Disordered eating? Time to get real….

It’s true that our size can have little to do with our health – if you’re a yo-yo dieter who has tried all the fad diets over the years (with January resolutions and approaching summers prime time for leaping for the latest diet ‘miracle’) it’s very likely that your body is totally confused. There are…

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Summer means strawberries….

The summer’s here, and the summer means strawberries. There are many ways to use them, apart from the ever-wonderful lusciously red slivers drizzled with cream. They go surprisingly well with pepper, basil, and in salads and savoury dishes, expanding their versatility beyond cakes, desserts and preserves. So I’m sharing a way of maximising the seasonal…

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Keep calm with duck….

Although spring has officially sprung here in the northern hemisphere, the evenings are still chilly enough to want warming food, so here’s a luscious, comforting recipe that can make a great family supper or an easy dish for entertaining. It also has a wonderfully calming effect on the brain, making it good for anxiety, so…

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Seaweed sandwich, anyone?

If your consumption of sea vegetables thus far on your culinary journey has been limited to a bit of sushi from the supermarket, then you’re missing out. Whether it’s for flavour or health, seaweed is a fantastic food to add to your diet, and best of all, it doesn’t have to be from imported sources…

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Quick Tips for Annoying Niggles….

Some physical niggles are very irritating, we don’t want to bother the doctor with them and the solution seems impossible to find. Simple additions or exclusions from our diet are often the answer, so if you or anyone you know is plagued by any of these common problems, try these easy remedies: 1. Restless legs:…

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Easter Dessert with a Healthy Twist….

As we hit the Easter celebrations, if you’re preparing to entertain the family for Easter Sunday lunch, you might be wondering what to make for dessert that is light yet indulgent, easy to do, and people-pleasing with a seriously healthy edge. For me, a cake using healthily alternative ingredients like ground almonds, polenta and dark…

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How to make your own bone broth

Bone broth, or stock as we call it in the UK, is a rich source of gelatin, enhancing protein absorption, plus important trace minerals. For those who can’t eat much dairy, stock is also an important natural source of calcium. incredibly healing and nutritious, it’s worth making and freezing so that there is always some…

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Gluten – friend or foe?

Gluten isn’t always the culprit when we have problems with digestion or the gut in general. Bread isn’t the enemy! In reality, proper bread is your gut’s friend. So, how do you know whether you really do have a problem with gluten, or whether it’s something else? And how do you find a loaf that…

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April Foodie Health Focus – Happy Hormones!

Our relationship with our hormones is a long one. For women particularly, the 40-odd year relationship can be like a rollercoaster, filled with twists, turns, and stomach-churning effects, expected or otherwise. So how do we keep our hormones balanced, and avoid upsetting the very delicate equilibrium? Food is certainly a major part of our toolkit,…

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Feed your brain with this easy dhal…..

Here’s a recipe for a delectable dahl with homemade naan, very easy, and a great way of eating more pulses to boost the intake and absorption of brain-balancing, mood-enhancing nutrients essential for mental health, reduce inflammation and generally provide a delicious dose of healthy comfort food. For an added aspect, make the naan breads to…

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Sweeteners aren’t so sweet…..

For those who want to know exactly how aspartame (and other artificial sweeteners) damage our bodies, here’s a good article by Dr H J Roberts, well respected medical researcher and scientist. Scary stuff, but hopefully it will get people to understand and spread the word (especially to friends and family buying anything they think is…

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Top 5 Tips for a Flat Stomach

Top five tips for a flat ‪stomach – fitness classes or the gym might be the way to get abs you can bounce a coin on, but try the following things to get a flatter midriff today: 1. Swap white, processed carbs for granary/wholegrains: avoiding bread, pasta and rice should only be done under professional supervision, after…

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Clean Florentines

100g almonds, roughly chopped 100g oats 40g dried apricots, chopped small 40g dried blueberries 40g dried cranberries 30g coconut oil 50g coconut sugar 1 1/2 tbsp honey 20g buckwheat flour 150 ml coconut milk 200g dark chocolate Preheat the oven to 170 degrees, and line a baking tray with baking parchment. Mix the almonds and…

