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Red Quinoa Bowl, Sweet Potato, Broccoli, Peanuts and Miso Dressing
Full of slow-release energy goodness and packed with flavour. The quinoa forms the base of the salad, which is a great vehicle for any green or roasted root vegetable. You can substitute the sweet potato for baby carrots, parsnip or butternut squash and the broccoli can be swapped out for kale or swiss chard.
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Cottage Pie, Recipe for Donation
This recipe worked brilliantly for donation as it provided a warm comforting crowd pleaser to our NHS heroes. This is a great-value family meal and perfect for freezing and using at a later date when you want something quickly!
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Spiced Aubergine and Kidney Beans - Recipe for Donation
This recipe is the perfect for anyone trying to eat less meat. It's packed full of flavour, and nutrient dense. Perfect served with rice, flat breads and a dollop of yogurt!
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Carrot Cupcakes with a vanilla Cheesecake topping For Donation
We made these super yummy cupcakes as one of our recipes for donation to the NHS Hero's that are working so hard on the front line. We thought we'd share the recipe for you to enjoy at home as well.
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Rhubarb & Ginger Sponge Cake
April is the season for Rhubarb, so why not make the most of it and whip up this Rhubarb and Ginger Sponge Cake as a sweet treat with your afternoon cuppa!
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Healthy Comfort Food
Year on year it seems that the minute the nights start drawing in and the temperature drops by a notch or two most of us morph into emergency munching mode. An almost instinctive craving for carb heavy, dense foods grips all but the most stalwart and helps to add a few more pounds to those already gained over the festive period.
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Mother's Day at Home- A Spanish Feast!
If your plan to go out this Mother's Day has been cancelled don't let it get in the way of celebrating together as a family. We've put together some delicious Spanish recipes that are bound to impress!
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Middle East Feast!
We've put together a selection of delicious Middle Eastern recipes that are bound to impress! Whether you try one of them of them or all of them, you can still celebrate at home with a spread of simple but tasty recipes!
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Banana Bread Smoothie
So this is the perfect smoothie for a happy tummy as bananas are also a digestive aid as well as a mood enhancer due to the serotonin they release in the brain.
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Green Goodness Smoothie- Avocado, Spinach, Mint and More!
This smoothie has it all - healthy fats from the avocado and nutritionally dense spinach with its remarkable abilities to restore energy, reduce oxidative stress and improve the quality of the blood. 
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Oats and Raisin Smoothie- with a sprinkle of cinnamon
Oats contain more soluble fibre than any other grain, thus can slow down the digestion process and provide an extended sensation of fullness. This makes the perfect smoothie for people who want to lose weight.
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Green Strawberry Smoothie!
This smoothie is loaded with vitamins and antioxidants, incorporate our strawberry green smoothie into your diet and get fighting fit!
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Clean Green Smoothie!
This smoothie is not only super tasty and refreshing but is also packed full of nutrient dense ingredients. A perfect way to start the day!
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Garlic & Chilli Prawn Linguine
Impress your other half this Valentine's day with our recipe for garlic & chilli prawn linguine. This recipe feels special and when you take your time it's not difficult to make; you could even make the pasta from scratch if you really want to knock their socks off!
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Chocolate Bliss Ball Recipe
If you've got a sweet tooth we've got just the recipe you need! Bliss balls (sometimes called protein balls or power balls) are little balls of yumminess, using fruits and nuts to give you the sweet hit your after with none of the refined sugar. With this recipe you can satisfy your cravings with something much better for you than a chocolate bar!
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Prawn & Mushroom Chinese Dumplings
In celebration of Chinese New Year, we're sharing our prawn & mushroom Chinese dumplings! Making dumplings in for Chinese New Year is a tradition in many Asian households. The process of making them can involve the whole family, from creating the different fillings to the precise folding techniques of the dim sum wrappers. Dumplings are usually filled with ground meat and chopped vegetables but in this version we've gone for prawns. 
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Vegan and Vegetarian Christmas Dinner Recipes
Whether you’re a seasoned veggie, this is your first Christmas as a vegan or you have a vegetarian or vegan guest for Christmas, there's no reason the main dish can't be as flavoursome and impressive as a classic turkey version!
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Three Alternative Turkey Recipes
There are classic Christmas turkey recipes for a reason - they're tried and tested and always a crowd pleaser, except for the part where you have to fight over who gets some of the crispy bacon which enrobes the turkey during cooking. But why not shake it up and spice it up this Christmas by serving up a turkey that is equally as delicious but with an altogether different flavour profile. Read on for three alternative ways to serve up your fantastic festive bird.
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How to cook the best turkey of your life!
Whether you know your Christmas turkey recipe like the back of your hand or it's your first time in charge of cooking up the festive lunch, I'm sure you'll want to know a little secret to cooking THE best turkey of your life!? We've all been there - the long hours lovingly cooking a turkey, basting it regularly to make sure it turns out perfectly only for it to come out dry as a bone. It's heartbreaking. But we've learned about a life-changing tip, popular in America, that will put an end to dry turkey forever! It doesn’t involve braising it in coke or cooking it upside down- the secret is brine.
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Vegan Sticky Toffee Pudding
Sticky toffee pudding is such a British classic, and perfect for those cold winter evenings. What if we told you it can be made vegan, without scrimping on the delicious toffee sauce! The combination of medjool dates and different spices make for a rich aromatic sponge. This recipe will not disappoint!
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