Gluten-free, and chocolate, continued to draw you in, with our Squidgy Chocolate, Almond and Prune Torte and Chocolate, Beetroot & Raspberry Cupcakes recipes both being hugely popular. Delicious and mainly virtuous too, what's not to like!
Hidden beetroot was quite a trend last year, with its nutritional benefits becoming more widely known. As well as putting it in those lush chocolate cakes, our curried beetroot and lentil shepherd's pie was very popular. (And yes, we are aware that a 'shepherd' pie should have lamb in, but thanks to the unreformed meaties who pointed it out!)
Who can resist nutritious goodies like beans and beetroot when they come in burger form? This black bean and beetroot burger is delicious and, mostly, healthy. Maybe a wholegrain bun would be better though...
As you know, all our recipes are vegetarian or vegan and with the growth of Meat Free Mondays, Veganuary, flexitarianism and clean eating, they have never been more popular. In the past nut roasts have had a bad reputation for lacking texture and flavour, not so this Spiced Lentil, Nut and Vegetable Roast which kept many a veggie guest happy on Easter Sunday, and beyond.
Clean eating doesn't show any signs of going away and, as long as it's not taken to crazy extremes (the banana girl, what??), is a good antidote to the usual British diet. Less carbs, more fruit and veg, less sugar, all good. This Quinoa & Edamame Salad with Honey & Ginger Dressing is a great place to start.
Quinoa isn't just for weird hippies, honest, it's delicious, nutritious and versatile. Pick up a packet today, to cook or ready made, and have a go. It's yummy. One of our favourite assembly jobs is this Quick Quinoa and Puy Lentil Salad, easy, healthy, power-packed and scrummy.
If quick and easy is what you're looking for, take a look at this recipe we devised with McCain. Sophia loved helping make this one, and it's something we make often using different bases, it's great on baked potatoes or sweet potatoes too. Perfect for all the family, Mexican Bean Hash with McCain Rustic Chips is quick and easy after school too.
But our most visited post of the year is far from 'clean', who wants to be 'good' all the time anyway, but it is truly, truly scrumptious. I give you our (almost) famous Lime Shortbread recipe. Enjoy!
Have a look too at our top 10 recipes of 2015 which includes cake, raw and lots of veggies.