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One Pot Beef Keema

I'm taking part in the Simply Beef and Lamb #LivePeasant challenge this week which aims to encourage every day home cooks like myself to embrace a more simple, rustic approach to cooking.

For one week I will be developing easy one pot, slow cooked recipes using Red Tractor Quality Assured Beef and Lamb...and we're starting with this tasty Minced Beef Keema which you can either cook in a slow cooker or a low oven. I love these types of meals as not only are they super easy to prepare, they also freeze well too. I sometimes make double and stash some portions in the freezer ready to pull out on a busy weeknight.

I served this Beef Keema with Rice, Naan Breads and Mango Chutney but any leftovers would make a great topping for jacket potatoes. I used Tikka Curry paste for this as the kids don't like things too hot, but if you like your food spicy, use madras curry paste instead and add a chopped red chilli with the onion, garlic and ginger. Lamb mince would also work well.


Ham and Cheese Stuffed Waffles

Sage Appliances recently sent me 'the smart waffle' waffle maker to try out...and I have to say I think I'm in love! I wasn't sure there was room in my my kitchen for another kitchen gadget but I've had to make room. It's amazing!
The kids and I made some classic waffles first, the recipe for which came in the instruction booklet and they were a great success. The kids loved watching the excess batter collect in the moat that runs all around the perimeter but I've now learnt the exact amount required to prevent such spillages - it's easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth if any does occur though. The smart waffle makes 2 waffles at a time and they take about 2-3 minutes to cook for a light brown colour but you can make them darker or lighter as required by turning a dial.
After mastering the basics I decided to try something a bit different in the form of these savoury cheese and ham stuffed waffles. I was worried the waffles might stick when I put the c…

Crispy Peanut Butter Bars

These are super easy crispy peanut butter bars that can be made and baked in less than 15 minutes. The hardest thing is waiting for them to cool.

These peanut butter bars make great packed lunch treats for children and you could add a handful of dried fruit or seeds (apricots, raisins or even chia seeds) to give them some extra goodness.


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Crispy Peanut Butter Bars
by Beth Sachs March-9-2016 A quick and easy peanut butter bar. Perfect for kids parties Ingredients 75g Crispy Rice Cereal150g Oats75g Light Brown Sugar100ml Golden Syrup125g Smooth Peanut Butter1 TSP Vanilla Extract Instructions Step 1: Grease and line a 30 x 20cm tin and preheat the oven to 160c (140c fan).Step 2: In a large bowl mix together the rice cereal and oats.Step 3: In a saucepan melt together the sugar, syrup, peanut butter and vanilla extract. Pour over the cereal and mix together.Step 4: Press mixture into tin and bake for 8 minutes. Cool before cutting into slices.

Smoked Bacon and Tomato Lasagne

One very yummy frugal lasagne recipe which is perfect for the weekend! There's no beef mince in this, just a smoked bacon and tomato sauce, which cuts the costs down considerably. It also means preparation is a little quicker as there's no need to simmer the tomato sauce for as long as you would a ragu.

Have a good weekend whatever you're up to. I'm planning on lots of gardening so fingers crossed the weather holds. I'll be back on Sunday with my weekly meal plan.


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Smoked Bacon and Tomato Lasagne
by Beth Sachs March-4-2016 A frugal lasagne recipe using a tomato and bacon sauce in place of the usual beef ragu Ingredients For the tomato and bacon sauce:1 TBSP Olive Oil2 Onions, chopped2 Garlic Cloves, chopped1 TSP Dried OreganoHandful of Basil, chopped250g Smoked Bacon, chopped700ml Passata1 TBSP Tomato Puree1 TSP Sugar For the cheese sauce:50g Butter50g Plain Flour600ml Milk200g Extra Strong Cheddar1 T…

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta

Sorry for the quietness around these parts. I've had a horrible flu type virus since I got back from Disneyland Paris which completely knocked me out (I blame the recycled air on the plane). Thankfully, I've woken up feeling lots better today so hopefully I'm over the worst of it! The last time I felt so rough was when I had Swine Flu about 6 years ago. Not nice! Anyway, on to the recipe......

This is a beautiful vegetarian pasta dish but was enjoyed by all the meat lovers too! The butternut squash makes a lovely silky smooth sauce for the pasta, with the sage, garlic and parmesan giving it lots of extra flavour. This is a pasta dish I could eat over and over again.

The dish does take quite a long time to make as you have to roast the butternut squash first, but I promise you wont be disappointed. Perhaps one to try at the weekend?


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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta
by Beth Sachs March-2-2016 A beautiful creamy butternut squash pasta d…