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Bonfire Night stew

Bonfire Night stew A super-easy slow-cooker dish perfect for chilly autumn evenings and packed with goodness 10 mins 10 hours 200 kcal 10 mins 10 hours 200 kcal SERVES 8 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 8 Difficulty EASY You may have seen the very popular slow-cooker campfire stew- this is a similar idea, but I wanted proper homemade baked beans instead of …

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Bloody Mary Beef

Bloody Mary Beef A gorgeous Jamie Oliver recipe, adapted slightly to be Slimming World friendly 15 mins 6 hours 248 kcal 15 mins 6 hours 248 kcal SERVES 8 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 8 Difficulty EASY I’ve been dying to try out this recipe as it looked mouth-wateringly good in the Jamie’s Comfort Food book (click here). I’ve neglected this book since starting …

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Tender beef and ale stew

Tender beef and ale stew Delicious comfort food! 15 mins 10 hours 254 kcal 15 mins 10 hours 254 kcal SERVES 6 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 6 Difficulty EASY When I was 21 I got a surprise package on my doorstep, and it was a slow cooker. There was no ‘from’ message, but I soon figured out that it was my …

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Spiced red lentil soup

Spiced red lentil soup A filling and tasty soup perfect for lunch 15 mins 35 min 213 kcal 15 mins 35 min 213 kcal SERVES 4 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 4 Difficulty EASY One of the things that I love about lentil soup is that it’s filling and dense enough that you don’t feel the need to eat bread with it! …

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Ham and split pea soup

Ham and split pea soup My Mum used to make this for me when I was little, it’s so simple but tasty, filling and satisfying 10 mins 10 hours 343 kcal 10 mins 10 hours 343 kcal SERVES 8 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 8 Difficulty EASY This is the ideal slow cooker soup- just throw everything in and leave it and …

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Rosemary and garlic beef stew

Rosemary and garlic beef stew A rich and tasty beef stew, made in the slow cooker for tender meat and lovely flavour. 20 mins 10 hours 278 kcal 20 mins 10 hours 278 kcal SERVES 6 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 6 Difficulty EASY In 2001 my Grandma sent me a slow-cooker in the post to my university house- she obviously thought …

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3 ingredient slow cooker balsamic chicken

3 ingredient slow cooker balsamic chicken If you have a slow-cooker and only 5 minutes free to prepare dinner, this is the one for you! 5 mins 4 hours 383 kcal 5 mins 4 hours 383 kcal SERVES 4 DIFFICULTY super-EASY SERVES 4 Difficulty super-EASY I have to say, if I didn’t know what had gone into this I would …

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Slow cooker peanut satay pork

Slow cooker peanut satay pork A tasty way to slow cook pork 30 mins 8 hours 205 kcal 30 mins 8 hours 205 kcal SERVES 4 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 4 Difficulty EASY I’ve always adored peanut satay, unfortunately a really indulgent peanut sauce wouldn’t be the best thing for weight-loss, so I have come up with this alternative which still …

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Homemade barbecue sauce

Homemade barbecue sauce I love this zingy and rich barbecue sauce alongside barbecued meat and vegetables 10 mins 1 hour 61 kcal 10 mins 1 hour 61 kcal SERVES 6 DIFFICULTY EASY SERVES 6 Difficulty EASY This sauce is a bit of a family tradition for me- my Dad passed down the mantle to me when I was about 14. …