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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. What types of beef are best to use for beef stew? I love using beef brisket- it's ...

Asparagus and cheddar quiche with sweet potato crust

Quiche makes such a filling and tasty lunch, but as much as I love pastry, it's better off as an occasional treat! Luckily I have discovered using sweet potatoes as my quiche crust- they make a great base, add amazing flavour, and the whole thing is full of goodness! A sweet potato crust done in this way (thinly sliced sweet potato circles around to cover the dish) doesn't give a crispy crust, but it still holds the whole quiche together and works beautifully. If you want something a little ...

Easy chicken jalfrezi

I love making curry at home, it's a great way to get in lots of portions of veggies and I never tire of it if there are leftovers! The only thing that I find with a lot of the curry recipes out there is that there are a lot of steps, making pastes, and more often than not a lot of oil. I still think that you can make a really delicious curry at home which doesn't need to involve a lot of faffing, and really cuts out that oil to keep it light and healthy. Chicken jalfrezi is one of those ...

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 ...

Easy chana masala (chickpea curry)

Chana masala is a classic Indian side dish- it's spicy, hearty and warming and this version is also super easy to make and bulked out with extra lentils to make it more than just a side dish. I served this up as part of a big curry feast that I cooked for a group of 16 friends- there's very little work involved in pulling this together, and it's one that you can cook in advance and just reheat when you need it (in fact I think this gives time for the flavours to develop and makes it taste ...

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 ...

Easy cheesy garlic mushroom tagliatelle

Disclosure: This recipe was sponsored by Primula. All words, images and opinions are my own 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 ...