laziest meals...that look like you made an effort

(253 Posts)
ghoulelocks Thu 21-Mar-13 15:04:39

can we pool ideas, those meals that get brownie points but are very little effort.

My contribution:

lamb casserole:
diced meat
frozen veg (tesco do nice and chunky mix)
few spices

throw in big pot, oven 90min. looks lovely, don't even get a knife dirty and takes about 2 min prep.

hiddenhome Thu 21-Mar-13 15:12:36

Lasagne. I can make this in my sleep grin add a handful of bagged mixed salad and some garlic bread too.

ItsintheBag Thu 21-Mar-13 15:13:48

Roast chicken ,roast spuds,roast veg.Two trays so not much washing up smile

LeggaDAISYcal Thu 21-Mar-13 15:16:28

boeuf bourgignon done in the slow cooker served with steamed greens and dauphinoise potatoes.

About 30 mins preparation and hands on cooking altogether, but is dead impressive.

CogitoErgoSometimes Thu 21-Mar-13 15:18:30

Custard. Everyone knows it started life in a tin but do they AWWWW at my soufflees.... OOOOOHHH at my timbales...... no..... they just go gaga over the bloody custard.

Sugarice Thu 21-Mar-13 15:18:51

Salmon in foil parcels, chuck on frozen garlic, ginger, chilli and soy sauce.

Wrap up then bung in oven for 20 minutes alongside cherry tomatoes and asparagus spears . Prick a jacket potato and microwave.

thefirstmrsrochester Thu 21-Mar-13 15:28:24

Moules mariniere.
Saucepan, some white wine, cheats garlic, some chopped shallots if one can be arsed, and mussels. Whack up heat, chuck in cream, the juice of a lemon and the grated rind of said lemon.
Rip up a baguette.
Remove moules from heat, dish, sprinkling of parsley (again, only if one can be arsed) and serve.
Bit fed up I'm not having this for dinner now.

blue2 Thu 21-Mar-13 15:34:38

This is lush. It needs a bit of marinading, and then you just slam it in the oven to cook.

Chicken Marbella

I've converted the american cup measurements into metric, so round up or down the grams!

eggso Thu 21-Mar-13 15:48:14

Spanish chorizo! Even though I'm veggie myself, a favourite with DH.

Can of chopped tomatoes
Sliced green pepper
Diced chilli
Potatoes peeled, cubed and par boiled.

Fry the chorizo cut up then mix in other ingredients. Lovely! Even more cheaty is chorizo with a jar of chicken tonight Spanish chicken sauce (£1 in asda)

Served with rice!

eggso Thu 21-Mar-13 15:49:28

Those knorr stock pots are my new fave ingredient too! Make everything from piesto soup taste better!

eggso Thu 21-Mar-13 15:50:05

Pies to soup. I don't know what piesto soup is...

Furball Thu 21-Mar-13 15:53:34

LeggaDAISYcal - Could I have your boeuf bourgignon recipe please?

My lazy meal is chilli in the slow cooker - bung it in and switch it on

actually as is most things I do in the slow cooker grin

radiohelen Thu 21-Mar-13 15:54:40

Posh tart

Get packet of puff pastry. Draw lines round an inch inside the edge to make a frame. Paint middle with pesto/tomato paste/tomato sauce/olive tapanade. Strew, Nigella styleeeee, with chopped veg/meat eg spinach, peppers, courgette, olives, sliced tomato, sweetcorn, ham, chicken, chorizo, sausage, salami or four eggs broken on top. Shred cheap mozza balls or crumble goats cheese on top. Bake for about half an hour in the oven.

Absy Thu 21-Mar-13 15:54:52

"Thai" stirfry, for the short of time and cannot be arsed (and who work in close proximity to M&S*)

1 x pack M&S "Thai Style Stirfry"
1/2 can of coconut milk
salmon fillets
Soy sauce

Switch kettle on, put grill on. Put salmon fillets under grill, having chucked some soy sauce on them. Put rice on to cook. Open first compartment of stirfry (garlic, ginger and chilli), stirfry. Add top layer second compartment (big vegetables), stir fry for about 2 minutes, add bottom layer second compartment (leafy stuff) and stirfry for about a minute (til the leaves are wilted). Chuck on coconut milk and some soy sauce.

Here's the bit where it gets fancy:
Put rice on plate in pile
Put vegetable mixture on top, having sprinkled in bits of third compartment (fresh coriander)
Carefully place cooked salmon on top.
Do some squiggly patterns on the plate using soy sauce.

Tah dah!

*Other pre-prepared stirfry mixes work as well, or you can just choose and chop your own vegetables

mnistooaddictive Thu 21-Mar-13 15:57:16

A tin of ratatouille on the blender makes a fabulous pasta sauce or left whole and added instead of a tin of tomatoes.

CalamityJones Thu 21-Mar-13 16:02:18

Spanish roast chicken - just parboil some potatoes with a lemon, then stick the lemon in the chicken with some parsley stalks, scatter over chorizo and roast the entire lot for 90 mins. Serve with salad.

TobyLerone Thu 21-Mar-13 16:05:15

Homemade quiche. Mine's just cooling smile

Make (or buy) shortcrust pastry. Mine is 200g plain flour, 100g butter, pinch of salt, pulse in food processor. Add enough water to bind.

Line flan case with pastry.

Bake blind for 10 mins with baking beans/paper in, then another 5 mins without.

Remove from oven.

Fry 2 chopped leeks, a pack of chestnut mushrooms and 4 chopped rashers of bacon for 10 mins or so.

Grate some cheese (cheddar/gruyere/mixture of both). About 2 or 3 decent handfuls.

Beat together 3 eggs, a 300ml tub of double cream, salt and pepper and some thyme if you have it.

Sprinkle half of the cheese on the pastry base. Spoon on the leek/bacon/mushroom mix. Pour over the egg/cream mixture. Top with the rest of the cheese.

Bake at 200C for 20 - 25 mins until set and golden on top.

Leave to stand for a bit. Nicest served warm, not hot. Leftovers for packed lunch!

waterlego Thu 21-Mar-13 16:08:36

Ooh, good thread. I do something with salmon in foil with garlic, ginger, soy sauce and honey; similar to what sugarice describes. But she is posher than me with her asparagus spears grin

Can I just say, I can never really understand how lasagna appears in these kinds of lists, as I find it a GIGANTIC faff. Two pans, lots of mixing and stirring, followed by layering and then baking. And mine always landslides when I serve it sad

waterlego Thu 21-Mar-13 16:09:29

(As in- it falls apart, not that it's an overwhelming victory)

TobyLerone Thu 21-Mar-13 16:10:19

Yy lasagne is a faff. It's easy to make, but definitely a PITA.

Xiaoxiong Thu 21-Mar-13 16:13:51

Mix breadcrumbs with chopped sundried tomatoes out of a jar and/or red pesto and/or green pesto. Mound on top of salmon fillets to make a crust. Bake 15 mins or so in a medium-hot oven.

While baking, make salad with lettuce, cuke, salad onions, avocado, feta, pine nuts, or a panzanella.

Xiaoxiong Thu 21-Mar-13 16:16:37

I have never had luck with quiche. It either doesn't set, or it's soggy, or it runs out the bottom, or my quantities are totally off, or it looks like it's split when I cut it. It doesn't help that I've tried and failed so many times that now I have the Fear when I start again, which probably doesn't help.

