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.
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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 ...
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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Simple carrot soup
This easy carrot soup recipe is perfect to make when you are low on ingredients but fancy a quick and nutritious meal! Carrots have such a lovely sweet flavour, that with just a couple of other ingredients thrown in they make a silky and satisfying soup.
One of the reasons that I make this soup is that my kids love it, and it makes a brilliant quick dinner or lunch when you don't have much in! It's also easy to scale up to make into a big batch for the freezer, and there are plenty of other ...
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 ...
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.
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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 ...
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 ...
Slow-cooker beef brisket with rich onion gravy
I love beef, and particularly when it is slow-cooked- that tender, fall apart texture can't be beaten! Beef brisket is one of the cheaper cuts to buy because it does require a long, slow cook, but you really can't beat it, and it makes a fantastic Sunday roast centrepiece that actually requires very little effort!
I picked up a piece of beef brisket in Tesco's a little while ago as it was on special offer, and I really wanted to try something different to anything I had cooked before ...
Slow-cooker honey garlic chicken
It just takes 5 minutes to put together the sauce for this easy and delicious honey garlic chicken, a simple combination of ingredients, slow-cooked with chicken breasts which are shredded into sauce at the end of cooking. Perfect served with egg-fried rice, stir-fried vegetables and smothered in spicy sriracha.
I've always loved the slow-cooker- it's an easy way to make great tasting food without having to put in a whole lot of effort! A slow-cooker is also a really cheap piece of kitchen ...