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Recipe // Leek & Butternut Squash Spaghetti 

It’s been a while since I’ve made a new recipe to feature on here after feeling distinctly uninspired but after a short break to the lakes, I’m back and rearing to go! In a bid to use up leftover veg in the fridge, this meal was one of those ‘chuck everything in a pan and see what happens’ kinda evenings. And I can report, it was bloody delicious! Creamy, cheesy, leeky and super garlicky, which is my kinda pasta dish! Ingredients  1 butternut squash (pre-chopped or like me, a whole one!) 1 red onion 1 red pepper 2 leeks 1 punnet of chestnut mushrooms Garlic paste Ginger paste Double cream – half a tub Low fat cream cheese Salt and pepper to season Spaghetti Once I’d tackled the butternut squash by stabbing it multiple times all over and then popping in the microwave for 6 minutes, I started the recipe! Pop your spaghetti in a pan with a pinch of salt and set on a low heat setting to gently simmer and cook whilst you make …

Recipe // Vegetable Satay Noodles

Whilst we’re not out of the woods yet with the festive period continuing till we welcome in the new year, I don’t know about you but I’m so ready for a change at mealtimes. Out goes the meats, generous helpings of gravy and various types of potatoes and I’m ready for vegetables! My fridge is looking rather sparse at the minute, if you don’t include the various types of cheese and pate (I’ve always got room for you camembert!) except for a couple of veggies knocking around in the chiller drawer. So in a bid to make a tasty yet super speedy meal for 2, I’m rustled up this – a veggie satay noodles dish! Ingredients Noodles – I use dried, egg noodles but it’s up to you 1 courgette 1 red pepper & 1 yellow pepper Half a punnet of chestnut mushrooms Peanut butter – smooth and crunchy Garlic & paprika to season Coconut oil to fry the veggies What’s the method? Well, like I said earlier, it’s really easy. Using up the last …

Recipe // Lime Chicken & Cheesy Leeks

Sometimes I find that I make the same recipes on repeat but since I picked up a copy of the Lean in 15 cook book from Joe Wicks a few weeks ago I’ve been given fresh inspiration and want to create yummy, healthy meals again. Grilled chicken and veg is the oldest ‘healthy meal’ in the book…but sometimes it gets boring so I decided to mix it up with the introduction of spicy, marinated chicken that’s full of flavour and cheesy leeks on the side. I don’t like bland food so anything that combines lots of flavours and a hint of spice is a winner in my book! In my last post I mentioned that I recently went on a shopping trip to the Aintree Retail Park and whilst I was in The Range, I picked up this amazing grill pan. I’m not a fan of the oven in our rented house, so this is a great way to grill meat and veggies together on the hob. I just added a spritz of frylite and …

Food // Holy Guacamole Mexican Recipe

When I’m planning a night-in at the weekend and I’m thinking about what to cook, usually there’s just one type of food on the menu…Mexican! Nachos, burritos, tacos.. you get the jist! I just love spicy Mexican food piled high with homemade guac, tons of sour cream and an (un)healthy topping of cheese! So, last weekend I got to cookin’ in the kitchen and rustled up a huge pan of chilli, cheesy nachos to share and a bowl of homemade guacamole. Plus, we had cocktails, cos what Saturday night in is complete with cocktails?!         Chillies are one of my favourite recipes as you can’t really go wrong. I pack mine with loads of veggies so I feel like I’m kinda being good to my body and make sure it’s well seasoned so I can really taste flavour. Oh and despite there only being two of us, I make enough to feed a small army so I’m usually still eating leftovers with salad for my lunches at work the following week! So, what do …

Food // Sausage & Spinach Pasta Bake

Everyone loves a pasta bake – stodgy, carb-heavy yet so, so yummy. This week is one of those ‘using up the contents of the cupboards’ weeks so what could I rustle up with 1 leek, 1 courgette, 1 jar of tomato & bacon pasta sauce and a pack of sausages? Obvs I went with a pasta bake. And I tell you what, I’m so glad I did! It was really delicious and just the sorta meal I was craving after a day in work and a long-dog walk when I got home. Yeah, pasta bakes can take a little bit longer than usual pasta dishes to prep, but it was so worth the wait. And anything topped with cheese is a winner in my book!    So what do ya need? Half a bag of penne pasta – I made enough for 2 people to eat over 2 week-days. Yep, easy dinners is my jam 6 pack of sausages – quorn or meat, whatever your preference, both work a-ok 300g baby spinach 1 red onion …

Food // Butternut Squash, Spinach & Feta Lasagne

I’m trying to incorporate more veggie-based recipes into our diet and this weekend I gave this lasagne recipe a go – but added my own twist onto it! I love lasagne but never really attempted to make my own till recently. Spinach is now a staple in my fridge and I wanted to try cooking with butternut squash so this lasagne recipe, adapted from Essbeevee, was perfect! I made a couple of adaptions and in hindsight I think it’s needs a bit more flavour so next time I’m gong to add chorizo too. Ingredients  1 punnet of chestnut mushrooms 1 bag of baby spinach 1 red onion 1 butternut squash 2 courgettes 1 yellow pepper 1 leek 6 lasagne pasta sheets Tin of mushroom soup Feta Cheddar cheese It’s really easy to make too! Chop up your veggies and gently fry in a large frying pan. I added garlic powder, black pepper and dried mixed herbs to season. I popped my squash in the microwave for 5 mins to soften so it was easier to …

Food // Spicy Chicken Salad

Every now and I go on a health kick, forgoing avo and toast for a chicken salad instead. So why not enjoy a yummy chicken salad for lunch on this grey Sunday afternoon? Marinade chicken in a sachet of Nandos sauce and pop in the fridge for an hour. Fry with sweet peppers and tomatoes and then later on a plate with lettuce, baby toms, avocado and chorizo. Maybe a bit of feta to contrast the flavours. And serve. Easy peasy salad in just 20 minutes!   

Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

Sometimes I’m in the mood to cool, sometimes I can’t be bothered and there are the odd few days when I know I need to eat healthily. And this is my fail-safe recipe.  Yummy, loads of flavour and kinda on the healthy side, stuffed mushrooms are a winner in my book. So what do you need? It’s dead easy. Take a packet of large open top mushrooms. Full with whatever you fancy. Tonight I fancied garlic cream cheese and cherry toms, which will roast in the oven.     Or you could fry some bacon and top with cheese. Or throw in some onion for good measure.  Pop in the oven for 15-20 minutes. And serve.  Delicious, fuss-free and you’ll feel like you’ve treated your body to a little bit of goodness afterwards! 

My top 3 cookery books

Cooking is one of my favourite pastimes.Curling up after a long day in work with a stack of cookery books, sifting through the chapters choosing my meals for the week is such a great way to relax. We may be in June but I’m loving trying new soup recipes, salads and tasty veggie dishes. I blogged about my Salads for all Seasons cookery book last year but now the sun is finally making an appearance, it’s high time I got it back out again! Last week I had a week off work and it’s safe to say, I indulged. Almost Famous burgers which are just too tasty to resist, cocktails and snacks a-plenty. But I want to feel back to me. Forget massive weight loss goals, that’s not what I’m about. I just want to feel great – in and out. Yeah, it sounds cheesy buy hey, it’s what I’m going with! For my birthday I was bought the Get the Glow book by food blogger and nutritionist Madeline Shaw. It features her 6 week programme …