Spicy Red Lentil Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients 2 tsp. olive oil 1 medium onion chopped 2 large carrots chopped 1 small red pepper chopped 1 tsp. paprika 1 tsp. turmeric 1 pinch cinnamon 1 pinch chilli powder 1 bay leaf 125g red lentils 1 can chopped tomatoes 750ml vegetable stock Salt and milled black pepper to taste Method Heat the oil and fry the onions, carrots and red peppers gently until soft but not brown Add the spices and fry for a few minutes. Add the bay leaf and tomatoes and stock and cook until the vegetables are tender. Remove the bay leaf and liquidise the soup. Add the lentils and cook until they are tender....

Broccoli Salad

Ingredients 5 cups fresh broccoli florets (raw) ⅓  cup sultanas ½ cup sunflower seeds ¼ cup of red onion, chopped 1 cup of cooked frozen peas (optional) ½ cup of artichoke hearts (optional) Dressing ½ cup low fat, mayonnaise 1 tbsp. white wine vinegar 1 tsp. sugar Method Mix together the dressing ingredients until smooth. Put all the salad ingredients in a bowl and pour in the dressing – mix until the dressing has coated the broccoli            ...

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad (Serves 4)

Ingredients  1 butternut squash , peeled and cut into 2cm cubes 1 small drizzle of olive oil 100g Brown or Puy lentils 1 tbsp sesame seeds , toasted 2 spring onions , sliced finely 1 tbsp fresh coriander – chopped Dressing 2 tbsp olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar ½  tbsp soy sauce ½ red chilli , seeded and chopped finely 1 pinch powdered ginger 1 small garlic clove , crushed ½  tsp clear honey Method Heat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Put the squash on a baking sheet, drizzle with 1 tbsp olive oil and season. Roast for 20 minutes or until tender, shaking the tray a couple of times to keep it from sticking. When cooked remove from the oven and set aside to cool. Simmer the lentils for about 15 minutes or until just cooked, then drain and cool. You can buy ready cooked lentils in tins or pouches. Whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add to the lentils and squash and mix to coat. Top with sesame seeds, coriander and spring onion. and some green...