year : 2019 21 results

Slow-cooker Mexican casserole

As you might know, I love a good 'dump dinner', where you can just throw all of the ingredients into a pot and forget about it (take a look at some of my favourite dump dinners here!) This is the first time I have tried quinoa in this type of dish and it's ideal- it provides a filling bulk that cooks nicely but doesn't go mushy or squishy, and actually quinoa itself is packed full of protein and high in fibre. If you feel a bit unsure about the quinoa I urge you to try it- it's a common ...

Easy mushroom soup

Mushroom soup is a real winner because it's so quick and easy to do, but the flavour of the mushrooms gives it an incredible deep and savoury flavour that isn't usually easy to achieve in such a quick soup. I've opted for chestnut mushrooms for this as they have a strong flavour that is perfect for soup. I added a little sage into this, I didn't want it to be an overpowering flavour, just a hint. I love sage as it's so hardy it grows really well out in the garden without any maintenance and ...

Sautéed beef with bell pepper & ginger for the Spin Class with Tefal Actifry

  Disclosure: This is a collaborative post with Tefal The Actifry is a fantastic bit of kitchen equipment, and you can cook a huge variety of dishes in it in just one pot! I've been trying out the Actifry Genius- it's a smart cooker with 9 automatic settings that adjust the stirring, cooking and temperature control to make sure that each meal is perfectly cooked! The Actifry Genius also has a 1.7kg capacity which can feed up to 8 people- perfect for a family or entertaining a group ...

Easy whole Tandoori roast chicken

This is so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe, but I thought it should be included as it's one of those things that I cook time and time again- in fact it's often my go-to on those 'I have no idea what to cook' days! Why's it so good? Well, I'm a big fan of cooking whole chickens anyway, because you can get so many meals out of them! I usually start with a roast dinner, strip the remaining meat and use it for sandwiches, risotto, stir fries, and then make a simple chicken ...

Welsh Lamb Bombay hotpot

  Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for PGI Welsh Lamb A traditional meal made with lamb is a Lancashire hotpot and I wanted to have a go at mixing this up a bit to produce a hotpot with a lamb curry base- this is a hotpot with a difference! As it is now peak season for Welsh Lamb, I have created this recipe to showcase this fantastic meat. Peak season lasts from August until November, and I was lucky enough to be invited by PGI Welsh Lamb to join them on a trip ...

Mexican lime & chicken rice

There are so many dishes where a squeeze of lime adds such incredible flavour and lift, and I love that Mexican-style combination of zesty lime, chilli and garlic. I've been wanting to have a go at a Mexican all-in-one style rice dish where lime is one of the predominant flavours, and the great thing about this is that it's packed full of healthy vegetables and is also delicious both hot and cold- so worth making a double batch and saving some for quick and easy lunches. This dish could ...

Mexican lasagne

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 ...

Top 5 Slimming World slow-cooker dump dinners!

Ever wondered what a 'dump dinner' is? It refers to a meal made in a slow-cooker or instant pot where you literally just 'dump' in the prepped ingredients and leave them to cook. These are perfect for busy weeknights where you have no time for cooking, or I often make them at a weekend so I can put them on in the morning, head out for the day, and come back to a meal that is ready to eat.  Don't have a slow-cooker? Mine was a present from my Grandma in 2001! The good news is they are ...

Slow-cooker tandoori beef masala

Why slow-cooked? The slow-cooker is fantastic for a curry- it gives plenty of time for the flavours of the spices to develop, and for meat like beef and lamb, it ensures that you have tender, fall apart meat with not a chewy bit in sight! I also love the slow-cooker because it's hands off cooking- this meal just takes about 7-8 minutes to do, including chopping and frying, then once it's in the slow-cooker you can just leave it and get on with your day! This slow-cooker tandoori ...

Lemony turmeric potato and chicken traybake

  Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes You know Spring has well and truly arrived when Tesco Jersey New Potatoes arrive in store (find them here!)- these little beauties are seasonal and only available between April and July. To celebrate their arrival in Tesco stores this year, I have created this delicious recipe- it's super easy to throw together and baked all in one go in a baking tray which makes it completely hassle free! The ...