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Sweet on Corn

You can’t drive anywhere in our beautiful county at the moment without seeing fields of sweet corn ears standing tall and straight, waiting for harvest. As a child, I loved nothing better than freshly picked corn on the cob, hot from the pan, and dripping with melted butter which ran down my chin as I…

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The Happy Brain – A Framework

We all want good mood, clear thinking, focused concentration and a sense of calmly coping with everything the day brings. Did you know that what and how you eat has a massive impact on all of those brain functions? The creation and balance of neurotransmitters, plus the interplay with your adrenal glands and blood sugar…

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Asparagus season is here…..

There are so many ways to enjoy asparagus while the season lasts and it’s at its best – lightly streamed, in a tart, in a str fry, wrapped in prosciutto or bacon, or just drizzled with butter, or with a luxurious sauce. Try this luscious hollandaise to go with the new season’s asparagus. Gorgeous! Hollandaise…

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The Walnut has landed!

After a few days of strange, unusual, and if I’m honest, chaotic events (culminating in nearly running over a suicidal seagull focused only on the lollipop clamped jealously in its beak, proving how dangerous junk food is!), I was thrilled to receive the inaugural copy of Walnut magazine – I was approached to write foodie health articles…

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Eggs Florentine

Eggs are the ideal breakfast or light lunch choice. As a direct source of acetylcholine, the substance that works as a neurotransmitter in the brain promoting focus and concentration, it’s perfect for a day that needs you to stay sharp mentally. It’s also great for keeping you feeling fuller for longer, and getting a portion…

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Avoiding dairy products

There are many reasons people try excluding dairy products from their diet, not least because they think they have a reaction to them. In reality, nothing should be excluded without proper diagnosis of an issue with the food – sometimes stress or other factors could be at the root of your symptoms, so excluding a…

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A Week’s Menu . . .

Only suggestions . . . use your imagination!     Breakfast Mid-morning snack Lunch Mid-afternoon snack Dinner Monday 2 scrambled eggs cooked in olive oil or a little organic unsalted butter, on wholemeal or rye toast. Scramble the eggs with a little spinach or have them with grilled tomatoes. Sliced pepper (any colour) with hummus…

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Clear outs can be delicious…

Make a scrumptious onion and sage soup today, and kill two birds with one stone – clear out onions from the veg box or fridge, and fight allergies at the same time! It might not be classic hay fever season, but our immune systems benefit from the boost that onions’ allergy-fighting nutrients bring to the…

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Oh, what a mega pesto!

So, what’s a naturally nourishing seasonal recipe for January to begin the year as healthily as possible? The winter, and especially January, are kale season, so a lovely kale recipe it is! Kale is everywhere at the moment, and rightly so – it’s the daddy of nutritious greens. It’s a potent source of plant betacarotene,…

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Calories? Or nutrients?

The sugar detox is one of the flurry of wonder-diets that appear in a veritable blizzard even before the last bell of new year has died away. The inevitable bandwagon is rolling along predictably, gathering so many passengers that it must be in danger of toppling over. The original sugar detox guru does use sweet…

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It’s all in the gut….

Interesting stuff – we know gut flora is so important to health that it should be designated as an organ or system in its own right, and here’s yet more evidence that the gut affects mood, stress response and brain function. Decreased social anxiety among young adults who eat fermented foods Grab your FREE Your…

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Spiced Pork Loin

Finding an inexpensive, simple but tasty meat option for an evening meal can be a challenge, so here’s a great way to get a nutritious, lean and delicious dinner on the table with very little effort. Pork loins are very versatile, and as long as they are not allowed to dry out or overcook, they…

