New 5:2 Diet Explained

New 5:2 Diet? Yes it's been updated and you're going to love the changes.

The original 5:2 diet was based around a two day fast each week where men consumed 600 calories or less on those two days and women consumed 500 calories or less.

The Science Behind the 5:2 Diet

The new 5:2 Diet. Updated for 2017 with more calories, science, tips and recipes. #vegetarian #vegan

The 5:2 Diet was created by Dr Michael Mosley, who introduced it to us in a 2012 BBC Documentary Eat, Fast and Live Longer

When Michael was tested in the documentary he discovered his body was a third fat which put him at a higher chance of heart disease or cancer. After he changed his diet and followed the 5:2 diet his chances lowered quite dramatically.

The scientific facts behind the 5:2 Diet

  • We all have a growth hormone called IGF-1. As a child this hormone helps us to grow, but as an adult it ages us. High levels of this hormone can increase our chances of getting heart disease, diabetes or cancer. To reduce our chances we need to lower this hormone.
  • An intermittent fast diet like the 5:2 Diet helps to lower this hormone and our bodies go into 'repair mode' rather than 'growth mode'.
  • This was found to be the case in scientific tests as well as studies of a small group of people in Ecuador who have much lower levels of IGF-1 and very rarely develop cancer and other age-related diseases.

A personal story

While I was doing the 5:2 diet I often spoke about it to friends at work and indeed a few of us tried it. During one of these conversations an Indian friend backed up the data about the benefits of fasting and how it helps present against disease. She said in India her parents, aunts, uncles,  grandparents, great grandparents and so on all fasted one day a week and there has never been any heart disease, cancer or any other age-related diseases in her family

The new 5:2 Diet

As I mentioned before, the 5:2 Diet has been updated. Michael Mosley is now suggesting we can eat 800 calories while doing the 5:2 Diet. In a article in The Telegraph he said “You don't need to stick to 600 calories. Cutting down to 800 calories a day seems to be almost as effective and for some people much more ‘doable’.

Tips for the updated 5:2 Diet

  1. Eat 800 calories or less two days a week
  2. Space out your fast days, don't do two together, this just makes it harder.
  3. To make the larger 800 calorie count work more effectively, eat dinner earlier the night before your fast and eat breakfast later the day after your fast.
  4. Try to stay within the recommended daily amount of protein while fasting. Many people eat too much protein and this limits the effect on the growth hormone. The recommended daily amount is 0.8 grams of protein per kilo of body weight. There is an online calculator to help you.
  5. Drink plenty of liquids on fast days. Water is best, but you can drink tea or coffee. 8 glasses a day is recommended.
  6. Try not to consume empty calories on fast days, so no alcohol (it's good for you to give this up a couple of days a week anyway), crisps, cakes or sweets. I have a healthy chocolate mousse you can try if you want a sweet treat and it's only 126 calories per portion. A square of really good quality of dark chocolate is a good option too, if you have that craving.
  7. Do a bit more exercise while following the 5:2 diet. Just walking more or climbing stairs instead of taking the lift can help. 

I'm going to give this a go. I followed the 5:2 diet when it was developed in 2012, then again the next year, but I found it was sometimes hard to get organised and back into it again after a break for a holiday or for Christmas and New Year. I lost 1-2 lbs a week while I was doing the diet and felt energised and positive on my fast days, but I found it helped to have a friend doing the diet too. If you don't have a friend doing the 5:2 diet, there are some supportive fast groups on Facebook.

Help with the 5:2 Diet

I have a great guide to the 5:2 Diet, with calorie counting, recipes and tips, but you can also find more info on The Fast Diet website. You may also want to read about Michael Mosley's new Blood Sugar Diet which incorporates the 5:2 diet.

If you have a 5:2 diet story or tips please share them with us.


Meat Free Mondays - 19 June 2017

Happy Monday!

How are you my friends? Me, I'm super excited! I'm heading to Milan this week with some of my blogging buddies. My hubby and wee one are staying at home and carrying on with their normal week. I better bring something nice back for them.

