Spiced Carrot, Lentil & Spinach Soup (5:2 Diet)

I know, I know, it's summer, in some areas it's scorching and here I am sharing a soup recipe. In my defence it's cooler here in Scotland and I still crave soup during the summer. This spiced carrot, lentil and spinach soup is so so delicious I had to share it.

Do you eat soup during the summer?

I wanted all the flavour of our favourite spinach and coconut dal, so I used the same spices. I was originally planning on adding some coconut milk to this soup too, but when I tasted it I realised how divine it was and didn't want to dilute the flavour by adding anything creamy.

We all loved it, even the wee one. Although I say wee, he's actually getting tall for a wee boy (must be all the soup) and eats like a horse.


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. www.tinnedtomatoes.com #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.


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.

Try - Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes (vegetarian and vegan recipes)

Crananchan made with strawberries?

You really can't beat the flavour of Scottish berries and I usually make cranachan with Scottish raspberries, but this time I decided to try it with strawberries for a change and it was rather wonderful.

I filled the dessert glasses with some pureed strawberries, then topped the puree with a glorious mixture of whipped cream mixed with lightly toasted oats and whisky, sweetened with a little maple syrup. I finished off the desserts with some squirty cream I happened to have in the fridge, some fresh strawberries and a sprinkle of finely grated lemon peel.

Cranachan is usually made with honey, but the maple syrup worked really well.

Vegan Cranachan

I've not tried it yet but I plan to make a vegan version of this. I'm thinking that coconut cream would work well instead of double cream. The kind you make by chilling a tin of coconut milk in the fridge overnight, pouring out coconut water (keeping it for smoothies), then whipping up the solids until thick and creamy. I think it will be rather lush. I'll report back once I've tried it.

I said we love our oats. You really would not believe how much we love oats and how many dishes they are used in. Oats have always been a basic crop here in Scotland and a cheap way of bulking out dishes. 

16 Uses for Porridge Oats

  1. Porridge
  2. Oaty Breakfast Bars
  3. Overnight Oats
  4. Oaty Flapjacks
  5. Cookies
  6. Picnic Eggs
  7. Bean Burgers
  8. Savoury Oaty Topping
  9. Nut Loaf
  10. Veggie Sausage Rolls
  11. Bean Pate
  12. Homemade Sausages
  13. Oatcakes
  14. Cake
  15. Fruit Crumble
  16. Smoothies

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Scottish Oaty Cranachan with Strawberries
Scottish Oaty Cranachan with Strawberries
A traditional Scottish dessert made with lightly toasted oats, cream, whisky and berries.

  • 400g strawberries
  • 4 tbsp icing sugar
  • 55g/½ cup porridge oats
  • 300ml/3 cups double (heavy) cream
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp whisky
1. Whizz up most of the strawberries with the icing sugar to make a puree. Reserve a few to serve. 2. Lightly toast the oats in a frying pan for a few minutes, being careful not to burn them. Tip them onto a plate and leave them to cool.3. Whisk the cream, with the whisky and maple syrup until you have soft peaks. Then fold in most of the oats, but keep some aside for serving. 4. Layer small glasses with strawberry puree, then carefully add the cream mixture. Sprinkle with oats and top with strawberries. You can add a swirl of whipped cream and some grated lemon peel as a garnish, but this is optional. Chill until ready to serve. 5. Enjoy!
Total time:

Yield: Serves 4-6 (depending on serving size)

A Taste of Britain

I created this dessert for Rennie's Taste of Britain celebration. Needless to say I had to bring some Scotland into the mix.

Rennie® have been helping relieve heartburn and indigestion on these shores for more than 80 years and as part of the 80 year celebration they wanted to proudly share the flavours of Britain and the stories behind them. 

Disclosure: I created this recipe for Rennie as part of their celebrations. I was not required to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


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.


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

Easy Red Pepper and Sweet Chilli Dip

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.

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