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Winter Warming Pork

This recipe is a simple, spiced roast that’s quick and easy for a week night, but equally good on an autumn Sunday. The spice rub adds warmth and colour as well as incredible flavour, while the spices themselves are brimming with health benefits. I’ll save that for a separate post! The roasted onions, coated in…

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What to Eat – The Rules

Eat: – always eat breakfast, and try to eat it within an hour of getting up (whether you’re hungry or not!) – eat three meals and two snacks a day; – eat 4 or more servings of wholegrains. – eat fish. – eat whole foods, like wholegrains, lentils, beans, nuts, seeds, fresh fruit and veg, and…

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How To Detox

When you eat a whole, natural diet, detoxing to ‘cleanse’ your system isn’t necessary. Our body is a powerful cleansing and healing organism all on its own, but modern life can cause toxins to build up; stressful times can leave us sluggish; there can be many reasons why a few days to take the pressure…

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Stress Management

Identify the cause: causes of stress can include a hectic work schedule, lack of sleep, imbalanced blood sugar, intensive athletic training, bereavement, divorce, etc. Seek ways to remove the stress from your life if possible, and seek outside help if required such as counseling. You could consider therapies such as Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), hypnotherapy or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)…

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10 Easy To Use Superfoods

In nutritional terms, a superfood is a nutrient dense food packed full of vitamins and minerals and other health promoting properties, which may help to boost our health and protect us from diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Some are over-hyped! All real foods are superfoods in a broad, well balanced natural eating regime, but some…

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Alternatives to Wheat

An intolerance or sensitivity to wheat is a common cause of tiredness, loss of concentration and digestive problems. Stop to consider how often it is eaten, possibly at every meal (cereal or toast for breakfast, a sandwich for lunch, and pasta in the evening, any biscuits, cakes or snacks during the day). While it’s fine to try…

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Additives to Avoid

COLOURS  102,104,107,110,122,123,124,127,128,  129,132,133,142,151,155,  natural colour 160b (annatto)  PRESERVATIVES  Sorbates 200, 201, 202, 203  Benzoates 210, 211, 212, 213  Sulphites 220, 221, 222, 223,  224, 225, 226, 227, 228  Nitrates, nitrites 249, 250, 251, 252  Propionates 280, 281, 282, 283  ANTIOXIDANTS  Gallates 310, 311, 312  TBHQ, BHA, BHT 319, 320, 321  FLAVOUR ENHANCERS  Glutamates incl MSG…

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Acid Alkaline Foods

The basic premise is that we should have alkaline and acidic foods in a ratio of 70/30, though this varies wildly! Some alkalising diets advocate drastically reducing all acid-forming foods, including fruit, meat, dairy and even green tea. Some charts determine acidity or alkalinity on the food before it is consumed. The effect the food has on the…

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Zinc for health…

What do you really need to keep your immune system strong from season to season? Well, enough of everything, to stay really balanced and healthy, but some nutrients play pivotal roles in our health, and zinc is one of them. Zinc is one of the most important nutrients in immunity and healthy weight, so to…

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Are you feeling SAD?

SAD, or seasonal affective disorder, is more common in the UK than we might think. Weak, watery winter sunshine, if we get any at all, doesn’t exactly encourage us to get out and about, leaving us at risk of low vitamin D and serotonin levels. So if you, or someone you know, seems to retreat…

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Flu-fighting Veg

Supercharge for winter! Which vegetable superfoods are the best choices to ward off colds and flu? Obviously all veg is good, but to maximise nutrient intake in simple ways, some are better all rounders than others. Cabbage is a good choice, containing cancer-fighting glucosinolates, though a better choice would be watercress. This is a powerhouse…

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Catalan Chicken

While this might take a while to marinade, it’s spectacularly quick to cook, and delivers a comforting dish in no time that the whole family will love. Chicken is one of the best foods for supporting brain function, stress, mood and mental health, so if you’ve had a hard day at work, this is what…