I think I need a quiche intervention confused

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 21-Mar-13 16:18:40

Chicken curry:

Put the following in a slow cooker and switch it on for six hours:

Frozen spinach
a chopped onion
Frozen peppers
One or two tins of Pataks curry sauce (madras is good)
Frozen chicken breasts (I use Smart Price- never had any probs)
a carton of passata.

Six hours later serve with rice.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Thu 21-Mar-13 16:24:38

Lasagne is much easier if you use creme fraiche instead of home made cheese.

Home made soup always impresses. I put lentils, any veg ( about 4 kinds) and a chicken stock cube in a saucepan and boil away until its all soft. Then I use a stick blender to smooth it. Everyone thinks "ooh home made soup", but all I have done is boil stuff and use a blender.

We often have home made soup with bread, cheese and a dessert as our evening meal. I also use it as pasta sauce to get veg into the DCs.

Smicha Thu 21-Mar-13 16:36:39

Fill a Pyrex dish with as much spinach as you can cram in, lay asparagus spears on top of that and then chicken breasts on top of the asparagus. Put a dollop of pesto on each chicken breast and then slices of mozzarella over that. Put some cherry tomatoes around the chicken. Whack in the oven for about half an hour and ta dah! My fall back easy dinner option!

TobyLerone Thu 21-Mar-13 16:52:32

grin quiche intervention

Absy Thu 21-Mar-13 17:11:29

Salmon in tin foil with various toppings is super easy and tasty, e.g.
- cook sliced mushrooms with garlic, onions etc. and some balsamic vinegar or
- marinade in soy sauce, honey and teriyaki sauce (warm the honey up so its very liquid)

Absy Thu 21-Mar-13 17:15:47

Or meatballs.

I use either lamb or beef mince (around 500g)
Mix with breadcrumbs, half a beaten egg and herbs/spices that take your fancy (e.g. cumin and coriander seeds, or chopped mint with lamb, rosemary) and season.

Then, either you can "boil" them in a pot with boiling water and some oil on the top (I was worried about it splashing, but it doesn't) or cook in the oven in tomato sauce (that is, fry onions til soft. Add a tin of chopped tomatoes. Blend) - so put the sauce in the bottom of a pyrez dish, and cook in the over for about 15 minutes. You can also be fancier and put in this like pine nuts

CoteDAzur Thu 21-Mar-13 17:17:05

Stick chicken in an oven bag with some potatoes. Add very little water and spices.

VictorTango Thu 21-Mar-13 17:21:30


Furball can I please have your chilli in slow cooker recipe?
Butternut squash soup always pleases. Roast squash in oven. Cook onion, garlic, chilli and ginger in pan. Add couple of potatoes and stock for 20mins. Add squash then blitz.

Or chicken, chorizo, peppers, baby potatoes, onions, chilli, tin chopped toms in slow cooker.

MarmaladeTwatkins Thu 21-Mar-13 17:23:25

You lot are trying too hard.

I get those bags of frozen risotto/paella from Waitrose and pass it off as my own. A few fresh herbs chopped and thrown on the top, bag hidden in the bin, no-one is any the wiser wink

I have bought a frozen family-size lasagne, put it in my own pyrex oven dish, scattered extra cheese and mixed herbs on top, and cooked it and passed it off as my own. But that's cheating. grin

Fastest impressive 'real cooking' dish has to be linguine with prawns - pot of salted water on to boil, 2 tins of tomatoes in another pan with a splash of olive oil and a bit of garlic. When the tomatoes are hot, squish them with a spoon and let it all simmer uncovered. Meanwhile pop the dried linguine in the boiling water. When the linguine is cooked, drop the prawns (large shelled raw prawns, about 6-8 per person) in the tomato mixture and stir. Drain the linguine, stir in a splash of olive oil and a handful of chopped fresh parsley, and serve.

Lush, and takes 15 mins from start to finish. Washing-up is a total of two pans, one spoon and a strainer.

MammaTJ Thu 21-Mar-13 17:38:58

Stir fry with sweet and sour mugshots.

It has veg, meat (stir fry packet plus chopped up meat if required), noodles and flavour (mug shot). 5 minutes max and delicious and fairly healthy too.

Tart. Shove ready rolled puff pastry on a tray. Score a border and prick the middle. Cook for about 10 mins.
Meanwhile mix cream cheese (or garlic and herb cream cheese) plus thawed frozen chopped, or chopped fresh, spinach.
Shove this all over the part cooked pastry.
Tip over either raw asparagus, sliced tomatoes (blurgh) or cooked mushrooms, or chorizo for meat eaters (I do four different corners for the 4 of us!) and sprinkle with either parmesan, normal cheddar or sliced camembert or mozerella. Cook until golden and gorgeous.

Trifle - so easy if you buy the sponge and use posh Waitrose custard.

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 21-Mar-13 17:47:11

Hunter's chicken with dauphinoise potatoes, carrots and broccoli.

I served it up for my family, 15 of them, on Sunday. They were so impressed it was embarrassing.

I come from a family of erm, basic cooks. I think it must have skipped a generation with me because I can at least come up with something slightly upwards of bland.

Next week I plan to floor them all with beef and ale casserole.

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 21-Mar-13 17:48:53

Hunter's chicken with dauphinoise potatoes, carrots and broccoli.

I served it up for my family, 15 of them, on Sunday. They were so impressed it was embarrassing.

I come from a family of erm, basic cooks. I think it must have skipped a generation with me because I can at least come up with something slightly upwards of bland.

Next week I plan to floor them all with beef and ale casserole.

OhChristHasRisenFENTON Thu 21-Mar-13 17:49:36

So good I had to say it twice hmm

ErrorError Thu 21-Mar-13 17:59:49

I have a signature Bean soup I like to make (with spaghetti and chilli), the hardest part is going out to buy the ingredients. Everything gets thrown in the pan but looks and tastes delicious. Also you can make a massive vat of it and freeze the rest so you're always ready to whip up a batch if there's visitors.

For a VERY lazy pudding, I buy pre-potted creme brulee. comes in a glass dish with sugar on and you just stick it in oven to caramelise. can use the dishes again (perfect size for a ball of ice cream or mini portion of fruit salad etc.

KansasCityOctopus Thu 21-Mar-13 18:07:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

HotCrossPun Thu 21-Mar-13 18:10:39

Chorizo and butterbean stew. It is the easiest (and cheapest) meal ever, but it tastes so good and is great served with a nice loaf of crusty bread. Add olive oil to pan, dice onions and, cut up a chorizo sausage and add to pan, squeeze in some garlic puree, add smoked paprika, tinned tomatoes, a tin of butterbeans, some water, cover and cook for half and hour and that's it!

Bakingnovice Thu 21-Mar-13 18:11:32

Ive got loads but my show stopper from last weekend was old school jam sponge. Put some jam on base of disposable foil tray, then in separate bowl mix all in one cake batter of flour/eggs/ sugar/ baking powder/ vanilla. Throw cake mixture over jam and whack into oven. If you forget the jam then spoon it over the cake once it's baked then sprinkle dedicated coconut over. Must be accompanied by ambrosia custard which has been cleverly decanted into lovely glass serving jug.

Takes about 5 min prep. Cheap as chips.

Puddings =

mix some creme fraiche, some whipped cream if you want it, some posh lemon curd and a squeeze of lemon. Stick in pretty dishes/cups and eat with posh biscuits.

And Nigella's Barbados Cream and baked plums are lovely and mega easy. Even easier is to halve some plums, stick in an oven proof dish, put brown sugar, nutmeg and a big glug of Amaretto over them and bake. Eat with icecream, cream, custard.