Meat Free Monday

I still need to plan and prepare some meals this week though and that's where Meat Free Monday comes in. One day of meat free eating for some and every day for others. Whichever category you fall into, I hope you leave inspired.       UPDATE AT END OF POST!


Scottish Oaty Cranachan with Strawberries

We Scots love our oats and this Scottish Oaty Cranachan is a good example of how fabulous oats can be. I know you probably use them to make the occasional bowl of porridge but do consider them when making dessert too.

What is cranachan?

First of all let me help you pronounce it, here we go, cran-i-kin.

Cranachan is an old Scottish dessert that was originally called cream crowdie and was traditionally served at harvest time. It was made with crowdie cheese, a creamy cheese which was mixed with cream and oats and a little bit of honey to sweeten it. When raspberries were in season they would be added and if a crofter was feeling flush he would add a spot of whisky.


Overnight Sweet Potato Oats - Wake up to Organic

Wake up to Organic

That's today's theme and the reason I'm sharing these overnight oats with you. As a good Scot's lass I usually make porridge out of oats, but it's nice to change things up from time to time and these overnight sweet potato oats are a delicious addition to a breakfast table.

Independent stores across the country served up free breakfasts as part of the Wake up to Organic campaign, but I think we can do more at home and make ourselves some really interesting breakfasts instead of just pouring cornflakes into a bowl.

A simple recipe for sweet potato overnight oats that's high in vitamin c & iron. This recipe is dairy free and vegan.

As well as these overnight sweet potato oats, try some homemade tattie scones with beans, some chocolate chip & raisin scotch pancakes or a chocolate cherry smoothie bowl.


Meat Free Mondays

Happy Monday! How are you?

You may see a few changes to Tinned Tomatoes blog. I've had a blog upgrade and I'm rather pleased with it. Of course I have loads of work to do behind the scenes to get everything upgraded and quite how it should be, but I'm getting there (slowly). There may be a little less posting for a few weeks, but I'll try to post at least a couple of times a week.

As well as the refresh, Tinned Tomatoes has been nominated for a Good Housekeeping Award, if you have a minute, please vote

Now on to the recipes for the week. Meat Free Mondays is all about trying a veggie diet at least one day a week, but I like to give you options for the whole week. I do hope you try some of them.


Red Pepper Sweet Chilli Sauce

Do you ever make your own sauce? Too often we reach for the ready made versions in the supermarket, but it's actually easy to make sauce at home and you can tweak the flavour to suit yourself. My latest batch is a red pepper sweet chilli sauce. 

I've made a sweet chilli sauce before, but this time I decided to add red pepper for a fuller flavour and a pinch of paprika for a smoky edge.

A simple red pepper sweet chilli sauce that has so many uses including a topping for veggie burgers, a drizzle for salad wraps and a marinade for tofu. Sweet, smoky and delicious! It's fat-free, very low in sodium and a good source of Vitamin A & C. Only 28 calories per tablespoon.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Comvita Manuka Apple Cider Vinegar

I also used Comvita Manuka Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar in this sauce which gives it a wonderful sweetness as well as the health benefits of Manuka Honey. The vinegar is a combination of naturally fermented apple cider vinegar and New Zealand UMF 5+ Manuka Honey and bush honey. It is also unpasteurised and can be used as a tonic or salad dressing.

Of course my vegan readers can use standard apple cider vinegar, it will just be a bit less sweet and a bit sharper.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (29 May 2017)

*UPDATE* at end of post

Happy Monday everyone. How are you and how was the start of your week?

Last week we were hitting between 26 and 28 degrees Celsius here in Scotland. The sun was splitting the pavements as we like to say, but now we're back to more familiar Scottish weather for May. Yup! It's raining and a little chilly.

I'm sitting in my conservatory typing this up. We just have a wee house so our conservatory which leads out from the kitchen and overlooks the garden is our dining room. 

It's my favourite room in the house at the moment. In the winter it can be a bit chilly unless the door to the main house is open all day with the heating on, so it becomes a bit of a clothes drying area and is less used for dining. 

