Tomato, basil & orzo soup
I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.
I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...
Spring leeks and peas
It's lovely to discover new favourite dishes, and this leek side, which I created as part of my Easter meal, is really easy to do, delicious, and makes a nice addition to any family meal, especially a roast dinner.
The great thing about leeks is that they are grown in the UK, they are cheap to buy and they have loads of flavour!
Scalloped potato gratin with rosemary and garlic
I recently attended a lovely Easter event with Iceland Foods, and was inspired to come home and cook my own Easter Feast! I love potatoes Dauphinoise, but they are usually full of fat, so I wanted to create something that looked as lovely on the table, but that was a healthy alternative with no added fat. Particularly as this was for an Easter Feast I wanted to keep the main as lean as possible to allow for chocolate consumption throughout the rest of the day!
I hand sliced the ...
Butternut squash puree with maple and cinnamon
I was inspired to make this puree after attending a lovely Easter event with Iceland where the chef served roast turkey with a butternut squash and cinnamon puree. I thought this was a delicious, and great alternative to serving gravy and I thoroughly enjoyed it!
My version is slightly different, I added in a little maple syrup for sweetness, and a small amount of butter which really gives this such a gorgeous smooth texture, and rich, buttery taste.
I've served this up as part of my ...
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 ...
BBQ apple pulled pork
I was given a lovely gift last week- a huge bag of windfall apples! My youngest daughter is not a fruit eater, but she loves stewed apple, and the whole family (apart from me!) love spiced apple cake, so we already have lots of uses for them, but I also remembered that last year I had a go at making a bbq pulled pork that incorporated apple into the sauce to make a really delicious pork dish- the girls both loved it, and it was a fantastic dish that provides meals for days afterwards!
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.
Soy, orange & ginger chicken and squash traybake
I love a dish that you can cook all in one, and I really fancied finding a new way to use butternut squash- entering into Autumn there are lots of lovely squash and pumpkins around, and i had an inkling that soy sauce would go really well with baked squash, giving it a bit of caramelisation. I mixed in some orange and zest to help it along with some sticky, sweet flavour, and then some ginger and garlic to finish it off.
This all baked together beautifully with the chicken, ...