Megatron Thu 21-Mar-13 18:23:56

Toby would that work if you used creme fraiche instead of cream? Sounds fabulous.

Argh, please people post your bloody recipes!

I would especially like please the Hunters chicken and the Signature Bean Soup.

Pretty please smile

herethereandeverywhere Thu 21-Mar-13 18:41:58

this Nigella Mirin Salmon

serve with Uncle Ben's microwaveable basmati and if you're feeling really fancy steam some baby carrots corn and mange tout with slices of ginger.

Tastes impressive, easy as pie!

Baked spanish risotto. Takes a while in the oven but really quick

middleagedspread Thu 21-Mar-13 18:45:15

Lemon Chicken on Roasted veg
Chunky chop any veg ; potatoes, leeks, peppers, courgette, aubergine (whatevers in the fridge really)
Place a whole chicken, breast, thigh, whatever portions on top.
Zest a lemon, throw in some rosemary & drizzle with lots of olive oil.
180" for about 70 mins.
Only one dish. Result.

whiteflame Thu 21-Mar-13 18:49:19

Omelette with a side of rocket salad. You can put anything you like in them, any old leftovers, so they don't get boring either...

skaen Thu 21-Mar-13 18:52:47

Prawns, chilli, garlic,olive oil, coriander. Fry until prawns cooked and serve with pasta.

Amiable Thu 21-Mar-13 18:55:24

2 to offer:

1 - bacon and bean stew - chop bacon and onion and fry for a couple of mins in large non-stick pan (use extra oil if you want) add:
tin chopped tomatoes
tin baked beans
tin sweetcorn
tin or two other beans as desired - butter beans, kidney beans, chick peas - basically any will work!
can add chilli/chilli powder if liked, and bit of water if it's a bit thick. Really quick too - done in 20 mins, but will sit quite happily for longer if needed. Can serve alone, or with rice, cous cous or jacket potatoes. also works with pork belly cut into largish chunks, or sausages cut in half (or a mixture as you fancy!)

2 - chicken with mediterranean veg
chuck mushrooms, courgette, peppers and onion (all sliced/chopped quite large) into roasting dish, with some oil or low fat spray, chicken breasts on top with cherry tomatoes, and sliced cooking chorizo if desired - roast for about half an hour on 200oC until chicken cooked through. Also works well if you add whole baby new potatoes (or cut larger new potatoes into halves/quarters) for 10 mins first, then chuck in everything else for half an hour.
Can do a 'winter' version with carrot, celeriac, parsnip, ar any other root veg you fancy, in which case roast them for 10 mins or so before adding chicken.

both are delicious, healthy and look like they've taken far more effort - dish 2 is a good option for entertaining too!

trixymalixy Thu 21-Mar-13 18:58:03

Fry some shallots in the oil from sundried tomatoes , chuck in some cooked chicken and some chopped sundried tomatoes and stir until heated through. Then pour in some cream. Voila!

Serve with carb of choice and a green salad.

loveonashoestring Thu 21-Mar-13 19:00:03

Nigella's marmite spaghetti- comfort-tastic!

Spaghetti onto boil, melt a good knob of butter in a pan and add a dessert spoon sized blob of marmite to it to make a sauce. Stir into spag when cooked and finish with grated cheese.

Amiable Thu 21-Mar-13 19:00:05

for got to say, you can add mixed herbs to the stew and/or splash of worcestershire sauce for added extra oomph!

FrameyMcFrame Thu 21-Mar-13 19:05:29

Home made cheese and onion pie.

Buy ready made roll of puff pastry, boil diced potatoes grate lots of cheese fry 2 onions.
Bung it in the pie dish and pour over half a beaten egg. Pop the pastry on top and brush with other half of egg.

Serve with steamed veg.

or baked beans for little kids.

apatchylass Thu 21-Mar-13 19:06:29

Put chicken thighs, new potatoes, unpeeld garlic cloves (you don't even have to peel them, - all part of the rustic charm!) and small red onions in a big pan with 1 large spoonful of olive oil and roll them around a bit until all coated with oil. Add one glass white wine, one mug of chicken stock from cube and some fresh sprigs of rosemary, salt and pepper.
Bake in oven for 35-40 mins, until the meat is soft and the skin is all golden crunchy and crispy. Serve with a big leafy sald. People coo over this dish and the house smells fantastic.
One pan, and nothing to peel except four small red onions and a bit of lemon rind.

Furball Thu 21-Mar-13 19:09:10

Littlemissexpecting -

I use about 300 gr (there's only 3 of us) of extra lean frozen minced horse beef .

1 x tin of napolina tomatoes - I find any other brand too wishy washy
1 x tin napolina mixed bean salad
1 spoon of bovril mixed with 1/2 cup of boiling water, 1 1/2 teaspoons mild chilli powder, 1 teaspoon cumin and 1 teaspoon sugar.

Chuck the whole lot in slow cooker and leave, if you are doing it all day you may need abit more fluid.

I don't use onion, as dh doesn't like them and I use extra lean mince so it hasn't got a layer of fat on the top at the end.

Easy Peasy - Even 11yo Ds can do it. smile

Furball Thu 21-Mar-13 19:09:58

oops and a squirt of garlic puree

Bag large frozen prawns defrosted in colander under cold running tap
Tin of crabmeat
Tin of tuna
A bag of spinach
A lump of butter
Lazy garlic from jar
Microwave rice
Lemon wedges
Torn up fresh herbs ie basil, coriander, parsley, chives, whatever (not all at once)

Melt butter and dry garlic in big deep pan
Put defrosted prawns in hot butter, heat through til piping hot.
Remove prawns with slotted spoon
Put spinach in pan and wilt in the butter
tip in hot microwaved rice, tinned tuna,crab and prawns
Mix it all about,chuck herbs on top and garnish with lemon wedges

You can add chorizo slices dry fried before you melt the butter and mushrooms if you can be arsed but is nice as is with lots of very cold white wine or beer.
Reminds people of summer holidays

Should say fry garlic not dry garlic

Pesto pasta without jarred pesto. Like a deconstructed pesto.

Boil linguini.
Toast pine nut in a dry pan.

Warm garlic oil in pot, add cooked linguini, toasted pine nuts, tear in some fresh basil leaves and shave on parmesan reggiano.

Is easy and delicious and always get complements.

lustybusty Thu 21-Mar-13 19:21:17

I do lemon and garlic chicken-lazy garlic, bottled lemon juice and herb if choice (I use thyme), mix up, dip chicken in, grill. Served with roasted veg - chop carrots/peppers/squash/potatoes into 2cm/1inch cubes, on baking tray, drizzled with oil, in the oven at some temp for some time (can't you tell I'm a great chef...! I think about 140C for about 20 mins?) and serve. Full of flavour, loads of colour, no "bad" fats, naff all washing up. grin

starfishmummy Thu 21-Mar-13 19:22:37

Fish pie. Buy a pack of mixed fish cubes (or get them loose on the fish counter); tip in an kvenlroof dish with some prawns and frozen peas. Tip over a carton of ready made fresh parsley sauce; top with chilled cabinet mash (or cheesy mash) swirled into a nice pattern. Bake.

starfishmummy Thu 21-Mar-13 19:23:15

I should preview......ovenproof

Taffeta Thu 21-Mar-13 19:24:40

Chicken breasts, skin on? Roast. Take out of roasting pan.

Put roasting pan on hob, scrape bits off base, add white wine or vermouth, bubble for a few minutes. Add some chicken stock, bubble up, add chopped tarragon and a splash of cream.