It's now had a spring clean and we've replaced our dining table (the old one was too big) and hung floral bunting and fairy lights around the windows. It's looking very bonnie indeed. I'm sitting in the glow of the pink fairy lights listening to the pitter patter of the rain, but enough of all that. You'll be expecting some new recipes to tempt you for the week ahead and I aim to please.


Vegan Lentil and Mushroom Burgers

These are proper vegan burger with a rich and earthy taste. Unlike the frozen versions you find in supermarkets, these have no additives or weird ingredients. They can also be shaped into falafel-sized balls and baked in the oven.

I hoped to share this vegan lentil and mushroom burger last week during National Vegetarian Week, but I shared so much and just didn't have the time. It really took over my week.

I do love a homemade veggie burger though, so I had to share it with you.

This lentil and mushroom burger comes from the new cookbook Green Kitchen at Home.

In case you haven't stumbled across it, Green Kitchen Stories is a vegetarian blog from Stockholm, where David and Luise blog share a little about their lives and healthy vegetarian recipes. This isn't their first cookbook. Check out the other titles, Green Kitchen Smoothies; The Green Kitchen;  Green Kitchen Travels and Vegetarian Everyday.


Meat Free Mondays - 22 May 2017

Happy Monday my friends.

I usually give you a wee snapshot into my week on a Monday before I share the Meat Free Mondays recipes with you, but this week I thought I'd show you where I work. Doesn't it look lovely and colourful?

I work in a children's library. I've worked here for 20 years now and I can't tell you how much fun it is spending time with all the kids from babies to teenagers. I have a blast all week helping kids find just the right book, singing songs at Bookbug (rhyme time), telling stories to toddlers and doing crafts and activities with the kids in the holidays. I also have a knitting club for kids each week and a code club, where kids can learning computer coding.

All that and I get to decorate the library and paint murals on the windows. Yes, they pay me for this! I used to work full-time, but I cut my hours when I had Cooper and then again when I got so busy with my blog, but I'm still there a few days a week having fun.

So now I've told you a bit about my week, it's time to share some recipes with you. As usual they are awesome and a big thank you goes out to all the bloggers who contribute each week. I hope you leave inspired and go veggie at least one day this week.


Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns

Don't they look good?

These BBQ 'Shroom Buns are from Food Love Stories brought to you by Tesco. You must have seen the billboards, recipes in store or videos in your Facebook stream? I've rather enjoyed them. They're much more appealing than the run-of-the-mill supermarket campaigns and it's great they have recipe cards for their customers to try, which consider different dietary needs.

I have a Tesco in walking distance from my house, which is handy, although we've always bought our groceries there because they've always been a good supermarket for veggies to shop in. I can get everything I need in the one shop. Now I'm cooking vegan meals and they're helping me out with that too. I'm seeing more and more vegan products in-store every week.

Vegan BBQ 'Shroom Buns

There's a huge selection of dairy-free products including vegan milk, cheese, cream, yoghurt and creme fraiche and the freezer aisle is filling up with lots of savoury and sweet products, including a new chocolate ice cream from Alpro, which is blooming delicious!

Then there's all the fresh produce, the free-from section, the superfoods and lots of other vegan products dotted around the store. It's making life much easier for us, they're really supporting the vegan community. A vegan diet really can be quick, affordable and tasty.

Check out my post Best 60 Vegan & Dairy Free Products (UK) to see some of my favourite vegan products from Tesco.


Roast Vegetable, Veggie Sausage & Halloumi Wraps - National Vegetarian Week

Hands up who loves halloumi?

It's rather moreish, isn't it? I love it in a salad, on a toastie, on top of a burger or in a wrap. Today I bring you a wrap that would be fabulous for lunch or add a salad and it would make a substantial dinner. A roast vegetable, veggie sausage and halloumi wrap to be precise.

That smokiness from the roast vegetables, some garlicky green pesto, peppery salad leaves, some cooked veggie sausages and freshly cooked halloumi, all crisp and golden on the outside and chewy in the middle. Yum!


Three-Tin Tomato, Turmeric & Coconut Dahl - National Vegetarian Week

Three-Tin Tomato, Turmeric & Coconut Dahl - National Vegetarian Week

We love dahl in this house, although I usually spell it dal. It can also be spelled daal or dhal and it's really hard to find a definitive answer, but as this isn't my recipe, I shall stick to calling this tomato, turmeric and coconut dahl.

