“I love cooking food that makes me feel good, inside and out. You don’t have to spend a lot of money or time in the kitchen to eat well. Use everyday ingredients, but add your own twist, as I did with the broccoli – blending it makes for an interesting new texture and adds colour to your plate.
“Pack in as much flavour as possible with simple techniques, such as roasting tomatoes on a rack over a baking tray to intensify their flavour and catch all the delicious juices. I also like to make things ahead of time, so the flavours can develop – the steak, for example, really benefits from being wrapped up with its juices for a few hours”. – Hannah Lewry
1. Vegan white bean dip
Whether you’re in the mood for a snack or looking for something fun and plant-based to serve at your next event, this vegan white bean dip is a winner. It includes tofu cream cheese for extra creaminess, and can be served with chips or toasted wraps.
2. Broccoli and bulgur wheat with spicy halloumi
This salad uses minimal ingredients, prepared in a way that maximises their flavour. It makes for a great side dish or light meal.
3. 30-minute hake salad
This quick meal packs a flavour punch. Pickled ginger, sriracha mayonnaise and seaweed snack give it a poke bowl feel, while baby marrow noodles keep the carbs limited.
4. Soft-boiled eggs with creamy polenta
This light and comforting dish has a secret weapon that takes it to the next level: homemade kale pesto! Serve with sweetcorn and fresh kale to add more colour and flavour.
5. Steak with cashew nut cream
This dish is so good, it made the TASTE team’s top pick for the Jan/Feb 2022 issue. The reason? The “impressiveness-to-effort” ratio of the recipe. There’s very little to do in terms of prep, but it looks like something you’ve been slaving over for hours.
6. Gluten-free coconut flapjacks
If you’ve been ignoring a gluten intolerance over the public holidays, these gluten-free flapjacks are a treat that won’t upset your system. They’re also a team favourite – the big coconut flakes in them add great flavour and texture.