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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 ...

Beef stroganoff

Beef stroganoff used to be a real staple in my kitchen years ago, but I had forgotten all about it. I had some sour cream left over from another recipe recently, so decided to have a go at a lean version of it (I used to use a whole tub of sour cream!). I used to mainly flavour it with paprika, but in this version I tried a couple of slightly different additions, and I think it's the nicest one I've ever made! Just a little tip for adding in the sour cream at the end, if you gently warm ...

Tomato, basil & orzo soup

I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power. I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...

Healthy Beef Madras

I was always a fussy eater as a kid- I wouldn't touch any fruit and would only tolerate certain vegetables. when I was about 12, my Mum made a discovery, which was that I would eat pretty much any vegetables if they were in curry! Although adulthood (and travelling the world) made me much less fussy, and I love a lot of the foods I wouldn't eat as a child, I still love a good curry! One of my dreams is to go to India for a cookery course and culinary tour. I've never been to India, but ...

Healthy chocolate orange energy bombs

  My children are the polar opposites when it comes to food. Mimi, who is 8, adores fruit and will eat it like sweets- a big treat for her is to have a fruit salad- the more variety the better. Marls (5) cannot bear fruit, she can't even sit next to someone who is eating an apple or a banana, and if I've cut fruit up for Mimi, she will ask me to wash her hands before I cuddle her! As much as this is frustrating, I can understand it- I felt the same about fruit as a child. With the ...