Ingredient: olive oil

Homemade Baked Beans

Homemade Baked Beans

Baked beans make a tasty topping to many things including toast, jacket potatoes, crumpets and baked sweet potatoes. Straight from a tin they are quick and simple but can often contain more sugar and salt than is necessary. Making them yourself helps to control this…

Harissa & Maple Glazed Root Veg & Chicken Traybake

Harissa & Maple Glazed Root Veg & Chicken Traybake

I was inspired to make this dish when I came across a recipe for a maple and harissa spiced glaze on the Vitamix website. It suggested you pour it over carrots, but I wanted something more substantial so I came up with this instead. The…

Smokey Hake & Sweet Potato Stew

Smokey Hake & Sweet Potato Stew

This simple stew is packed full of smokey flavour, which is enhanced by the use of smoked hake. You could easily use any smoked white fish, such as coley or haddock if you prefer. Its a very warming bowl of nourishment that will also fill…

Maple Glazed Chicken & Sprouts

Maple Glazed Chicken & Sprouts

I made this recipe with slight trepidation as I really wasn’t sure how the sprouts would taste when cooked in the slow-cooker. I’ve learnt that I like sprouts, so long as they aren’t mushy inside from being over cooked. I was also nervous that the…

Bacon, Sprout and Chestnut Stir-Fry

Bacon, Sprout and Chestnut Stir-Fry

This was a quick throw together meal that I made as I didn’t have the time to make what I planned at the beginning of the week. So I made it up as I went along and was very pleasantly surprised by the end result.…

Roast Bacon, Sprout & Chestnut Lentil Salad

Roast Bacon, Sprout & Chestnut Lentil Salad

This makes a festive, nutritious and filling lunch or small dinner. If you want to make it more substantial, then add some roasted sweet potato to the mix or serve it with some toast. Roasting the bacon allows it to crisp up nicely and the…

Chestnut Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

Chestnut Pesto Pasta with Spinach & Mushrooms

This is a homemade pesto with a difference. Great for that festive time of the year if you have any chestnuts that need using. If you don’t have chestnuts then the classic pine nuts would work just as well. I served mine with some venison…

Salmon with Griddled Avocado & Barley Salad

Salmon with Griddled Avocado & Barley Salad

This makes for an incredibly filling and nutritious meal. Griddling the avocado makes it go gooey inside and adds a lovely creaminess to the dish, while the barley, sweet corn and peas keep the texture interesting. You can ramp up the spice rating if you…

Barley Risotto with Bacon & Chestnuts

Barley Risotto with Bacon & Chestnuts

Its December and so the chestnuts are becoming more readily available in the shops. They are an ingredient that I’m still learning about, so I tend to only buy them pre-cooked for ease. This barley risotto was inspired by a recipe on BBC Good Food…

Healthy Sausage & Chips

Healthy Sausage & Chips

Sometimes you just need a plate of food that takes you back to childhood. Eating food is not meant to be a chore. It’s meant to be fun. It’s meant to bring back happy memories and be a sociable occasion that you can share with…

Stir-Fried Turnip, Cabbage & Mushrooms

Stir-Fried Turnip, Cabbage & Mushrooms

The star of this dish is the stir-fried vegetables. The protein and carbohydrate sources can be switched around to suit your likes and requirements. Bare in mind though that the vegetables are quite dry, so you may need to add some moisture or flavouring to…

Slow-Cooked Chicken, Sausage, Root Vegetable & Barley Stew

Slow-Cooked Chicken, Sausage, Root Vegetable & Barley Stew

I’m starting to use my slow-cooker a lot more these days. Its great for when i’m out all day and back late from training, as usually at this point I have very little energy or enthusiasm to cook, and I’m usually already starving. If I…