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    Mexican Rice

    This is something I used to cook way before I started “dieting” and now it seems every time I have it on the menu we end up with a takeaway! Tonight, I finally managed to cook it again and I forgot how good it is for a simple, 1 pan dish. It’s a great way of using up wrinkly veg too as you can chuck whatever you fancy in it. You can also make it vegetarian, which I have done many times before, by simply removing the chicken. Also, you can make it as spicy or mild as you like, as with pretty much all my recipes, this is child…

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    Carrot & Sweet Potato Cakes

    I’ve decided this month I’m going to go as gluten free as I can to see if it helps my stomach at all. My niece has Coeliac disease and it’s supposed to run in the family, I’ve had stomach upsets for years but I always put it down to a bad diet, it’s been a lot better since I changed my diet 2 years ago but I still get the odd flare up and it’s usually when I’ve had pizza or pasta. I do get bloated quite a lot too so even though I know I’m not coeliac, I think I’m definitely sensitive to gluten. I made these potato cakes…

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    Cheesy Garlic Stuffed Mushrooms

    These are probably one of my favourite starters ever and it took me ages to realise that of course I can have them as a lunch! They’re easy to make and don’t take long to cook but yet I still forget about them for months on end then all of a sudden they’ll just pop into my mind and I HAVE to have them!

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    Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

    I’ve never been much of a hummus fan but I decided to give this a go so I’ve got something a bit different for lunch and now it’s got me thinking about summer picnics down the beach. Shop bought hummus can be quite high in fat so this is a healthier alternative. It also doesn’t take too long to make, as long as you have a food processor of course!

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    Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes

    Everybody loves cake, I personally don’t think you will ever find an amazing replacement for the real thing unless you go for mini cakes but you can easily eat a whole packet in one sitting (well I can). I have found a filling replacement in the form of Scan Bran again. I have done a chocolate cake recipe before but this is slightly different and it makes 6 of these full size cupcakes. They are so filling that you won’t want to eat more than 1 or 2 in one go anyway!

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    Homemade Salsa

    We love Mexican food in our house and one thing we always have to have is salsa. The shop bought stuff is nice but it’s nothing compared to a proper homemade salsa! This tastes unbelievably fresh and adds a really nice twist to tacos or fajitas. The first time I made this my daughter said she didn’t want to try it until the sauce was there. I think someone was a little too used to shop bought! She tried it though and that was it, she was hooked. I barely ever buy salsa now, this is cheaper and far tastier.

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    Curry Loaf

    Curry Loaf is by far one of the best things I make! It’s so simple, only uses a few ingredients and it makes enough to last all week. I have mine with salad for lunch or just on its own as a snack when I’m feeling peckish.

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    Sausage & Bean Bake

    The dieting world has gone mad for “pasty’s” lately and they are bloody lovely so I can understand why!! The humble wrap has become a pastry replacement for slimmers across the country and while in town this morning, smelling the sausage rolls as I was walking past Greggs I wondered what other goodies I could try…. Of course! The infamous sausage and bean melt! I have now gone gluten free so I now have even more reason to make things like this as I really can’t eat Gregg’s!

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    Chunky Vegetable Soup

    The weather has turned, the days are shorter and it’s definitely feeling like winter already! That can only mean one thing, it’s soup season!!! There’s nothing better than a bowl of soup on a crappy day and my favourite has always been a tomato based, vegetable one so here’s my Chunky Vegetable creation. You can use any vegetables you fancy really so just see what’s in the cupboard! Root vegetables tend to work best but it’s all about trial and error.

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    Veggie Pasta

    I get asked for the recipe for this on Instagram quite a lot and to be completely honest, it is thrown together out out whatever I have in the cupboards and fridge and it changes every time I make it. Tonight though, I tried to take notice of what went in but it is so versatile that you can make it with whatever you have to hand. It’s a great way of using up any wrinkly veg you may have lying around and you can always add some chicken if you wanted some meat in it. Veggie Pasta is a favourite in our house. We have it once a week…

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