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Thai-style Chicken Soup

When it comes to healthy comfort food, soup and curry are kings! This is an absolutely gorgeous hybrid of both. Whether it’s the depths of a frosty winter, or a sunny summer’s day, Thai food goes down a treat, bursting with health and flavour. The protein of chicken and the good fats of coconut milk…

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Mushroom and Kale Risotto

This is a lovely, indulgent meal when you have a bit more time, and want to produce an impressive supper with healthy credentials. It doesn’t get healthier than kale and mushrooms. Kale is one of the most nutritious greens, and the humble mushroom has been shown to be a veritable supercharged superfood with recent research…

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Quick Soda Bread

There’s a perception that making your own bread is time-consuming, tricky work that can just as easily see you end up with a doorstop as with a fragrant, fluffy loaf. Fear not, though – there are some recipes and ways to make bread that almost guarantee an edible result you can be proud of! To…

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Pumpkin Soup

Print Pumpkin Soup Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 30 Total Time: 40 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 900g prepared pumpkin flesh, cut into chunks 2 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 leeks, trimmed and sliced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground ginger 900 ml…

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Quinoa Biscuits

Print Quinoa Biscuits Author: Jane Hutton Cook Time: 15 Total Time: 15 minutes Yield: 18 1x Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 60g quinoa 60g cornflour 100g rice flour 125g light brown sugar 3/4 tsp baking powder (gluten free if desired) 1/2 tsp bicarb 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 75 ml olive oil…

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Chicken and Courgette Stew

Print Chicken and Courgette Stew Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 15 Total Time: 15 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 2 chicken thighs, bones removed salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp olive oil 1/2 onion, peeled, sliced 75ml/21/2fl oz white wine 1/2 courgette, chopped 200g/7oz tinned tomatoes 85g/3oz cooked…

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Grain Free Nut Cake

Print Grain Free Nut Cake Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 5 Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 150g hazelnut or almond flour 6 eggs 60 mls honey (pref raw and organic) 50g unsalted butter Instructions Preheat the oven to 170°C and grease a cake tin. Place all of the…

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Pork, Chorizo and Beans

Print Pork, Chorizo and Beans Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 20 Cook Time: 45 Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 2 tsp rapeseed oil 600g/1lb 51/2oz pork shoulder, cut into serving pieces 150g/51/2oz chorizo, cut into serving pieces 1 medium onion, sliced 1 birds’-eye chilli, seeds…

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Chicken and Broccoli Pie

Print Chicken and Broccoli Pie Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 35 Cook Time: 30 Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x For the chicken and vegetables 500ml chicken stock 950g chicken breasts 500g baby onions 500g purple sprouting broccoli 50g butter 225g button mushrooms 350g mascarpone 1…

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Balsamic Chicken Salad

Print Balsamic Chicken Salad Author: Jane Hutton Cook Time: 10 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 500g skinned and boned chicken breasts, diced 300 ml Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing 1 tsp Dijon mustard Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste 500g firmly packed fresh spinach, chopped a pack/large handful…

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Chicken Hotpot

Print Chicken Hotpot Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 20 Total Time: 20 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 1.6kg whole chicken 1 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 bunches spring onions, white part only, sliced lengthways in half 100g carrots, sliced 100g butter, melted 100g fresh peas 600ml boiling chicken stock 1 garlic…

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Kale and Walnut Omega Pesto

Print Kale and Walnut Omega Pesto Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 10 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 100g chopped walnuts 1 tsp salt 100g kale, ripped into pieces 2 cloves of garlic, minced organic rapeseed, flaxseed or extra virgin olive oil (or a mixture of all three)…

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What’s naturally nourishing in….. December?

