Healthy Dinner Recipe: Pasta, Vegetables, and Garlic Sourdough

Let's Talk Health with Mairi

Hello everyone and welcome back to my blog! I hope you have had a wonderful past couple of weeks. Today I bring you a healthy dinner recipe that’s nutrient-packed and delicious. Many of my dinners look similar to this one. This recipe is a must-try! See below for the recipe and follow along for more blog posts like this one!

Why is this meal healthy?

  • Good source of plant iron (lentils).
  • Good source of fiber (vegetables, wholegrain pasta, sourdough).
  • Healthy fats (olive oil).
  • Three portions of your 5 a day.
  • A portion of legumes.
  • Good bacteria for gut health in the sourdough.

What you’ll need/shopping list:

  • Brocolli
  • Green beans
  • Courgette
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt

You can swap out the above vegetables for any you like. The seasoning work for most veggies!

  • Garlic (3 cloves)
  • Olive oil (tablespoon)
  • Lentils (200g)
  • Tomato passata (400g)
  • Tinned plum tomatoes…

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Quarantummy: Easy lasagna

The Geeky Cat Lady

Thanks to a blog post I published sometime last year, my friend Polly shared with me a tip about making lasagna: don’t boil the lasagna sheets! Apparently all you have to do is add water to each sheet , and cook the whole dish in the oven for a little longer. You can pierce the lasagna to check if it’s done, and you’re rewarded with firmer lasagna that doesn’t take too long to cook!

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The Time Machine Promoter

Lina is at the top of her game. She’s a Promoter – someone who helps to get people interested in products and services. She’s always on the lookout for new opportunities, and she’s never afraid to take risks.

But when she’s approached by a group of scientists who want her to help promote their latest invention, she has doubts. It’s a machine that they say can send people back in time. Lina is sceptical, but she’s also curious.

She decides to take on the challenge, and she quickly discovers that the machine works. She’s sent back to ancient Egypt, where she meets a young woman named Nefertiti. Lina is amazed by the beauty and culture of the times, and she quickly falls in love with the place.

With the help of the machine, Lina is able to show Nefertiti all sorts of interesting things from the future. She introduces her to the concept of marketing, and Nefertiti is soon enthusiastic about the possibilities.

Together, they start to promote the time machine to the people of Egypt. It’s a tough sell, but Lina is confident that they can do it.

Camp Clear Creek

It was a dark and stormy night. The kind of night that made you want to curl up in a ball and hide under the covers. But there was no hiding from the things that lurked in the darkness.

The campground was eerily quiet. The only sound was the gentle rustle of the leaves in the trees. But even that was enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand up.

You huddled close to the fire, trying to take comfort in its warmth. But it did little to chase away the chill that had taken up residence in your bones.

There was a crack of thunder and you jumped, startled. The rain began to fall in earnest, beating against the ground and the trees.

Suddenly, you heard a branch snap. Something was coming closer. Closer.

You tensed, ready to run. But before you could even stand up, it was upon you.

The wind picked up, howling through the trees. The fire crackled and popped, sending sparks into the air. You pulled your blanket tighter around you, trying to block out the sound of the storm. But no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t shake the feeling that something was watching you.

The branch of a tree snapped, causing you to jump. Your heart pounded in your chest as you scanned the darkness for the source of the noise. But all you could see were the shadows, dancing in the firelight.

You told yourself it was just the wind, that there was nothing out there. But deep down, you knew that wasn’t true. There were things in the darkness, things that were waiting to hurt you.

The fire died down, leaving you in darkness. You huddled closer to the embers, desperately trying to keep warm. And as you sat there, you could feel the eyes of the darkness watching you, waiting for the perfect moment to strike.

The next morning, you woke up to find the tree branch lying next to you. There was no sign of the creature that you were sure was watching you.

Is It OK to Ask for Before/After Examples from a Freelance Editor? – by Hattie Fletcher…

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

on Jane Friedman site:


Sometimes a freelance editor’s marketing materials (e.g. website, Twitter bio, blog post) will say something like “I’ve edited nonfiction, fiction…and so on”—without naming the books or authors they’ve edited. Or, sometimes I’ve seen editors (and coaches and consultants) show testimonials, blurbs, and books they’ve worked on and/or edited, but none of these represent “work.” Showing a book cover but not clarifying the editor’s role doesn’t help: Did they do substantive or basic editing? Did they help with structure, voice … something else?

For a book, how can an editor show an author what the work involves and how they convey their thoughts/recommendations/suggestions? Does an editor’s work involve notes, lists, track changes, or page rewrites? It would help to know how an editor sees the editor’s role and conveys it—and whether the editor can show examples of their work.

What happens if an author asks a…

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Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread



It’s been awhile since I’ve made banana bread, and baking up a chocolate version sounded like a good idea! Since I’m a fan of dark chocolate, I came up with this Double Dark Chocolate Banana Bread—I used a good amount of unsweetened cocoa powder in the batter, plus added some chopped-up dark chocolate chips so there would be even more dark chocolate flavor! I thought it turned out really good—very chocolatey and moist—a quite decadent banana bread! 

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