Jewelled Couscous

Well this is just healthy comfort food! Filling but light and summery.

Pour 2/3 cup water on 1/3 cup couscous and set aside for it to ‘cook’.

Using a food process if you have one, finely chop:

2 tomatoes

1/2 cucumber

2 spring onions

1 carrot

and a handful of fresh parsley and coriander.

Then mix together with the couscous and 50g of pomegranate seeds, 1 tsp of sumac and salt and pepper to taste.




Orange, fennel and rocket salad

This light salad pairs well with a piece of grilled chicken or seared tuna.

In a food processor finely slice half a fennel bulb. Then peel and thinly slice one orange. Toss together with 30g of rocket.





Strawberry, Mint & Quinoa Salad

This simple but refreshing salad will wow guests at your next BBQ. 2016-05-14-15-21-10

140g strawberries, cut into quarters

2 spring onions, finely chopped

1/3 cup cooked quinoa

10 mint leaves, cut into thin strips

3 tsp lemon juice

Toss all the ingredients together and then add salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.




Pea and Mint Hummus


In a food processor blitz: 113g of drained chickpeas, 113g peas, a garlic clove, 3 tbsp lemon juice, 3 tbsp water and a large handful of mint leaves.

Then remove from the food processor and stir in 2 tbsp of yogurt and salt to taste.


Syn free – perfect with veggies or as a spread for crackers.

Super Speedy Pasta Sauce


This is a super simple pasta sauce recipe that serves 4.

It has lots of hidden veg in it so it’s great for children and healthy eaters alike!

Put 1 carrot, 1 courgette, 1 onion, 2 celery sticks and 2 garlic cloves in a food processor and finely chop. (But don’t puree).

Then sauté the finely chopped veg until soft in a deep pan.

Add to the pan; 500g passata, 2 tbsp tomato puree, 1tsp salt, 1tsp canderel and half a teaspoon of pepper. Add in half a bunch of finely chopped basil.

Heat through and serve.

Sesame Courgette and Carrot ‘Noodle’ Salad


Toss together 250g courgetti, 250g carrot ‘noodles’ and 150g edamame.

You can buy vegetable ‘noodles’ from most supermarkets or you can make your own with a spiraliser.

In a baking dish, lightly roast 1tbsp of sesame seeds till golden brown and set aside. Be careful not to burn… they brown quickly!

In a jar, mix 1 tbsp tahini, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil and 1 tbsp water. Screw the lid on the jar and give it a good shake. Pour over the vegetables and toss well.

Sprinkle the sesame seeds over the top.

Serves 4 as a generous side dish.
2.5 syns per serving.

American Deli Style Cucumber Salad

Back in the old days when you walked into an American deli they brought you three huge metal bowls of treats the minute you sat down. One would be full of huge sweet and sour pickles, one with coleslaw and one with a cucumber salad.

Today I have tried to make a Slimming World friendly syn free replica of this morish cucumber salad.


Finely slice a large cucumber. Then toss it in a bowl with 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons of water, 2 tsp of dill, 2 tsp of sweetener and a pinch of salt and pepper. Allow the cucumber to sit in the dressing for a good 30 minutes for the flavour to absorb.


Best serve with a huge fat salt beef sandwich…. or for something lighter try it with grilled chicken and Slimming World chips.