With Christmas on the doorstep, and some wonderful seasonal greens, here’s a healthy diet side dish that’s not just suitable for the Festive Feast, it’s great all through the winter for some serious nutrients, and uses the love-them-or-hate-them Marmite of greens – Brussels sprouts! There’s no doubt about it, sprouts cooked properly are gorgeous green…

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Breakfast Frittata

Print Breakfast Frittata Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 10 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 500g good quality sausage meat (as meat or from peeled sausages) 1 large sweet potato or 2 medium to small, diced 1 bag (500g approx) fresh baby spinach, chopped 1 green onion, diced…

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Chicken and Bean Chilli

Print Chicken and Bean Chilli Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 15 Cook Time: 20 Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil 1 large onion, finely diced 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 red pepper, sliced 1 yellow pepper, sliced 1 tin of cannellini beans, rinsed…

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Pea Guacamole

Print Pea Guacamole Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 5 Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 350g peas (fresh, or defrosted frozen) 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 spring onions, trimmed and chopped Finely grated rind and juice of 1 lime 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1 tbsp extra virgin olive…

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Simple Smoothies

Print Simple Smoothies Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Various fruits, juices, milks, yogurts, boosters and seeds! Instructions – half a papaya, 1 just ripening banana, Koko (or coconut water, almond milk or water), blueberry probiotic yogurt, a scoop of greens powder, and a generous helping of raw cacao powder, whizzed…

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Spiced Giant Cous Cous

Print Spiced Giant Cous Cous Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 400 mls of good quality stock, chicken or vegetable 150g puy lentils 2 tbsp rapeseed oil, for frying 1 medium onion, chopped 165g giant couscous 1 tbsp ras el hanout spice blend (or to taste) 150g Greek yogurt…

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Spiced Sweet Potato Soup

Print Spiced Sweet Potato Soup Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 15 Cook Time: 20 Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 2 large sweet potatoes, cut into half inch cubes 6 inch piece of fresh ginger, grated or minced 1 onion, chopped 2 tbsp coconut oil stock, preferably organic,…

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Tahini and Coriander Hummus

Print Tahini and Coriander Hummus Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 5 Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 75g tahini 1 clove of garlic, crushed 1 large courgette, chopped (the scooped out flesh of a roasted aubergine could be used here, or use both) 50 mls of oil (organic…

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Rich Ratatouille

Print Rich Ratatouille Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 15 Cook Time: 20 Total Time: 35 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 6 tbsp rapeseed oil 2 large aubergines, cut into 1 inch chunks 4 small courgettes, sliced into 1 inch chunks 1 red and 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and cut into…

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Almond Milk

Print Almond Milk Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Almonds Water Instructions Soak the almonds overnight or up to 2 days. Place the almonds in a bowl and cover with about an inch of water. They will plump as they absorb water. Let stand, uncovered, overnight or up to 2 days.…

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Avocado Guacamole

Print Avocado Guacamole Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 5 Total Time: 5 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 2 large ripe avocados 1 small red onion, chopped 1 chilli, deseeded and finely chopped, or chilli flakes (optional) 1 garlic clove, crushed juice of 1 1/2 limes rind of 1/2 a lime…

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Cannellini Bean Soup

Print Cannellini Bean Soup Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 20 Total Time: 30 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 2 cans of chopped tomatoes with herbs 250g cavolo nero, Savoy cabbage or kale 1 can of cannellini beans rapeseed oil extra virgin olive oil seasoning to taste Instructions…

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Coconut Flour Cookies

Print Coconut Flour Cookies Author: Jane Hutton Yield: 8 1x Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 3 tbsp coconut flour 2 tbsp cold butter 1 tbsp raw honey Pinch of sea salt Instructions Preheat the oven to 180 C and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse all ingredients together in…

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Edamame Energy Dip

Print Edamame Energy Dip Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 250g edamame beans (thawed if from frozen) 3 cloves of garlic 50g baby spinach 20 mls white miso 50 mls coconut oil 50g tahini lime juice to taste (1-2 limes) seasoning sesame seeds, poppy seeds or pumpkin/sunflower seeds Instructions…

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Easy Dhal

Print Easy Dhal Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 100g dried black lentils, soaked overnight – this breaks down certain substances that can hinder digestion, and makes nutrients more available. 1 can of red kidney beans, rinsed 1 onion, finely chopped rapeseed oil a small chunk of butter 1/2…

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Fruity Choc Chip Protein Bars

