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River Cottage Light & Easy: Healthy Recipes for Every Day by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

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  • Pepper grapefruit

    • Hannaha100 on May 01, 2018

      Nice but not life changing.

  • Apple and raisin porridge

    • e_ballad on April 15, 2018

      Everything in this recipe ‘works’ & it does result in an incredibly easy breakfast, but unfortunately this was too sweet first thing in the morning for me. I did use a natural apple juice (unsweetened).

  • Kiwi and banana smoothie

    • eeeve on December 04, 2015

      A very sharp and refreshing smoothie; might try and make it a bit creamier with the addition of an avocado, and maybe some chia seeds for a bit of bulk.

  • Masala omelette

    • English_Daisy on November 19, 2018

      Used 1tsp ghee as the oil. Used 1/3 jalapeño pepper. Delicious!

  • Seedy rye soda bread

    • etcjm on July 17, 2018

      Works every time. I don't eat wheat so this is a great go to bread that everyone enjoys using light rye. I buy lunchbox size cartons of apple juice and have them on standby to use for this. Changes if you omit the sunflower seeds and up other seeds.

  • Socca

    • eliza on May 08, 2015

      This is a different take on socca. There is more water in the batter and it is cooked on the stove top. I cooked these in my crepe pan and found them difficult to handle. I added a little more oil to the batter, and got them to work better. Overall, the taste was good, however I probably won't make these again since I prefer my traditional recipe which is baked in the oven and never sticks.

  • New potato, pea and herb broth

    • Hannaha100 on May 01, 2018

      This was quick to make and tasted lovely, and fresh. Whole family enjoyed including fussy toddler. We added optional poached egg. Don't add extra seasoning with shop bought stock - quite salty already. Will make again.

  • Swede and smoky bacon soup

    • joneshayley on September 03, 2017

      Delicious and hearty soup- perfect autumnal fayre. I was dubious about the omition of salt- but the recipe is correct, and the bacon offers enough saltiness. This could work with sweet potato or squash as well as swede. Next time i will add thyme

  • Roasted mushroom soup

    • etcjm on July 16, 2018

      Really really easy, especially when your oven is on cooking dinner. Cooked a half quantity. Very tasty, just be careful with how long you cook the garlic for. I think with my smaller quantity of mushrooms it was very close to being bitter and burnt. Great for my lunch tomorrow!

  • Tomatoes with tahini

    • Jacqi on December 18, 2017

      Simple and delicious.

  • Chinese-style bashed cucumber

    • Astrid5555 on August 15, 2015

      Really liked this salad. The dressing was delicious!

  • Green salad with Thai dressing

    • Astrid5555 on May 20, 2015

      Good but with a predictable taste because of the toasted sesame oil/soy sauce/fish sauce/mirin/rice vinegar/honey combo dressing. Ok to use up leftover avocados, which is what I did.

  • Brown rice salad

  • Smoked mackerel tartare

    • FJT on July 14, 2017

      My husband loved this; I'm on the fence. I couldn't taste the cornichons and dill at all - I would have upped the quantities of both, but I'd run out. For me it might just as well have been smoked mackerel and some mayo.

  • Storecupboard fishcakes

    • Astrid5555 on August 15, 2015

      We enjoyed the fishcakes a lot, and the best part is how quick and easy they are to prepare. Based on another review I added some herbs to the batter and served it with the "Chinese-style bashed cucumber" from the same book. The dressing from the salad complements the fishcakes perfectly. Even my normally picky kids had some.

    • cgal on July 31, 2015

      Needed some extra spicing. I suggest adding some fish spices and herbs to the mixture or topping the baked cakes with a dash of soy sauce.

  • Spiced beef with bashed beans

    • FJT on May 17, 2017

      This was delicious and will become a regular meal for us. I always have some cooked Rancho Gordo beans in the freezer and for this I used some Santa Maria Pinquitos which smashed down really nicely. The beef was crispy and tasty and went so well with the beans. This is a very quick and easy weeknight supper.

  • Lamb with green beans and mint

    • ruth115 on April 19, 2017

      delicious. really important not to overcook the lamb 1.5 mins a side, a little extra to melt edge fat is all it takes

  • Smashed roast Jerusalem artichokes

    • e_ballad on July 23, 2018

      We really liked this, though the tahini definitely dominated. I’d keep the garlic whole next time as it ended up fairly frizzled with little yield.

  • Beetroot burgers

    • Sukta on May 09, 2017


    • joneshayley on January 22, 2019

      These are my favourite veggie burgers- the whole family love them. The texture and taste is perfect, and , unlike many veggie burgers I’ve tried, is not dry and doesn’t fall apart (as long as you don’t try to flip them too soon of course) Served with garlic mayo and salad as suggested

    • Hannaha100 on May 06, 2017

      My husband was so unimpressed when I said we were having beetroot burgers but these are definitely the best veggie burgers I've ever made (the bar wasn't very high). Meaty texture, subtle flavour, beautiful colour. Toddler refused to even try them - you win some, you lose some. Would be great for company. Made with blueberry salsa as suggested.

