Health(ier) Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

Prep time required: 15 minutes
Makes 15 medium sized cookies


I broke my foot 7 weeks ago and was put on a strict ‘no-gym’ regime for a minimum of 3-4 months.  This means no running, cycling, swimming and even no walking initially. As someone who usually hits the gym 4-5 times a week, I’m ashamed to say that the first thought that crossed my mind when I was diagnosed was ‘what will this do to my waistline!!!’.   I initially tried to cut out chocolates and biscuits, but found it required a lot of willpower when you’re sat at home, resting your foot and doing mostly nothing all day.  All I really wanted to do was reach for the nearest hob nobs packet!

Since then, I’ve been experimenting with ‘healthy’ baking, so I could have some treats and feel less guilty.  My healthy carrot cake was my first stint at this, but if you prefer something more chocolatey I’d recommend these double chocolate chip cookies.  I can’t say that they are 100% free from refined sugar, as they do contain a teeny bit of dark chocolate, but they are healthIER than their sugar filled alternatives.  They’re great as an afternoon treat or snack for work.


  • 150g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 85g dark chocolate chips (50g melted and 35g keep aside for mixing in whole)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees/gas mark 4.
  2.  In a mixing bowl, combine the eggs, vanilla essence and coconut oil and honey and beat until incorporated.
  3. Melt 50g of your chocolate chips in a glass bowl over a boiling saucepan of water.  Stir into your mixing bowl.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix together until combined.
  5. Cover a baking tray with baking parchment.
  6. Scoop tablespoon sized portions of the batter into balls and place on the baking tray.
  7. Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.


Vietnamese Chicken Wrap

Prep time needed: 15 minutes 

Following on from my previous post this week on how much money we could save by making our own packed lunches and ditching boring Pret sandwiches… I have another great recipe for you to try. 

Now, this is a bold statement but, this is probably the best chicken wrap I’ve ever eaten! It’s full of flavour and spices and the rocket gives it some crunch. Plus, you know exactly what’s gone in it, so it’s much healthier than a store bought version. 

This recipe will make two wraps. It only takes around 15 minutes to prepare, so in that time you’ve made lunch for two days (and that will probably cost you less than £1!)


  • 1 chicken breast, chopped into small chunks 
  • 2 tortilla wraps 
  • 4 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, finely chopped 
  • Pinch of salt and pepper 
  • 1 tsp paprika powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • Juice of half a lemon 
  • Squirt of mayonnaise (I like to use Nandos’ perinaise which can be found in most supermarkets)
  • A handful of rocket leaves 


  1. Make your marinade by mixing your lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, ginger, turmeric, paprika and salt and pepper in a mixing bowl so that a paste forms. 
  2. Place your chopped chicken breast in the marinade and cover in the paste. Leave to set for a few minutes while you prepare your wrap.
  3. Spread your mayonnaise on the tortilla wrap and place the rocket on it too. 
  4. Pan fry your chicken on a medium heat for 5-7 minutes until cooked through. Then, place in the wrap and roll up. 

Turmeric Latte

Prep time: 5 minutes


Turmeric is slowly becoming the nation’s favourite health food.  Last year, the Guardian even named the turmeric latte (also known as Golden Milk) as our ‘2016 drink of choice’. Not only is this drink super warming and caffeine free (yet tastes a bit like a chai latte), it has tons of nutritious benefits.  It’s full of antioxidants and has been proven to act as an anti-inflammatory.  This is due to the curcumin compound that is found in turmeric.  In fact, in Ayurvedic medicine, practitioners have been using turmeric to prevent serious health conditions such as heart disease and cancer.


Turmeric is commonly used in cooking as a spice to add to curries and soups.  If you haven’t cooked with turmeric before, I’d recommend starting with less turmeric and building up to the full amount so that you get used to the taste.


