Slow-cooker sweet potato, lentil and coconut curry
This is a fantastic easy curry to make which requires little effort and cooks away beautifully on its own in the slow cooker. It's very easy to scale up if you need to make a big batch for a group of friends or family, and you can add in any extra veg you fancy- butternut squash, cauliflower, extra peppers all work well!
Coconut milk really adds something extra special to a vegetarian curry, and although in Slimming World it is quite high in syns, even using light coconut milk, by the time ...
Simple chicken casserole
Sometimes the simplest meals are the best- just good ingredients and simple flavours. Chicken casserole is one of those things- Strip it back to the basics and it still tastes so good!
I like to use chicken thigh fillets, as honestly I am just not a fan of digging the bones out while I'm eating it, and the thigh fillets already have the skin removed which keeps them nice and lean. Thigh fillets are also a great value way of buying good quality free-range chicken as they are much cheaper than ...
Roasted tomato and red pepper soup
I love the roasting method for soups as not only can you just chop everything, chuck it in a roasting tin and forget about it, but I think that it really gives soup and incredible depth of flavour.
Even the fairly sad looking salad tomatoes from the supermarket can be transformed into a richly delicious soup! You could use the pre-roasted peppers in brine for this (they work well), but often you can pick up great value multipacks of peppers in the supermarket that are perfect for soup ...
Easy cheesy garlic mushroom tagliatelle
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During the hectic Christmas period I tend to fall back on easy and quick meals, and batch cooking to try and keep my meals as healthy as I can before and after Christmas day!
Primula is one of those ingredients that I always have in my fridge- it has a long life so it makes a great staple ingredient. As well as a healthy snack spread on crackers, or topping for a jacket potato, it has fantastic ...
Sweet potato and coconut curry
Approaching a long-awaited winter break in the Lake District with a group of friends that I hadn't seen for 2 years, I had offered to cook on the Saturday night, and knew that I needed something that was both vegetarian (my friend Feebs was trialling a vegetarian month), and didn't involve a huge amount of concentration (as there was likely to be a lot of nattering!). I have made a sweet potato and lentil curry before, but this time I wanted to have a slightly more indulgent version with the ...
Slow-cooker Thai peanut chicken
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Chicken satay has always been one of my favourite treat dinners, but in the past I have always used the peanut butter as the main component of the satay sauce, very tasty but also high in fat. I decided to try this slow-cooker peanut chicken version with light coconut milk- of course this still contains fat but it has so much flavour and it makes a perfect creamy base for a very tasty peanut sauce.
To fish sauce or not to fish ...
Warming cauliflower and lentil dal with HelloFresh
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You have probably heard of HelloFresh- they are the UK's top recipe box company, but what you might not know it that they also have a huge selection of their recipes available online for anyone wanting to cook the recipes themselves at home!
I have joined up with HelloFresh to cook one of their many recipes at home, and the one that I chose was this warming cauliflower dal!
One of my favourite ways to enjoy vegetables (and ...
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 ...
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 ...