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 ...
Nando’s style peri-peri spice mix
I absolutely love per-peri chicken, and I make up my Nando's style spice mix in batches so that after I've done it once, I have it on the shelf for quick and easy meals in the future. I save empty jam jars and use those to store my spice mixes!
If you are following Slimming World you will find that most of the packet mixes contain unnecessary syns! It is much more cost-effective and a healthier option to make your own.
The recipe in this batch makes enough spice mix to do 4 meals ...
Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger and a Zesty Mexican Bean Salad
To celebrate the launch of The Saucy Fish Co. products in Iceland’s The Food Warehouse I’ve created a tasty and easy to make zesty Mexican bean salad to go alongside The Saucy Fish Co. cook from frozen Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger Dressing.
The Saucy Fish Co. has four of its delicious products on sale in The Food Warehouse (yes I have sampled them all!)
Cook from frozen Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger Dressing
Cook from frozen Smoked ...
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 ...
Mexican layered chicken bake
Mexican food is a real love of mine, fajitas are often a Saturday night treat for us, but unfortunately wraps generally aren't wholesome or healthy, so I really wanted to come up with an alternative which still seems like as much of a treat. I have made an enchilada bake before which is really delicious, but although it cuts down on the amount of wraps you would normally have, it does still use them. I decided to trial grated sweet potato as one of the layers both to create more ...
This is my version of Nigella's 'brocamole' idea- she in turn credits the idea to Ludo Lefebvre, who did a purely broccoli version with no avocado.
I adore fresh guacamole, and although avocados are very good for you and full of 'healthy' fat, if you are following Slimming World it is very high in syns and for me it's great to be able to enjoy guacamole without eating a ton of syns!
Homemade refried beans (frijoles negros)
I've always been a big fan of refried beans, even when I was a very fussy eater as a child! I love Mexican food, and spent a summer travelling around Mexico 13 years ago. The food was just as good as I had hoped- everywhere are street food stalls selling amazing little soft tacos with different fillings. The restaurants were amazing- if you ordered fajitas often the meat/prawns would be charcoal grilled and it would come out sizzling on a skillet. So so yummy! It was also the first time ...
This was my solution for not eating loads of wraps when I have fajitas or enchiladas! it's layered up like a lasagne, using loads of yummy Mexican layers! In this one I used my homemade refried beans (recipe here) and salsa (recipe here), but you can use the Old El Paso refried beans, and jarred salsa to make it a less labour intensive dish if you want! I just happened to already have leftovers of the beans and salsa from other meals!
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I'm all for a jar of salsa and that's usually what I will use if I'm having Mexican, but it's so easy to do and I really fancied having a go in the slow cooker- this also means no need for the unnecessary amount of oil, salt and sugar that you might get in a shop-bought one. If you follow this blog you will know how much I love my slow-cooker- I think it's just being able to throw everything in and leave it- pretty lazy cooking for amazing results!
This makes a good sized batch of salsa- ...
Slow-cooker chipotle chilli chicken
I threw this meal together as I hadn't got anything planned and only had about 10 minutes in the day to get something prepared- I had a load of chicken in the freezer after receiving my latest Musclefood offer (click here to see the brilliant deal they currently have on my favourite lean meat selection), I always have black beans in the cupboard as I use them all the time, and the rest of the ingredients were just in the cupboards. I picked up my chipotle chilli flakes in Sainsburys a ...