One Pot Chicken Chickpea Tagine

Low Carb Crustless Quiche (1)

One Pot Chicken & Chick Pea Tagine (serves 6)

This is a super tasty and satisfying one pot wonder. A nutritionally balanced meal all in the one pot, what’s not to love? And, if there’s any left over, it tastes even better the following day so don’t be afraid to get two dinners out of the one cooking session! Packed with quality protein, gut loving fibre, anti-oxidant vitamins and anti-inflammatory spices!


  • 4 chicken breast, cut into large chunks
  • 1tbsp harissa paste
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 1 red pepper, cut into chunks
  • 2 carrots, cut into thick half moons
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 baby potatoes, quartered
  • 80g (large handful) of green beans (cut off top & bottom)
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 1ts turmeric
  • 1tsp ginger
  • ½ tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 200ml chicken stock
  • ½ cup dried apricots, quartered
  • 1 tin chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 2tbsp. of fresh mint/flat leaf parsley, finely chopped


  • Mix the harissa past through the chunks of chicken. If you have time, ideally set the chicken aside for at least 30 mins to allow the flavours to develop while you prep the vegetables and potatoes.
  • Once you’ve prepped all your vegetables, heat the oil in a large pot or casserole dish. Fry the chicken for a few minutes until sealed then remove from the pot and set aside.
  • Fry the onion, pepper and carrot for a few minutes, then stir in the minced garlic and all the spices and fry for another 2 minutes. (take care not to burn the garlic)
  • Add the chicken back to the dish, stir to combine then pour in the tomatoes and stock.
  • Add the apricots and green beans and nestle in the potato chunks so they are submerged under the mixture.
  • Bring to a boil then simmer for about 30 minutes until the potato and carrot are tender.
  • Towards the end of cooking time, stir in the chick peas and fresh mint/parsley.
  • Serve piping hot as it is or alongside a small portion of couscous or rice.

elsa jones logoElsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies.

Banana Pecan Muffins


Healthy Banana Muffins (makes 9 muffins)

These are perfect for a nutritious grab & go breakfast or a mid-morning/afternoon treat. Made with only natural, wholesome ingredients these high fibre, gluten free muffins will keep you full and satisfied without spiking your blood sugar levels.



  • ½ Cup Coconut flour
  • 1 level tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt


  • 4 eggs
  • 2 large ripe bananas, well mashed
  • 2 heaped tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1tsp. vanilla essence
  • 1/4 cup of pecans (broken up) optional


  • Set oven to 180 degrees Celsius then lightly grease a non-stick muffin tray or line with quality muffin cases.
  • Using a sieve, sift the coconut flour and remainder of the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mash the banana, then beat in the eggs. Stir in the melted coconut oil and vanilla.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk for 30-60 seconds until well combined ( I use a hand held electric whisk/mixer)
  • Stir in the pecans if using.
  • Spoon the mixture into the muffin tray, fill about three quarters of the way. Top each muffin with a pecan if desired.
  • Bake for approx. 20-22 mins until lightly golden.
  • Allow to cool in the tray for about 15 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before eating. I use a tablespoon to gently coax the muffins out of the tray.

Storage: Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days. They will last a little longer if you store them in the fridge and warm before eating.

elsa jones logoElsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies.

One Pot Vegan Chilli

Low Carb Crustless Quiche

One Pot Vegan Chilli (Serves 6)

This one pot wonder is packed with plant based protein, complex carbohydrates and fibre. Quinoa is a great source of magnesium, B vitamins and iron which our bodies need for good energy and to help balance our mood and stress levels. The butternut squash adds a touch of sweetness and provides us with a nice dose of skin loving antioxidants.


  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • ½ yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1tsp chilli powder
  • 1tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup butternut squash, peeled & cubed (see guide)
  • 2 X 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 400g tin kidney beans, rinsed and drained.
  • 1tbsp. coriander leaves chopped

Alternative: sweet potato or carrot are good alternatives to butternut squash.

Optional toppings: A small drizzle of sweet chilli sauce, see recipe below. Avocado chunks seasoned with salt & lime juice also makes for a nice topping. Personally I think the extra toppings take this dish to another level.


  • Add the quinoa to a bowl and cover with boiling water from kettle, set aside to soak while you prepare the rest of the ingredients
  • An easy way to prepare butternut squash is to place it on a chopping board, then using a long sturdy knife, cut off the top and bottom, about 1/2 an inch off each end. Peel the skin with a vegetable peeler. Cut in half, then half again, scoop out seeds, slice and cut into cubes.

Note – you can freeze the remaining cubes for another time.

  • Heat the oil in a large pot then add the onion & peppers and fry for a few minutes, add the garlic and spices and stir fry for another 2 minutes.
  • Stir in the butternut squash and cook for 5 minutes then add the tinned tomatoes and simmer for 15 minutes
  • Drain the quinoa and add it to the pot along with 2 cups of vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes until the quinoa is cooked and the squash is tender.
  • Add the kidney beans and allow to warm through before serving with a sprinkle of fresh coriander.

Natural Sweet Chilli Sauce (5 minutes to make!)


