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Posh hummus

This poshed-up hummus with tomatoes and spring onion tastes so much better than shop-bought. Eat as a dip or in falafel wraps – it will be your new favourite.

Posh hummus

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • chickpeas 400g tin rinsed and drained
  • olive oil
  • lemon 1 juiced
  • pitta bread to serve
  • tomatoes 2 chopped
  • paprika to sprinkle
  • spring onions 2 finely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Whizz the chickpeas to a dryish paste in a food processor. Add olive oil and lemon juice to taste and a little water if necessary, keep whizzing. Stir in the spring onions and tomatoes and season well. Dust with paprika and serve with pitta bread.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Chicken quesadillas

These chicken quesadillas make a great spicy snack or meal and couldn’t be easier to put together. Make use of cooked chicken slices and a jar of sweet red peppers to have this on the table in less than 30 minutes

Chicken quesadillas

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • flour tortillas 8
  • chicken breasts 2 cooked and sliced
  • Peppadew sweet peppers 150g drained and roughly chopped
  • red onion 1/2 finely sliced
  • rocket a handful
  • Gruyère cheese or comté 200g grated

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Sprinkle 4 tortilla wraps with the ingredients. Top with the remaining tortillas.
  • STEP 2
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan, add a quesadilla for 3-4 minutes until the tortilla browns, then flip and cook the other side. Repeat with the other quesadillas, then serve in wedges.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Spiced lentil soup

This quick and easy soup is low fat and ready in just 30 minutes. Fry some bacon pieces to sprinkle on top, or add a tin of chickpeas with the veg for a more rustic feel.

Spiced lentil soup

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • oil for frying
  • ginger a small piece peeled and grated
  • cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • chilli flakes a pinch
  • onion 1 finely chopped
  • carrots 2 large peeled and grated
  • red lentils 150g
  • vegetable stock fresh cube or concentrate made up to 1 litre
  • lime 1 juiced to taste
  • coriander a small bunch of leaves

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large pan and fry the ginger and spices for a couple of minutes.
  • STEP 2
  • Add the vegetables and cook for 5 minutes more then add the lentils and stock.
  • STEP 3
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the lentils are tender. Blend until smooth or leave chunky.
  • STEP 4
  • Stir through a squeeze of lime juice and serve sprinkled with coriander.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Chickpea soup with shredded greens and chorizo

This healthy and hearty chickpea and chorizo soup is ready in just 30 minutes. Using chorizo is a great way to impart flavour without the effort.

Chickpea soup with shredded greens and chorizo

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • chicken stock 750ml
  • onion 1 chopped and fried in a little olive oil with 2 chopped cloves of garlic
  • chickpeas 2 × 400g tins drained
  • dried chilli 1
  • spring greens or savoy cabbage or curly kale 150g shredded
  • chorizo 4 slices shredded

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Add the chickpeas to the onion and garlic in a large pan, then add the chicken stock and chilli. Cook for about 10 minutes then stir in the greens and cook for 3 minutes. Spoon into bowls and add the chorizo.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Spiced autumn lamb with butternut squash purée

Lamb is often thought of as a springtime food but a few more months out in the pasture gives a fuller flavoured meat. Try this easy spiced lamb dish as a healthier alternative to your Sunday roast.

Spiced autumn lamb with butternut squash purée

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • cumin seeds ½ tbsp
  • coriander seeds ½ tbsp
  • garlic 1 clove crushed
  • olive oil
  • rack of lamb 2 racks French trimmed
  • butternut squash or pumpkin 500g peeled and chopped
  • butter
  • coriander a small handful chopped

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Crush the spices in a pestle and mortar. Mix together with the garlic and a large slug of olive oil and some seasoning then rub all over the lamb. Leave to sit for half an hour.
  • STEP 2
  • Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Cook the lamb for 20 minutes for pink then leave to rest for 10 minutes.
  • STEP 3
  • Meanwhile, steam the squash until tender then whizz in a food processor with a knob of butter and seasoning. Stir in the coriander. Serve 3 cutlets each with some purée.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Thai coconut chicken

We love a freshly made, aromatic curry, but don’t always have time to make one. This red Thai chicken curry uses ready-made paste, making it achievable as a quick and easy midweek meal.

Thai coconut chicken

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • Thai red curry paste 1-2 tbsp depending on how hot you like it
  • half-fat coconut milk 400ml tin
  • skinless chicken breasts 2 cut into strips
  • green beans 100g
  • cherry tomatoes 100g
  • brown rice 100g steamed to serve

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Stir-fry the curry paste in a splash of the coconut milk until fragrant. Add the rest of the milk and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken and beans and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for another 3 minutes. Serve with brown rice.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Lemon and horseradish prawns with fettucini

Low-Gi and full of fresh, punchy flavours, this prawn fettucini dish is the perfect lunch or a light dinner, plus, it’s ready in just 15 minutes.

Lemon and horseradish prawns with fettucini

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • fettucini 200g
  • cooked peeled prawns 200g
  • horseradish cream 1 tbsp
  • lemon ½ zested and juiced
  • rocket 2 handfuls chopped

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Cook the fettucini following the packet instructions. Heat a little oil in a pan and quickly toss the prawns through it, don’t cook them for too long though as they just need heating through. Add the horseradish, lemon zest and juice and rocket and stir until just heated through, season well. Serve the fettucini with the prawns spooned over.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Devilled chicken

This chicken dish is really easy but full of flavour. Serve with a baked potato and salad for a quick and comforting midweek meal.

Devilled chicken

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • tomato purée 2 tsp
  • white wine vinegar 2 tsp
  • cayenne pepper a pinch
  • mustard powder 1 tsp
  • boneless chicken thighs 4
  • baked potato or baked sweet potato to serve
  • green salad to serve

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Mix the tomato purée with the vinegar, cayenne, mustard powder and a pinch of salt to make a paste. Rub this over the chicken then grill for about 7 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Serve with baked potato and salad.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com

Salmon wrapped in filo

This salmon dish makes for a super quick and easy midweek meal and comes in at under 500 calories. Serve with a green salad and lemon wedges to squeeze over

Salmon wrapped in filo

Ingredients
  

  • Ingredients
  • watercress 2 large handfuls
  • chicken stock 2 tbsp
  • filo pastry 2 sheets
  • salmon fillets 2 pieces about 130g each skinless
  • green salad to serve
  • lemon wedges to serve

Instructions
 

  • Method
  • STEP 1
  • Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Whizz the watercress with enough of the stock to make a paste. Lay out both sheets of filo and put a piece of salmon at the end of each sheet in the centre.
  • STEP 2
  • Spread the watercress paste over the salmon, then fold and roll up the parcels and put them on a baking tray. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the pastry is browned and crisp. Serve with a green salad and lemon wedges.

Notes

Adapted from olivemagazine.com