Kale hummus

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Hummus is perfect for an afternoon snack, I love to dip into it with warm pita bread or tortilla chips. It’s also great for a sharing platter, surrounded by chopped veggies. I always used to buy tubs from the supermarket but it’s so quick and easy to make your own. Once you have tahini in the fridge it lasts for ages and is also great in salad dressings. You can get creative with hummus by adding lots of different veggies. If you don’t have any kale you could try using red peppers, chopped parsley, or even beetroot.

I like my hummus with a bit of bite (not as super smooth as the supermarket bought tubs). If you prefer a smoother consistency you could add some more water when blending the hummus together.

For 1 bowl of hummus you will need 

  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled and roughly chopped)
  • 1/2 tin chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of chickpeas to serve (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to serve (optional)

Method

  1. In a food processor, add the tahini and lemon juice and blend together for 30 seconds
  2. Add the garlic, chickpeas, kale, water and salt and blend for a further minute
  3. Transfer the hummus to a bowl and serve with a few chickpeas on top (you could add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper for a touch of heat!)
  4. Serve with warm pita bread, tortilla chips or raw veggies and enjoy!
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Green goodness salad

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Here’s a recipe for another avocado salad and you’ll get healthy just looking at it! This salad is great at lunchtime as it’s super easy and quick to make and the chickpeas and avocado will keep you going until dinner. The creamy dressing is made with tahini and is really moreish and delicious.

You could really add any veggies you like to this salad, I’ve served it up on a bed of baby leaf spinach but other salad mixes would work well also.

For 1 large salad you will need:

  • 1/2 tin chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon of chopped cucumber
  • 5 cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 1 tablespoon of sweetcorn
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley
  • 1/4 of an avocado
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of honey (or brown sugar)
  • pinch of salt

Method

  1. In a large salad bowl, add the chickpeas, cucumber, tomatoes, sweetcorn and parsley
  2. Bring together the dressing in a separate bowl; add the tahini, lemon juice, honey (or sugar) and salt and give everything a good stir
  3. Pour the dressing over the salad and mix everything together
  4. Place the dressed salad in the middle of a large plate
  5. Arrange some babyleaf spinach around the place
  6. Chop the avocado into slices and place on top of the salad
  7. Enjoy right away!

Avocado Salad

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This salad tasted too good not to share! I thought up the recipe driving home hungry. I was in my van in the sunshine, wishing I wasn’t on the motorway and that I was eating an avocado salad, this avocado salad. It was super quick to make (just some chopping) and you have a wonderful colourful plate that’s both satisfying in flavour and texture.

What you will need for a salad for 2

  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1 large carrot 
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sweetcorn (cooked or tinned)
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • fresh lime juice
  • olive oil
  • salt

Method

  1. Cut up the onion, carrot, cucumber and pepper into small bite size pieces and place in a large bowl
  2. Add the sweetcorn and stir together
  3. Give the vegetables a good squeeze of fresh lime juice, a pinch of salt and a glug of olive oil
  4. Give everything a good mix
  5. Cut the avocado in half, carefully remove the pip and the peel
  6. Serve each salad portion with an avocado half and enjoy!

Red lentil soup

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This is a feel good recipe for a lentil soup that will cheer you up on a rainy day or help you feel a bit more human when you’re under the weather. With lots of vegetables and lentils, it’s pretty well balanced and has plenty of flavour. It’s definitely hearty enough for a main meal if you have a big bowl; and with a large chunk of crusty bread, even better.

For this soup, it’s worth cutting the vegetables into small bite size pieces as it won’t be blended. Also I like to make this soup quite ‘saucy’ (see pic), but if you like a thicker soup, you could add a few more red lentils. 

To make 4 large bowls of lentil soup you will need:

  • 1 medium white onion (diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • chilli flakes (small pinch)
  • oregano (small pinch)
  • 2 large sticks of celery
  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 large russet potato 
  • Approximately 750ml of boiling water 
  • 1/2 cup red lentils 
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • chopped parsley (a good pinch)
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil

 

Method

  1. Chop up all of the vegetables
  2.  Add a little olive oil and the onion to a large saucepan on medium heat. Let it cook until soft and transparent.
  3. Stir in the garlic, chilli flakes and oregano and continue to fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add the celery, carrots and potatoes and cover with the boiling water. There should be enough water to cover the vegetables so that when you stir it they still have lots of space to move around.
  5. Bring to the boil, add a good pinch of salt and then turn down to a simmer
  6. After 10 minutes, add the red lentils and the chopped tomatoes
  7. Let it simmer for around 20 minutes or until the lentils are completely cooked
  8. Depending on your desired soup consistency, you may want to add some more boiling water
  9. Check for seasoning, turn off the heat and stir in the chopped parsley
  10. Let the soup cool for a good few minutes before serving and enjoy!

 

Pomegranate Salsa

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This pomegranate salsa is light and fruity but still perfect as an accompaniment to savoury dishes. It’s very easy to make and is great dipped into with tortilla chips, spooned into a pita bread with some falafel or rolled into fajitas with plenty of veg. It makes a great change to reaching for a jar of pre-made tomato salsa, and is much tastier.

Using the same amount of tomato and pomegranate in this salsa helps keep it light and makes it taste extra special. Therefore, measurements below are just a guide and your own judgement will be better!

To make this you will need 

1/4 Large pomegranate 

1/2 Large red onion

3 Large tomatoes

1 Tablespoon of parsley finely chopped

1 Teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Salt 

Pepper

 

Method

  1. Quarter the pomegranate and carefully separate the molasses in a bowl (watch out for the bright juice on clothes!)
  2. Dice the red onion and tomato into small equal pieces
  3. Finely chop the parsley
  4. Assemble the salsa (try to use the same amount of tomato and pomegranate, and enjoy any spare later)
  5. Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste
  6. Give your salsa a good stir and enjoy!