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Philly cheesesteak traybake with PGI Welsh Beef

  Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for PGI Welsh Beef The way to my heart has always been through a good steak, which is why I have created this Philly cheesesteak traybake as a Valentine’s meal! Philly cheesesteak is an iconic food from Philadelphia- a combination of steak, peppers and onions served up in a ‘hoagie’ with melted cheese. I’ve foregone the bread roll, and created a mouth-watering version that is quick and easy to make, and a guaranteed ...

Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese

Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...

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 ...

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. Allowing ...

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. My ...

Cottage pie

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!  

Sausagey pasta

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.    

Chicken kiev

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.