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 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 ...
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.
Lemony chicken and cannellini bean stew
I recently reviewed the Riverford Quick and Light recipe box (click here to read the review), and this was my favourite recipe- It's a perfect stew for Spring/summer, with fresh flavours and both light and satisfying.
The Riverford version uses sorrel- if you can get hold of it, then that's fantastic, and I defintiely recommend adding it. If you can't find it, don't worry- the lemon zest provides a beautiful lemony flavour and it's still completely delicious.
This is a great one for ...
Tender beef and ale stew
When I was 21 I got a surprise package on my doorstep, and it was a slow cooker. There was no 'from' message, but I soon figured out that it was my lovely Grandma who had sent it to me. The very first thing that I cooked in it was beef and ale stew, and I would definitely say that over the years it is the thing that I have cooked in it the most frequently. It's just simple, tasty comfort food, and the slow cooker will turn the toughest of beef into melt-in-your mouth tenderness.
This is such a simple recipe but always really hits the spot! I've squeezed in a few extra veggies into the mince, although I've always done this to get the children eating more than they think they are! Traditionally I would have always used butter in the potato topping, but I've substituted this for light cream cheese to save on calories!
The combination of ingredients in this meal is just perfect to make a beautifully satisfying dish. Using low-syn or syn-free sausages makes this one a great weekday staple for slimmers!
Please note that you will need a food-processor or a mini food processor for this recipe.
If you use the Dairylea triangles in this recipe as part of your Healthy Extra A then these tasty kievs are only 2.5 syns. Rice Krispies provide a super-quick and easy crispy coating.
Slow cooker campfire stew
When you don't have much time on your hands for prep but want to cook something that feels a bit special, this is a great recipe. Using mainly storecupboard staples, the slow cooker gently cooks the ham into fall-apart tenderness, and the paprika turns the beans into smoky, cowboy-worthy yumminess! The other great thing about this is not only is it a great dinner, it's also fab on top of a jacket potato the next day!
If you don't want to use bought baked beans then try my version using ...
Hasselback potatoes with cheesy garlic mushrooms
If you haven't discovered hasselback potatoes yet then it's time to get slicing! Thinly slicing your jacket potatoes all the way along before baking creates a beautifully crispy and unique potato! There are all sorts of possibilities for sliding tasty things into these, but you can't get much better than these cheesy garlic mushrooms- this is one of those dishes where you feel like you are eating something indulgent, but you are completely sticking to plan and making a lovely healthy ...