Reduced Sugar Mince PiesSince reaching the semi-finals of the 2017 The Great British Bake-Off, Stacey Hart has moved away from the icing coated cakes she was famed for and now creates healthier, but still just as delicious, bakes. Here she shares her take on a Christmas favourite… There’s no escaping the fact that mince pies are always going to contain a fair bit of sugar, due to the dried fruit in them. With a bit of tweaking however, I’ve created a recipe that produces a deep filled mince pie with about half the sugar (per 100g) of a shop bought one, but which tastes just as luxurious.
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Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Spiced Pumpkin SeedsDoctor and nutritionist, Dr Michelle Braude shares a healthy meal packed full of autumnal flavours Dr Michelle Braude qualified as a medical doctor from University College London (UCL). During her medical studies, she completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Nutrition from King's College London as well as an elective in Gastroenterology at the Whittington Hospital. Being passionate about all things health, food, medicine and science, Michelle started her own nutrition practice, The Food Effect, in 2012, tapping into her desire to utilise her extensive knowledge in both medicine and nutrition to support and help clients improve their diet, lose weight and supercharge their overall health and wellbeing - in a way that would be sustainable for the rest of their lives. Michelle is the author of two successful books, that encapsulate the ethos of The Food Effect lifestyle, and is particularly keen to help those looking to make long-lasting, effective change to their health, weight and overall wellbeing. Here Michelle shares a healthy autumnal soup, packed full of warming flavours and nutrition to help you feel energised. This vibrant soup is jam packed with goodness. The pumpkin seed topping, adds a great source of plant based protein, and also make a delicious snack on their own. Michelle also shares daily nutrition tips, advice and delicious healthy recipes on her Instagram page: @thefoodeffectdr. Michelle’s two books, The Food Effect Diet and The Food Effect Diet Vegan are both packed full of advice and recipes to help you ‘eat more, weigh less, look & feel better’. Both are available from
Vegetable Rosti CakesThis recipe is great for kids! You can make these delicious rostis any size that you like but children love little mini ones spread with cream cheese, ricotta cheese or for a more healthy variation top with cottage cheese. Serve as a snack or as a vegetable accompaniment. These are great for using up root vegetables such as swede, parsnip, carrot and potato.
Oven Baked Vegetable PilaffThis is a great recipe for using any leftover vegetables that you have in the fridge. If they have been cooked before they won’t need roasting in the oven, simply add them with the rice at step 3. The pilaff can be moulded into little balls, coated in egg and bread crumbs, shallow fried until golden brown and served with a crisp salad. You can make this a meat recipe by adding 8 boned chicken thighs. Pop them onto the rice, season, drizzle with a little olive oil, cover and cook in the oven at stage 2.
Semi Sun-dried tomatoesEndless uses right at your fingertips; salads, as a pizza topping, even meat and fish dishes! Super easy and delicious Store in the fridge for up to a week.
Pea and mint soupA spring soup that’s fresh and light. Serve hot or cold, but never chilled, it doesn’t suit the flavour. Freezer friendly for up to 3 months
Quick Pizza Tortilla ChipsA delicious and super simple idea for party food snacks! You could top the corn chips with leftover cooked sausage and use up any leftover cheese.
Mini Seafood CocktailsThis is a budget version of prawn cocktail for some delicious party food, using crab sticks as an alternative to prawns. The sauce can be made up to 2 days ahead. Cover and chill until needed.
Mini Falafel with Yoghurt and Cucumber DipA delicious vegetarian party snack; for a more substantial meal they can also be served in a warmed pitta pocket with chilli sauce and salad. Serve the mini falafel with a shop bought Tzatziki yoghurt dip or make your own.
Italian Mixed BrushettaBrushetta is a great way of using up items from your fridge, use a variety of leftover cheese, cooked meats, tomatoes and beans, basically anything goes! Serve as a light lunch or before a main meal.
Sticky Mini SausagesIf you ever find yourself with a few cooked cocktail sausages lurking in your fridge, give them a makeover with this sticky sauce. Your party guests will love you for them!
Bombay Potatoes (Aloo)These spiced potatoes are one of the most popular Indian dishes and surprisingly easy to make at home . Serve as a side dish to any Indian meal, especially chicken.
Mushroom risotto ballsThe perfect appetizer to serve to party guests or as a canapé when entertaining – Make these Mushroom Arancini balls in advance, then fry them at the last minute before serving.
Eggs BenedictPoached eggs over bacon or pancetta on a toasted English muffin, topped with Hollandaise sauce. Eggs benedict is also great made with slices of smoked salmon in place of the bacon. Garnish with chives and parsley. Traditionally served with bacon or pancetta, but I used honey glazed ham as an alternative.
Chicken and bacon caesar saladA tasty fresh summer salad on the table in 20 minutes. The combination of grilled chicken, bacon and caesar dressing is hard to beat and very easy to make last minute with very few ingredients.
Flatbread Pizza
Flatbread PizzaChicken, pepperoni, cheddar and buffalo mozzarella cheese with homemade crispy flatbread Pizza. Full of flavor with fresh herbs in a surprisingly easy-to-make dish.
Pistachio Ice
Pistachio IceRich and creamy pistachio milk ice loaded with finely chopped pistachios. Super refreshing, and perfect for fruit salads or gluten free polenta sponge.
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Paris brestA traditional French dessert with a twist. Although quite time consuming, it's definitely worth it. This Paris-Brest has an incredible texture, a crispy shell of choux pastry, it's filled with vanilla cream, and topped with crunchy toasted almonds, zesty lemon curd and crushed meringues.
Tortilla chipsKeep things healthy by making your own chips with this easy make at home recipe. Experiment with different dips and flavours.
Egg Fried Rice with CarrotPerfect side dish and one of your five a day too! To enjoy it on its own simply add more vegetables - peas, broccoli, mushrooms, anything you have in a fridge. Or add some soy sauce for an oriental twist!
Cauliflower and Blue Cheese SoupCauliflower tastes great with cheese, it tastes even better with blue cheese! This recipe makes a great bowl of soup, it is delicious, ingredient-friendly and an incredibly easy-fix.
Banana breadPerfect afternoon snack with tea or coffee. Slightly toast and serve with butter, honey, or vanilla ricotta and fresh raspberries.
Parmentier potatoesClassic side dish made in no time at all, very delicious. Serve with an English breakfast or grilled chicken with a morel sauce. This recipe will make 2 portions.
Greek saladSuper quick and easy! Served as a side salad for moussaka or double the recipe and add grilled chicken or tofu.
Quick Fried CouscousA great pantry staple, couscous is something you can turn to when you are running out of inspiration and ingredients in your kitchen. This bright tangy Indian inspired couscous dish requires minimum prep and the most basic ingredients to whip up a quick meal for a busy or broke week.
Baked Eggs in Peppers
Baked Eggs In PeppersThis Baked Eggs in Peppers recipe is super quick to prepare and make. It’s healthy and can be enjoyed on it’s own as breakfast, lunch, or cooked with a side dish (such as potatoes and vegetables) to become a delicious and healthy dinner. Due to living an extremely busy lifestyle, I go for the quickest option and if I’m eating this tasty dish as a main, simply double the serving.