Blueberry Porridge Squares

Inspired by a lovely recipe in Livia’s Kitchen, these Blueberry Porridge Squares make a fab healthy breakfast or quick snack in a wonderfully portable format. Best of all they are ridiculously quick and easy to make! Forgot the school bake sale? You can have these done and dusted in under half an hour!     So hands up who was glued to the Great British Bake Off yesterday? I for one certainly was, except Wednesday night is my running night, so I had to watch an hour late! And avoid all social media until it was over!     But the thing […]

Blueberry Porridge Squares

Easy Sicilian Style Tuna Pasta AKA Pasta Puttanesca

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Deliciously simple, this Easy Sicilian Style Tuna Pasta is my easy peasy take on the traditional Italian dish of Pasta Puttanesca.     Last week I shared with you one of my favourite easy peasy pasta dishes: Gargano Pasta with Spinach and Blue Cheese Sauce, and it got me thinking how I have a whole gaggle of easy pasta dishes up my sleeve that I have never shared on Easy Peasy Foodie – how remiss of me! I think it’s because, since starting my blog, I’ve got so excited about developing new dishes, I’ve forgotten to share some of my […]


Gargano Pasta with Spinach and Blue Cheese Sauce 10

Delicious tagliatelle pasta coated in a creamy blue cheese and spinach sauce and ready in the time it takes to cook pasta – perfect for busy midweek evenings!     I have been an Italophile for as long as I can remember…I absolutely love the Italian language, the country, the architecture, the weather and of course the food! In fact my love of Italy went so far that I married an Italian man…well ok Mr G is only one eighth Italian but it was the best I could do 😉     But I do really love my Italian surname […]

Gargano Pasta with Spinach and Blue Cheese Sauce

4 Easy Holiday Recipes And #CookBlogShare Linky Week 33

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Welcome to the #CookBlogShare Linky Week 33, hosted for the very first time on Easy Peasy Foodie!     Eeek! I am super excited to be hosting the #CookBlogShare Linky on Easy Peasy Foodie!! I have been a huge fan of the #CookBlogShare Linky since I first discovered it back in my very early days of blogging and have linked at least one of my recipes up to #CookBlogShare pretty much every week ever since. So you can imagine how excited I was when an e-mail from Kirsty from Hijacked by Twins popped into my inbox a few weeks ago, […]


Turkey Tikka Masala Meatballs with Bombay New Potatoes 12

You know me, I’m always up for a foodie challenge! So when British Turkey got in touch and asked if I could come up with an innovative recipe using British Turkey and Red Tractor products, I was happy to oblige.     The brief was to come up with an innovative recipe using British Turkey and a minimum of two other Red Tractor products, and the theme they gave me was ‘Best of British’. The recipe also had to be healthy and delicious!     Talk about a tough challenge! It was time for me to get my thinking cap […]

Turkey Tikka Masala Meatballs with Bombay New Potatoes

5 Quick Easy and Healthy Summer Salads

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Make your life easy peasy this August with these 5 Quick, Easy AND Healthy Summer Salads – leaving you more time to enjoy the sunshine!     I don’t know about you, but I always find summer a much easier time to eat healthily. In winter, all I want to eat is stews, pies and mashed potatoes – basically comfort food in all it’s wonderful forms – great for flavour, not so good for the waistline. But summer is a different matter, and while I am partial to the odd out of season stew (especially my gorgeous Easy Brazilian Feijoada, […]


Quick Aubergine and Chickpea Curry 6

Incredibly easy and healthy, this Quick Aubergine and Chickpea Curry is perfect for busy weeknights. Serve with brown rice or buckwheat for a guilt free, hassle free, midweek meal.     You could be forgiven for thinking I’ve gone slightly curry mad recently. In fact in the last few weeks I’ve posted Kale and Red Onion Dhal, Easy Peasy Chicken Curry and Indian Spiced Cauliflower Rice…and I have a few more in the pipeline! But the reason is simple. I just love curry!! For me a good homemade curry is the perfect balance of easy peasyness and foodieness.     So […]

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Italian Inspired Avocado on Toast

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How’s this for a super simple, super tasty, super summery lunch idea? This Italian Inspired Avocado on Toast combines delicious Italian flavours of mozzarella, prosciutto, tomatoes, basil and olive oil and serves them on #avotoast. Hashtag so good!!     So this recipe happened like so many of my recipes, by accident!! (Yeah, I know, this is becoming a bit of a habit – I would like to point out I generally do my online shop late on Monday nights, I am barely awake – hence all those happy accidents). I was supposed to be making one of Madeleine Shaw’s […]


Easy Brazilian Feijoada with Orange and Tomato Salsa 22

A delicious dish to celebrate the 2016 Olympics in Rio, my Easy Brazilian Feijoada is packed with wonderful Brazilian flavours, but takes much less time and effort than the classic version, and is served with a simple and refreshing Orange and Tomato Salsa – a nod to the more traditional accompaniment of orange slices.     So, who is getting excited about the Olympics in Rio this year? We are all super excited in the Gargano household. I always enjoy watching the Olympics – it’s such fun! But I am even more excited this year, as I have recently taken up running […]

Easy Brazilian Feijoada with Orange and Tomato Salsa

Easy Peasy Chicken Curry

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One of my absolute favourite meals from the 3 week long Sirtfood Diet, this Easy Peasy Chicken Curry is quick to prepare, uses only a handful of ingredients and tastes fabulous. It’s much healthier than a takeaway and, dare I say it, even tastier than many takeaway chicken curries I have had.     I love this chicken curry so much. It was certainly one of the best meals I ate whilst I was on the Sirtfood Diet. And my version is so easy peasy to make. It’s perfect for a simple midweek dinner when you are in a hurry, but […]


