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04 May, 2018

There are a couple of occasions when this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…

Sometimes I just have a hankering for houmous and loads of yummy veg. Most likely after a period of not eating all that healthily.

Other times, I’ve got people coming over and I’ve forgotten that you’re meant to serve up some kind of hors d’oeuvre. This is both presentable and tasty. Win win.

But a) it doesn’t happen that often so b) I don’t always have tahini in. Or if I do it’s got things growing on it.

This is where this easy, lazy houmous recipe comes in handy…it’s super easy and it’s a total cheat because it doesn’t use tahini. But packed with other flavours like lots of lemon juice and herbs or hot sauce, you really don’t miss it.

And your fridge will thank you for not having another mouldy jar lurking at the back.

Easy, Lazy Houmous Recipe

Houmous Recipe – Ingredients

All you need is:

  • 1 tin chickpeas (drained and rinsed under the tap)
  • 2 tbsp lemon (or more if you like a tang)
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt (or more if you like it creamy!)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (you can mince to give your blender a hand)
  • hot sauce/herbs (optional, get creative!)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender
  2. Blend
  3. Serve up with your favourite veggies or toasted pitta.

I’ve also snipped on some chives and used more hot sauce because I’m craving spicy food at the moment.

houmous recipe

I ended up taking this over to my friend Jeannie’s house after I made it yesterday and we shared the lot for our lunch. Very satisfying AND healthy!

How do you make your houmous?

I’d love to hear how you make yours and any tips for making it even yummier!

How the Keto diet is helping me

10 Apr, 2018

We’ve been away, lucky buggers, to France for a skiing holiday. The only problem, and I know I’m ungrateful, is I just don’t like skiing very much. A couple of years ago I learnt to ski (and documented it here) and got to the point where I can get down a hill in one piece. But it ain’t totally natural! Or fun for that matter.

I had a lesson on this trip to boost my confidence and while I got on fine, I just don’t like steep hills. So after the 3 hours we were up the mountain my legs were exhausted from bracing at all times! I know I just need more practise and young Hannah would be horrified by my lack of get up and go, but this holiday didn’t seem to be the one it was going to happen on.

Mike has been lovely about it and let me loaf around while the kids get on great in ski school and he goes off on his own exploring.

Loafing around

But loaf is the operative word here and, in between working on my blog, I’ve been left wondering about my relationship with bread and all those other yummy things you find here in France. Because without the skiing, I think I’ve put on about 7 unwanted lbs…

Halton Castle - a visit to this privately owned Castle in NorthumberlandAt home I have learnt to seriously steer clear of pretty much all carby goods. Since giving up drinking 6 months ago, carbs have become my nemesis. A little toast for breakfast and I’ll be craving sugar for the rest of the day. It starts with a 10am sugar crash, which leaves me feeling weird and jittery. It’s all I can think about and I’ve been known to secretly eat 3 kitkat chunkies in one go. I’m ashamed to say it but, much like my drinking became a problem with no off switch, so too has my sugar eating. Rather than full filling my dream of losing weight when I stopped drinking, I put a stone on in the first couple of months!!

So, much as it sounds drastic, for me I know sugar has to go in all it’s carby glory if I’m going to avoid my visions of being hauled out of my house by crane. And this week in France has helped proved that. (more…)

08 Mar, 2014

On this International Women’s Day, it seems quite fitting that I should have some lentil recipes for you…for years my mum, who is also one of my heros, was a vegetarian so the answer to the question ‘what’s for tea?’ tended to be lentil curry!

If you saw my how to lose a stone post, you’ll know I’ve been eating a lot of beans. Here are 2 of my favourite lentil recipes from the week.

Lentil recipes – green lentil with chicken

Serves 2

  • A little olive oil and garlic and chilli
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1 can/carton green lentils
  • 2 cups of veg (I’ve used red cabbage, fennel and Japanese Komatsuna, pictured below, but use what you have/fancy)
  • A big handful of parsley (or other fresh herbs you have)
  1. Heat oil, chilli and garlic then add the chicken. Cook through then remove from the pan, which should have some lovely crispy chicken bits left in it!
  2. Add the veg (I tend to throw in whatever random stuff arrives in the veg box, like this Komatsuna) and parsley and cook through for a few minutes.
  3. Stir in the lentils then pop the chicken back in the pan to warm through and serve.

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Lentil recipes – Red lentils and pepper good stuff

Serves loads – Reuben will eat it (very mashed up) with pasta and I love it with fish or steak (or even scrambled eggs in the morning!)

  • olive oil
  • onion and a garlic glove
  • 1 or 2 red peppers
  • a handful of basil
  • a bag of lentils
  • pasata
  • chicken stock (mine, pictured below, makes about 500ml)
  • extra water
  1. pop all the veg in the pan with the olive oil and basil. Fry up for a bit
  2. Add the lentils, pasta and stock
  3. Bring to the boil
  4. Cook for about 45 minutes, checking on it regularly and adding extra water as necessary.

lentil recipes

lentil recipes

lentil recipes

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What are your favourite lentil recipes?! Feel free to add your links in the comments below!

