Showing posts from November, 2015

Baked Meatballs in a Rich Tomato and Basil Sauce

Comfort food at its best and a recipe the whole family will love. I cheated and used Lidls Italian style meatballs which were very tasty and beautifully seasoned - they will be going on the shopping list again! I find meatballs tend to break up if I fry them so in this recipe I oven baked the meatballs separately before adding them to the tomato sauce just before serving. The kids enjoyed the baked meatballs with spaghetti but mashed potatoes or rice would be good as alternatives. BAKED MEATBALLS IN A TOMATO AND BASIL SAUCE Baked Beef Meatballs in a Tomato and Basil Sauce Meatballs Yield: 4 Author: Beth Sachs Print Recipe Pin it With Image Without Image Baked Meatballs in a Tomato & Basil Sauce Oven baked meatballs in a tomato and basil sauce prep time: 10 mins cook time: 50 mins total time: 60 mins ingredients: 24 ready made meatballs - I used Lidls Italian Meatballs which have a lovely flavour 1 Onion, chopped 2 Garlic Cloves, chopped


Microwave Jambalaya

Microwave meals are back and this is a fab bung it in the microwave recipe that's a real lifesaver when time is short...or when you don't have the use of an oven! People don't tend to use their microwaves for actually making meals but I've found I can do quite a lot in mine...veggie chilli, risotto's, as well as this really flavourful jambalaya with chorizo and red pepper. I'll be posting more easy microwave meals in the coming weeks so keep an eye out on the blog. MICROWAVE JAMBALAYA Microwave Jambalaya Yield: 4 Author: Beth Sachs Print Recipe Pin it With Image Without Image Microwave Jambalaya A jambalaya recipe made in the microwave prep time: 5 mins cook time: 22 mins total time: 27 mins ingredients: 400g Can of Chopped Tomatoes (with added chilli if you like it spicy) Canful (empty can of tomatoes) of Easy Cook Long Grain Rice 1 Red Pepper, chopped 120g Chorizo Sausage, cut into chunks 2 TSP Cajun Seasoning Handf


Spicy Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry

There's nothing better than a warming curry on a wet and windy evening. This is a lovely robust veggie version that will keep you feeling full until breakfast - and I even convinced hubby, who usually isn't satisfied unless there is meat on his plate (although he's still unconvinced by chickpeas). *RELATED RECIPE - SWEET POTATO & BUTTER BEAN STEW * If you wanted a milder curry then use Korma curry paste instead of Rogan Josh. I served this with naan breads and mango chutney but if you wanted to stretch it a bit further then serve some pilau rice alongside. SPICY SWEET POTATO, CHICKPEA & SPINACH CURRY Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry Curry, Vegetarian Yield: 4 Author: Beth Sachs Print Recipe Pin it With Image Without Image Sweet Potato, Chickpea and Spinach Curry A tasty and spicy vegetarian curry with Sweet Potato, Chickpeas and Spinach prep time: 10 mins cook time: 45 mins total time: 55 mins ingredients: 2 Red Onions


Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake: An Alternative Christmas Cake

An easy no bake Chocolate Orange Biscuit Cake. A great alternative to traditional Christmas cake!


Blueberry and White Chocolate Muffins

A light blueberry and white chocolate muffin recipe. Perfect for picnics and snacks.


Mini Ham and Cheddar Quiches

These are fantastic for popping into the kids lunchboxes and are tasty whether eaten straight out of the oven or at room temperature. I happen to prefer them when they have cooled right down but my husband gobbles them up straight out of the oven. The 7 month old has also taken a fancy to them so I make a couple without the ham and onion mixture. Sweetcorn would be a lovely addition, but I have a fusspot (not the kids btw!) who doesn't like it...apparently it's too sweet. *RELATED RECIPE - HAM & CHEESE SAVOURY MUFFINS * MINI HAM AND CHEDDAR QUICHES Mini Ham & Cheddar Quiches Picnic, Lunchbox Yield: 24 Author: Beth Sachs Print Recipe Pin it With Image Without Image Mini Ham and Cheddar Quiches Mini Ham and Cheddar Quiches perfect for lunchboxes and picnics prep time: 20 mins cook time: 15 mins total time: 35 mins ingredients: For the pastry 280g Plain Flour 140g Cold Butter, cubed 8 TBSP Water For the filling 2 small Onions, chopp


Sweetcorn Fritters (Baby Led Weaning)

Sweetcorn and Cheddar Fritters. A great recipe for baby led weaning. I've been making these easy sweetcorn and cheese fritters for what seems like decades, and seeing as my eldest is 13, I pretty much have! These fritters are so simple to make, and great for baby led weaning. They are very easy for babies and small children to handle, and soft to eat. Even my 10 year old still loves them....with a big dollop of ketchup on the side. TOP TIPS FOR MAKING FRITTERS The fritters freeze really well, so why not make a double batch and freeze half for another day. I'm all for time saving! Just freeze between layers of greaseproof paper in a Tupperware container. Add some grated carrot to the batter, or finely chopped spring onions if your kids are a bit older. A teaspoon of dried herbs is nice too. I usually use grated cheddar in these fritters, but red Leicester would also work well. I like to serve these for lunch with some carrot, cucumber and celery sticks on the si


Broccoli and Pancetta Spaghetti

This is a lovely quick pasta recipe from the new Silver Spoon Quick and Easy Italian Recipes cook book (I'll be giving one away in a competition soon). The whole family enjoyed it and it was gobbled up without complaint in super quick time. It really is a perfect mid week meal. The key (I think) is to cut the broccoli into really small florets so its nice and soft - the kids seem to prefer it like that. I might add some peas next time to up the vegetables but it's delicious as it is. *RELATED RECIPE - BACON, BROCCOLI AND CHEDDAR PASTA BAKE * BROCCOLI AND PANCETTA SPAGHETTI Broccoli and Pancetta Pasta Pasta Yield: 4 Author: Beth Sachs Print Recipe Pin it With Image Without Image Broccoli and Pancetta Spaghetti An easy broccoli and pancetta pasta recipe prep time: 5 mins cook time: 15 mins total time: 20 mins ingredients: 120g Diced Pancetta or Thick Cut Bacon 1 Clove Garlic, chopped 1 Head of Broccoli cut into small florets 1 TB