Serve w green beans and new potatoes.

quornqueen Thu 21-Mar-13 19:26:39

I have had compliments on my 'home made flatbreads'. Standards are obviously low because I take a fajita, rub tomato paste on it and grate cheese on it. If I can be bothered I sprinkle oregano on top. I kid you not, my friend thought this cheese on toast ensemble it was homemade.

My REAL easy show stopper recipe is thai noodle soup. Buy pre-roasted chicken, coconut milk, thai curry paste, onions, ginger, fish sauce and stock. Fry dry stuff, add wet stuff, combine with noodles and shredded chicken. Voila.

BikeRunSki Thu 21-Mar-13 19:35:30

My mil need never know that my fab Yorkies are Aunt Bessie's....

BalloonSlayer Thu 21-Mar-13 19:37:07

Honey and Mustard Chicken (I do it with Quorn though)

Dice onion and fry in oil or butter.

Add chicken breasts and brown them

Add a tablespoon of flour

300ml stock - add

Add a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of wholegrain mustard.

Simmer for 40 mins.

(I tend to need to add salt)

MorphsMum Thu 21-Mar-13 19:43:33

Sausages (I use beef, don't like pork - good quality sausages best)
+ tin of plum tomatoes
+ cup of frozen veg (I like Tescos frozen casserole veg)
+ tin kidney beans
+ cup of rice per person (could also use pearl barley)
+ stock (I used low-salt organic as DC only just weaning)

Slow cook whilst out for the day
Delicious on its own or with crusty roll.
I don't usually chop the sausages until serving but you could do.

Also with sausages - popular with baby and toddler - squeeze the meat out of the sausages, fry with loads of mushrooms and garlic, onion, puree and use as a (freezable) bolognaise sauce.

Chandon Thu 21-Mar-13 19:46:01

Balloon, that recipe to me screams for a splash of double cream added at the end...

ErrorError Thu 21-Mar-13 19:48:14

spilltheteaagain my 'signature' 3-bean soup:


1 medium onion
1 clove of garlic
2 tins chopped tomatoes
1 pint of water
1 tin broad beans
1 tin butter beans
1 tin red kidney beans
1 vegetable stock cube
2 tbsp chilli sauce (or half a chilli, or 1-2 tsp chilli powder - v potent!)
1 tbsp mixed herbs
twist of cracked salt & pepper
1 small handful of dried spaghetti


1. Peel and dice onion, fry in a large soup pan with a small quantity of oil, until onions are soft but not brown.

2. Add chopped tomatoes. Note: Some mixture will evaporate, and consistency is intended to be quite thick (like minestrone), but if you prefer a more brothy texture, then 1 further tin of tomatoes can be added, or a dash of water every now and then to soften the mix.

3. Add 1 pint of water (see above for notes on consistency.)

4. Pour beans into a sieve and rinse with cold water, then add to pan. If the beans listed are unavailable or not to your taste, you can substitute with lentils, dried peas, or any other type of bean. (I've made it with flageolet and azuki beans.)

5. Bring mixture to the boil. Once boiled, turn down to a simmer and stir regularly.

6. Take the small handful of spaghetti and break chunks into the pan. It may look like there isn't much, but it swells! Can be made without spaghetti if preferred, but I love the texture, and it absorbs the other flavours.

7. When spaghetti is completely soft, add chopped garlic (garlic salt as alternative), mixed herbs, salt and pepper, and stir again.

8. Add vegetable stock cube by crumbling straight into pan or dissolve in a small amount of boiled water and pour in, (the latter method is useful if mixture has become quite thick.)

9. Add either chilli sauce, half a finely chopped chilli, or a tsp of chilli powder to give the soup a kick. (All 3 if you like!) Quantity can be altered or even not included at all.

10. Stir occasionally, taste and alter seasonings to personal preference.

11. Serve and enjoy!


I make a big pan of this and eat some straight away, but often leave the rest overnight to really absorb the flavours and it tastes even better the next day, (A small amount heated in a pan with a dash of water.) This soup is vegetarian and also suitable for freezing!

MorphsMum Thu 21-Mar-13 19:48:48

Another good one is fish tarts -

Buy cubes of fish
Buy shortcrust pastry
Cut out circles of pastry and put in muffin/ fairy cake tin
Put fish in each tart and add a sauce (my sauce was very simple - egg, milk, abit of flour to thicken - can add frozen peas)
cook and serve with salad

Isandri Thu 21-Mar-13 19:58:14

Beef casserole. 400g of meat will make 10 portions.
Flour the beef and brown in pan with some salt and pepper. Thrown in a little bit of alcohol, red wine, brandy, sherry, port(or stock if you don't cook with alcohol) and some roughly cropped onion. Add chopped peppers and give it a stir on a medium heat. Let it all sweat a bit. Add lots of stock, some potatoes and if you want to stretch the portions some bulger wheat. Let the entire thing simmer as as low a heat as you hob will go for at least 8 hours. In emergencies you can simmer for 2 hours but the longer you leave it the better it is.

Cheap soup. Thick and filling
Fry some opinions in butter. Add mixed fresh or frozen veg to pan. Stir and let it sweat. Add liquid and potatoes. Add 1 small handful of lentils for every 4 portions. Simmer for at least 30 min. Add salt, pepper, stock cubes etc. Blend some or all of the soup. If it's too thin you can add boiled potatoes next time. Serve with cubes of cheese, sliced leeks or bacon/creme fresh on top if you want to make it more interesting. 

MorphsMum Thu 21-Mar-13 19:58:24

Can we have a dessert thread like this one, too? I love the easy jam sponge above, am often stuck for a nice pudding. I rely on carrot-cake served with ice-cream or jelly with fruit and mint in in summer!

Lovecat Thu 21-Mar-13 20:05:49

Couple of fish things that don't look like much but taste amazing:

Tuna pesto pasta.

Boil pasta. While it is cooking, open a tin of tuna and drain it. Open a jar of red pesto. Mix together. Grate some cheese. Drain pasta and stick back in the pan. Add "sauce" and stir until warmed through. Stick in bowls and lob cheese on top. My fussy 'won't eat THAT' DD loves it.

Fish Pie - I adapted this from a recipe and it is not only relatively cheap but LUSH:

1-2 packs Smoked mackerel fillets (the cheapest you can find)
Frozen or fresh spinach, either defrosted or wilted in a pan if fresh (I always use frozen as it's less faff).
1 tin ratatouille
2 baking potatoes

Preheat oven to 180. Chuck the potatoes in the microwave to bake for about 10 mins (don't worry about them not having crispy skins, this is just to cook them a bit).
Get an ovenproof casserole and flake the fish into the bottom of it. Cover with the defrosted/wilted spinach.
Spread the ratatouille over the top of the spinach.
Slice the baked potatoes and layer over the top of the ratatouille. Dot with butter if feeling extravagant.
Sling in the oven for 20 mins, serve with a bag of salad.

The original recipe said just slice the potatoes and put them raw on top but I found they were never properly cooked by the end of the 20 mins, so I part bake them first in the micro.

Isandri Thu 21-Mar-13 20:09:29

easy cake if you sprinkle chocolate onto when it comes out off the oven you get a lovely chocolate crust on top. I just use a round tin and make mine in a Kenwood. You could probably make it with a hand mixer.

It's tastes delicious and I made one today.

