Butternut squash ‘quin and cheese’

Butternut squash quin and cheese

Well, summer’s over and autumn has officially arrived. And to prove it, I spent most of last week recovering from my first seasonal cold (bleurgh 🙁 !)

But aside from annoying niggly autumn illnesses, I kinda like this time of year – and that counts double for autumnal food!

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Crockpot turkey Mexicana – five ways

Slow cooked turkey enchilada bowls

love my slow cooker.

The only problem is, I’m scared to use it to its full potential.

I mean, it’s not natural to leave the house while a powerful electrical item’s still heating up food in your kitchen. And that’s coming from the girl who checks her straighteners are switched off 10 times before going out in the morning!

Nevertheless, when I do use my slow cooker (while I’m still in the house, obvs!), it always serves me well. (more…)

Five-ingredient detox juice

Four-ingredient detox juice

Bear with me before I reveal the recipe for this super simple five-ingredient detox juice – I’m about to go on a blog rant!

It’s not often I write rants (I usually share them verbally!) so that’s kind of why I wanted to mix a recipe with this post. Think of it as a reward for listening to me go on (or you could just skip the next bit and jump straight to the recipe if you like – I promise I won’t be upset!) (more…)

Beet berry smoothie bowl

Beet-berry smoothie bowl

The trouble with putting weird ingredients in your smoothies is that you’re never quite sure how the end result will taste.

Then, by the time you’ve blended the whole thing up, if it tastes bad you’ve wasted perfectly good food (and in my case you’re left without brekkie).

Luckily this experiment worked!

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A selection of green recipes

Green recipes

You know those times in life when you get really busy, and you sort of just stop bothering to look after yourself? 

It starts with a long day and a ‘once-in-a-while’ comfort food treat, and spirals until you can’t even remember what a salad looks like any more.

OK, I’m probably being over dramatic, but I’m really starting to notice what used to be manageable cravings turning into daily mealtime staples that I think about eating at least 90% of the time I’m awake!  (more…)

Almond and basil chicken strips

Almond and basil chicken strips

I love it when random flavour experiments just work.

Usually, in my case, they don’t – so much so, that I’ve built up something of a reputation with my husband for cooking ‘weird things’!

So I surprised even myself last week when, in a still half-asleep state, my almond milk and basil flavoured breakfast smoothie concoction actually tasted nice.

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Turmeric roasted vegetables with spelt

Turmeric roasted root vegI don’t know if you’ve heard, but apparently there’s a new super food in town.

Healthy foodies across the blogosphere are celebrating the anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, disease-fighting properties of turmeric, thanks to the powerful antioxidant compound that gives the root vegetable its yellow colour – curcumin.

A quick Google search will tell you that turmeric root can be used to fight cancer, delay the onset of diabetes and even alleviate depression.

Sadly, I’m no nutritionist, so I can’t claim scientific authority on the subject. But what I do know is that turmeric gives food a deliciously spicy kick (and is really hard to get out of your fingers!)

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Apple and basil breakfast smoothie

Apple and basil smoothie

I read an article recently on how being healthy has become kinda trendy of late.

Supermarkets are stocking foods like kale and quinoa as commonplace, picking up a green juice instead of a coffee in the morning no longer elicits cries of “Ooh get you being all healthy!”, and passing on Saturday night vino for fear of messing up Sunday’s training plans is definitely less ‘frowned upon’.

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Roasted vegetable aubergine bruschetta

Roasted aubergine bruschetta

I’m sure you’ve asked someone this question at least once today: have you given up anything for lent?

I never usually do (I don’t trust my own willpower!) but after learning to live life sugar free in January, then failing spectacularly to continue the challenge with a brownie binge last weekend, lent’s given me the perfect excuse to try it out for another 40 days.

The one thing I know I’ll miss (aside from chocolate and cake) is store-bought bread. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it tastes nicer than making your own, but it is a lot easier to grab on a lunchtime sandwich run!

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Raw cacao overnight oats

Raw cacao overnight oats

What’s your Valentine’s Day habit?

I say ‘habit’ because, well when you’re with someone for a while you tend to stick to a bit of a V-day tradition!

Ours? An M&S meal + wine for £10 (or Waitrose if we’re feeling fancy!)

This year though there’ll be no ready meals on the table. That’s mostly because I’m attempting to stick to a no sugar diet – and Mr Rinroad’s basically on one by default! (more…)

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