Category archives: Finger on the Pulse

Whatever’s in the fridge Soup

January, for most is a quiet month, a month for winter walks with friends, a great time to hunker down and spend cozy evenings by the fire, to wrap up in warm jumpers and warm up with hot soups and stews. This is a great time for making new plans, for eating healthily, for changing up old habits and for getting the creative juices flowing. Creativity comes in many [...]

Baked Sweet Potatoes with Avocado Salsa and Cannellini Bean Hummus

You know those evening when you just want dinner to cook itself... I'm asked all the time about 'what can I eat when I get back from work late'? Often the choice people make in these situations is not the best...  Take out or ready meals or a sandwich is often the choice for many. If this is you and you want a quick dinner without compromising on the healthiness of yo[...]

Coconut Lentil Curry with Cauliflower Rice

Cauliflower rice has to be the best invention ever! You can steam it or bake it, make it as fine or coarse as you like,  it always tastes delicious! And when paired up with this creamy coconut lentil curry it's just divine! Cauliflower belongs to the cruciferous group of vegetables, renowned for their health benefits. Cauliflower is rich in sulphoraphane, indoles a[...]

Warm Winter Salad Bowl

January is a lovely relief from the heaviness of December if you know what I mean... Not just food wise - although the eating and drinking can all get a bit much too. There just seems to be such a rush in the month leading up to Christmas as businesses try to wrap things up and the general craziness and mayhem of Christmas, that once it's gone it definitely feels like[...]

Minestrone Soup

I have to say I'm not a fan of  the cold weather; even more so since I’ve had rheumatoid arthritis. The cold damp weather can really aggravate my symptoms, but the thing that makes me happy in the winter is eating soups. I love soups! Having grown up in Romania in the 80’s, I spent most of my time with my grandparents as my mum had to work. My grandma was an amazing c[...]

Falafels in Lettuce Wraps with Tahini Dressing

A middle eastern street food staple, falafels are absolutely delicious and one of those things I absolutely love but don’t often get to eat… Although they have become popular on street food stalls in the UK, they are rarely gluten free. So.. time to make my own vegan and gluten free falafels! Chick peas, the main ingredient of falafels, are one of my favourite food[...]

Black Bean Hummus

Life without spreads would be dull and dry, so I'm always playing around making various things to spread on a cracker or have on the side of a salad. This black bean hummus is so light and fluffy you're going to love it. Black beans are definitely my favourite bean! They're more densly packed with protein than other beans, of course proteins are the building blocks fo[...]

Quick Lunch Ideas - Black Bean Quinoa Salad

As I write this I am juggling the kids homework, washing is waiting to be hung out, updating social media and emails coming in about work. Let's face it, life is busy for all of us, and a quick lunch is often what's needed. I do my best to have breaks from it all (technology & multi tasking in particular) but a lot of the time I feel like a whirling dervish. As a [...]