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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, ...

Slow-cooker beef brisket with rich onion gravy

I love beef, and particularly when it is slow-cooked- that tender, fall apart texture can't be beaten! Beef brisket is one of the cheaper cuts to buy because it does require a long, slow cook, but you really can't beat it, and it makes a fantastic Sunday roast centrepiece that actually requires very little effort! I picked up a piece of beef brisket in Tesco's a little while ago as it was on special offer, and I really wanted to try something different to anything I had cooked before ...

Vegan mushroom, chickpea and green lentil curry

This curry was inspired by one that my sister-in-law cooked when I was staying with her up in London- why had I never thought of combining chickpeas and lentils into one dish? I always find chickpea curries a bit too much without anything to break up the chickpeas, but mixed with lentils they just add a fantastic consistency and bulk. My brother and sister-in-law have been so lovely about having my husband and I to stay over the past few years- when we left London for Devon we envisaged ...

Healthy sugar-free homemade berry granola

About a year ago, I started experimenting with homemade granola- I couldn't find anything in the shops that was healthy enough- it's amazing how much sugar most granolas contain. I also wanted to create a granola that could be used as my Healthy Extra B for Slimming World. I discovered a brilliant way of creating a lovely, crunchy granola that had no need for sugars and syrups- by whipping up egg whites, and using them to bind your granola ingredients together, once baked you have a ...

Chicken fajita traybake

Chicken fajitas are a staple in my household- I never get tired of them! It's often a Saturday night dinner for my husband and I, but equally I don't like a meal that involves me standing over a pan on a Saturday night (I'd rather be sitting in front of the fire drinking a glass of wine!). That's why I tried these as a traybake (or sheet pan) style meal- you can prep it all, pop it in the oven and go and sit down while it cooks, what's not to love?! I actually really love the Old El Paso ...

Slow-cooker Chinese pulled pork

I bought a pork shoulder in Morrisons a couple of weeks ago, intending to make a classic pulled pork recipe- I didn't get around to it, and then a friend threw her husband a 40th birthday party that had an AMAZING hog roast, and then gave me a whole leg that was left over! We were just about to head off on holiday, so I took off the meat and managed to squeeze most of it into my jam-packed freezer (I desperately need a chest freezer- just not sure where to put one!). By that point I had ...

Steamed jam sponge mug cake

I recently introduced my 8 year old to mug cakes, and she was blown away- she just couldn't believe that you could achieve such a good cake in just a couple of minutes! I was testing out a few recipes in my new microwave (read about it here!). I made a full fat and sugar chocolate mug cake for my daughter ( I used this recipe), and then I experimented with a Slimming World friendly version, using my healthy extra B oats. The only extra step you have to go through here is that rather ...

Carrot and coriander soup

Carrot and coriander soup has always been one of my favourites- it's a fuss-free and easy soup to make, it's suitable for the whole family (my fussy children will eat it!), and it's also a great cheap soup to make in bulk. Carrots are one of the cheapest vegetables to buy from the supermarket and with just a few little additions make a delicious, rich and creamy soup that is also healthy and low in fat. I don't worry about peeling the carrots for this, as it's going to be blended anyway, ...

Roasted ratatouille soup

If you've tried my Easy roasted ratatouille recipe then this may seem familiar. I love making a big batch of ratatouille because it's such a versatile dish- I serve it as a side to lots of different meals, on its own with freshly baked bread and pureed as a pasta sauce! It also makes a fabulous soup- the rich flavours from the roasted vegetables work so well as a soup. If you make up a nice big batch and freeze into portions it makes a lovely easy lunch, and if you want to add some ...

One-pot chilli mac’n’cheese

I live for a one-pot wonder! I love cooking, but I also love finding ways top simplify meals and make them easy and hassle-free to make without compromising on taste. Comfort food is my thing, and I always love it when Autumn kicks in and I feel really justified in cooking up big pots of comfort food! Some of my favourites are beef & Guinness casserole, smoky chilli con carne, pork and apple stew and Brazilian pork stew The brilliant thing about these types of meals is that it's ...