Lovecat Thu 21-Mar-13 20:13:43

Oooh, and a diet pudding idea - this was off a Slimming World forum and meant to be a cheesecake, but the base (microwaved mashed up diet Alpen bars) was grim, so I just do the topping part in ramekins now and it's so nice:

1 tub Quark (250g)
1 sachet of Options hot chocolate (I like the white choc but have had great results with the choc mint & choc orange varieties)
Fruit if desired (raspberries go very nicely with the white choc version)

Mix the Options sachet into the Quark & stir vigorously. Decant into ramekins (gives 3 smallish portions or 2 decent size ones). Clingfilm & chill for 10 mins or longer (longer will give a more solid 'cheesecakey' feel to it). Add a few berries if desired.

Eat with a spoon and restrain yourself from stealing anyone else's portion...

TobyLerone Thu 21-Mar-13 20:15:52

That slimming world pudding sounds horrific!

Lovecat Thu 21-Mar-13 20:17:52

It's gorgeous. The base was v.v.v.disgusting, but the topping is really nice. Quite frankly when you're on SW anything puddingy that isn't a muller lite suddenly becomes very

multitaskmama Thu 21-Mar-13 20:35:18

A really simple fresh chicken curry with a handful of spices.

Simple chicken curry

TIP: Garnish with fresh chopped coriander and a drizzle of coriander. It will look amazing and definitely impress! shock

multitaskmama Thu 21-Mar-13 20:36:07

Oops drizzle of yogurt NOT coriander! confused

Bearcrumble Thu 21-Mar-13 20:36:28

Nasi Goreng with leftover roast pork.

Chop up leftover roast pork into small cubes.

Cook 1 boil in the bag rice.

Microwave some frozen peas.

Fry 1 onion and 2 chopped cloves of garlic in oil or butter; add tsp cumin & tsp coriander & some chilli powder or flakes and fry through (I added hot sauce at the table as toddler and baby not into spicy food); add tablespoon of peanut butter and slosh of soy sauce; mix in chopped pork (can alternatively be made with chicken, prawns, mushroom...) and then the rice and peas - did this in a wok for a few mins. Top with strips of omelette and slices of uncooked tomato.

I made a japanese style super thin omlette to go on top - 2 eggs, splash soy sauce, splash water, bit of sugar, bonito flakes. Did it in a big frying pan rather than an omlette pan.

Sylvana Thu 21-Mar-13 20:45:21

Spaghetti with mussels and White wine sauce. Boil two portions of spaghetti and a vacuum pack of mussels in white wine sauce together in the same pot for 5 mins. While they are cooking, cut a French baguette into rings, butter and scatter with a few slivers of thinly sliced garlic - grill. Fling half a packet of mixed Italian mixed leaves into a bowl, top with a few olives and hey presto!!! An Italian feast in less than 10 mins.

swampster Thu 21-Mar-13 21:06:16

Prawny pasta: lashings of butter and garlic in a pan, add frozen prawns (defrosted!), salt, pepper, toss in pasta, done.

Super-popular with my fussy eater, my not-so-fussy-eater and my eat-everything.

Nagoo Thu 21-Mar-13 21:10:45

Fry opinions smile

Slow cooker stroganoff is a good one. Will post recipe when get on laptop smile

joshandjamie Thu 21-Mar-13 21:17:54

Gammon in slow cooker. Take gammon joint, smear with Dijon mustard. Pour brown sugar into your slow cooker ( about 300g). Put the Dijon covered gammon on top And a couple of tbs of water. Lid on, cook on low all day. Absolutely fucking gorgeous. Shred it and serve with creamy mash and greens or put into crusty rolls with the juices.

Snugglepiggy Thu 21-Mar-13 21:22:29

Chicken in Orange.
Chicken Thighs (skin on) 2 per person,
Place skin up in Pyrex/ baking dish.
Quarter red onion/s depending on size and how many thighs you are cooking and tuck inbetween thighs.Likewise cut orange/s into wedges (skin on) and also tuck randomly between meat and onions.
In a bowl mix together bitter marmalade / Dijon mustard amount to suit taste / a generous splash of squeezed orange juice from a couple of segments.Blend and season and cover thighs ,onions and oranges.
Cover with oil and bake at 180 for approx 30 minutes depending on size of thighs.Remove foil for a further 10 minutes and turn up oven slightly to brown skin.
Serve with creamy mash and green veg.

KatieMiddleton Thu 21-Mar-13 21:24:09

Duck confit in the slow cooker. Serve with potato dauphinois (Delia's easy one called potato dauphinois gratin or something) and either red cabbage, green beans, French peas or spinach.

Soooo easy and utterly delicious.

ATouchOfStuffing Thu 21-Mar-13 21:30:30

2 min meal:
x1 Packet rice (the kind that comes pre-flavoured and can mic)
x1 tin mackrel in tomato sauce (can get spicy one if preferred)
Chunks of cheddar to taste
Petit pois

Cook rice for 1min, open an pour into a bowl. Whack in all of the rest and put back in mic for 1 min. Great comfort food smile

LongStory Thu 21-Mar-13 21:36:02

gosh it never occurred to me to do a complex meal (5 fussy kids + busy jobs = a choice of, gosh, four or five boring easy healthy options). Some great examples here, loving the thread!

One of our staples is stir fry rice with a bit of egg and whatever leftovers are in the fridge, plus throw some sesame oil in at the end. A simple version of chicken fahitas also works well plus wraps means even less washing up!

ATouchOfStuffing Thu 21-Mar-13 21:39:06

Pud - digestive biscuits and butter melted in mic and broken up - push into bottom of a cake or pie dish. Melt choc and pour in cream until very slightly stiff - about 3/5mins on med heat. Pour onto biccy base and put in fridge to set. Choco torte. Have left out type of choc and how many biscuits as depends on taste/how much base you want etc smile

ATouchOfStuffing Thu 21-Mar-13 21:39:41

Oh and you can add nuts or chili or mint or whatever if you feel swishy wink

DeafLeopard Thu 21-Mar-13 21:45:34

What a shame this is in chat, there are some great recipes on here

WhyMeWhyNot Thu 21-Mar-13 21:46:34

Can you really use frozen chicken in the slow cooker. My favourite trick is always forgetting to get the chicken out the freezer the night before!

JollyYellowGiant Thu 21-Mar-13 21:51:51

Take chicken on the bone
Sprinkle with paprika, olive oil and whatever else you fancy
Put in the oven for however long it says on the packet

Roughly cut up onions, butternut squash and peppers. Roast in oven.

Make up Ainsley Herriot's packet cous cous using hot water AND the meat from the chicken.

Serve with pitta breads which have been in the oven for 2 minutes and sour cream.

karenflower Thu 21-Mar-13 21:55:52


Frozen Broccoli in bottom of pyrex dish
2 chicken thighs pp
Mix jar of condensed mushroom soup
2 tbl mayo
Dollop of creme fraiche
Curry powder
Pour over chicken
Grated cheese on top

Oven for 40 mins
Roast new pots in skins next to it in oven

balroymum Thu 21-Mar-13 22:07:38

Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals - Fish tray bake.

Throw salmon/seabass/bream fillets (skin side up) lemon wedges, cherry toms, crushed garlic cloves and butter in oven dish. Glug of olive oil. Season.

20 minutes in a hot oven.

Add raw, shell on prawns, pancetta slices and asparagus plus another glug of olive oil.

10 minutes more in oven.

When fish skins/pancetta/asparagus start to go lovely and crispy, throw in a small glass of white wine.

Serve with new potatoes and a green salad. Don't forget the french bread to soak up the juices at the end.

Bloody delicous and looks all 'chefy' but is reeeally easy. Win, win!

