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Spiced Pumpkin Soup
One of our favorite Autumnal ingredients is pumpkin. This velvety pumpkin soup is mixed with a little harissa for added spice, no doubt it will warm you up!
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Quick lunches in jar
Mason Jar Lunches

These mason jar salads are perfect for a healthy office lunch, which can also be filling. There are so many variations of salads you can make, and it doesn’t have to be complicated either. This quick and simple mason jar hack will save you time, effort, and money! Prepare them all on a Sunday and you’ll be set for a week’s worth of lunches.

The only thing you need to think about is the order of layers in your mason jar; the quantities are up to you:

  1. Start with your dressing

  2. Crisp Ingredients

  3. Soft Vegetables

  4. Meats/Cheese

  5. Grains/Pasta

  6. Leaves

  7. Toppings

Close the lid and either take it to work or keep it in your fridge. These jars should usually last up to 5 days, so you are set for Monday through to Friday! If you are worried about the lettuce going limp, add it in each morning when you choose which jar to take to work.

Get creative and add whatever ingredients you like! It’s also a great way to use up leftovers.


  1. Dijon mustard vinaigrette

  2. Tomatoes cucumbers

  3. Sweetcorn

  4. Chickpeas

  5. Herby couscous

  6. Salad

  7. Sunflower seeds

Mediterranean Style

  1. Greek vinaigrette

  2. Cherry tomatoes and cucumbers

  3. Kalamata olives

  4. Grilled aubergine

  5. Feta cheese

  6. Herby couscous

  7. Romaine lettuce

Asian Style

  1. Asian style dressing

  2. Sugar snap peas and grated carrots

  3. Bean sprouts

  4. Shredded chicken

  5. Rice noodles

  6. Shredded Chinese leaf

  7. Cashews

Italian Style

  1. Olive oil and vinegar dressing

  2. Cucumber and tomato

  3. Artichokes and sundried tomatoes

  4. Bocconcini (mozzarella pearls)

  5. Orzo

  6. Rocket leaves

  7. Pine nuts


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Healthy Banana, Walnut and Dark Chocolate Loaf
According to research undertaken by UK Harvest bananas is one of the top 5 most commonly wasted ingredients in British households. So if you're looking for a way to reduce your food waste then this recipe is a great way to use up those browning bananas. It's quick and simple and incredibly moist!
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Cheers! Happy National Prosecco Day!
Move over Champagne, Prosecco has well and truly become the most popular fizz around. From 2013-2014 the consumption of this Italian sparkling wine has doubled in the UK. Not only is it one of the bestselling alcoholic beverages in nearly every supermarket, but there are even festivals for like-minded fizz fanatics to rejoice! The UK is now the biggest consumer of the drink behind its native Italy! So why not pop the cork and try out a couple of our favourite cocktail recipes…
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Roasted Beetroot, Red Pepper, Kale and Feta Galette
Beetroot is a superfood known for its deep, earthy flavour and shocking purple colour, yet not only a brilliant vegetable to add vibrancy to a summer salad, it has a whole range of health benefits meaning it’s a food we simply cannot ignore. Its nutritional value is outstanding. Non-existent in fat and low in calories, it’s perfect for when watching your weight.  In contrast, it has a high fibre content, therefore valuable in aiding digestion.
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