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 ...
Homemade mango chutney
Mango chutney is the perfect addition to any curry, and although there are lots of tasty ones that you can buy, they don't come close to a homemade version.
I've customised this mango chutney recipe to showcase all of the flavours that I think make the best mango chutney. I also used a cooking apple in this mix which contributes to sweetness, consistency and overall taste!
Once you have made this, it will last in a sealed jar for up to 6 months, and once opened, in the fridge for up to 6 ...
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
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for HelloFresh
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 ...
Welsh Lamb Bombay hotpot
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for PGI Welsh Lamb
A traditional meal made with lamb is a Lancashire hotpot and I wanted to have a go at mixing this up a bit to produce a hotpot with a lamb curry base- this is a hotpot with a difference!
As it is now peak season for Welsh Lamb, I have created this recipe to showcase this fantastic meat. Peak season lasts from August until November, and I was lucky enough to be invited by PGI Welsh Lamb to join them on a trip ...
Slow-cooker tandoori beef masala
The slow-cooker is fantastic for a curry- it gives plenty of time for the flavours of the spices to develop, and for meat like beef and lamb, it ensures that you have tender, fall apart meat with not a chewy bit in sight!
I also love the slow-cooker because it's hands off cooking- this meal just takes about 7-8 minutes to do, including chopping and frying, then once it's in the slow-cooker you can just leave it and get on with your day!
This slow-cooker tandoori ...
Lemony turmeric potato and chicken traybake
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for Tesco Jersey Royal New Potatoes
You know Spring has well and truly arrived when Tesco Jersey New Potatoes arrive in store (find them here!)- these little beauties are seasonal and only available between April and July. To celebrate their arrival in Tesco stores this year, I have created this delicious recipe- it's super easy to throw together and baked all in one go in a baking tray which makes it completely hassle free! The ...
Nando’s style peri-peri spice mix
I absolutely love per-peri chicken, and I make up my Nando's style spice mix in batches so that after I've done it once, I have it on the shelf for quick and easy meals in the future. I save empty jam jars and use those to store my spice mixes!
If you are following Slimming World you will find that most of the packet mixes contain unnecessary syns! It is much more cost-effective and a healthier option to make your own.
The recipe in this batch makes enough spice mix to do 4 meals ...