Lentil Dahl with Roasted Root Vegetables

This dahl is full of texture and flavour. It is a lovely warming dish for this time of year.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil (or alternative cooking oil)

2 carrots peeled and chopped

2 parsnips peeled and chopped

2 sweet potatoes peeled and chopped

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

some fresh ginger chopped

2 teaspoons curry powder

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 cup red lentils

2 cups water

a bunch of fresh coriander

This recipe makes 3 servings

Step 1: Put carrot, parsnip and sweet potato in baking dish along with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Roast in oven for at least 30 minutes.
Step 2: Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a pot and cook onion, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes.
Step 3: Add in curry powder and turmeric and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
Step 4: Add in chopped tomatoes, lentils and water. Bring to boil and simmer for 20 minutes.
Step 5: Stir roasted vegetables and fresh coriander into lentil dahl.
Step 6: Enjoy hot! If you have some leftover put it in the fridge and reheat it the next day.

Parsnip, Potato and Leek Soup

A change from the traditional potato and leek soup. Parsnips add a nice creamy texture and sweet flavour to the soup.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 leek chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

some fresh ginger chopped

2 teaspoons curry powder

4 parsnips peeled and chopped

3 potatoes peeled and chopped

1 litre water

This recipe makes about 5 servings

Step 1: Heat olive oil in a big pot and cook leek, garlic and ginger for 2 minutes.
Step 2: Add in curry spice and cook for another minute.
Step 3: Add in parsnip and potato. Stir well.
Step 4: Add in water, bring to boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes.
Step 5: Blend until smooth.
Step 6: Enjoy hot! If you have some leftover you can put in the fridge and reheat the next day.

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Harissa Spice and Yogurt

This whole roasted cauliflower looks and tastes so good! It makes a great side dish.

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Ingredients

1 head cauliflower

1 teaspoon harissa spice seasoning (or you could use harissa paste)

2 tablespoons yogurt

about 100ml water

 

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Step 1: Wash cauliflower and remove outer leaves. Make indents in the top of the cauliflower with a knife so it will be easier to cut later. 

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Step 2: Mix harissa spice and yogurt together to form a paste. 

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Step 3: Spread harissa yogurt mixture over cauliflower. Put in baking dish. Add about 100ml water to dish.  Roast in oven preheated to 180 c for at least 1 hour. 

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Step 4: It should look like this when it’s done.  Cut into pieces and enjoy as part of your dinner. 

Stir-fried Spinach with Garlic

This is my favourite way to cook spinach. It tastes great and it literally only takes 2 minutes to cook. It makes a great side dish.

 

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Ingredients

1 teaspoon olive oil

1-2 cloves garlic chopped

spinach (use as much as you think you will eat)

 

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Step 1: Heat olive oil in a wok and cook garlic for 1 minute. 

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Step 2: Add in spinach and stir-fry for another minute. 

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Step 3: Enjoy as part of your lunch or dinner. 

Simple Granola

This granola is really easy to make. You can use whatever nuts you have. I like to have it for breakfast with berries and yogurt.

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Ingredients

10 tablespoons porridge oats

10 tablespoons nuts (I used a mixture of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds. You can use whatever nuts you have)

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons olive oil

 

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Step 1: Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl. 

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Step 2: Transfer mixture to baking dish lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly. Bake in oven preheated to 180 c for 15-20 minutes. 

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Step 3: Take out of oven and allow to cool. 

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Step 4: Break into pieces and store in a container. Enjoy some for breakfast with fruit and yogurt. 

Carrot and Bean Tagine

This tagine is very simple and quick to make. All the spices used add great flavour.

 

This recipe makes 3-4 servings.

 

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion chopped

3 cloves garlic chopped

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

half a teaspoon ground cinnamon

half a teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon honey

4-5 carrots peeled and chopped into chunks

about 100g green beans chopped

about 100ml water

2 tins mixed beans

2 handfuls fresh coriander chopped

juice of half a lemon

 

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Step 1: Heat olive oil in a pot and cook onion and garlic for 4-5 minutes. 

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Step 2: Add in cumin, coriander, turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper and honey. Cook for another minute. 

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Step 3: Add in carrots, green beans and water. Cover pot with lid and cook over a low heat for 10-15 minutes. 

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Step 4: Add in mixed beans and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Taste carrot and green beans to see if they are cooked to your liking. I don’t like them to be overcooked. 

