Easy chilli garlic meatballs
There's nothing more satisfying than a big plate of meatballs! I've always loved them ever since watching Lady and the Tramp share a romantic plateful. Equally it can be a bit of a faff to make and I'm all for the easy life, so I've come up with this version which is so so quick to prepare, but tastes so good every time! The key to this is that the sauce doesn't involve any chopping or standing over the cooker, it's just blended and then left to simmer. It's also a real lesson in how ...
Chilli con carne
Chilli con carne is one of my all time favourite meals, and I love to try out new ways of making it. Traditionally we always used to have chilli on a Saturday night, piled onto tortilla chips with cheese melted over the top, and homemade guacamole on the side. This is a healthier take on a delicious chilli meal- I serve this with 'brocamole' (click here for the recipe) and cauliflower rice makes a great rice substitute, but this is also lovely served with nutty brown rice.
Piri Piri beef mini roast, with sweet potato wedges and chilli and lime dip
I've recently discovered mini roasts, and I love them for an easy evening meal! They are much smaller joints of meat than your typical Sunday roast- so are ideal for serving two (and usually with enough left over for a sarnie the next day too!). During the week my husband and I always eat together (if we can) after the girls have gone to bed- it's our time to relax together and catch up on the day, and one of the reasons that mini roasts are great is that you can just pop them in the oven ...
Spicy courgetti bolognese
I quite often end up adding chilli into my spaghetti bolognese to liven it up a bit, and thought I would try one that's meant to be spicy. When it was ready, I decided to try it out with courgetti (spiralized courgette) rather than traditional spaghetti to see if it would work. I find normally if I have bolognese sauce with courgetti I just want pasta too- I think you need a bit of zing with courgetti to really enjoy it!
I was sent some of Cirio's range of tomatoes to try out, and for ...
Authentic Italian style spaghetti bolognese
You may be able to tell from the number of bolognese recipes on this blog how much I love it! Often I make a really rich sauce with all sorts of very non-Italian ingredients added!
I was sent some premium tinned tomatoes by Cirio, and thought I would try to use these to take my bolognese back to basics and make a really tasty Italian style version.
Rosemary and garlic beef stew
In 2001 my Grandma sent me a slow-cooker in the post to my university house- she obviously thought it was a kitchen essential, and remembered that my very favourite of all the meals that she cooked was her steak pie, which had a gorgeous filling made in the slow cooker. It came with a little booklet, and the very first recipe in it was a beef and ale stew. I don't think I ever made it past that page in the book as it was so good I didn't cook anything else in the slow cooker for years!
Chinese chilli beef
I tried to find a way to make this crispy chilli beef, but I'm just not sure you can achieve that without frying it in a lot of oil (if you have found a way PLEASE drop me a line!). But anyway, this was still really tasty, for me as good as something you' get from a Chinese takeaway but completely without the guilt factor! The great thing about making your own Chinese food at home is that you can involve lots of vegetables and still keep it feeling very take-away-ey!
Mexican taco style feast
I've been wanting to have a go at this for ages! I love tacos, but they aren't always a healthy option. This uses lasagne sheets (who knew?!) to make delicious crunchy tortilla chips, a homemade taco seasoning spices the meat perfectly, and for me the refried beans, salsa, jalapenos and cheese turn this into a real treat!
I did try shaping the lasagne into traditional shape tacos, but they didn't work out, so just kept it easy with the nachos!
I was really excited when I first saw this recipe idea as I love pizza! I'm not sure of the origin, although the first version I came across was Nigella's- apparently it was the most popular recipe from her Nigelissima (click here) recipe book.
It's a different experience from a pizza as obviously the base isn't crisp, but it's a great way to get all those flavours in, and also a perfect accompaniment to salad and a whoe host of other 'pizza topping' type vegetables. There's also a lot ...
Spicy meatball marinara bake
I made this up with leftovers from my Pizza topped giant meatballs recipe (click here) and it was so tasty I thought it deserved it's own slot!
It might look like a lot of work for one meal, but I often have a batch of the Best Ever Pizza Sauce (click here) made up, as my youngest daughter loves pizza, and it makes a great sauce for last minute meals, and if you've only fed 2 with the giant meatballs recipe, you could always freeze half the meatballs and save them for this!