Herby chickpeas with yoghurt

 

I absolutely love chickpeas and trying new ways of serving them. Usually I go for the tinned variety as that is the most convenient option, but lately I’ve been buying dried chickpeas, cooking them in large batches and freezing them to use for hummus and dishes like this one. It’s not too much of a faff if you do a big batch each time, and works out to be more cost effective. Chickpeas have a rather earthy flavour with a touch of nuttiness, and I love cooking them with lots of spices, particularly cumin and chilli.  These spicy and herby chickpeas can be served as a simple side dish or lunch alongside a salad.

 

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Chocolate and peanut butter chia pudding

 

Here’s another make-ahead breakfast idea that you’ll love. Let’s just say that it lives up to it’s name, it’s so delicious that breakfast will feel like dessert! This easy chocolate chia pudding is made with peanut butter and coconut to make it extra satisfying and get your day off to a tasty and wholesome start.

 

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Tandoori chicken

 

I recently got my hands on a beautiful new cookbook by Zorah Booley (creator of In The Midnight Kitchen). “The Everyday Low-FODMAP cookbook” is filled with delicious recipes designed around good gut health, to help soothe inflammation and reduce the symptoms associated with IBS. The book includes everything from comforting side dishes to breakfasts, easy meals to decadent desserts, and more. And with such a gorgeous selection of dishes no-one ever needs to feel left out or deprived when following the Low-FODMAP diet.

 

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Make-ahead lunch box filler ideas

 

I hope you’re all settling into the new year and 2022 has gotten off to a smooth start! Personally, I’m still trying to get back into work mode, but it’s tricky with the kids at home on holiday. They will be returning this week though, and that means that lunch boxes will be added back onto the daily to-do list! 

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5 ingredient honey and seed bars

 

Happy New Year! I hope that 2022 has gotten off to a good start – maybe you’re still on holiday (yay!). I had a short break over Christmas which was just wonderful. We stayed home and enjoyed lots of eating, swimming, napping and quality time with the fam, just what the doctor ordered. We also hosted Christmas dinner at our place which was very special. Of course it went all too quickly and I had a to-do list waiting for me on Monday morning. Including sharing this short and sweet recipe for these easy and tasty honey and seed bars.

 

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Festive chocolate and coconut cookies

 

Let’s fit one more recipe in before the end of the year shall we? I’ve been seeing so many beautiful holiday bakes over on Instagram lately, which has given me even more inspiration to get baking (not that I need much motivation in that department). Cookies and Christmas just go together perfectly!

 

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Christmas mince pie brownies

Christmas mince pie brownies with melted chocolate

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! I won’t lie, the last few weeks have probably been the busiest and most stressful of the year and I cannot wait to close my laptop at the end of next week and prepare for Christmas as well as enjoy some down time at home with the family. Bring it on!

 

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Chocolate smoothie bowl

Chocolate smoothie bowl top shot

 

The warmer weather means that smoothies are featuring more regularly on our breakfast and snack menu at home, and chocolate smoothies (not surprisingly) are my favourite. Not only are they delicious but they’re filling too, not to mention filled with wholesome ingredients – love it! 

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