  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of honey
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of almond butter (this adds a creamy texture to the drink)
  • 350ml milk (I find almond milk goes really well with this drink but you can use any kind)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of black pepper (This helps the absorption of curcumin to the bloodstream)


  1. Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and mix until the liquid is combined and frothy.
  2. Warm in a saucepan over the stove for 1 – 2 minutes and pour into mugs.  You can use a milk frother to create a foamy texture if you like.


Healthy Carrot Cake

Prep time required: 20 minutes
Serves 12 

Wouldn’t life be so much better if you could eat cake completely guilt free?  My healthy carrot cake is the answer!! It is free from refined sugar and is packed with vegetables, fruit and nuts…yet it really does taste as good as the sugary version (in my opinion).  This means its not only good as a sweet treat, but also as an afternoon snack to take to work, or even a pre-gym pick-me-up.



  • 320g carrots, grated
  • 80g dates, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 150g coconut oil
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Seeds from 8 cardamom pods
  • 160g plain flour
  • 120g desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 120g chopped walnuts


  1. Pre-heat your oven to Gas Mark 3 and grease and line a 20cm cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Mix the carrots, dates eggs, coconut oil and orange zest together in a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the rest of all the ingredients except the walnuts.
  4. Blitz the mixture in a food processor or blender and then stir in the walnuts.
  5. Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake in the oven for 65 minutes.  You’ll know when its cooked when a knife inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  6. Store in an airtight container.




Pesto Pasta 5 ways

I recently read an article stating that the average Londoner spends £2,500 a year on work lunches (!!!!!) That is an awful lot of money spent largely on fairly boring sandwiches from Pret and overpriced sushi boxes from Itsu, which are also not particularly nutritious. I, personally, think this is a criminal amount of money spent on lunches, and pride myself on making tasty and cheap lunches for work that work out at no more than £1 a day (A total of £250 a year – so that’s a whopping £2250 saving annually.  To put that into perspective, that could probably get you TWO two week holidays to Bali, Thailand or New York).

Apparently the top reasons most people don’t bring their own packed lunches to work is because 1. they don’t have enough time to cook and 2. they don’t know what to make. So I’m on a quest to help people eat tastier, home-cooked lunches and save money.

The idea behind this is batch cooking. Yes, eating the same meal 5 days in a row can get a bit boring, that’s why I’ve come up with 5 different recipes with pesto pasta as the base, to reduce repetitiveness.  If you still can’t stand eating pasta for 5 days, you can make 5 meals, and freeze each portion for another day, or just give some to your other half to take to work.   The process of making these 5 meals should only take 30 minutes. (Highlighted in bold, because, I’m sure even the busiest of people can find 30 minutes a week). So these can be made on Sunday afternoon and stored in the fridge during the week.


Ingredients for 5 meals = £5

  • 1 jar (190g) of pesto (98p from Asda – this brand is really tasty and good value)
  • 500g pasta (50p from most supermarkets)
  • A handful of spinach (approximately 10p worth of spinach)
  • 10 washed cherry tomatoes (5p worth of tomatoes)
  • 6 cloves of garlic (5p worth of garlic)
  • 50g smoked salmon (£1 worth of salmon)
  • 1 mackerel fillet (70p worth of mackerel)
  • 1 chicken breast (80p)
  • 5 slices of salami (50p worth of salami)
  • 100g grated cheddar cheese (30p worth of cheese)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Top tip: if you need to buy larger amounts of the ingredients listed, you can freeze extras so they don’t go to waste (always check the storage instructions first).


  • Start by boiling your pasta in a saucepan according to the instructions. Whilst this is cooking, finely chop your garlic cloves and pan fry in the olive oil for 1 to 2 minutes until golden.
  • Once your pasta has cooked, drain and stir in your pesto and garlic.  This will act as your base for the rest of your dishes.  Separate your pasta mixture into 5 tupperware boxes (I like Lock and Lock because they’re totally leakproof).

1. The Veggie


  • Panfry your cherry tomatoes and spinach for 2-3 minutes and add to box one.
  • You could also add leeks, onions, mushrooms or peppers according to taste.

