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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.

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.

It’s surprisingly easy to knock up a Thai curry from scratch, and it smells and tastes delicious. Lemongrass, peanut butter and coconut milk give this curry a really interesting flavour, and red rice (which I’d never even heard of) is a revelation.

This fresh, healthy and affordable salad is a taste of summer available all year round. It takes five minutes to make – perfect if like me you work from home, or want something that keeps well in a Tupperware for lunch at work.