Phineyj Thu 21-Mar-13 22:08:09

Two really fast dinners that look posher than they are:

Baked potatoes with greek yoghurt, chopped ham and chopped fresh chives (this is the only herb I grow, as it adds poshness to this recipe, also potato salad and regular salad and seems to be unkillable)

Wholewheat pasta spirals or twirls with creme fraiche and smoked salmon trimmings. Boil pasta, quickly stir fry the smoked salmon with any green vegetable (leeks work well) and stir in the creme fraiche. Grate Parmesan over the top and add black pepper to taste.

And one slow one but you can do something useful with the half hour wait:

Cheat's risotto (Lindsey Bareham)

Melt some butter and stir in risotto rice (see packet for amounts), then add a glass of dry white wine and stir till it's soaked in. Then add a half litre of stock, bring to the boil and then put a tightly fitting lid on the saucepan. Turn the heat off and leave for half an hour. Do not lift the lid (it is cooking in the steam). After half an hour return to the heat and stir in the rest of the stock, cooking until it is delicious and gloopy. Add some more butter, grated Parmesan and anything else you fancy -- frozen peas is the easiest and also means you can claim you are making the Venetian traditional dish 'risi e bisi'.

Sherbert37 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:12:58

Loving these. Dare I suggest the marvel that is Waitrose frozen onions to speed things up even more? Amazing, so handy, no mess, no waste, no tears.

Creamy tomato pasta; fry bacon and mushrooms, when cooked at 1/2 red pesto, half cream cheese, add to boiled & drained pasta.

chicaguapa Thu 21-Mar-13 22:15:55

karenflower I know that recipe! MIL was passed that down by her mum.

Some of these recipes are great for camping too.

Wineandchoccy Thu 21-Mar-13 22:24:21

Cowboy beef

500g of stewing beef
1 onion sliced
2 carrots sliced
1 stick of celery sliced
200ml of beef stock
1 tin of chopped toms
1 tbsp of Tom purée

Put in slow cooker, 15mins before serving stir in 1 tin of cannellini beans

Serve with jacket potato or rice

Looks good tastes great and no effort!

KatieMiddleton Thu 21-Mar-13 22:35:58

Slow cooker duck confit (was running out of battery before so didn't think I'd get it down before it went poof). It's really easy to scale up or down.

Take 4 duck legs and put in a large plastic freezer bag. Don't trim the fat or worry about pricking the skin.

Then chuck the following ingredients in the bag:
40g sea salt (about 8 teaspoons)
Bay leaf
4 x garlic cloves - crushed with the back of a knife (or a teaspoon of lazy garlic)
Handful of thyme
Zest of half an orange

Seal bag and sort of squish the ingredients onto the duck. Leave to marinate in the fridge for a minimum of 2 hours. I do mine the night before lunch but just put in a bit less salt and give it another squish before bed.

Take out of fridge and rinse off the duck legs and pay dry on kitchen paper. If you want, seal the duck legs skin side down in a pan (my slow cooker pan can go on the hob so it's super easy but if you use a frying pan for this keep it for later) or don't bother, then transfer to slow cooker and add duck or goose fat to cover. I don't bother melting it first, just lob it in.

Cook for 3 hours starting on high, then turning down to medium/low once you see bubbles on the surface.

When you want to serve take it out of the slow cooker, brush skin with honey and cook skin side down in a pan on the hob for 3-5 mins to caramelise the skin. You could skip this bit. If you are making confit to keep for later then you would pour half an inch of fat into a sterile earthen wear dish or large kilner jar, then add the duck legs making sure they don't touch the sides and then top with the clarified fat, add a piece of grease proof paper and cover. It will keep for a month. You can then just pan fry with the honey another day for a super quick supper.

It does take a long time but very little actual cooking or prep time; you don't need to chop anything and you can skip some of the steps.

It makes delicious, meltingly soft duck and is almost impossible to balls up.

peanutbutterandbanana Thu 21-Mar-13 22:47:47

What a great thread! Have made copious notes and can't wait to try some of these. Here's my contribution

Kids call it Chicken Mango although no mango has ever been near it confused

Mix together mayonnaise (or light mayo) and apricot jam (I do around a tablespoon per person, although lighter on the jam)

Add in 1 chicken breast per person and coat with the mixture.

I make this up in the morning before I go to work and put in fridge, covered.

Shove in oven for 45 mins - divine - kind of like a hot coronation chicken.

VERY EASY ICE CREAM (Stolen from Good Food Mag)

Whisk one pint (600 ml) double cream until stiff but not too stiff.
Add in one teasp vanilla essence and one tin of condensed milk

Whisk until fully mixed, put in plastic box and into freezer for several hours.


Sometimes I go back to it when it has been in freezer for several hours, not quite set, heat up a jar of nutella in the microwave for 30 secs to soften it and then swirl nutella into it and put back in freezer....

CockBollocks Thu 21-Mar-13 22:50:57

Fish pie, so bloody easy but people are always impressed!!

Poach fish pie mix in milk, drain fish and put in an ovenproof dish.

Use milk to make white sauce, adding a little mustard.

Pour over fish, add king prawns, chuck in some peas top with mash and throw in oven for 20-30mins.

KatieMiddleton Thu 21-Mar-13 22:53:08

I also do fish in foil (bung in herbs, oil and/or lemon depending on fish and preference) bake in oven.

Sausage tray bake - cook sausages in a roasting tray. Prick the skins. Add chopped red onion, courgettes, aubergine, half tin chopped tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic, salt & pepper. Also add chilli or other herbs if you want. If you don't have any basil or herbs and couple of dollops of pesto will do. Drizzle with olive oil and put in oven. You can add some balsamic vinegar if you wish. After about 20 minutes cook cous cous and add add it to the sausage pan. Stir through the veg and juices. Put back in oven for five mins. Serve with salad.

Chicken tray bake - chuck chopped veg in oven tray or casserole dish (potatoes, carrots, onions plus whatever you like). Dust chicken pieces or a whole chicken with flour. You can add cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, ordinary paprika, Chinese 5 spice or whatever you like to the flour. Season. Add herbs and/or garlic for flavour. Tarragon (add a tiny bit of mustard powder to the flour), sage and rosemary all go well but keep the flour plain. Put chicken on top of veg, skin side down, cover and cook in oven until chicken is cooked. Stir every so often and turn the chicken right way up for last 20 mins and uncover to brown skin. Throw on plate!

sharond101 Thu 21-Mar-13 22:55:26
KatieMiddleton Thu 21-Mar-13 22:59:11

Ooh good fish pie cock. I do mine the same but add some smoked cheddar to the sauce sometimes to ring the changes or a bit of chopped parsley if feeling fancy.

Greenshootsandleeves Thu 21-Mar-13 22:59:38

OMG the tortilla bowl sounds WONDERFUL, I think my boys would eat dog shit if I served it in one of those shock

Am going to make one tomorrow! Thank you grin

Katienana Thu 21-Mar-13 23:03:19

Boil pan of water, throw in pasta and 1 salmon fillet per person. Zest a lemon, fry gently with crushed garlic. Add either tub philly or tub creme fraiche, stir then add poached salmon. Loosen sauce with lemon juice. Serve with pasta. Add cherry toms and parsley if you like.
Choc sponge - flour, egg, sugar, cocoa. Combine, put in buttered puddibg dish and cook in microwave. Hot home made pud in literally 5 minutes.

KatieMiddleton Thu 21-Mar-13 23:22:28

Paprika chicken

Brown off some onion in a pan or casserole.
Add a teaspoon of paprika to one tablespoon of flour. Add seasoning. Chuck on chicken pieces (legs or thighs are good).

