I first came across butter bean mash as an alternative bangers and mash combo. Mashed by hand it has a slightly chewy texture when compared to potato (which I quite like) but a quick whizz in a food processor creates a wonderfully smooth, creamy mash. The pairing here with spicy vegetables elevates it to a whole new level.
Aren’t rhubarb and custard just the perfect combination? For me rhubarb and ginger crumble served up with a large dollop of custard is comfort food at it’s best. That said it’s not always the lightest and this is how I discovered this beauty of a recipe. Rhubarb is roasted in the oven and cooled then layered up with granola and chilled custard for a lighter, more refreshing take on a classic. Now clearly you could just take that serving suggestion and run with it for yourself but if you are up for making the custard and granola for yourself then read on.
This vegan cottage pie is packed full of veggies. Green lentils replace the traditional mince, providing texture and protein. This one has a number of steps so grab yourself a kitchen helper to speed things up or put the radio on and enjoy immersing yourself in kitchen activity.
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I sometimes refer to this as a pesto, at other times a pâté or spread. This probably reflects the versatility of it. Perfect in a sandwich or on toast or oatcakes, it also serves well as a coating for pasta. I’ve been meaning to share it for a while but this seemed to be a good week as:
If none of the above are of interest to you then just know that my serving suggestion with pasta is delicious and well worth a try. So read on for two recipes in one.
Today I am sharing with you one of my all-time favourite dishes – aubergine parmigiana. This Italian classic is a knock-out dish whether you are vegetarian or not, making it a great way to get more vegetables in your diet. For a dish that has such depth of flavour it is surprisingly easy to make.
I’m writing this just before logging off for the Christmas holidays because I know it is going to come in handy over the festive period. This soup is tasty, warming, nourishing and is perfect for those days when your body is crying out for something healthy but you are just not quite sure what.
Whilst I was planning this series of easy but healthy comfort food recipes I was on holiday. It was a pretty cold half term week in Copenhagen and we were staying in an apartment with a tiny and very basic kitchen. This recipe made for a very satisfying evening meal accompanied by some gorgeous Danish dark rye bread. In my book anything that can be rustled up in a basic apartment using limited ingredients definitely counts as easy. I decided then and there that I absolutely wanted to share it with you all.
I have a dog-eared, much loved copy of Nigella Lawson’s ‘How to Eat’. The spine is definitely broken in a few places, so that it falls on some of my favourite dishes. One of the most thumbed sections is the ‘fast food’ chapter. Here, Nigella describes a series of recipes for the cook in a hurry. It includes - under directions for a 10 minute, gooey chocolate pudding – the fabulous line ‘before you’ve even taken your coat off…’
Now, I’m not suggesting you stand in your winter parka whilst you throw this dish together. But, I love the idea of food that takes you two minutes to throw in a pan as you come in from work and will then simmer away whilst you get yourself settled for the evening ahead. This egg dish definitely ticks that box!
There’s definitely something about the clocks going back that makes my thoughts turn to comfort food. I don’t think I’m alone in that. The challenge is that when we think of comfort food we all too often think of overly starchy and sugary options – satisfying at the time but not great for sustaining our energy or our mood! Over the next few weeks I’m planning to share some of my favourite Autumn comfort food. I’m aiming to keep this simple for anyone who doesn’t feel like they have the energy to cook. Please join me – and if you have any favourite healthy comfort food then do share in the comments.
I'm Kim Adams, founder of SAVI Nutrition. A Registered Nutritional Therapist who is passionate about healthy, tasty food. Here I share with you my thoughts on food and health alongside a few of my favourite recipes.