Spiced lentil / quinoa balls in a roasted butternut squash sauce


Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas mark 5.    Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper


For the ‘meatballs’                                              For the sauce

1 cup quinoa                                                           Medium butternut squash

1 cup green / puy lentils                                     About 400 ml vegetable stock

1 tsp ginger                                                             4 spring onions (coarsely chopped)

1 tsp turmeric                                                         10 cherry tomatoes (chopped in half

2 tsp coconut oil                                                    About 100 ml coconut milk

1 egg                                                                          Spinach (large handful)

(Chick pea flour)                                                    Coconut oil

1 tsp cumin seeds                                                  1 tsp cayenne pepper


Deseed and chop the butternut squash in to medium-sized chunks. Drizzle with coconut oil and pop in the oven for 30 mins to soften

Rinse the quinoa and lentils and put them in a pan with 3 cups of water and the cumin seeds. Bring to boil and cook until soft. Drain any excess water.


Allow to cool. Add all the other ingredients (except chick pea flour) and mix thoroughly. If the mixture is loose add a desertspoon of chick pea flour and mix again. You may have to do this a couple of times. Take a generous desertspoon full of mixture and roll in to a ping-pong sized ball. Lay the balls on the prepared tray


and cook in the oven for 10-15 mins.

When the butternut squash is roasted, put half in to a blender along with the vegetable stock – you want a thick sauce consistency so add the liquid a little a time until this is achieved.

Fry the spring onions until soft. Add the cayenne powder and stir for a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook for another minute. Add the butternut squash sauce


and once heated through add the spinach and allow to wilt.Stir in the coconut milk.

Place the ‘meatballs’ in to the sauce and simmer gently.20160916_180635Prior to serving pop the remaining butternut squash chunks in to the sauce.

I served this with naan bread. Enjoy.

If the egg was replaced with tofu, this would be a vegan dish.


Smoked mackerel and rice noodles


Serves 3    Preheat oven to 180c / gas mark 4


1/2 butternut squash deseeded and chopped in to small chunks

plum / cherry tomatoes

3 smoked mackerel fillets torn into large pieces

300 g rice noodles


tamari (soy sauce if non gf)

Olive oil


Put butternut squash on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil. Roast in oven for about 30 mins until cooked and edges crisping.

Put a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan and, once hot, add the rice noodles. Stir for a minute. Add the tomatoes and fry for a further minute. Drizzle with tamari. Add the fish and heat through. Finally add the roasted squash, stir  and serve on a bed of rocket.

Vegetable bake


1/2 butternut squash de seeded and cut in to cubes

1 red onion sliced in to large chunks

1 yellow pepper de seeded and cut in to large pieces

Broccoli and / or cauliflower

Coconut oil



Gluten free plain flour

Cheese e.g. cheddar – grated – some for sauce and some to sprinkle on top


Prepare the squash, onion and pepper. Drizzle with coconut oil and roast in hot oven until cooked – about 35 minutes. Cut the broccoli and cauliflower into large florets and steam until cooked – but firm.Drain thoroughly. Make the cheese sauce with the butter, flour, milk and cheese. Assemble all the cooked vegetables in an oven proof dish and pour the cheese sauce over the top. Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese over the top and bake in a hot oven until hot throughout and golden brown with a crisped cheese top.

I eat it on its own. My husband like to have it with a couple of rashers of grilled bacon placed over the top.

Red pesto



1/2 cup drained sundried tomatoes

Handful fresh basil

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1/2 cup pine nuts

1-2 cloves of garlic

1 red chilli pepper (optional)

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil


Using a food processor blend tomatoes, basil and garlic in to a coarse paste.

Add all the remaining ingredients and blitz for 10 seconds.



Roasted sprouts and butternut squash salad


Sprouts – peeled

Butternut squash – deseeded and chopped into chunks

2 tsps Cayenne pepper

Olive oil

Green salad leaves – rocket, watercress, spinach

Pomegranate seeds



Toss the sprouts and butternut squash chunks in olive oil and cayenne pepper. Bake in hot oven until roasted.


Prepare the other ingredients and add the roasted vegetables.