  • Buckwheat noodles with wakame and ginger

    • Hannaha100 on May 16, 2017

      This was very quick and easy to put together and made a nice change from our usual. My toddler was a huge fan of the soba noodles and dressing but rejected the wakame. My husband, who hates courgette, said this was his favourite preparation of courgette so far (raw!) and would eat again. I was too lazy to spiralize the veg and just used a peeler. Used perilla oil and mixed seeds to avoid sesame.

  • Puy lentils with roast Brussels sprouts

    • Hannaha100 on May 03, 2017

      Made this for my lunch today (portion for 2 as normally a side dish), hands off preparation meant this cooked while I got ready (I cheated and used microwave Puy lentils). Not as good as my favourite ever roasted sprouts dish but I thought it was pretty good! It did get some negative attention from the sprouts haters in our shared office, won't be taking this in again any time soon!

  • New potatoes, asparagus and eggs

    • Hannaha100 on May 03, 2017

      I LOVED this. So simple and so tasty - the whole family liked this. My only quibble would be that it takes longer than I prefer for a weeknight (about an hour total) but it's almost all hands off. Overall a definite keeper. This would make a great brunch dish too.

  • Squash, red onion and butter bean roast

    • Hannaha100 on May 16, 2017

      I must have forgotten to review this one. I actually really liked the roasted butterbeans (I normally find them a bit blah) and this recipe also made me realise that I probably underuse sage. Again, takes an hour or so but hands off. Use frozen squash for a shortcut. Overall this is probably better as a side than a main. Not sure if I'll repeat.

  • Sesame roast carrots

    • e_ballad on July 15, 2017

      Really enjoyed this side dish, though I would strongly support having a generous amount of parsley, almost like a salad leaf. I might also reduce the raisins to 75g in future due to its overall sweetness (just to suit our personal taste).

  • Black bean and blueberry salsa

    • Hannaha100 on May 06, 2017

      Had this with beetroot burgers as suggested. Lovely unusual and complex flavour. Will make again.

  • Chocolate bean cake

    • Jacqi on December 18, 2017

      I have made this a load of times because it is so easy and fast to make. Tastes good too.

  • St Clements polenta cake with blueberries

    • KIGirl on December 13, 2015

      Great gluten free cake. Nice variation on the boiled orange standard, though did take 30 mins longer in my oven.

  • Oaty, nutty, fruity cookies

    • Jacqi on December 18, 2017

      I usually have all the ingredients for these in the house and they are quick to make so I make them a couple of times a year. Tasty. Who doesn't like a "healthy" peanut butter cookie?

  • Roast carrot salad with plums

    • Hannaha100 on November 16, 2016

      We enjoyed this (except baby but she's having a fussy stage). Makes an unusual side dish. Christmassy flavours (with cinnamon).

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  • ISBN 10 1408853531
  • ISBN 13 9781408853535
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Sep 11 2014
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 416
  • Language English
  • Countries United Kingdom
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
  • Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

Publishers Text

'Eating more healthily isn't about denial. For example, reducing one's dependence on wheat flour and dairy ingredients, which don't appear at all in this book, turns out to be a delicious voyage of discovery. New grains, new oils, new tastes, new combinations: it all adds up to a new zest for life.' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Ever lack the time or inspiration to cook a nourishing meal after a hectic day? Delicious, health-giving food doesn't have to be time-consuming and complicated. In River Cottage Light & Easy, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall delivers wholesome delights with zero compromise on taste for all occasions - from brilliant breakfasts to goodness on the go, from crunchy salads to simple roasts and hotpots, from nutrient-packed fish dishes to lighter breads, baking and treats (we all need those!). Each recipe is dairy-free and wheat-free, and all are guaranteed to bring a fresh energy and vitality to your everyday cooking and eating.

The 170 flavour-hitting recipes include: easy almond milk, pumpkin seed drop scones, savoury buckwheat galettes, wheat-free spinachy wraps, rye grissini, swede and smoky bacon soup, fragrant Asian broth, raw courgette and fennel salad with peanut dressing, Nordic slaw with rye crumbs, fish-rizo with broad beans, speedy fish and tomato curry, easiest ever storecupboard fishcakes, spiced beef with bashed beans, aromatic nutty chicken, lamb and cashew curry, smashed roast Jerusalem artichokes, beetroot burgers, perky pestos, feisty salsas, rhubarb, apple and ginger pie, peach and orange sorbet, chocolate and avocado mousse, chestnut marmalade muffins and life-loving brownies. With striking photography from Simon Wheeler, this beautiful book provides solutions to creating the most nourishing and healthy of meals as quickly and easily as possible.

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