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Comfort food. But actually not too unhealthy considering I served this with a pile of green veg. The chicken breasts were enormous, but my bf and I gobbled them up because we aren’t very good at leaving food.

1) whisk an egg and leave to one side in a bowl.

2) put breadcrumbs on a plate.

3) dip the chicken breasts in the egg and then breadcrumbs, and fry til golden on the outside.

4) in an oven dish place: 1 carton of passata, some dried mixed herbs, and a garlic glove. You’re meant to fry off the garlic before it goes in but I was dead lazy. It was all good til my bf accidentally ate it, so try not to forget to remove it.

5) place the chicken in the tomato sauce, rip up the mozzarella and place on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and breadcrumbs.

6) oven on 180 for 20 mins or til golden brown.

Serve with green things! 

That meatball on the left was perfectly balanced a second ago but toppled just as I took this photo. Ah well, it still looks tasty, which it was.

I bagged a bargain batch of reduced meatballs in Morrisons the other day – 15 beef brisket meatballs for £1.75. They went straight in the freezer for another time. Thrifty.
I have to say, the flavour of these meatballs was absolutely amazing. Sometimes meatballs can be a bit bland but these were rich and beefy.

[5 min prep / 30 min cooking/ serves 4 : 15 beef brisket meatballs, half a white onion, 5-6 mushrooms, 1 tin tomatoes, dessert spoon tomato puree, Italian seasoning, spaghetti, broccoli and cheddar to serve]

1) in a pan, fry half a chopped white onion and 5-6 chopped mushrooms. Once browned, remove from the pan.

2) fry the meatballs til browned all over and add the onions and mushrooms, fry together for 5 more minutes.

3) pour over a tin of tomatoes, fill the empty tin half full with water and add to the pan.

4) add a squirt of tomato purée, season with salt and pepper, and shake over a dessert spoon of Italian seasoning. Stir altogether.

5) put a lid on and simmer for half an hour.

6) in the meantime, boil up some spaghetti and brocolli.

Serve up with lots of grated cheddar.

I had 8 mouths to feed at my New Year’s Eve get together so I decided to do something special. I visited my local butcher, Carnivore, which was an awesome experience. All their meat is local and the butchers really know their stuff.


I loosely followed this Jamie Oliver recipe but used 3kg of beef brisket on the bone and cooked it for 5 hours.


I removed the beef from the pans once cooked so I could pull it, and then sieved the sauce because it became rather fatty. I added some chilli and paprika, and simmered for 10 mins to make a spicy tomato sauce.

I served the pulled beef with rice and kidney beans, nachos, homemade guacamole, sour cream and grated cheddar.

I surprised myself as it was incredibly delicious and a total bargain at £2.50 per person.

I’m a big fan of chilli but I find beef so heavy. Turkey meatballs are so easy to make and taste great with the chilli sauce.

[15 mins prep / 20 mins cooking / serves 2-3]

1) in a bowl, mix a packet of minced turkey with chopped coriander and black pepper. Form into balls and fry til cooked on the outside. Remove from the pan and leave to one side.

2) in the pan, fry half an onion, chopped carrot, mushrooms and any other bits of beg you have left over (I had cubed swede!)

3) add a tin of tomatoes, a tin of rinsed kidney beans and 1/2 cup of veg stock.

4) add good shakes of chilli powder, cumin, paprika, black pepper and a pinch of salt.

5) place the meatballs back in the pan, pop on a lid and simmer for 20 mins. In this time cook the rice.

6) to make the coriander rice, just chop some coriander and stir into the cooked rice.

I served mine with grated cheese and had the rest for lunch the next day.

  

Whilst I’m not feeling great all I want is a satisfying carby dinner. I’m trying to cut down on meat and I had some soya mince to use up so the logical choice was bolognese. It turned out pretty tasty!

1) chop one small onion and fry in a pan on the hob.

2) add a handful of chopped mushrooms to the pan.

3) add 120g of soya mince and 250ml of veg stock. Season with salt, pepper and mixed herbs.

4) add frozen peas, 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 cup of water.

5) squeeze in some tomato purée, stir and simmer on a low heat for 15 mins.

6) boil some spaghetti, once boiled, drain and stir in pesto.

Serve up with lots of Parmesan on top. 

