One of my lovely friends got me a Good Food Magazine subscription for Christmas. Now I have a terrible habit of absolutely loving reading recipe books and magazines, but never actually making anything out of them as I tend to just go off and do my own thing so I decided that I would try and make a least one thing out of each monthly edition. The January edition was full of tray bakes and, having had a read through the mag, I decided the Harissa Cauliflower Pilaf was the most up my street. Now whilst I committed to making something out of the edition, I knew it wouldn’t be too the letter and so, having made this a few times now, I can confirm my version is actually rather different to the original.
I get lots of requests for slow cooker recipes so, with Autumn in full swing and winter on its way, I thought it was about time I got another on the go. I love a good ragu….rich, meaty and divine smelling, it makes the most wonderful dinner when added to a good pasta. Continue reading
A Taquito is something I had never tasted or even heard of before I went visited Mexico and since it has been a whole year since we jetted off, I thought it was time to come up with another recipe inspired by my time there.
A Taquito is simply a rolled up, stuffed tortilla. Usually fried, these lovely creations are rolled tighter and so are thinner than an enchilada, and the top is not covered in sauce in the same way an enchilada would be.
Back before my sister could cook she used to absolutely love the shop bought pots of mascarpone sauce. Whenever I see them in the shops now they remind me of her (not that she would buy one now being quite the cook herself!!). This week however, when I spotted a pot of Tesco’s light mascarpone in the shops, I thought I might try my own take on her old favourite.
One of my lovely friends got me a bottle of Chimichurri dressing for Christmas and, knowing how nice it was in a steak recipe I previously created, I decided to try and create something new. After asking my OH what meat he fancied, his response was ‘pork, or prawns, or both’ so I decided to give both a whirl. If you are making this at home, feel free to make one or the other. I’ve posted the points for both so you can decide which fits in best with your day – a bit of a pick and mix! If you have the points left you might even fancy both.
I don’t use leeks as often as I would like so this week when I picked some up, I decided to pop together a new recipe to try and get me cooking them more often. Leek paired with chicken and bacon is a classic combo often found in a chicken pie. The combination here with pasta is delicious. It is both lovely and silky and creamy whilst not being too naughty. The introduction of pesto really lifts the flavour too. If you fancy you could use the sauce below as a pie mixture. Simply let it cool and then pop into individual pie dishes, top with the pastry of your choice and then bake. I like it as a pasta though as its quick and oh so satisfying.
After the success of my last of my last experiment with Heck Chicken Sausages I decided to give them another go and come up with another recipe. This time I decided to go for a risotto and I have to say, these sausages are becoming one of my new favourites! If you can’t get a hold of the sausages in this recipe, you could replace it with diced chicken breast (around 360g) and fry this first instead of the sausages.
Whenever we go out to eat, my other half always chooses chicken wings if they are on the menu so when he decided to make a valentines meal on Friday, he thought he would try and make his own from a recipe he saw online. Since then I’ve adapted the recipe further to suit my own tastes and Weight Watching needs and it is just as delicious (and much nicer than any wings I’ve had in a restaurant)!
I always thought a meal like this would be off the cards when trying to eat healthily, but if this recipe proves anything its that, with an element of portion control you really can eat whatever you fancy!