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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 ...

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 ...

Easy whole Tandoori roast chicken

This is so simple that it barely qualifies as a recipe, but I thought it should be included as it's one of those things that I cook time and time again- in fact it's often my go-to on those 'I have no idea what to cook' days! Why's it so good? Well, I'm a big fan of cooking whole chickens anyway, because you can get so many meals out of them! I usually start with a roast dinner, strip the remaining meat and use it for sandwiches, risotto, stir fries, and then make a simple chicken ...

Mexican lime & chicken rice

There are so many dishes where a squeeze of lime adds such incredible flavour and lift, and I love that Mexican-style combination of zesty lime, chilli and garlic. I've been wanting to have a go at a Mexican all-in-one style rice dish where lime is one of the predominant flavours, and the great thing about this is that it's packed full of healthy vegetables and is also delicious both hot and cold- so worth making a double batch and saving some for quick and easy lunches. This dish could ...

Mexican lasagne

Mexican is my go-to cuisine when I'm not sure what to cook as I just love the flavours, and it's a great way to pack in lots of healthy vegetables and beans! I try to always keep a batch of my fajita spice mix in a jam jar on the shelf to speed up the cooking process. This Mexican lasagne is made up of a fajita style mix- chicken, onions and peppers, layered with thinly sliced butternut squash, filling pinto and black beans, salsa style tomatoes and melted cheese. It's a fantastic ...

Slow-cooker tandoori beef masala

Why slow-cooked? 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 ...

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 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 ...

Smoky chicken & jalapeño macaroni cheese

Every year in the run-up to Christmas I promise myself that I won’t let it become stressful, that I’ll pace things out so that I can enjoy it, and not leave anything to the last-minute. I’ve failed this year yet again- Christmas is looming closer and I’ve barely done any Christmas shopping, I haven’t thought about what food I need for the day (apart from having ordered the turkey), the last few days of my girls being at school are a flurry of Nativity, Christmas get-togeth...

Easy one-pot BBQ chicken

I had some sweet potatoes and some chicken thighs that needed using up this week, and BBQ chicken seemed like the obvious way to go- I often make this type of dish in the slow cooker, but I wanted a quick, weeknight version of this. I love the combination of chicken and bbq sauce, one of my favourite treat meals is Hunter's chicken. Served with sweet potato fries, some baby corn and any other veg that you fancy (peppers go well too), this is like a Texan treat meal, but is wholly healthy...