2. The Chicken

  • Next, panfry your chopped chicken breast until cooked through and add into the second box.
  • Make sure you stir in thoroughly so the chicken breast is covered in pesto too.

3. The Salami
4. The Salmon
5. The Mackerel 


  • The next three dishes are as simple as slicing up your salami, salmon and mackerel into small pieces and stirring through your pasta. (Note: if you are going to freeze these dishes, freeze without the salami as most can’t be frozen)
  • Grate your cheese and sprinkle on top of each portion. You could also add some black pepper.
  • Store in the fridge and take to work each morning!

So, it’s really as simple as that. 30 minutes, 5 meals, £1 each.  You’ll save money, and eat better…. and then you can go ahead and book that trip to Thailand!

Mexican Eggs

Overall time needed: 15 minutes

If you’re looking for a healthy recipe packed with protein whilst being super tasty, these Mexican eggs are one to try! They’re really quick to prepare making them a perfect midweek meal idea, and are also vegetarian, so are great for any of you who celebrate Meat-Free-Mondays!


Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 3 mushrooms (sliced)
  • 5 cloves of garlic (finely chopped)
  • 2 eggs
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (chopped in half)
  • 50g sweetcorn
  • 100g black beans
  • Few sprigs of coriander
  • Few basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Salt and pepper to season
  • 25g feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Add your olive oil, mushrooms, sweetcorn and black beans to a frying pan and cook on a low heat for 1 – 2 minutes.  The heat should remain low throughout this recipe to avoid the ingredients burning.
  2. After this, add the cherry tomatoes and paprika, chilli flakes, garlic and salt and pepper and toss the ingredients to they are covered in the spices.
  3. Crack the eggs into the pan and cover until the eggs are cooked through (this should take around 2 minutes for a runny yolk or around 4 minutes for a hard yolk)
  4. Turn the heat off and add the coriander and basil leaves to the pan and then crumble the feta cheese on top.


Miss Foodie’s Guide to Amsterdam

Amsterdam is probably my favourite city in Europe, I’ve been 5 times in the last 2 years!  It’s only a 45 minute flight from London costing as little as £40 return, and it has some of the best foodie spots.  Plus its so small that you’re practically able to walk everywhere, making it great for exploring.  The canal views are not bad too!

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Where to have breakfast:

De Bakkerswinkel

This place does the BEST french toast.  It’s made from brioche and served alongside maple syrup.  It’s super cute and cosy inside, but is very popular so be prepared to queue on weekends.  Its also great value for money, they throw in a juice and hot drink with any breakfast plate you order!

Location: It’s a chain, but the most central one is just off Dam Square at Warmoesstraat 69, 1012 HX Amsterdam, Netherlands


Price: €10 – €15


Where to have lunch:

Pancakes Amsterdam!

Here you’ll find some of the best pancakes on the planet.  Pancakes Amsterdam serve Dutch style pancakes, American style and mini poffertjes.  My favourite are the Dutch savoury pancakes, I always get the mushroom, spinach and dutch cheese pancake (because Dutch cheese > English cheese, obv)

Location: There are 3 branches throughout Amsterdam, but the largest venue where you are most likely to be seated quickly is at Prinsengracht 277, 1016 GW, Amsterdam


Price: Approximately €10

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Where to snack on Chips & Mayo:

Manneken Pis

This is actually just a chip stand, but chips with mayo seems to be a Dutch favourite, there are so many chip stands in the city but this one has been voted the best. Don’t be put off by their name & logo!! What I love about it is that whilst queueing you can see the hot chips being prepared in the background and placed onto one giant chip mountain!  Make sure you get the classic chips with mayo, its a slightly sweeter mayo than usual, but its SO good.  If you’re not a mayo fan, they have over 20 other different sauces to chose from.  Plus, they’re open late on weekends so are perfect as a midnight snack.

