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It’s Soup Weather!

Are you like me, a little bit bored of soup with no texture and in need of something a bit bulkier to make lunch time more of a pleasurable experience rather than just feeding time? I have always shied away from lentils, thought they tasted like chalk and were a little too ethnic for me. But I have been proved wrong recently on more than one occasion when I had a delicious coconut dhal and also a lentil and chorizo soup. Two very different dishes but it made me think what do I have in the house that I can make something delicious and hearty for my lunch during these winter months. I bought tinned puy lentils ages ago but never used them and have some bacon in the fridge so thought actually lets try making a soup out of these two and top it with some fresh parsley. I’m going to use the basics of a good soup: carrots, celery, onion, garlic and chicken stock. These basics can be used for many soups or …

Quinoa & oat crunchy granola

This is fat free and naturally sweetened granola with a really good crunch. Works well with milk as a breakfast cereal or my favourite is greek yoghurt with a little drizzle of honey. Ingredients: 200g quinoa 200g porridge oats 60g apple juice 3g cinnamon 30g honey pinch salt 75g nuts 75g dried fruit Line a large flat baking tray with baking parchment and set the oven to 140 degrees C. Put a large mixing bowl over a set of scales and measure each item in the bowl as per above measurements apart from the nuts and fruit. It is a really nice easy way of not having to use teaspoons, measuring jugs etc. Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and put into the oven for 30 mins, checking after 15 and giving stir. In the same bowl as you measured the oats etc measure out the nuts and add to the mixture in the oven and bake for a further 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and add the fruit and give a good …