  • Add the maple syrup, vinegar and water to a small pot over medium heat.
  • Let the mixture come to a boil then add the garlic and chili flakes. Allow to simmer for a couple minutes.
  • Put the arrowroot powder into a small bowl then add a splash of water and stir to dissolve. Add it to the chili sauce and stir for a minute until thickened.
  • Pour the sauce into a jar with a lid and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

elsa jones logoElsa Jones is a qualified Nutritional Therapist and author of bestselling book ‘Goodbye Sugar’. She works as a nutrition consultant in a Dublin practice and also internationally via her online nutrition programs. She specialise’s in motivational weight management combining effective nutrition & mind-set strategies.


This creamy vegetarian bake is proof that comfort food need not be bad for you.  I replaced dairy cream with almond cream (available from health stores) which makes this dish suitable for vegans or those following a plant-based, dairy-free lifestyle. I did include some parmesan cheese to serve, but you can leave it out or sprinkle with toasted chopped hazelnuts for some additional texture or some nutritional yeast for a “cheesy” flavour.

We can be so used to the ‘meat & two veg’ formula that we tend to consider vegetables on their own, as an insufficient main meal. But adding shiitake mushrooms (or brown / portobello / chestnut mushrooms) provides a meaty texture and the addition of almond cream makes this dish more satisfying than you might think.

Mushrooms like shiitake can be hard to find but they’re incredibly nutritious and have been used for centuries in eastern traditions for their medicinal qualities. Shiitake mushrooms have been scientifically proven to help fight obesity1, support immune function2, inhibit the growth of cancer cells3 and support cardiovascular health4. They also provide vitamin D (something we are severely lacking in the northern hemisphere at this time of year!) and have antimicrobial qualities that can help to fight infection.

The recipe serves two people as a main course but you can stretch it to four servings if you want to use it as a side dish served with either Puy lentils or some roast chicken.

(serves 2 as a main course or 4 as a side dish)


  • 1 small-medium squash (I used a coquina squash)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin raw coconut oil* or olive oil
  • 125g shiitake mushrooms (or chestnut / brown mushrooms)
  • 150g rainbow chard, stalks removed and chopped finely, leaves torn in half
  • 300ml almond cream (I used Ecomil Cuisine)
  • 1 organic low-salt stock cube (I used Kallo Organic Mushroom Stock Cube)
  • 3/4 pint boiling water
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme
  • 2 sage leaves, chopped finely
  • Sea salt & black pepper
  • Optional: 1-2 tbsp grated parmesan to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 200C / Gas Mark 4 / 400F.
  2. Peel the squash, cut in half and then slice into half moon shapes, removing the seeds. Arrange the squash onto a roasting tray, add the garlic cloves (you don’t need to peel them) and drizzle with a teaspoon of oil. Season and transfer to the oven. Cook until tender (about 25 minutes).
  3. While the squash is in the oven heat the remaining oil in a cast iron skillet or pan over a medium heat. Brush any excess dirt from the mushrooms, and slice them into chunky pieces and lay them into the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes before turning and then add the rosemary, thyme and sage. Cook for another minute.
  4. Pour the boiling water and 200ml of the almond cream into the pan with the mushrooms, add the stock cube and stir. Bring to the boil and then simmer on a low heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  5. When the squash is ready, remove the roasting tray from the oven and leave aside to cool slightly. Remove the garlic cloves and gently squeeze the softened garlic bulbs into the pan with the mushrooms and almond cream (be careful that the skin from the garlic does not fall into the pan). Discard the skins.
  6. Take a lasagne or pie dish and arrange the chard stalks and some of the leaves on the bottom. Arrange a third of the squash on top of the chard and then pour half the creamy mushroom sauce over the top. Repeat 2 more times and then pour the remaining 100ml of almond cream over the top.
  7. Transfer to the oven and cook for about 30 minutes until bubbling and slightly browned on top.
  8. If adding parmesan cheese, remove the dish from the oven, sprinkle over the grated parmesan and place back into the oven for 5 minutes until the cheese is melted slightly. Remove from the oven and spoon the bake onto serving plates. Enjoy!
Servings Calories Fat Protein Carbs Sugars Fibre
Per half serving as a main course 439 24.6g 7g 40g 11g 4g
Per 1/4 serving as a side dish 110 6.2g 1.8g 10g 2.8g 1g


  1. Handayani, D., Chen, J., Meyer, B.J. and Huang, X.F. (2011) ‘Dietary Shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes) prevents fat deposition and lowers Triglyceride in rats fed a high-fat diet, Journal of Obesity, 2011, pp. 1 doi: 10.1155/2011/258051.
  1. Dai, X., Stanilka, J.M., Rowe, C.A., Esteves, E.A., Nieves, C., Spaiser, S.J., Christman, M.C., Langkamp-Henken, B. and Percival, S.S. (2015) Consuming Lentinula edodes (Shiitake) mushrooms daily improves human immunity: A Randomized dietary intervention in healthy young adults, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, 34(6), pp. 478 doi: 10.1080/07315724.2014.950391.
  1. Fang, N., Li, Q., Yu, S., Zhang, J., He, L., Ronis, M.J.J. and Badger, T.M. (2006) Inhibition of growth and induction of Apoptosis in human cancer cell lines by an ethyl acetate fraction from Shiitake mushrooms, The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12(2), pp. 125–132. doi: 10.1089/acm.2006.12.125.
  1. KABIR, Y., YAMAGUCHI, M. and KIMURA, S. (1987) Effect of shiitake(Lentinus edodes) and maitake(Grifola frondosa) mushrooms on blood pressure and plasma lipids of spontaneously hypertensive rats, Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 33(5), pp. 341–346. doi: 10.3177/jnsv.33.341.




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