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Roast Sweet Potato, Lentil and Spinach Salad

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Great for gut health, perfect for meatfree monday. This is a delicious dressing and takes no time to put together.

Roast Sweet Potato Lentils and Spinach Salad with a Dark Tahini Dressing

Serves 4
2 Sweet potato peeled and cubed
1 tbsp oil
1tbsp Ghormez Sabzi (Optional, See below)
1 tin puy lentils (precooked, 240g Weight)
4 large handfuls baby spinach washed
25g feta shaved finely or in small pieces

Dressing
1 large tbsp tahini (dark if you can get it)
1 clove garlic
1tbsp lemon juice
1tsp honey
1tbp apple cider vinegar
50ml water
Blend everything and taste for seasoning if necessary

Toss the sweet potato in the oil, sprinkle over the Gormez Sabzi and roast for about 15 minutes until cooked
Toss with the spinach, lentils and the feta and add the dressing and mix gently to coat.
Serve.

Note Gormez Sabzi is a mix of dried herbs, chives, fenugreek, parsley and coriander. If you don’t have it simply combine ½ tsp of any of the above dried herbs you have and use as outlined.

Quinoa & Pecan Burgers with Hummus & Tzatiki

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We eat a lot of beans pulses and grains whether in currys or like this in a burger. Upping the amount of these in your diet and swapping out meat a few times a week is great for you and your food budget. Full of fibre as well as other macro and micro nutrients, these really make you feel satisfied and full and are easy and quick to prepare. You could also make these with cooked bulghar if you would prefer. They are a bit delicate though so the best thing to do is cook them gently on the pan without moving them round loads!.
A chill in the fridge before hand is a must!

Quinoa and Pecan Burgers with Hummus & Tzatiki

125g quinoa cooked according to instructions
1 tbsp rapeseed oil
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove of garlic mashed and chopped
50gr chopped pecans
1tsp each of ground cumin and coriander
Zest of a lemon
1tso chopped red chili
2 spring onions chopped
2tbsp each of chopped chives and coriander
Tzatiki and Hummus to serve

Makes 4
Heat the oil and cooked the onion and garlic over a medium heat until translucent and cooked
Stir in the cumin coriander, chili and lemon zest then mix to combine.
Tip the quinoa, pecans, spring onions, fresh herbs and onion mix into a food processor, season well and pulse to combine but don’t turn it into mush.
Form into 4 patties and place on parchment paper in the fridge for at least an hour.
Heat some oil and fry the burgers two at a time for 2 minutes a side until golden. Do not move around when cooking.
Serve with the Hummus and Tzatiki on a burger bun with salad of choice.

Spicy Baked Eggs

I dont know where we would be without eggs, we eat so many each week. They are our dessert island food. This recipe is perfect for the weekend, and works so well with a slice of crusty toast to dip while you enjoy the flavors. Spices, herbs, a delicious kick from the feta and eggs baked to perfection.

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Spicy Baked eggs with Pistachio and Yoghurt Dipping Sauce

Oven at 180C

Serves 4
1 white onion
1 tsp fennel seeds (pounded)
2 cloves garlic chopped and mashed
1 tsp smoky paprika
1 tsp chopped chilis in oil or more to taste
1 tin chopped tomatoes
100ml water
8 eggs
2oz chopped feta
1 tbsp chopped chives
Pepper to season according to taste

Dipping sauce
4 tbsp natural thick yoghurt
4 tbsp chopped pistachios
1 tbsp each chopped chives and flatleaf parsley

Mix everything and set aside until needed.

For the Baked eggs

Heat the oil over a medium heat, add the onion, fennel, garlic, paprika and chilli , stir well and cook until the onion is soft

Add the tin of tomatoes and the water, stir well to combine and cook over a medium heat until the sauce has slightly thickened

Divide the sauce across 4 oven proof dishes or 1 large enough to hold everything, make wells in the sauce and break in the eggs. Sprinkle the feta and push slightly into the sauce, season with pepper if using and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes until the white is opaque and cooked through.

Sprinkle over the chives and serve with the dipping sauce and some sourdough toast.

Peanut Caramel Cups

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So I’m on a sweet theme this week but these are just 2 bites of deliciousness, easy to make, easy to carry into work to give away as this makes 21!

Peanut Caramel Cups

4oz peanut butter of choice
75gr Tagatose* or regular caster / icing sugar
40gr coconut oil
175gr dates
100ml water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
150gr good quality chocolate
15gr slivered almonds, toasted.

Beat the peanut butter sugar and coconut oil together until smooth.
Spoon into the base of little petit four parchment cases and put into the fridge to set.
Meanwhile add the dates and water to a pot, stir in the bicarb and cook over a medium heat until the dates are soft. Blend to a thick puree and let cool.
Spoon the date caramel over the peanut butter base, press it down and place back into the fridge to set.
Melt the chocolate over a bain-marie over a low heat.
Spoon the chocolate over each of the cups, ensuring it covers the complete top of the date caramel. Sprinkle over the chopped almonds if using.

I used Tagatose as a sugar replacement , It’s a great lower calorie low GI sugar replacement which also has a prebiotic in it to increase beneficial bacteria in your digestive system. Available in health goods, simply substitute with caster or icing sugar if you don’t have it.

Cardamom and Honey Roasted Winter Veg with Chicken

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This is a very simple recipe which uses your favourite winter vegetables warmed with cardamom and honey and served with a cooked chicken breast. We are all busy and this is easy to organise and cooks quickly in the oven.

Serves 6

6 chicken breasts

200gr each of carrots, parsnips, celeriac, sweet potato each or other root vegetables of choice.

4 cardamom pods lightly crushed

2 tbsp each of honey and oil

Coarse sea salt and pepper

Oven at 200C

Coat the vegetables in a little olive oil and roast at 200deg for 30 minutes, turning at least twice.

Season the chicken and sprinkle over a little oil of choice.

After 10 minutes, add the chicken breasts to another tray in the oven and cook for about 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked.

Mix the oil, honey and cardamom and pour over the veggies, stirring well to ensure evenly spread and continue cooking for a further 15 – 20 minutes until lovely and golden. Season liberally with salt and pepper and transfer to warm serving dish to serve with the cooked chicken.

Serve with some greek style yoghurt mixed with chopped mint and a crushed garlic clove.