Smoky rice and beans

This might not be the most picturesque meal you ever cook, but it’s healthy, vegetarian and full of protein from the black beans and numerous health benefits from brown rice, which gives you plenty of selenium, manganese, fibre and has low GI, if that’s something you’re watching for. There are four aspects to this meal:…

Fruity mediterranean chicken

I love dishes that start with a combination I’ve never tried before! And this one certainly did – with onions, fennel, cinnamon and chicken all making early appearances. The original recipe describes this as southern Italian style chicken, but to me it tasted almost more mediterranean. Jamie Oliver also suggests a few ingredients like preserved…

Chilli bowl

The recipe I found to make this originally has got lots of comments about how this is better than an average chilli, and I certainly agree. There was a great depth of flavour and also just the right amount of heat to make you take notice but not so much that you need a pint of…

Tomato and thyme baked cod

This is one of the best weeknight recipes I’ve found. It’s quick, delicious, healthy, and doesn’t actually need any fresh ingredients (and this is a good thing when you get home in the evening, after a long day, and realise you don’t have any fresh ingredients in the house!) It’s also very flexible (you can…

BBQ chicken cobb salad

I’m pretty sure this is the best salad ever. I found it on the aptly named damndelicious website and it definitely is that. It’s high in protein, with chicken, bacon and egg, and also has 3 different veg as well as beans for an added bonus. The only (arguable) downfall of its brilliance is that it…

Spicy turkey chilli con carne

You need a few different things for this chilli but they’re not hard to get and that’s what puts this chilli above the other, somewhat bland, bolognese style chilli’s I’ve made before. Once you add the spices in, the taste and texture completely change and the whole thing takes on a new flavour. Ingredients for…

Quickest steak, lentil and veg salad

Although this meal is quick, everything does sort of happen at the same time, so make sure you’re prepared! In the spirit of speed, I’ll get right to it: For two servings: 2 x sirloin steak 250g pre-prepared puy lentils 40g walnuts 2 tomatoes 1/2 red onion handful of spinach 2 tbsp nut oil (or olive…