   
Since starting marathon training, I’ve had to think a bit more seriously about what I’m eating. I’ve resolutioned to eat less meat, partly because it’s cheaper, but also to be healthier and slightly more environmentally friendly. Every little helps right? This ‘lasagne’ made a dinner last night and lunch today, all for about £2.

1) defrost a big handful of frozen spinach and squeeze out the excess moisture.

2) stir in 3/4 tub ricotta and spread into the base of a lasagne dish.

[I added sliced courgette as a layer but in hindsight I’d just leave it out as it makes it a bit wet]

3) lay on slices of polenta – a whole block of it costs 75p from Tesco.

4) cover with grated cheese and bake for 30 mins on 180 degrees c. 

I served mine with baked sweet potato which I had put in before starting on the ‘lasagne’.
 

  
This dinner was so easy it’s kind of embarrassing calling it a recipe. It’s the first time I’ve cooked with polenta and it was delicious. This recipe is a meal for one.

1) pour 1/2 tin tomatoes into a baking dish, stir in a minced garlic clove and spinach leaves.

2) place 4/5 slices of polenta on top and sprinkle over chopped seeds.

3) bake on 170 degrees C for 20 mins.

4) remove from the oven and crumble on a handful of goats cheese. Bake for another 10 mins.

I served mine with baked herbed sweet potato. Yum. 


This dish is an ode to my colleague to whom I said “I’m making a sloppy joes recipe but putting it on fries instead of in a bun” and she disgustedly replied with ‘it’s not a sloppy joes if it’s not in a bun, you’ve made chilli cheese fries. Also they’re wedges not fries’. Thank you Jess. So here we are with some US comfort food but slimmed down (or made British, I’m saying).

1) slice 1 potato into wedges (skin on) and par boil for 5 min.

2) peel a small sweet potato and chop into fries shapes.

3) roll the potato and sweet potato in olive oil, season, and place on a baking tray in the oven at 180 degrees c for 30 mins.

4) brown mince in a heavy own on the hob.

5) add 1 chopped red onion, minced garlic, chill flakes and smoked paprika.

6) add 2 chopped salad tomatoes, 1 orange pepper and cook for 5 min.

7) stir in 1 small tin of baked beans, place a lid on and simmer for 10 mins.

8) remove potatoes from the oven and let cool slightly, then put on a plate, pile on the mince and grate over some cheddar.

Totally deelicious y’all! (sorry)

We won our hockey match 3-1 last night and I got home about 9pm. After making banana pancakes for a cheeky snack, it was nearing 10pm and I needed a quick lunch for tomorrow. I took inspiration from this BBC Good Food recipe and added some leftover veg I had to the mix.

1) in a pan on the hob, fry onion and garlic in sunflower oil.

2) add some cumin seeds and fry for another minute.

3) pour in a tin of rinsed kidney beans, add a good shake of smoked paprika and cook for a minute. Then lightly mash.

4) add 3 chopped mushrooms, 1 chopped salad tomato and a handful of sweetcorn. Cook altogether for 3-4 mins.

5) heat up a frying pan and place the tortilla in the pan. After 30 seconds, pile some of the bean mixture on to one half of the tortilla, sprinkle on cheese and fold over.

6) after a minute, use a fish slice to carefully flip it over, trying not to tip out the filling!

The tortilla should be nice and crispy. One of my fave restaurants is Wahaca, and I always get quesadilla’s in there. I’ll definitely be making more of these. 15 min from start to finish!

 I wanted a fresh tasting dinner last night. I got the inspiration for the tuna from this BBC Good Food recipe and had it with a sort of tabbouleh bed of quinoa with fresh tomatoes and red onion. It definitely tasted fresh and light for a warm summery evening.

1) cook the quinoa (I use a bulgar wheat mix from Tesco) according to packet instructions.

2) create a marinade for the tuna – mix olive oil with paprika, cumin, chilli powder, minced garlic, lemon juice and chopped coriander (I keep mine in the freezer so it lasts longer).

3) rub the marinade on the tuna and leave to one side.

4) chip half a red onion and 1 salad tomato and leave to one side.

5) fry the tuna in a griddle pan for 3-4mins each side til cooked.

6) mix the onion and tomato, raw, into the quinoa and season with salt, pepper and dried basil.

Start to finish in less than 30 mins!