My favourite dal or dahl, is made with spinach and coconut and I love it so much I never try making variations of it, but this one looked so good. I was won over.

This recipe comes from The FODMAP Friendly Kitchen by Emma Hatcher.  


One Year's Subscription to Readly Giveaway - National Vegetarian Week

Imagine reading all these magazines each month. It would cost a fortune wouldn't it? 

Not with Readly. Readly is an online magazine reader service. Unlimited access to thousands of magazines for only £7.99 a month. You couldn't even buy two magazines for that. Even better you can share it with your family as you can load Readly on to 5 different devices and you can download the mags to read while you are offline.

Sounds amazing doesn't it?

I've been trying it out and I've found it really easy to use. It can be used on iOS or android, so you can load it on to phones, tablets and PCs. You just sign up, then download the app from your app store and start reading as soon as you're ready.

Here are my favourite magazines so far:

  • Jamie
  • Veggie
  • Olive
  • Thrive
  • Healthy
  • BBC Good Food
  • National Geographic Kids
  • Beano
  • Good Housekeeping (yes I've hit that age)
  • PC Advisor
  • Tech Advisor

Would you like to win one year's subscription to Readly worth nearly £100? 


Quick Blender Broccoli and Stilton Soup - National Vegetarian Week

Cheese doesn't make an appearance in my soup very often. Most soups I make are vegan anyway, which suits everyone and means less cooking for me. This broccoli and Stilton soup is an exception.

I had a craving!!!

It was all Helen's fault. 

I work with Helen and she caught me at a hungry moment. She started telling me that she was going to make broccoli and Stilton soup that night. I could think of nothing else for days.


Meat Free Mondays - National Vegetarian Week 2017

It's National Vegetarian Week and I'll be bringing you veggie news every day this week. Recipes, giveaways and cookbook reviews. Today I'll start with Meat Free Mondays.

For those of you unfamiliar with Meat Free Mondays, it's a social movement, where people promote a vegetarian diet and encouraging everyone to try and eat vegetarian at least once a week. Every Monday throughout the year I bring you seven new featured recipes for the week ahead and let you decided how many days you want to go veggie. There's always plenty of inspiration.

So without further ado and in line with veggie week, let's get stuck in!


Best 60 Vegan & Dairy Free Products (UK)

When Graham first decided to become vegan we really struggled with it. A lot of the veggie dishes I cooked were vegan anyway, but there wasn't really any good alternatives for the things that make vegan living easier and no quick bites to grab on the go.

10 years on and Graham tried again, this time it was a lot easier. I was more aware of vegan options when I was cooking and there were more and more products available. He's now been vegan for 5 years and we mostly eat vegan now, although Cooper and I are still vegetarian. Graham of course always eats vegan and maybe one day Cooper and I will complete the move across too.

Today I'd like to share with you our favourite vegan products. Dairy alternatives, dairy free ingredients as well as treats such as crisps, sweets and chocolate. 

Just remember that a vegan diet should start with fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, seeds and pulses. These are the building blocks of a healthy diet. Other items should be a smaller part of your diet. Check out my recipe index for lots of easy and healthy vegan recipes.

I mostly shop at Tesco as it's close to me and I can find everything I need, but most supermarkets have a good range of vegan products or are starting to improve.


Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Peanut butter and chocolate chip banana bread - vegan recipe from

I've made another vegan banana bread. I don't know what it is, but there always seems to be leftover and rapidly browning bananas in my house. I add bananas to smoothies and I take them to work to snack on, yet there are always leftover bananas. Never mind, that means Graham gets some scrummy banana bread quite regularly.

I added chocolate chips as usual. Let's face it everything is improved with a spot of chocolate. I also added peanut butter this time and a swirl of caramel on top.

The caramel is completely optional. I know caramel isn't usually vegan, but this one is coconut based. Isn't everything these days? I got it in M&S. It's rather pricey, but it's actually lasted a while. I've added it to a few things and there's still plenty left.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (8 May 2017)

Happy Monday!

