Comfort 187 results

Mexican lasagne

Mexican is my go-to cuisine when I'm not sure what to cook as I just love the flavours, and it's a great way to pack in lots of healthy vegetables and beans! I try to always keep a batch of my fajita spice mix in a jam jar on the shelf to speed up the cooking process. This Mexican lasagne is made up of a fajita style mix- chicken, onions and peppers, layered with thinly sliced butternut squash, filling pinto and black beans, salsa style tomatoes and melted cheese. It's a fantastic ...

Slow-cooker tandoori beef masala

Why slow-cooked? The slow-cooker is fantastic for a curry- it gives plenty of time for the flavours of the spices to develop, and for meat like beef and lamb, it ensures that you have tender, fall apart meat with not a chewy bit in sight! I also love the slow-cooker because it's hands off cooking- this meal just takes about 7-8 minutes to do, including chopping and frying, then once it's in the slow-cooker you can just leave it and get on with your day! This slow-cooker tandoori ...

Homemade healthy crackers to complement the new Ilchester® Light Cheese Selection Net

    Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Norseland. If you're a cheese-lover or a savoury snack lover, then this is for you! Ilchester®  cheese (who famously brought us the Cheese Advent Calendar in 2018!) have released 3 of their delicious cheeses in a Light Cheese Selection! The net contains Fiery Mexicana®  (my absolute favourite!), Smoky Applewood®  and Creamy Ilchester® . The brilliant news, is that the cheeses are in the perfect portions ...

Herby pork and bean stew

Some friends hosted us for a gorgeous lunch on New Years' Day, and cooked this absolutely beautiful pork dish. The recipe was an Ottolenghi one from the Guardian (you can find the original here). It's a fantastic recipe, but for me, it's more work than I would do for anything other than a very special occasion, as it involves roasting a whole shoulder of pork before making the casserole.  I decided that I would like to make something similar, but that is much more of an accessible ...

Oven-baked chicken cacciatore

Chicken cacciatore is a delicious Italian dish with a rich, rustic sauce. I oven-baked this, as I love it when chicken thighs are fall apart tender, and the tomato sauce has broken down to be rich and dark.  Not only is this a very tasty dish, it's a great way to pack veg into the sauce. On top of what I have used in this recipe, you could add mushrooms, olives, courgette, carrot.... the rich flavours in the sauce can carry all sorts of veg! This is certainly family friendly in ...

Philly cheesesteak traybake with PGI Welsh Beef

  Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for PGI Welsh Beef The way to my heart has always been through a good steak, which is why I have created this Philly cheesesteak traybake as a Valentine’s meal! Philly cheesesteak is an iconic food from Philadelphia- a combination of steak, peppers and onions served up in a ‘hoagie’ with melted cheese. I’ve foregone the bread roll, and created a mouth-watering version that is quick and easy to make, and a guaranteed ...

How to make the best chicken katsu curry, with Frylight

One of the key changes I have made to the way I cook in the last few years is a reduction in the amount of oil that I use. I always used to glug in the olive oil thinking of it as ‘healthy fat’, but the truth is, if you are working on reducing the calories that you consume in order to lose weight, then cutting down on oils is one of the easiest changes to make, and all oils and fats are full of calories, even if they are presented as the ‘healthy option’- in fact coconut oil has a ...

Easy chicken, pesto and orzo traybake

If you haven't come across orzo before, it's a very small, rice-shaped pasta that is very quick to cook. This makes it ideal for traybakes because you don't need to leave everything in the oven for ages whilst waiting for the pasta to cook.   This is such a simple recipe, doesn't take a lot of ingredients, and is very family friendly. If you are following Slimming World, the only syns come from the pesto, which usually has around 3 syns per tbsp. The great thing about traybakes ...

Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese

Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...

Meatball pasta bake

Ask any of my old flatmates the dishes that they most remember me for, and I think they would probably say 'meatballs'! I've always loved cooking them (and eating them!). Meatballs and spaghetti was the first meal I ever made for my now husband (although that was a total disaster, I added a whole scotch bonnet chilli and it was HOTTER THAN THE SUN!) , he was so polite and sat and ate it all, the sweat pouring down his face! My old 'classic' meatball recipe had an incredibly rich sauce, ...