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 ...
Herby pork and bean stew
Some friends hosted us for a gorgeous lunch on New Years' Day, and cooked this absolutely beautiful pork dish. The recipe was an Ottolenghi one from the Guardian (you can find the original here). It's a fantastic recipe, but for me, it's more work than I would do for anything other than a very special occasion, as it involves roasting a whole shoulder of pork before making the casserole.
I decided that I would like to make something similar, but that is much more of an accessible ...
Oven-baked chicken cacciatore
Chicken cacciatore is a delicious Italian dish with a rich, rustic sauce. I oven-baked this, as I love it when chicken thighs are fall apart tender, and the tomato sauce has broken down to be rich and dark.
Not only is this a very tasty dish, it's a great way to pack veg into the sauce. On top of what I have used in this recipe, you could add mushrooms, olives, courgette, carrot.... the rich flavours in the sauce can carry all sorts of veg!
This is certainly family friendly in ...
Philly cheesesteak traybake with PGI Welsh Beef
Disclosure: This is a commissioned recipe post for PGI Welsh Beef
The way to my heart has always been through a good steak, which is why I have created this Philly cheesesteak traybake as a Valentine’s meal!
Philly cheesesteak is an iconic food from Philadelphia- a combination of steak, peppers and onions served up in a ‘hoagie’ with melted cheese. I’ve foregone the bread roll, and created a mouth-watering version that is quick and easy to make, and a guaranteed ...
Herby lentil & potato stew
A recently published study by the World Health Organisation concluded that eating more fibre reduces the chance of heart disease and early death. I've been conscious of how much fibre my family are getting in their diets since a relative contracted diverticulisis a few years ago following a switch to a low-carb diet. The recommended daily portion of fibre for an adult is 30g, and for a child (aged 5-11) is 20g a day. That is actually quite a lot of fibre to fit in per day, and I've been ...