other healthy tweaks. The result is excellent. Really firm, substantial burgers. We had one in bread (crusts removed to reduce overall carb content) and a second on its own, with…

Spinach and ricotta aubergine lasagne

Delicious and carb free. Dead easy to make as there’s no faffy cheese sauce to do as an extra. 2 aubergine, thinly sliced lengthways. About 1cm thick. These are your lasagne pasta sheets. 300g, or thereabouts of passata (be sparing otherwise your dish will be too wet) One large onion, diced 2-3 garlic cloves, diced…

Garlic prawns with peas and beans

Pan fry frozen prawns in a bit of hot oil and garlic (or alternatively buy frozen garlic prawns). Fry them until the prawns are pink all over. About 4-5 mins. In the microwave put a bowl of peas, edame beans, black beans (half a tin drained and washed) and sweet corn (if you like) with…

Cottage pie with cauliflower and leek topping

This is more of an idea than a recipe. Make bolognase with minced beef, a tin of chopped tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, chopped veg and a tsp of sugar. Cook it then ladel it into a dish. Top it with half and half cauliflower to leeks (about 500g of each for a small dish). Chop and…

Mini pork and beef burgers in a pita bun

Use one third pork mince to two thirds beef mince and mix it together. The amounts will depend on how many burgers you want to make. Then season with salt and pepper, quite a lot of both – there’s nothing worse than an underseasoned burger. I snipped in oregano and rosemary (only the tender new…

Greek yoghurt with chia, lemon and local honey

If you like thick, creamy yoghurt then you must try Aldi natural greek yoghurt at about £1.25 a tub. It’s out of this world. This morning I squeezed in a good quantity of lemon juice, maybe a table spoon into 1/3 tub yoghurt, then stirred in 1tsp of local welsh honey made down the road…

Aubergine and chickpea tagine with quinoa

One aubergine, sliced lengthways then each half sliced into half moons 4-5 echalion onions sliced lengthways 2 largeish carrots sliced into short lengths 1 beetroot halved and sliced into half moons 1 largeish preserved lemon chopped into small cubes 1 tin chickpeas, drained and washed A good handful of say 8 mini tomatoes A few…

Bolognase with black bean spaghetti

A bramley apple sized ball of mince beef from the butcher. Probably about 200g weight. 1-2 carrots 1 large red onion 2 sticks celery 6 brown mushrooms quartered 1 green pepper Put all the veg except the mushrooms in a chopper and finely dice (or do it by hand) Put oil in a large saucepan…