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Step 5: Stir in fresh coriander and lemon juice. 

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Step 6: Enjoy hot! I had it with quinoa. You could also have it with rice or couscous. If you have some leftover you can put it in the fridge and reheat it the next day. 

Vegetable Pasta Bake

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A very simple, tasty pasta bake recipe.

I used my favourite lentil pasta for this. I like it because it’s high in protein. You can use whatever type of pasta you have though.

You can use whatever vegetables you have in this as well. I used courgette, yellow pepper and asparagus. You could also use carrot, cauliflower, sweet potato, etc. It’s very flexible.

This recipe makes 2 servings.

Update: Some vegetables like carrots and sweet potato will take a bit longer to cook. If you cut them in smaller pieces they will cook faster. You could also cook them in the tomato sauce for 5-10 minutes to soften before putting everything in the oven. 

 

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic chopped

1 tin chopped tomatoes

1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs

about 150g pasta (any type)

selection of vegetables (courgette, pepper, asparagus, carrot, cauliflower, etc.)

 

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Step 1: Heat olive oil in a saucepan and cook garlic for 1 minute.

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Step 2: Add in chopped tomatoes and dried mixed herbs. Bring to boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

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Step 3: In another saucepan cook the pasta according to packet instructions.

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Step 4: Chop up whatever vegetables you are using.

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Step 5: Put pasta, tomato sauce and vegetables in baking dish. Mix well. Bake in oven preheated to 200 c for at least 30 minutes.

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Step 6: Enjoy hot! Serve with salad or steamed vegetables. If you have some leftover you can put it in the fridge and reheat it the next day.

 

 

Chocolate Biscuit Cake

This is so simple to make and it tastes so good! Try not to eat it all at once. 😉

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Ingredients

150g dark chocolate

50g butter

1 tablespoon honey

8 digestive biscuits (broken into pieces)

2 handfuls almonds

1 handful raisins

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Step 1: Melt chocolate, butter and honey in a saucepan over a low heat.

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Step 2: Remove from heat and mix in digestive biscuits, almonds and raisins.

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Step 3: Transfer mixture to baking dish lined with parchment paper. Put in fridge for at least two hours to set.

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Step 4: Take out of fridge and cut into squares. Enjoy 🙂

Lentil Coconut Curry

Another simple, tasty curry recipe.

I used potato, carrot, cauliflower and green beans in this dish. You could also use other vegetables like sweet potato, celery, butternut squash, etc.

This recipe makes 3-4 servings.

 

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Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil (or alternative cooking oil)

1 onion finely chopped

2-3 cloves garlic chopped

some fresh ginger chopped

2 teaspoons curry powder

a handful of cashew nuts

1 potato peeled and chopped

2 carrots peeled and chopped

about 100g cauliflower chopped

about 100g green beans chopped

1 cup red lentils

2 cups water

1 tin coconut milk

some fresh coriander or parsley

 

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Step 1: Heat olive oil in a pot and cook onion, garlic and ginger for 3-4 minutes.

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Step 2: Add in curry powder and cashew nuts and cook for another 1-2 minutes.

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Step 3: Add in potato, carrot, cauliflower and green beans. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring continuously so that the vegetables are coated in the spices.

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Step 4: Add in lentils, water and coconut milk. Bring to boil, then simmer for 20 minutes.

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Step 5: Stir in coriander or parsley.

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Step 6: Enjoy hot. Serve with rice. If you have some leftover put it in the fridge and reheat it the next day.

Overnight Oats (12 layers)

I had these overnight oats for breakfast today. Made with porridge oats, yogurt, berries, almonds and mixed seeds.

I prepared everything last night. I had 12 layers:

Layer 1: 1 tablespoon yogurt

Layer 2: 1 tablespoon porridge oats

Layer 3: a few almonds

Layer 4: some berries

Layer 5: 1 tablespoon yogurt

Layer 6: 1 tablespoon porridge oats

Layer 7: a few almonds

Layer 8: some berries

Layer 9: 1 tablespoon yogurt

Layer 10: 1 tablespoon porridge oats

Layer 11: some berries

Layer 12: some mixed seeds

 

Having loads of layers means loads of great textures and flavours.

In the morning I just took it out of the fridge, added a little honey and ate it. So good! 🙂