How are you?

Have you had a good week? Does it feel like the weeks go by quicker and quicker or is that just me?

My week went by in a flash. I was pretty tired after our weekend in London and then I was plunged straight back into the working week. At the weekend I caught up on housework, did a spot of baking and got out for a nice long dog walk on Sunday.

Here are the mutts in question, oh and the child. It was great to get some fresh air and to feel the sun on my face again.

Now it's Monday and I've had a long day at work. I'm struggling to stay awake to share this week's Meat Free Monday recipes with you, but I wouldn't let you down. I hope these recipes inspire you to eat vegetarian for some or all of this week.


Rich Tomato & Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake

Rich Tomato & Roast Vegetable Pasta Bake

I've made this tomato and roast vegetable pasta bake a few times recently. I had no idea if it would work. I roasted the vegetables in a roasting pan, then added the tomatoes, tomato puree, stock and seasoning, then I mixed in the uncooked pasta and popped it in the oven?

The first time, I had major doubts while it was cooking. I was thinking "Oh shoot maybe I should have cooked the pasta first!". There are lots of one-pot pasta dishes online, but they are made in a pot. Would it really work in the oven?

A rich pasta bake that is so easy to make. The whole dish is made in a roasting pan.Only 336 calories per portion for the most delicious pasta bake that everyone will love. Suitable for vegans and great for the 5:2 diet.

It worked!

Soft, but firm pasta in a rich sauce with so much flavour and a great boost to our vegetable intake for the day.

Graham and I loved it. Cooper said he loved it, but examining his bowl, there was a suspicious amount of veg left. Still he'll have eaten some of the vegetables and spinach never seems to worry him in a pasta dish, so it's still a win.


Soup or Salad Season? No Croutons Required

Soup or salad season? That's my question!

Just when the sunshine comes out and we bask in it's glow and think this is it, the weather changes and the temperature drops. I've never known a year like this. 

Scotland is notorious for changeable weather, but is ridiculous. It's been going on since March. 

Sunshine out, coats off, temperature drops, coats and gloves back on, sunshine back, no coats today, hey this is lasting a few days, spring is here, then you wake up in late April to snow. We don't know what we're getting from day to day. I start craving fresh salads, then the temperature drops again and I'm back to soups.

In the May editions of No Croutons Required I would normally expect to see a lot of salads, but the roundup is really reflecting the changeable weather.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (1 May 2017)

Happy Meat Free Monday!

How are you?

I had a fine long weekend in London. Well, it started out that way. I was heading down for a conference and set off a day early with Graham and Cooper so we could spend time together before the conference then they'd have boy time while I worked.

The first day we spent at the Science Museum having fun in the Wonder Lab which I completely recommend. Lots of hands-on science experiments that will keep you amused for hours. We then headed out to meet friends at The Diner where I had a rather fabulous veggie hot dog.

The second day I attended my conference, but by evening Graham was ill and had to go to A&E. Not quite how we expected to spend our weekend. It wasn't as bad as we feared and he was able to take it easy on Sunday and had today off for the public holiday. All being well, he'll be fine in a few days.

I'm home again and making my list for the week and deciding what we shall eat this week. Of course we eat meat-free every day, but not everyone does. I hope by sharing new inspiring veggie dishes every week that I will encourage more people to do so.


Hearty Spiced Cauliflower and Carrot Soup

A simple but hearty soup rich with vegetables and lightly spiced for a warming bowl of deliciousness that will fill you up and leave you feeling satisfied at lunch or dinner. Cauliflower and carrots are the star of the show in this vegan and dairy free soup.

It's the end of April and I'd love to say we're enjoying some warm weather and lots of sunshine here in Scotland, but it's blooming freezing! The weather is up and down and all over the place. You don't know where you are or what to wear from day to day. We even had snow yesterday! It's definitely still soup weather, so today I bring you this hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup.

Doesn't it look good?

I was just going to make a carrot soup, but there was a head of cauliflower staring at me mournfully from the fridge so I had little choice and as we really enjoyed it, I thought I should share it with you. Hence hastily photographed shots of said hearty spiced cauliflower and carrot soup!


