Souped Up Soup (2-3)

This is from Ruth Watson’s ” Fat Girl Slim”, a book for those of us who want to watch our weight without “dieting”. She also suggests optional extras for when you have already shed those extra pounds. I like to make it using the New Covent Garden Souper Green Soup when this is available, but any carton of fresh vegetable soup will do. You can use any green vegetables or mushrooms in the soup, depending on what you have in the fridge. It’s great for those days when you want to eat a relatively healthy supper but don’t really want to cook.

Mustardy Cauliflower Cheese (4)

Yotam Ottolenghi and his team have developed some great recipes for cauliflower and you will find a few of them appearing on this site over time. This is one of my favourites from his most recent book ” Simple”. It can be served as a side to meat or sausages but i like it on its own, or perhaps with brown rice , jacket potatoes or chips if I am feeling naughty….

Roasted Root Panzanella (4)

I love to eat roasted root vegetables and last night i cooked this recipe from Anna Jones’s ” A Modern Way to Eat”. Panzanella is usually a dish for late summer when tomatoes are at their very best, but this makes a great alternative for other times of year. I used a seeded granary bread, which worked very well, but sourdough would work well too. I’m going to eat the rest tonight with some grilled goats cheese over the top. You could also have a green salad alongside.

The Butternut squash can be replaced with other varieties of squash for example onion, acorn, kabocha or Crown Prince.

Asparagus and Cashew Stir Fry (2)

The first of the english grown Asparagus is now starting to appear in the shops and I am always looking for new ways to cook it. This is a super quick supper from Anna Jones that you can serve with rice or noodles. Make sure everything is prepared before you start frying.

You can replace the asparagus with some purple sprouting broccoli for a variation.

Halloumi with Harissa (2)

I love this recipe for baked Halloumi from “Bazaar” by Sabrina Ghayour. She suggests serving it with bread, but I like to serve it on top of some puy lentils. I recently added some fried shitake mushrooms to the lentils and that worked well too.