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 ...
Easy chicken, pesto and orzo traybake
If you haven't come across orzo before, it's a very small, rice-shaped pasta that is very quick to cook. This makes it ideal for traybakes because you don't need to leave everything in the oven for ages whilst waiting for the pasta to cook.
This is such a simple recipe, doesn't take a lot of ingredients, and is very family friendly. If you are following Slimming World, the only syns come from the pesto, which usually has around 3 syns per tbsp. The great thing about traybakes ...
Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger and a Zesty Mexican Bean Salad
To celebrate the launch of The Saucy Fish Co. products in Iceland’s The Food Warehouse I’ve created a tasty and easy to make zesty Mexican bean salad to go alongside The Saucy Fish Co. cook from frozen Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger Dressing.
The Saucy Fish Co. has four of its delicious products on sale in The Food Warehouse (yes I have sampled them all!)
Cook from frozen Salmon with Chilli, Lime & Ginger Dressing
Cook from frozen Smoked ...
Carrot and coriander soup
Carrot and coriander soup has always been one of my favourites- it's a fuss-free and easy soup to make, it's suitable for the whole family (my fussy children will eat it!), and it's also a great cheap soup to make in bulk. Carrots are one of the cheapest vegetables to buy from the supermarket and with just a few little additions make a delicious, rich and creamy soup that is also healthy and low in fat.
I don't worry about peeling the carrots for this, as it's going to be blended anyway, ...
Roasted ratatouille soup
If you've tried my Easy roasted ratatouille recipe then this may seem familiar. I love making a big batch of ratatouille because it's such a versatile dish- I serve it as a side to lots of different meals, on its own with freshly baked bread and pureed as a pasta sauce! It also makes a fabulous soup- the rich flavours from the roasted vegetables work so well as a soup.
If you make up a nice big batch and freeze into portions it makes a lovely easy lunch, and if you want to add some ...
Simple, filling and delicious, perfect for picnics, summery lunches and lunchboxes!
I've been really struggling with lunches recently, I haven't really been planning and therefore end up at lunchtime just making a sandwich because I don't have time for anything else.
This week I re-joined my old Slimming World group- with my husband's working patterns being so irregular I had really struggled to stick to my old Monday night group and had just stopped going, but I know myself, and without ...
Tomato, basil & orzo soup
I've been trying to cook soup more for easy lunches as it's so handy to make in big batches and just reheat, but I do often find that I'm hungry an hour after eating it unless I've had bread with it! That's why I tried out this tomato, basil and orzo soup. The orzo just adds a little more texture and filling power.
I nearly always use chopped tomatoes in soups, as generally I don't have the time to roast fresh tomatoes and I think the results using chopped are often just as good, if not ...
Lemony chilli prawn tagliatelle
I honestly think that one of the best flavour combinations in the world is that of chilli/lemon/garlic, and it goes so beautifully with pasta and prawns that this is one of my favourite things to eat!
There's a secret ingredient in this which I think lifts it to the next level- anchovies! Please don't be put off if you aren't an anchovy fan in general, you would never even detect they were there, but they add a depth and a saltiness and zing that really lifts this dish and makes it ...
Caramelised onion hummus
I'm making up for lost time with hummus, I had never even tried it until about 4 years ago- it just looked like something I wouldn't like! I sampled some out of politeness at a friend's house a few years ago, and realised what I had been missing! I have since discovered how easy it is to make, and not only that, but how easy it is to make a healthy version that still tastes amazing! I've never been a fan of carrot sticks, but add hummus, and they are a treat!
Some of my favourites so far ...
Easy to make and full of flavour, this Tex-Mex quiche is a lunchtime winner!
I was talking to my lovely friend Katrin (who blogs over Sugar Free Londoner) the other day about pastry alternatives, and realised that it was ages since I had made my favourite pastry-alternative quiche, using a sweet potato crust. I used to always have one of these in the fridge and I find it so handy for snacks and easy lunches. I do go through phases with my favourite food where I make them all the ...