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.

Roast vegetables can make a delicious and healthy side, but in this recipe they are the main event. There are lots of taste surprises held within (goats cheese, olives, capers) which liven up the whole thing, and a delicious dressing to add a little heat.

The spices provide a smoky base note to the flavour profile of this dish. Imagine how good that tastes with feta and coriander and lime juice stirred through – it gives a beautiful range of flavours within each mouthful. The textures of this dish are interesting too – we were fighting over the black beans.

Raw carrot with fresh lemon juice and toasted cumin seeds are combined to make this delicious Moroccan salad. I’ve also thrown in 3 bonus salads which I make all the time because they’re so easy. Read on to for some summer salad inspiration.

This colourful salmon recipe has everything going for it- it’s easy, healthy and delicious. If you love the fresh and zingy flavours of Southeast Asia you’re going to love this dish.

This unusual recipe comes from Algeria. It takes very little effort to prepare but it looks impressive and tastes delicious. For a healthy meal full of Middle Eastern flavours, read on.

Do you love cauliflower cheese but can’t be bothered making the cheese sauce? This recipe dispenses with all that stove-top fuss, and it tastes better into the bargain.

What I love about this recipe is all the different flavours and textures which it includes. It’s an unusual dish from vegetarian chef Anna Jones, who excels at making very moreish meat-free meals.


Of course pancakes are delicious, but I always feel a bit sickened with myself after eating them, and would like to lie down for a nap. Here are two healthier pancake recipes. They are higher in fibre, and contain protein in the form of nuts and seeds, but they still feel indulgent because (after all) they are pancakes.