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Steak Grill Cauliflower Pizza Crust

We all assume that healthy doesn’t taste good and that only bad things can make you feel comforted.  What if you could eat a pizza and not feel guilty. What if that pizza tasted really good?

The surprise, of course, is that this pizza is made of cauliflower.  Yes, cauliflower. Surprisingly it does taste great too and for a very small amount of calories.

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Mrs Walls Cooks Diet Cola Chicken

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I first heard about diet cola chicken when a colleague at work mentioned it.  She was on slimming world and she told me how good it was.  Initially, you think what on earth?  How could diet coke work in a savoury chicken sauce – but it does.  It really does!!

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Comforting and Creamy Chicken and Leeks with New Potatoes

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Going back to work on Monday has to be one of the hardest things, especially when it feels like you left on Friday afternoon only five minutes ago.  Today was no different and after a busy weekend I felt more tired than when the weekend began.  I only noticed at 11.30 am that my cardigan had been on inside out all morning – it’s obvious what kind of morning I had!!

In addition it doesn’t help that I struggle to appreciate the approach of autumn.  People talk about the beautiful colours of autumn and the lovely evenings spent cosying up with a hot chocolate in front of the fire.  Unfortunately all I can think of when I see the leaves falling is constantly being cold for the next six months, scary gas bills and going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark for a long time.  SO MISERABLE.

There are positives to everything and fortunately colder weather signals the approach of warming foods; having something to look forward to in the evening is a bonus.  I think that this recipe is one of the silver linings and definitely helped shift those autumn blues.

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Prawn and Bean Stir-fry

wp-image-1061124276jpeg.jpegI’m trying really hard to go cold turkey on carbohydrates at the moment and focus on filling myself up with longer lasting ‘good for you’ energy.  I find that beans are always a close friend; full of protein, fibre and vitamins/minerals you cannot really go wrong with beans.  Eating them regularly can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and help with weight management.  Definitely an appealing factor.

My love of beans (and also my intention to be the healthiest person alive) made me fill this stir fry with JUST beans and a few king prawns.  Could it be nice if it is just plain old beans?  Its full of textures and flavour.  I must admit, I’m rather proud of it.

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Spicy Peanut Butter Chicken

wp-image-1000809140jpeg.jpegI love peanut butter, it takes me straight back to being a teenager.  Me and Hazel used to come home after school and cut thick slices of tiger loaf, smother it thickly with either peanut butter or chocolate spread and would watch the two episodes of Friends on E4 at 5pm.  Dad used to find us eating three slices each and would repeatedly tell us that we would ruin our dinner, which it always did.  Being teenagers though, peanut butter was always more appealing than fish in a bag….

I decided I would try making my own peanut butter chicken.  We can all get bored of eating the same style of chicken day in day out, so I wanted to mix the two up and see what happened.

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A review: Flavor Thesaurus

Have you ever wondered what flavours work together.  Have you ever wanted to experiment but needed some inspiration.  This book is the answer to all those questions.

The book was written by Niki Segnit, who according to her website ‘had not so much as peeled a potato in her early twenties, when, almost by accident, she discovered that she loved cooking’.  She writes a post in The Times about food combinations.  The book itself has won many awards.

Reviews online are glowing and many people call it ‘informative’, ‘wonderful’ and ‘essential’.  Other less favourable reviews state that it’s a ‘let down’ and the ‘cover is the best bit’.

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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Tomatoes


We had one of our dearest friends round for tea on Friday night and I made dinner.  I decided to make something I haven’t made before.  I’ve stuffed peppers before and chicken but haven’t given tomatoes a go just yet.  I didn’t know how they would turn out, as with all experiments, but I was pleased with the results.

We all know that broccoli and cheese work beautifully together and they did in the tomatoes.  When you bite into the tomato it gives you a burst of acidity and moisture and then the flavours of the filling hit you and counteract the acidity.  Really delicious.

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