BANANA OAT COOKIES
I love these and the added bonus is they make me feel really healthy! Although called cookies, they aren’t hard and crunchy, which I love! Cover a baking tray with greaseproof paper and pre heat the oven to 170c. In a bowl mix 1 cup of oats, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt. Once thats combined add 2 ripe bananas which have been mashed, a quarter cup of raisins and a quarter cup of chopped walnuts. Drop heaped teaspoons of the mixture onto your baking sheet, bake for 15 minutes and voila! Banana oat cookies.
HOME MADE MINESTRONE
This has to be one of my all time favourites. It’s total comfort in a bowl and I often seek it after a blustery walk along the beach. It’s so easy to make and the end result is delicious. To make this beauty in a bowl put 4 tbsp olive oil in a large pan over a medium to low heat. Finely chop 1 large onion, 1 garlic clove, 2 celery sticks and 2 carrots. Add them to the pan along with some chopped up smoked bacon (I usually use about half a pack but I’m a bit of a pig for it!). Cook for 10 minutes, stirring, until the veg have softened. Add 2tbsp tomato puree and stir for 1 minute. Add 400g can of chopped tomatoes and 1.2 litres of veg stock and bring to the boil. Pop in 150g macaroni pasta and let it bubble for 5 minutes. Add a 400g can of mixed beans (usually called mixed bean salad) and cook, uncovered for a further 5 minutes. Ladle into bowl and top with grated parmesan if you fancy. Enjoy!