Print Fruity Choc Chip Protein Bars Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 375g flaked almonds 250g pecans, lightly toasted 75g ground flax ¾ teaspoon ground cinnamon 75g dried unsweetened cranberries 7 large dates, pits removed 75g dried unsweetened blueberries ½ teaspoon vanilla ½ tablespoon honey 4–5 tablespoons water 75g…

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Honey Roasted Chickpeas

Print Honey Roasted Chickpeas Author: Jane Hutton Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 400g (14oz) tin chickpeas 25g butter 2 teaspoons of good quality (preferably local) honey Instructions Preheat the oven to 200°C. Melt the butter and honey together in the microwave for 20 seconds at a time until the butter is…

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Raw Chocolate Spread

Print Raw Chocolate Spread Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 10 Total Time: 10 minutes Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 125g approx chopped hazelnuts 3–4 tbsps raw cacao powder 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil 120 mls approx Koko or nut milk 4 tbsp maple syrup 2 tsp vanilla extract a pinch of…

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Chickpea Fritters

Print Chickpea Fritters An easy lunch or light supper, full of vegetable protein goodness (and batter; let’s not forget batter……) Author: Jane Hutton Prep Time: 10 Cook Time: 10 Total Time: 20 Ingredients Copy to clipboard Copy to clipboard Scale 1x2x3x 2 cans of chickpeas 3–4 large carrots, grated 300g hard feta, chopped 4 eggs…

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Colds and Flu Fighting Veg

Supercharge for winter! Which vegetable superfoods are the best choices to ward off colds and flu? Obviously all veg is good, but to maximise nutrient intake in simple ways, some are better all rounders than others. Cabbage is a good choice, containing cancer-fighting glucosinolates, though a better choice would be watercress. This is a powerhouse…

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Healthy crisps….??

I was working with my healthy weight loss group last night, talking about cravings (and what is often missing when we crave certain types of food) when we got on to the realm of triggers for over-eating or bad choices. Boredom, stress, hunger, cravings – all of these came up again and again. Once you’re…

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Spectacular spinach!

Spinach is one of those green leafy veg that mothers and grandmothers have exhorted us to eat for generations. Clearly they knew something, well before the age of nutritional research! Calorie for calorie, spinach provides more nutrients than any other food, topping the rankings for nutrient richness and diversity.  Bursting with high levels of a spectrum…

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Antioxidant Apple Clafoutis

It’s apple season! Apples are a quintessentially English fruit, and the beginning of autumn sees us almost literally rolling in them. The old adage about keeping doctors away by eating a daily apple isn’t actually far from the truth, and as healthcare goes, there are much less delicious ways to keep the change-of-season bugs at…

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Get Your Courgettes!

As summer ends and autumn approaches, courgettes really come into their own. Whether green or yellow, these members of the squash family have a mild flavour, but with an array of health benefits, give them a starring role while they are so fresh and juicy. Chock full of manganese and vitamin C. courgettes don’t just…

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The power of pak choi….

As a cruciferous vegetable, pak choi is fast becoming a more popular vegetable in its own right, not just used as part of asian cooking. A member of the cabbage family, it’s one of the highest nutritionally ranked vegetables, providing high amounts of more than 21 nutrients. Even more brilliantly, as well as the usual…

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Rocket, the wonder leaf!

Rocket isn’t just a lovely low calorie  part of a summer salad; it has a wonderfully spicy flavour that can add a peppery note to omelettes, pizzas, or savoury tarts. Not just a tasty ingredient, rocket is a potent health weapon. A rich source of phytochemicals such as indoles, thiocyanates, sulforaphane, and iso­thiocyanates as well…

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Fabulous Fennel

Fennel is another of those ‘marmite’ foods – you either love it or hate it, depending on whether or not you’re a fan of the flavour of aniseed! Its flavour is also rather different raw, thinly sliced in a salad, than it is cooked. An easy vegetable to cook braised, roasted or as a gratin,…

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