Child friendly chilli recipe

This chilli recipe is incredibly easy to make and kids love it. You can use mild chilli powder to keep it child friendly, or add a hotter powder or chilli flakes or fresh chilli if you want it more spicy. The texture is so soft it’s beautiful with rice but also good with chips, wedges or a baked potato. It takes about 10 minutes to prepare and then the slow cooker takes care of the rest. Perfect for busy parents! Ingredients 2 onions, roughly chopped or diced 500g lean steak mince 1 tin plum tomatoes 1 tin red kidney beans 2 tablespoons tomato puree 1 dessert spoon mild chilli powder 2 teaspoons ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon of salt A couple…

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Easy Strawberry and White Chocolate Muffin Recipe

If you found my banana choc chip muffins easy, then you’ll love these. These were inspired by a handful of strawberries that I had about to go off in the fridge. As you all know, I hate food waste and always looking for leftovers Ingredients: 230g plain flour 100g granulated sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 100 g white chocolate chips 1 egg 4 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 tablespoons milk 1 cup of strawberries, chopped into small pieces Method: Preheat the oven to 200 fan, while you prep the muffin mix. Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl, add the egg, milk and oil and mix with a fork. Add the dried ingredients. The batter should be…

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Blueberry Pancakes – a great family breakfast recipe

Tired of toast and cereal for breakfast? These quick and easy blueberry pancakes are a great breakfast recipe, although you can service with syrup and whipped cream for a tasty desert too. I love these as it’ a great way of getting fruit into children and using up fruit that’s about to go past it’s best. Ingredients 2 cups self raising flour 2 cups milk 1 egg 1/2 cup sugar (or a tablespoon of Stevia) 1 cup blueberries   Method Add flour to a bowl and make a well in it. Break in the egg and start to combine. Add half the milk – keep beating. Add the other half of the milk. Heat a heavy frying pan on the…

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Hearty Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

This soup recipe is easy to make and very budget friendly.Soups are always a great way of using up vegetables that are beginning to go past their best and you don’t want to waste. They’re also easy to make, great to batch cook and a good way of sneaking veggies in to your meal plans. Ingredients 3 small sweet potatoes (or 2 large) 1 leek 1 red onion 1 carrot 1 teaspoon ground cumin 500ml  chicken or vegetable stock (using a cube is fine) Method Roughly chop all the veg Soften the leek and onion in oil in a large saucepan for a few minutes, then add the cumin and stir though for a minute. Add the carrot and sweet…

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How to cook tender and succulent steak every time

Want to know how to cook steak well and make a £4 rump taste like £8 fillet steak? Ever wonder how to get your steaks at home to taste as succulent and tender as the ones you get in a restaurant? I’m going to tell you how I achieve excellent results every time, without splurging on expensive cuts. I like to use rump steak. It’s cheaper than fillet and very accessible. If you shop around you can get a decent sized portion for about £3-£4, which makes it an economical treat. My husband is a hug meat-lover so if he’s telling me it’s the best steak he’s had, then I’m going to take that as a complement. He almost choked when…

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Coconut and jam sponge cake recipe

This makes a light and tasty coconut and jam sponge which serves well as a cake at tea time, or warmed with custard as a pudding. Even better it’s cheap to make and great for beginner bakers. It reminds me of school dinner puddings – in a good way! Ingredients 4oz softened margarine (or butter) 4oz sugar 4oz self-raising flour 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 130 g desiccated coconut 2 tablespoons raspberry jam/ preserve Method Cream the margarine and sugar into a large mixing bowl, then beat the eggs and add them in. Add the vanilla and give it all a good stir. Once they’ve started to combine, add in the flour and around 80 – 90g of the…

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Easy ginger biscuit recipe

This recipe for ginger biscuits is easy to follow and makes biscuits that aren’t too sweet. They’re not as hard or fiery as a ginger nut and so good for children and older people too. You can add more ground ginger if you like to make them spicier. Ingredients: 300 g plain flour 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 4 tsp ground ginger 100g soft margarine (or butter if you prefer) 160 g granulated brown/ demerera sugar 4 tablespoons golden syrup 1 large egg (beaten) Method Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Line two baking sheets with baking paper Combine the flour, ground ginger and bicarb of soda in a large bowl. Rub in the butter or margarine so it looks…

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Quick Chicken Casserole – an easy 20 minute meal for the family

If you’re ever pressed for time, but want to feed your family something nutritious, then you can’t go far wrong with this quick casserole. It can be cooked in one large pan on the hob, and makes enough for 4 portions. We tend to have two adult portions for dinner, box two for lunches. Ingredients 3 large chicken breasts 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 carrots, sliced (or a handful from the freezer) 1 onion, chopped 300ml stock Tablespoon of dried herbs Handful of kale 1/4 cup of tomato puree or good quality tomato sauce 2 teaspoons of cornflour (optional) small tin of beans – berlotti, canellini or similar (optional) Method Dice the chicken and brown in a large…

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Easy Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

I am not a confident baker, partly due to a disastrous experience with a swiss roll in a home economics class, but my banana choc chip muffin recipe is foolproof. If you end up with a batter mix which is too thick, you get a cake, if it’s too thin it might take a little longer to cook or end up more like a sponge. Either way they’re easy and you end up with something at the end of your efforts.  It’s also a great way to use up ripe bananas. Most muffin recipes will suggest you mix the wet and dry ingredient separately, then add the wet to the dry. As you know, I hate washing up and the fewer steps I have…

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One pot pepper beef with onions – an easy slow cooker recipe

I love my slow cooker in winter, but it’s just as helpful the rest of the year! As a working mum I struggle to get in from work and find time to prepare a full dinner. Being able to throw stuff in the crock pot in the morning and let it cook away on its own is a necessity. I basically like gadgets that makes domestic chores easier and less time consuming. Ingredients 400g diced beef 1 Brown /white onions, sliced 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into thick slices 2 red pepper sliced 400g tin plum tomatoes 2 beef stock cubes or a dessert spoon of beef concentrate (Marmite of Bovril works well too) Method o Add it all into…

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Moroccan style lamb recipe

I cook a lot of lamb dishes and although a shoulder of lamb is expensive you can feed a good number of people from one. This is one of my favourite lamb dishes – Moroccan style. It will serve 4 adults with generous servings. This dish takes about 5 minutes to prepare but then you can leave it ! It’s even tastier reheated the next day. Ingredients half a shoulder of lamb 2 tins plumb tomatoes 2 tins chick peas 1 lamb stock cube 1 tablespoon or Ras el Hanout or cinammon (or both!) Method Rub the herbs into the lamb and place in a large ceramic/ glass roaster or casserole dish Empty all the tins Fill one empty tin with…

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Quick and easy cauliflower curry recipe – a tasty vegetarian dish for leftover veg

Do you want to use leftover vegetables in a way that’s big on taste and low on effort? I’m big on any meals which have a “just chuck it it” approach and this is one of them. This is not a traditional curry for the purist but a one stop family friendly meal which can be cooked in one pan with no more prep than chopping a few veggies. Feel free to swap any of the veggies with anything that you have left in the fridge which needs using up, but I recommend using at least two that can be cut into big chunks for taste and texture. Ingredients Tablespoon oil 2 teaspoons each of tumeric, ground, chilli flakes, cumin,…

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