Bung chicken in with onions either in casserole or slow cooker. Add liquid (bit of red wine, stock or water) to almost cover and give it a good stir. Add some of those preserved green chilli peppers that come in a jar if you like. Simmer/slow cook until chicken is cooked and falling off the bone.

Turn off the heat and stir in some creme fraiche. Serve with rice.

peanutbutterandbanana Thu 21-Mar-13 23:22:28

Not for serving to your posh mates, but great for one's DCs are

Then they are back in season (soon?), cut out a slice and then cut that into sticks with each stick having some of the green skin at one end. Lay sticks out in a line on a tray covered with greaseproof paper and freeze. After a few hours you have watermelon icelollies which are yummy (store in a plastic box when fully frozen) and healthy all at the same time!

CointreauVersial Thu 21-Mar-13 23:22:40

Some of you are clearly "lazier" chefs than others.grin Lasagne and quiche will not be on my list of lazy meals unless it involves opening a box.

My suggestion is Feta Chicken. Make a basic tomato sauce in a wide-based pan (onion, garlic, tinned toms, herbs etc). Chop a packet of feta cheese into lumps, and wrap each lump in a boneless chicken thigh (two per person). Pop the thighs on top of the sauce, put a lid on, and simmer for 20-30 minutes until cooked.

rockinhippy Thu 21-Mar-13 23:23:02

Mediterranean White Fish Bake

Bag of frozen white fish - Basa works well & is cheap & tasty

Half bag of frozen Mediterranean veg

Half bag of frozen mixed peppers

Red Onion - medium - large chopped into large chunks

Glass of red wine

Olive Oil

Goats cheese or mozzarella - thinly sliced


Carton of passatta/strained tomatoes or tin of chopped toms in juice

Garlic - couple of teaspoons of dry stuff or 4-6 cloves, depending on taste

Fresh ground black pepper - teaspoon or so

Basil, dry is fine - teaspoon or so

Tarragon - dry is fine - teaspoon or so

Sage - dry fine, half teaspoon

(Or you could just use bouquet garni, or mixed herbs x 3 - 4 teaspoon )

Lay frozen fish evenly in bottom of large casserole dish/baking dish, - set aside
(cover bottom with fish, break of chunks & fill gaps if needed)

Throw olive oil, frozen veg & garlic into large flat bottomed pan or wok - heat & stir through until melting & cooking.

Throw in - Wine, Passata/Tin Toms, Red Onion & continue cooking until all veg softening - throw in all herbs & spices & continue cooking until you have a rich, thick & chunky sauce - it needs to be still a bit runny though - if not add a bit of water.

Pour all of sauce over the fish, making sure its completely covered & bake in tye oven at 180 for 30min - now remove from oven sprinkle top with Parmesan & lay sliced cheese evenly across the top - return to oven & bake for a further 15 min at 200 or until top is browned & cheese has melted with a crispy top


This freezes well & serves best with cous cous
or even boiled baby potatoes or frozen mash

KatieMiddleton Thu 21-Mar-13 23:29:10

French pea side dish (looks fancy, tastes scrummy and so, so easy)

Snip pancetta or streaky bacon into a pan. One cooked, but not well done, add a knob of butter and throw in some shallots. Once shallots cooked and bacon crispy add frozen peas and enough chicken stock to cover. Taste and season. Leave on hob cooking until ready just make sure the liquid never completely evaporates. Alternatively add less stock and put it in the oven with a lid.

LiseYates Thu 21-Mar-13 23:32:29

Excellent thread!

anonymosity Thu 21-Mar-13 23:46:43

Risotto made with champagne and cep mushrooms, a little saffron. Delish.

boomting Thu 21-Mar-13 23:49:23

Tuna pasta bake:

Fry an onion (do this in a saucepan, to minimise washing up). Remove onion, and cook 200g pasta in the same pan. Drain. Put onion, pasta, tin of Campbell's Condensed Mushroom Soup, milk and a tin of tuna in the saucepan and heat through. Transfer to an ovenproof bowl, top with grated cheese and grill for 5 minutes.

boomting Thu 21-Mar-13 23:49:55

^ Not sure this impresses at a dinner party though tbf!

JumpHerWho Fri 22-Mar-13 00:09:37

Marking place, loads of fab recipes to try!

Easy Thai Green Curry (serves two and a toddler)

Chuck a couple of teaspoons of green curry paste in a pan with a tablespoon of veg oil, fry gently for a couple of minutes. Add a tin of coconut milk. Slice up a couple of chicken breasts very very thinly, like slivers and chuck them in when the fluid starts to simmer. They'll be cooked within five mins. Add beansprouts, green beans, other thinly sliced veg if you have any. Serve in bowls on a plate with rice, sprinkled generously with fresh coriander, and a spoon and chopsticks smile

The chicken is poached instead of fried, much tastier and tender-er. Alternative is to add thin rice noodles (not egg ones) to the liquid and serve in massive bowls without rice on the side.

coralanne Fri 22-Mar-13 00:11:13


sounds very much like my Salmon Linguine.

Very quick and very tasty.

Marking place

Furball Fri 22-Mar-13 02:11:28

slow cooker - open pack of either frozen stew mix or ready bought chopped veg, open pack of chopped stew beef or lamb

stock cube, little water and leave all day, thicken and add gravy browning just before serving with mash. Literally takes 30 seconds to make this.

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 04:39:28

My best truly lazy meal that looks and tastes dinner party quality is:

Salmon with pesto and parmesan crust, served with confit baby tomatoes.

First do your tomatoes. Buy cherry tomatoes still on the vine, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and roast them very slowly in a medium oven for about an hour so they stay whole and don't turn to mush. Before cooking snip the vine into smaller strips so each person has about four or five each.

Meanwhile, get your salmon steaks, smear top with pesto, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Take the tomatoes out when they look softened, slightly browned and caramelised and the juices look nice and syrupy, but they have stayed whole. Keep warm, and whack your oven up to about 200c. Heat a flat baking tray covered with a bit of lightly oiled foil until really hot.

Whack the salmon in, leave the steaks for no more than about 4 or 5 minutes, then turn the oven off and the grill on, just to finish browning the top and melting the cheese. (or leave for about 7 minutes in total and finish the tops off with a cook's blowtorch)

The whole thing will take about 8 minutes. No more, or the fish will be dry.

New potatoes and steamed green beans with garlic butter, or sauteed spinach.

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 04:47:59

And another favourite is this one:

Open up and flatten out a chicken breast, lay a couple of fresh basil leaves, a sun dried tomato (the sort that comes in a jar of oil) and a big wodge of mozzarella cheese (the cheap, firm stuff that comes in a vaccum packed block is absolutely fine for this, very expensive fresh buffalo mozzarella in water has a much more delicate flavour and texture and would be a bit wasted on this dish to be honest) and some freshly ground black pepper.

Fold the chicken breast back up and wrap in two rashers of thinly sliced pancetta, or just smoked streaky bacon is fine. Put two breasts each in one of those cellophane roasting bags, do not pierce the bag. Whack in a preheated oven, about 180c, for 25 minutes. Done. The bacon will be browned but the chicken will be moist and there will be lovely juices and oozy cheese.

pollywollydoodle Fri 22-Mar-13 05:04:45

for those upthread who find lasagna is a faff because of having to make a cheese sauce and that it collapses

instead of cheese sauce put lumps of Philadelphia between layers and on top then sprinkle with grated cheddar ...job done, lovely,(and upright)

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 05:05:20

Prawns and chorizo, tapas style.

