My cookery book collection is mostly old, very old, and my taste in food has changed. I rarely eat meat now and I love vegetarian cooking. The fridge is usually full of left overs, so I am that mum that picks a few of them and uses google to create a new recipe. Other times I spot recipes on a blogs that I just know will come in handy. So I thought I'd share some of my favourites from the past 12 months.
Note that due to health problems, I make all these recipes without acidic foods like garlic and lemon, and they still taste delicious.
If you fancy making any of these, just click on the recipe title.
A colourful chicken curry
I've known Nova from Cherished by Me since 2010 and she is a lovely genuine person with a beautiful blog, which includes some great giveaways, recipes and personal stories.
I knew I'd have to try this one as soon as I saw it - as a use for left over roast chicken, and it works perfectly! I'd say that it would also be delicious made with Christmas turkey too -- or the pumpkin after Halloween.
Recipe: Chicken Butternut Squash and Spinach Curry
What to do with sprouts
From prolific tweeter and top blogger Claire at Ninja Killer Cat, this recipe could be useful around the festive season, and it's delicious too!
Recipe: Brussels Sprout Bubble and Squeak
A tasty way with kale
I've used this recipe from Jill at ProperFud more than any other this year and it's encouraged me to experiment with similar recipes for home-made hummus, guacamole and more. They all keep in the fridge for a few days and are very handy for spreading on toast for a quick and tasty lunch.
Recipe: Kale Pesto
Going Bananas for Bread
Via @gymdwellingdiva on Instagram. Angel found it and it gets baked every time we have a glut of mushy bananas. Which happens a lot. It also ticks all the healthy boxes.
Recipe: Best Ever Banana Bread
|Angel added some dark chocolate and flaked almonds to this one|
I'm always willing to try a new 'healthy' muffin recipe, but I find that most of them don't work particularly well, or don't taste good. This one does both. And it passed the Smiley test - if she eats and enjoys it, then it must be good.
Recipe: Carrot and Courgette Muffins
It was found and shared by Sinéad at Bumbles of Rice, a busy commuting mum, who also makes time to write a heartwarming and useful blog.
Are you beginning to see a pattern here? I love the idea of guilt-free treats, and this one is well worth trying. Making it properly is time consuming, so the last few times I just blended everything together and put melted chocolate on top. The kids still loved them. Thanks to Bumbles of Rice again for this one.
Recipe: No-Bake "Twix" Bars
Not the healthy kind, but delicious and very fast to make. My son absolutely LOVES these. Blogged by Rebecca at The Beesley Buzz, which has reviews, recipes and tales of family life, including bringing up a boy with Asperger's Syndrome.
** contact me if you can't find the recipe ;) **
Chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting
I hope you enjoy making some of these, I did xx