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Shelley’s recipes

Healthy family favourites from the Purchon household

Shelley’s recipes

In the Purchon household we love to eat healthily and we’re always trying new things, but even our children have their limits. In my monthly blog, I teach you how to cook the dishes which our children most enjoy. Our rule of thumb is this: If the children say it isn’t worth repeating, it doesn’t get a mention.

coconut lentils

My kids love the silky texture of the lentils in this dish, and the coconut gives it an appealing sweetness. To find out how to cook this South Indian classic, read on.

Roast salmon

Roast salmon is always a treat, and this recipe throws everything together in one roasting pan for an easy, healthy supper which is full of flavour. 

Vegetarian meatballs

What could be more hearty and inviting than a casserole dish full of meatballs? And if you make them with lentils instead of meat they are seriously healthy. To discover a lemony vegetarian version of the classic comfort food, read on. 

Greek salad

My kids like this salad, but it’s probably not thanks to the vegetables. More likely they are enjoying the rare chance to dip fresh white bread into all the lovely dressing, but I do get some veggies down them at the same time. If you’re looking for a filling salad which is big enough for a family dinner, read on.

Salad Nicoise


Look at all the colours in this lovely salad! Salad Nicoise is a big favourite in our house because there are so many flavours in it. Sweet tomatoes, sour capers, salty anchovies, zingy basil and hearty spuds. To find out how to make this classic dish, read on.