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 ...
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 ...
Slow-cooker honey garlic chicken
It just takes 5 minutes to put together the sauce for this easy and delicious honey garlic chicken, a simple combination of ingredients, slow-cooked with chicken breasts which are shredded into sauce at the end of cooking. Perfect served with egg-fried rice, stir-fried vegetables and smothered in spicy sriracha.
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 ...
Slow-cooker pork & apple stew
I've been embracing all things frozen over the past 12 months, and I love having frozen products stocked up for easy meals! I have to say I've always hated chopping onions, and I love the pre-chopped onions that you can buy!
I made this meal on a day where I was incredibly tight for time, but really wanted to still make a nice wholesome dinner for my family- so I took a risk (for me!) and threw a load of stuff into the slow cooker and hoped for the best! I was really pleased with the ...
Delicious sausage & lentil casserole
I think one of the nicest things about Autumn is getting back into casseroles! I absolutely adore one-pot comfort food, partly because anything that you can cook all in one pot is a total winner in terms of washing up, but partly because of the magic of popping it into the oven or slow-cooker and then having a big reveal hours later where it's transformed into something that fills the house with delicious smells and that you can't wait to eat!
Sausages and lentils just go ...
Roasted butternut squash soup
There's just something so cosy about eating butternut squash soup! It feels like the perfect Autumn/Winter lunch. I love soup but sometimes find it a bit of a faff to make, which is why I have recently started making tray bake soups (such as this traybake tomato and basil soup)- throw everything together and roast it and you get a lovely rich flavour, but no pre-frying or standing over the hob!
The potato added to this one gives it a creaminess without adding cream, and it's lovely ...
Beef and Guinness stew
There's little that can get me more excited than a proper plate of beef and Guinness stew! There's just something about it- it's the perfect comfort food as far as I am concerned. Now for me, following Slimming World, it really is worth using those few syns up to cook this in the Guinness, as it makes such a gorgeous meal, but if you wanted to keep it syn free you could cook it just with beef stock, or with the fabulous red-wine stock pots that you can get from Tesco.
Pulled Persian chicken
This year I cooked an alternative Christmas dinner for a group of friends, a Persian feast (you can read all about my Friendsmas by clicking here, as well as seeing the full menu)! It was inspired by a Persian Street Food stall that I visited at a Food Festival earlier this year. I knew that I wanted to cook some kind of shredded chicken dish, with lots of rich flavours, but I couldn't find a recipe anywhere that seemed to be the sort of thing that I was looking for, so I bit the bullet ...
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.