17 Feb, 2014

My general diet (on the good days) is lean protein and vegetables, which can get VEEEERRRRY samey. {You can see some of my general inspiration for health fish recipes and more on my pinterest board – Healthy Eating for Mum}

The other day I looked in the freezer and all we had was some white fish to eat. It was cobbler, which is better than cod or haddock in my opinion, but generally I find white fish a bit uninspiring. Healthy fish recipes to me involve…Put it in some foil with some butter or lemon or something else if you’re feeling adventurous, then serve it up with some veg. Yawn. Something came over me and I felt the need to rebel. I think it was the look on Mike’s face when I put another boring fish dish in front of him. I wanted to marinade!

Healthy Fish Recipes - Amazing Marinade! http://www.mumsdays.com/healthy-fish-recipes/

Healthy fish recipes – marinade baby! Or die from boredom 

Now, the best marinade for white fish (and my favourite healthy fish recipes), involves chilli, coriander and lime. Much like a salsa. I didn’t have any coriander. I had to think outside the box.

My favourite dressing for prawns is chilli, garlic and parsley (as in chilli prawn linguini – aka orgasm on a plate), which I did have. So I made up a batch of marinade using these key ingredients, marinated the fish for a few hours and it was LUSH!!! And effing quick so great for a quick dinner on a school night.

It dawned on me that the other thing about this marinade is it would also make a great salad or pasta dressing (avoiding the raw garlic unless you’re in good company) or flavoured oil for cooking (I actually used some for my chicken breast – another fairly dull protein – and it was proper yum), so I’ve taken to making some on a Monday to have when I fancy a bit of excitement and I figured I’d share it with you!

A Fantastic Marinade for Healthy Fish Recipes

What you need:

1 Chilli

2 or 3 Garlic cloves

A handful of Parsley

Half a cup of Olive Oil (I use those small IKEA coffee cups – I’ve measured out a US cup and it’s pretty much exactly the same)

Juice of one Lime

Mix it all together! This should make enough to marinade 2 fish fillets and leave some over for anything else that tickles your fancy.

Marinade - healthy fish recipes

Loads of chilli and garlic (plus olive oil – this is an amazing dressing to have around the place as it is!)

Marinade - healthy fish recipes


Marinade - healthy fish recipes

Marinade for a few hours, fry up and enjoy with your favourite side!

How do you Jazz up your fish?! Please leave a comment below xx

I am linking this up with #AllAboutYou and #tastyTuesdays



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(plus 4-8 hours slow cooker time!)

23 Jan, 2014

Spaghetti Bolognese with only 5 minutes preparation - click here for a super easy and very healthy Bolognese recipe: http://www.mumsdays.com/spaghetti-bolognese-5-minutes/

It’s been mentioned a few times on the Mums’ Days Facebook page that as a busy mum it can be tricky to find time to eat healthily in the evening. Even if you are a stay-at-home-mum this can be tricky (believe me!!). You get in, everyone is starving so you reach for the quickest and easiest thing available or get a take away! Well, today that’s going to change. With the help of my handy slow cooker, I made Spaghetti Bolognese in 5 minutes yesterday. And, all before I had even left the house that morning. Smug isn’t even the word!

I thought you might like to see what I did because, without wanting to blow my own trumpet, this was the most delicious Spaghetti Bolognese I’ve had in years. OK, so it’s not necessarily traditional but it’s still damn good!

Spaghetti Bolognese in 5 minutes

1. Get your ready prepped veg out of the fridge

This is the slight cheat as I had prepped all the veg the night before when I was making tea – All in the name of time saving in the morning though! I had carrot and butternut squash in the pan (there is something magical about slow cooked root veg!) and onion, leek, garlic and thyme in the Tupperware. You can pretty much use whatever veg you have available in a spaghetti bolognese if you ask me – peppers, courgette, aubergine, etc! And, I’d say any herbs too.

Spaghetti Bolognese

2. Brown the meat in some oil in a frying pan, then add the Tupperwear veg

Give it a good stir and leave it to do it’s thing for a few minutes

Spaghetti Bolognese

3. Meanwhile, pop the carrots and butternut squash in the slow cooker, boil the kettle and make some chicken or veg stock (about 500ml)

 Don’t add the stock to the slow cooker yet, you might get splashed when you add the meat and veg!

Spaghetti Bolognese

4. Add the meat and veg to the slow cooker

Spaghetti Bolognese

5. Then add the stock and some passata or tinned tomatoes.

Make sure there is plenty of liquid in so that it doesn’t burn while you are out! You might want to add more water to be sure

Spaghetti Bolognese

6. Set the slow cooker on low and go about your business!

All the above genuinely took me 5 minutes. I then left the slow cooker on for 7 and half hours. With a bit more liquid, it would have been fine for longer.

I switched it off half an hour before we were going to eat and added some spinach. The heat from the food cooked the spinach and it was just the right temperature to eat. Goldilocks would have approved.

Spaghetti Bolognese

7. When you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is cook your preferred pasta to go with it!

This isn’t just a Spaghetti Bolognese Bolognese – Reuben likes shells with his and I had it without pasta at all. Rebels. Mike was the only one who actually had the full Spaghetti Bolognese experience.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese minus the spaghetti.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese but with pasta shells (the only pasta Reuben will entertain – and I mash the Bolognese down so there aren’t any great hunks of carrot or meat)