What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work? Part 4 18

I have finally finished the Sirtfood Diet!!! But how did I get on in week 3? Did I lose any weight? And what are my reflections on the diet overall? Read on to find out…     Endorsed by many celebrities and hailed as the new 5:2, the Sirtfood diet has had me intrigued since I first read about it back in January. But is the diet of 2016, a diet that includes red wine, coffee and chocolate, just too good to be true?     Last week I successfully completed the second week of the Sirtfood Diet. I had lost […]

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

Baked Potatoes with Spicy Chickpea Stew

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Kind of Mexican Mole meets North African Tagine, this Spicy Chickpea Stew is unbelievably delicious and makes a great topping for baked potatoes, plus it just happens to be vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free. And it contains chocolate. Yey!     Don’t you just love happy accidents? I am utterly convinced that pretty much all the best recipes come from something that started out as a bit of a disaster. This was definitely so with this recipe.     As many of you will know, I am currently following the Sirtfood Diet and on Tuesday I chose to […]


What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work? Part 3 16

With 6lb already lost in the first week of the Sirtfood Diet, how did I fare in Week 2?     Endorsed by many celebrities and hailed as the new 5:2, the Sirtfood diet has had me intrigued since I first read about it back in January. But is the diet of 2016, a diet that includes red wine, coffee and chocolate, just too good to be true?   Last week I successfully completed Week 1 of the Sirtfood Diet, losing a grand total of 6 pounds as well as feeling much healthier and sleeping better than I have in years […]

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

Kale and Red Onion Dhal from the Sirtfood Diet

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Delicious and very nutritious this Kale and Red Onion Dhal with Buckwheat is quick and easy to make and naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan.     As those of you who follow my blog regularly will know, I have been following The Sirtfood Diet for the last 10 days. In that time I have cooked loads of gorgeous recipes – check out Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to see what I have been making.     This is my slightly simplified version of one of my favourite Sirtfood recipes. It’s gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan so is a great […]


What is buckwheat and how do you cook it? 14

Buckwheat is naturally gluten free, full of nutrients and keeps popping up in fashionable diets all over the place. But what exactly is it? How do you cook it? And does it actually taste nice?     Move over quinoa, there’s a new grain in town! Buckwheat seems to be everywhere at the moment. It’s hugely popular with clean eating fans, such as Deliciously Ella, Madeleine Shaw and Sarah Britton author of My New Roots. It is also the main carb in the Sirtfood Diet which I started last Monday (For more about the Sirtfood Diet check out my recent […]

What is buckwheat and how do you cook it?

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work? Part 2 16

Hailed as the diet of 2016 and the new 5:2, endorsed by numerous celebrities and with promises of 7lb weight loss in the first 7 days, is the Sirtfood Diet too good to be true?     The Sirtfood Diet has intrigued me ever since I first heard about it back in January. Not only does it promise incredible weight loss, muscle gain and an improvement in overall health, the Sirtfood Diet also actively encourages eating chocolate and drinking coffee and red wine (albeit in moderation!). It all just sounded just a little but too good to be true…I felt […]


King Prawn Stir Fry with Buckwheat Noodles 10

Totally delicious, healthy and filling – this King Prawn Stir Fry is packed full of Sirtfoods and makes the perfect start to the Sirtfood Diet, but is a great recipe for anyone who wants to benefit from a few Sirtfoods in their life!     I have been intrigued by the Sirtfood Diet since I first read an article about it in Good Housekeeping magazine, back in January. It has been hailed as the next 5:2 and has had loads of endorsements from celebrities as diverse as David Haye (Heavyweight Boxer), Lorraine Pascale (TV Chef and Food Writer), Jodie Kidd […]

King Prawn Stir Fry with Buckwheat Noodles

What is the Sirtfood Diet and does it really work?

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A diet that includes chocolate, red wine and coffee? A diet that doesn’t involve counting calories, syns or smart points? A diet that doesn’t involve fasting 2 days a week and yet claims to bring many of the same benefits as the 5:2 diet? A diet where average weight loss is 7lb in the first 7 days? Sounds just a little bit too good to be true? I felt I had to check the Sirtfood Diet out…     Regular readers of this blog will know that I am on a mission to improve my diet but without compromising on […]


Beetroot, Kale and Orange Salad 12

So fresh and healthy, this Beetroot, Kale and Orange Salad totally blew me away the first time I tried it! I know it sounds kind of an odd combination, but it really, really works and I will definitely be making this again – really soon!     Last week, I reviewed Madeleine Shaw’s latest book Ready Steady Slow and I was so excited by her food, I just had to share a couple of my favourite recipes from the book. On Tuesday I shared her lovely Thai Chicken Salad and today I am sharing this amazing Beetroot, Kale and Orange […]

Beetroot, Kale and Mozzarella Salad from Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw

Shredded Thai Chicken Salad with Toasted Cashews from Ready Steady Glow by Madeleine Shaw

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This Thai Chicken Salad is delicious, easy to make and super healthy. The honey drizzled cashews add a touch of extra yumminess as well as even more goodness.     Last week I shared my review of Madeleine Shaw’s latest book Ready Steady Glow – a wonderful book full of delicious, healthy recipes that are easy to make and fit into real people’s real lives. This week I really want to share with you a couple of my favourite recipes from that book. Today I am sharing her delicious Thai Chicken Salad, with a couple of my own little twists. And […]