Location: Near Dam Square, Damrak 41, 1012 LK Amsterdam


Price: Starting from €2.50


Where to have Apple Pie:

Winkel 43

Winkel’s is probably the most exciting spot on this list.  They serve THE BEST apple pie.  Ever.  I literally have never tasted nothing like it.  They are famous for this delicious dessert, which is freshly made every day and served alongside some whipped cream.  It’s super tiny inside, but they have some lovely tables set up outside which overlook a canal.  It’s a must-visit.

Location: Noordermarkt 43, 1015 NA Amsterdam, Netherlands


Price: €4 per slice

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Where to have Indonesian food:

Max Amsterdam

The historical Dutch-Indonesian connection means that there are so many Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam.  Seriously, they’re everywhere! My favourite was Max, Amsterdam.  You chose between a 2 or 3 course menu which features a fusion of Indonesian and Western items.  A must-try dish is the Indonesian Seabass in banana leaf.  It’s amazing! It’s a tiny restaurant and is very popular so be sure to book ahead.

Location: Herenstraat 14I, 1015 CA Amsterdam, Netherlands


Price: €31 for 2 courses/€39 for 3 courses


Fine Dining:

Guts & Glory

Guts & Glory is a prime dining hotspot in Amsterdam, opened by chefs Guillame de Beer and Freek van Noortwijk, who have also recently opened up a second venture, Breda.  The menu offers a single-ingredient concept whereby the chefs focus on a different type of ingredient for a few months and create a tasting menu with up to 7 courses around it. When I visited, the theme was ‘vegetables’, and they really went all out.  For dessert we had aubergine ice cream alongside a chocolate and pecan mousse, which sounds a bit strange but was honestly incredible.  The flavours worked so well together, and vegetable ice cream is my new favourite dish! Normally I’m not a fan of fine dining tasting menus because they tend to often be a case of style over substance, but here is an example of one that really works in a completely non-pretentious environment.  Reservations are necessary.

Location: Utrechtsestraat 6, Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands


Price: €49.50 for 5 courses

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Where to have a fail-safe dinner:

Casa di David

I call this place a ‘fail-safe’ eatery because it’s not too expensive, is very central, has a great atmosphere, and as it is Italian, caters well to vegetarians and fussy eaters (who doesn’t like pizza?!).  The interior is rustic, warm and cosy and if you request a table on the top floor next to the window you will have great canal view.  The ingredients are super fresh, almost tasting as good as in Italy itself.  Their pizzas are particularly delicious, as was the fresh pasta.

Location: Singel 426, 1017 AV Amsterdam, Netherlands


Price: Approximately €30 for 2 courses

What to do:

Have a picnic in Vondelpark

Vondelpark is a great place to have a picnic, pick up some delicious picnic food from Pluk or Sla and head over (when the weather is good of course!)


My top art galleries are the Rijkmuseum or the Van Gogh Museum. They are both next door to each other so you could even visit both! The Rijkmuseum features Dutch Art from the Middle Ages to the present day, and features some key paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and other Dutch Masters. The Van Gogh museum is massive, and is dedicated to the works of Van Gogh and his contemporaries in the Netherlands. Here, you can view his famous ‘Sunflowers’!

Anne Frank’s House

Anne Frank’s House sits on the pretty Prinsengracht canal and inside you can visit the Annexe where she lived whilst in hiding. It’s super moving and extremely popular, the queues are up to 6 hours long! So if you visit, definitely book in advance.

‘Cheese Hopping’

Dutch cheese is easily some of the tastiest I’ve ever tried! There are so many cheese shops dotted around the city, and most of them have free samples. I’ve had truffle, pesto and even chilli flavoured cheese! If you want to find the largest choice of free cheese samples, visit the Cheese Museum…its delicious!

Flower Market (Bloemenmarkt)

This is more than just a flower market, it’s the world’s only floating flower market! Besides smelling amazing, it’s a great place for a colourful afternoon stroll, and you can even pick up some bulbs to take back home!