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (24 April 2017)

Happy Monday my friends.

How has the last week treated you? 

I don't have much to share with you this week. I've still been suffering from a chest infection, although it's definitely clearing now. Cooper has been busy at school and Graham at work. No exciting meals or days out, just work, work work. Sigh.

Now I've thoroughly depressed myself thinking back on such a boring week I'll share with you the latest veggie recipes for this week's Meat Free Mondays. They are anything but boring and hopefully they'll cheer us all up and inspire you to eat meat free at least one day this week, if you don't do so already.


Pa Amb Tomaquet - Traditional Catalan Tomato Tapa Recipe

My beautiful Spanish friend Populo has made us this simple pa amb tomaquet tapa a few times and we've always been wowed by how good it is.

What is Pa Amb Tomaquet?

Pa amb tomaquet is a traditional Catalan tapa dish. It's a bit like a Catalan bruschetta. The Spanish call it pan con tomate, but this is definitely Catalan rather than Spanish. You'll soon be offered this tapa if you spend any time in Barcelona and they are rightly proud of it.

Pa amb tomaquet is a really simple dish where the flavour of the fresh tomatoes sing. All you need is really nice bread and I'm talking a good sourdough, if you can get it, some ripe flavourful tomatoes, a clove of garlic, a good quality olive oil and salt and pepper. Populo also adds a sprinkle of oregano, so I shall too.


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (17 April 2017)

Happy Easter my friends. I hope you had a fun and chocolate filled Easter Sunday.

I'm sorry to say my Sunday was spent indoors. I've been suffering from a chest infection this week and because I have asthma, I've been rather poorly, although I haven't given up and gone to bed. 

I've actually spent a lot of time cooking this week and today I made a big pot of chilli (Cooper's favourite) and a trifle. Did I tell you that Hartley's glitter jelly is veggie? It's really good and makes a firm jelly.

Cooper was at his grandparent;s house this weekend, where no doubt he was spoiled rotten and Graham has been a star, helping me with some housework, shopping and walking the dogs.

Now Monday is here, Cooper is back at school, I'm at work and lucky Graham is off today and hopefully doing some more housework for me, but as it's Monday I have another seven sensational veggie dishes for you to try (and a few bonus recipes) in honour of Meat Free Monday.


A Beginners Guide to Juicing and the new Juisir

There's a lot of information out there about juicing, Some good and some bad, but as a lover of juices and smoothies I wanted to share a beginners guide to juicing. As I only use the Froothie Optimum juicers, which I think are rather fab, I will only talk about my experiences with them. I've had cheaper machines in the past and they were useless to use and useless to clean. 

I'll also be introducing you to a revolution in juicing called the Juisir, which is a new machine arriving on these shores soon which is a no-clean machine. I know, right! There's a lot of hype about the Juisir just now. It's a bit of a sensation. You can read what's being said about the Juisir on Forbes or Yahoo Finance.

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake

Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake


Deep Lemon Curd and Raspberry No-Bake Cheesecake! Booyah!

Don't you love a good no-bake cheesecake? They're easy to make, luxurious and utterly stunning when finished. Of course they taste great too. 

I think I can safely say I've mastered them now and I make them rather a lot, especially for my baking club meetings. I even developed a recipe for a vegan cheesecake that tastes just as good.

Why not make one this Easter Sunday for your family or friends? 


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (10 April 2017)

Happy Monday my friends! It's Meat Free Monday again and time for seven delicious new recipes to help inspire you to make at least some of your week meat-free. You may find a few bonus recipes at the bottom too.

So this is where I usually tell you about the last week and what we got up to. It's school holidays here in Scotland, so Cooper has been sharing his time between home and his grandparents house. I think I can safely say he's been enjoying the free time. Lots of dog walks, games, some time coding and Cooper and I took a two day trip over to Edinburgh for the Science Festival. We stayed in a hotel, did some experiments and generally had a blast. Our highlight had to be Dr Bunhead and his eggcellent eggsplosions at the National Museum of Scotland. It was exciting, funny, loud and sit on the edge of your seat nerve-wracking.

