Seven-layer Dip

egg, gluten, dairy and nut free

This colourful tasty dip is ideal for parties or make a smaller version for your own vibrant light lunch!  The recipe is from Alice Sherwood’s ‘Allergy-free Cookbook’ which has a wealth of ideas for gluten, dairy, egg and nut free meals, snacks and desserts.

For a party sized dish you will need:

3 avocadoes

juice of 1 lemon or lime

450g can refried beans (or use a mixed bean salad and crush the mixture up)

500ml dairy-free soured cream or plain soya yoghurt

1/4 tsp chilli powder

2 green peppers, chopped

340g drained, pitted and halved black olives

8 tomatoes, chopped

1/2 red onion, chopped

750g dairy-free cheese, coarsely grated

chopped coriander and spring onions to garnish

Peel and mash the avocadoes with the lemon or lime juice.  In a glass bowl, layer the ingredients starting with the beans as the base, then the avocadoes, soured cream or yoghurt, green peppers, olives, tomatoes and red onion.  Top it all with cheese, coriander and spring onions.



Breakfasts You Will Want To Get Up For!

It’s all to easy to get stuck in a rut with breakfasts and it deserves a little love and attention being the most important meal of the day.  Whilst you sleep your body carries out myriad detoxification and organising processes; your liver works steadily to filter toxins and assimilate nutrients and your brain is sorting through all the information you’ve gathered during the day, so by morning you are very much in need of an energy boost!

Liven up your breakfast options with these tasty ideas, all of which have gluten, egg and dairy free options:

Fresh Vegetable Juices

A concentrated way to get easy to digest nutrients, juices are ideal for breakfast.  Try apple, spinach and parsley; carrot orange and ginger or beetroot, apple and mint for a zingy start to your day!


Great for when you’re short of time or can’t face food.  Blend fruit, dairy or non-dairy milk and ground seeds for a filling fruity drink.

Buckwheat Blinis

Whisk together 2-3 tablespoons buckwheat flour with 1 egg (or egg replacer) and 3 tablespoons dairy or non-dairy milk to make a batter mixture (add more or less milk as needed).  Heat 1/2 a teaspoon of coconut oil or butter in a skillet.  Add spoonfuls of the mixture to form small blinis and cook until golden brown.  Enjoy with yoghurt and fresh blueberries.

Debs Morning Millety Glow

This recipe for a gluten-free Ready Brek alternative is from a culinary-inspiring client; gently cook 2-3 tablespoons of millet flakes in water or non-dairy milk.  Add dessicated coconut, a teaspoon of cacao powder and a drizzle of agave nectar to taste.  Delicious!

Nutty Avocado

Spread oatcakes, rice cakes or gluten-free toast with a nut butter of your choice; almond, cashew, hazel, brazil nut or plain peanut butter.  Top with sliced avocado and raspberries.


Top 5 Sprout Recipes

The beautiful sprout must be the vegetable equivalent of Marmite – loved and hated in equal measure.  These little round brassicas are packed with folic acid, vitamin B6 (good for low mood and ‘winter blues’) potassium, fibre and glucosinolates; plant compounds with cancer-fighting powers and can be enjoyed for the next few weeks of Sprout Season not just on Christmas Day!

Stuck for ideas of what to do with them?  Here’s 5 to get you started…

1. Classic Sprout – lightly steamed and drizzled with olive or hazelnut oil and a few flaked almonds

2. Rich Red Sprout – gently fry chopped good quality bacon and red onion in coconut oil until the onions are soft and sticky.  Add steamed sprouts, mix together and top with pine nuts

3. Fruity Sprout – add finely chopped raw sprouts to a salad mixture of  lambs lettuce, yellow peppers, cherry tomatoes and pomegranate seeds.  Dress with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

4. Stir fry Sprout – sprouts are efectively mini cabbages and taste delicious in a stir fry.  Add chopped or shredded sprouts to your wok with sliced peppers, beanshoots, carrot, mushrooms, chilli, ginger and cashew nuts

5. Hidden Sprout – sneak any leftover sprouts into a rich warming turkey stew!

And for even more tasty ideas, click here!