Book Review: Hamlyn 200 Healthy Feasts

In an effort to expand my cooking repertoire and become a bit more organised and healthy with what we’re eating, you might have read have seen some of my Meal Planning Monday posts. I was helped out the other week by receiving 200 Healthy Feasts by Jo McAuley to review.

200 Healthy Feasts The book is packed full of 200 (duh!) one-page recipes split into starters, soups, desserts and so on and each has clear instructions and a picture of what your finished dish should look like.

The recipes are all as advertised – healthy and family friendly and in some cases although they’re really simple to make this is no bad thing in a busy household!

After a quick look through the book I chose the Lemony Mushroom Spaghetti from the vegetarian section of the book as it looked and sounded really nice, and also we don’t really eat a lot of food without meat in, so I figured it might do us some good, so here’s the recipe:

Lemony Mushroom Spaghetti

250g Chestnut Mushrooms
1 Garlic Clove, finely chopped
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
400g Spaghetti
150g Fresh Wholemeal Breadcrumbs
Finely grated rind and juice of 1 Lemon
1 small bunch of Parsley, chopped
1/2 Tsp Chilli Flakes (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Grated Parmesan to serve

Place the mushrooms, stalk side up, in a large roasting tin. Scatter with the garlic, drizzle with the oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Place in a preheated oven, 180C/350F/Gas mark 4 for 18-20 minutes or until tender and juicy

Meanwhile, cook the pasta in a large saucepan of boiling water for 10-12 minutes, or according to the packet instructions, until al dente.

Put the breadcrumbs, lemon rind, half of the parsley and the chilli flakes, if using, into a large nonstick frying pan over a medium high heat. Dry fry for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy, stirring continuously. Set aside.

Remove the mushrooms from the oven and cool slightly, then rough chop. Drain the pasta and toss with the mushrooms, lemon juice and remaining parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste, then heap into serving bowls. Scatter over the breadcrumbs and serve immediately with Parmesan, if using.

The recipe worked really well and was really nice – I might perhaps reduce the amount of breadcrumbs next time, but this is my personal preference, not a comment on the recipe!

200 Healthy Feasts is available widely and the cover price is £4.99, although I have seen it at various prices under this and for the 200 recipes you get this is a real bargain!

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2 Responses to Book Review: Hamlyn 200 Healthy Feasts

  1. Kirsty says:

    Oooh that recipe sounds very tempting.

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