Did you do anything fun in the last week?

Now it's time for the recipes.  


Spiced Chickpea, Carrot and Coriander Burgers (vegan recipe)

An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.

Homemade veggie burgers? 

Why yes please!

You can't beat them and today I'm sharing my latest veggie burger recipe, for spiced chickpea, carrot and coriander burgers. I whizzed them up in my blender and they are totally dairy free and vegan.

A good veggie burger really doesn't need egg to bind it or any dairy. The vegetables and pulses with spices are tasty enough and the chickpeas in this burger are the binder.
An easy burger recipe that can be made in a power blender or food processor. From blender to table in 15 minutes and all made with fresh tasty ingredients. Cook from fresh or freeze for another day.These burgers are suitable for a vegetarian, vegan or dairy free diet.


No Croutons Required (Soup and Salad Blog Challenge) - April 2017

Whoops! I was so caught up in my birthday fun at the weekend and so busy at work, I totally forgot I am hosting No Croutons Required this month.

If you have a blog why not join in?

Simple post a veggie soup or salad recipe on your blog, linking to this post and mentioning No Croutons Required, then add your link to the linky below. At the end of the month I'll do a roundup of all the yummy recipes for my readers to enjoy.

Check out last month's soups and salad's over at Lisa's Kitchen.

I wonder if we will see more salads this month?


Meat Free Mondays - 7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (3 April 2017)

Happy Monday!

How are you? Have you had a good week? I had an excellent week. The weather has been a bit mixed, but the sunny days have been wonderful and there is so much more light now and it gets dark much later. It really cheers me up.

Saturday was a gloriously sunny day and it was warm in the sun, so we headed to the beach with the boy and the dogs. We dragged my husband's brother along too and had a great time. We walked the beach, met a lot of dogs, lapped up the sun and watched our boy and dogs having fun.

On Sunday the sun shone again, so I was inspired to bake. I made a Vegan Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread in the morning and a Deep Lemon Curd & Raspberry Cheesecake in the afternoon. Recipes coming soon!

Now the fun of the weekend is over, it's time to plan meals for the week ahead and I hope you will be inspired by this week's Meat Free Monday to include some veggie dishes this week.


Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake

Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake


I promised I would!

I admit it took me a while to make this vegan no-bake oreo and caramel cheesecake, but I did it.

I made the original deep Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake last March and then I made another no-bake cheesecake for my last cake club and I was asked for a vegan version, so it's been on my mind since then.
Vegan No-Bake Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake.


Green Mango Curd Tart Recipe & Giveaway

Green Mango Curd Tart

Doesn't that look gorgeous? 

It's a fruity, but slightly tangy Indian twist on a French style tart from Anjum Anand. It's super simple to make, but looks and tastes spectacular.

This recipe comes from Anjum Anand, an award-winning TV chef and cookery writer who founded The Spice Tailor brand in 2011. The Spice Tailor is an authentic cook-at-home range of Indian sauces, chutney and breads (scroll down to the bottom of this post for my Spice Tailor giveaway).

This green mango curd tart isn't one for my vegan readers (don't worry I have a vegan caramel and Oreo cheesecake coming up this week), but the cookbook is an excellent choice for all my readers. There are lots of delicious veggie and vegan recipes to choose from.


7 Recipes for the Week Ahead (27 March 2017)

Happy Monday everyone!

How has your week been?

We had another busy week. The weekend was busy too. Cooper got his own Raspberry Pi (a credit card sized computer that was originally designed for educational purposes). The kids' pack we bought was fabulous. It came with a Lego style instruction booklet, which meant he could set it up himself.  It came with an SD card loaded with an operating system, Minecraft and the Scratch coding system on it which is used in schools, albeit usually for older children, so he's had great fun coding.

On Sunday I made a Vegan Oreo and Caramel Cheesecake for Graham (recipe coming soon, it was awesome) and we visited my mum for mother's day laden with cake and gifts.

Now it's Monday and time to plan for the week ahead, so it's time for Meat Free Mondays and another delicious selection of recipes to share.

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