Easy no knead Irish soda bread
Soda bread is one of the easiest breads to make at home, not only is there no need for lengthy kneading, you also don't need to leave it for hours to prove. It's a great one to cook if you don't have any yeast as there are a couple of really easy options which forgo the need for yeast.
The recipe I have provided here is for a basic white Irish soda bread. You can replace the white flour with wholemeal flour, or you can use a mix of white and wholemeal.
Most soda bread recipes that you ...
This recipe was an old recipe from the Slimming World website and it's a lovely recipe- no hassle at all to do, but with great results. It's particularly lovely while still warm, and if you have a few syns spare, maybe spread with a teaspoon of butter!
As flour is a bit scarce at the moment, this only uses a little bit, and the bulk of the cake comes from the Weetabix!
Easy slow-cooker wholemeal bread
Bread baking isn't something that I have ever perfected, but in our current situation it's definitely going to be a useful skill to have. I have seen a few posts going around Facebook about slow-cooker bread baking and it's definitely one of those things that seems to make the whole process a little easier, which always appeals to me!
Really I think you can use most bread dough recipes and bake them in the slow-cooker, but here I have just provided the recipe for a simple wholemeal loaf, and ...
Easy healthy tuna pasta bake
A simple classic, this easy tuna pasta bake uses easy to source and storecupboard ingredients, is quick to throw together and will be a hit with the whole family!
I use Primula cheese as the base- I always have this in the fridge as it's my go-to ingredient for macaroni cheese, easy pasta dishes, lasagne and marmite macaroni! Once you squeeze this onto the hot, cooked pasta, it melts in easily as you stir it.
I have just used 1 tin of tuna in this recipe, partly because I am trying to be ...
Fall-apart slow-cooker beef brisket and ale casserole
Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a beef casserole, and as it's such a crowd-pleaser it's great to cook for the whole family, or make enough that you can squirrel some portions away in the freezer for another day.
I love a basic beef casserole just made with beef stock, but honestly I think that when it's made with ale, guinness or red wine it just makes it so much more delicious that it's well worth it.
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Healthy (ish) butter chicken
Butter chicken is one of the nation's favourites, and for good reason! I know that you CAN make something that LOOKS like butter chicken and has a very lean sauce using fat-free yoghurt or something similar, but for me, butter chicken is one of those dishes that I can't compromise on. I think butter chicken needs butter, and cream and you can still make a healthier than normal version, that tastes amazing without having to compromise on those essential base flavours.
There are lots of ...
Black bean, butternut squash & coconut curry
Curry is a fantastic meal to make if you are feeding a big group- you can prepare it in advance (in fact it often tastes even nicer if it's had a bit of time to 'brew' and is reheated), it's easy to scale up to feed the right number of people, and it freezes really well if you have lots of leftovers. It's also a great way to get in portions of healthy vegetables and pulses without even trying!
I came up with this curry for a girls night in with a big group of friends- I needed to feed 16 ...
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 ...