Bag of frozen, uncooked, de-veined king prawns, defrosted. Some sliced chorizo. Some finely chopped red onion or shallots and a couple of cloves of garlic crushed. Saute the shallots and garlic in olive oil, add the chorizo, cook until lightly browned and all the lovely paprika flavoured oil is released, add about half a glass of dry white wine, bring to the boil and reduce a bit, add the prawns, turn the heat down to medium, cook for about 5 minutes with the lid on, until the prawns are ready. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, add a squeeze of lemon juice and a big handful of fresh, roughly chopped flat leaf parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

weegiemum Fri 22-Mar-13 05:14:39

My best one is salmon en croute.

Take as many small salmon steaks as you've got guests, and shop bought pre-rolled puff pastry in appropriate quantities (one pack from asda does 4 salmons).

Spread each bit of pastry with pesto, wrap around salmon steak (leave ends open) and bake until pastry is done. Serve with small new potatoes, salad and crusty bread. Yum!!

SquidgyMummy Fri 22-Mar-13 06:29:42

I am so watching this thread.

Here is my ultra lazy contribution, bake in the bag chicken / meat / fish

Take about 30 seconds to put some chicken pieces in the bag, shake then bake

I cook it early, then leave to cook in the residual heat. It sort of continues to steam in the bag so the meat is so tender or the chicken is falling off the bone. You also have a bag full of perfect gravy.

Put in some jacket potatoes at the same time. 10 minutes before serving microwave some frozen veg of your choice & serve!

SquidgyMummy Fri 22-Mar-13 06:39:45

Can this thread be moved to Food & Recipes so it doesn't go pouf in a few months when I am looking for it....?! in desperate need of inspiration for dinner

This is what cookery books should be like. Instead of being full of recipes with 27 impossible ingredient and 8000000 steps, they should be like this. I love all of these. Thank you

superfluouscurves Fri 22-Mar-13 08:03:41

Easy Sunday lunch ...

buy one of these from Lakeland

Place seasoned, good quality chicken on a few peeled and halved carrots and onions on bed of roasting tin. Place more peeled veg (carrots, onions, maybe a few leeks, bit celery?, potatoes, around the rest of the chicken) Bung in a few herbs (thyme?) Add a bit of water and roast for an hour and a bit depending on size of bird (you can take lid off for last 30 mins if you want chicken to have more colour). Voila - beautifully moist bird, with veg and lovely gravy all in one pot.

Bakingnovice Fri 22-Mar-13 08:06:42

Another few I've remembered:

Get yourselves to an Asian supermarket. Mine do a big jar of Hot Chicken Fry Mix. It's fab. Loads of spices and flour mixed together. If u have a spoon of this and mix with some yoghurt (plain natural) you get an almost instant tandoori sauce. Massage sexily into chicken drumsticks and throw in oven for about 25 mins depending on how big the chicken pieces are. I've also tried this mix dry straight into chicken and its great. Serve with whole meal pitta and bagged salad.

Another : the easy quiche recipe I found on mumsnet. Had a really bad headache this weekend so used the recipe called Easy Quiche in the recipe section. Bung the eggs, flour, salt, cheese, butter, milk into bowl and mix. Pour into quiche dish and cook. It tasted better than my usual quiche which has a pastry base. I added four spears of asparagus over the top which made it look gourmet.

This is a really bad one I used when working full time and struggling. Get a jar of that creamy garlic potato bake sauce (can't remember if it's home pride who make it). Water down with milk until sauce consistency as its quite thick. Put new potatoes, frozen broccoli, caulk, peas, sweet corn and any other veg into dish. Pour over sauce and oven bake. End up with creamy veggie bake. Can add salmon or fish fillets too.

Ihatemytoes Fri 22-Mar-13 08:24:49



sashh Fri 22-Mar-13 08:42:04

Duck in cherry sauce.

Stick a fresh or defrosted duck in the oven for 2 hours.

Put half a jar of cherry jam and half a bottle of red wine in a pan and simmer until thickened.

JaponicaTroggs Fri 22-Mar-13 08:45:36

Chop chicken breasts and coat in barbecue seasoning. (I use Schwartz Classic). Cook in tbsp of olive oil until browned. Put in chopped bacon, sliced red onions, a chopped pepper and sliced mushrooms. Let it all cook through. In a bowl mix mashed avocados and creme fraiche. Add to the pan until heated through. Serve in soft tortillas with salad etc.

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 08:46:38

OK, just thought of two more I make and eat ALL THE TIME.

A sort of Aubergine Parmegiana.

Slice a couple of aubergines, sling them in the oven on bout 180c drizzled generously with olive oil, salt and pepper, and a bit of thyme and oregano or marjoram.

While that is cooking, soften some red onion in olive oil, and and a some chopped up streaky bacon fried in olive oil, slowly so that the fat has started to render down and the bacon has started to brown, but not too much. Add them to the aubergines in the oven and continue to bake until the aubergines are soft and have started to colour nicely. Top with loads of mozzarella cheese and some grated parmesan as well, and stick back in the oven until the cheese has melted and gone golden on top.

You can eat this straight from the oven, but it's much nicer if you leave it go go to room temperature as it firms up a bit, and you can slice it like pie. I keep it in the fridge and eat cold for lunch as well.

Next one, is so delicious it's really addictive and it could not be easier or cheaper.

Middle Eastern Style Roasted Cauliflower.

Lots of cauli florets, bunged in a big roasting tray, drizzled with tons of olive oil (I like to add 1/4 of a teaspoon each of cumin and turmeric to the oil but you don't have to) a good dose of salt and pepper, and roast, long and slow until it's soft and golden. If you have the oven too high the flowery bits will burn before the stalks are softened.

Again, this is absolutely delicious hot or cold, but best at room temp, and a big batch gets bunged in the fridge and picked at for a few days in my house.--if it lasts that long.--

If you want to make it a bit posher you can sprinkle it with tiny confetti of red, green and yellow peppers and very finely chopped red onion, and drizzle with tahina sauce. (tahina paste mixed with water and lemon juice..) It's a lovely salad to go with simple roast chicken or lamb chops, great for parties and barbecues.

Exhaustipated Fri 22-Mar-13 08:58:48

Lemon, thyme, garlic chicken with rice and (garden) peas:

Put olive oil, knob of butter, pince of dried thyme, a few crushed garlic cloves, juice of one lemon in a bowl, microwave for about 30 secs. Pour over chicken thighs/drumsticks, rub it in a bit, season chicken, bung in oven for about 45 mins at 180, turn it up to 200 for last ten mins.

Serve with rice mixed with garden peas (cook together), and extra hot carribean hot sauce for the grown ups. We have this once a week and everyone (from baby to DH) loves it.

I will be trying loads of these please can the thread be moved to recipes at some point so it doesn't disappear?

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 08:59:07

Oh the garlic! I forgot - lots of crushed garlic goes in the roasting tray with the cauliflower.

BikeRunSki Fri 22-Mar-13 09:06:01

Green tart

Roll out some frozen puff pastry on baking tray
Spread with Pesto and Philly
Add neat layers of spinach, sliced courgette and maybe asparagus spears for posh.
Sprinkle on grated cheese and herbs of choice
Drizzle on olive oil
Bake for about 15 min

apatchylass Fri 22-Mar-13 09:07:04

i LOVE some of these recipes. that cauli sounds gorgeous Fellatio and Sassh's duck in cherry sauce is just genius. bet that looks and tastes so impressive.

Absy Fri 22-Mar-13 09:08:59

Lazy Easy Desserts

Pot au Chocolat (I'm always amazed when people think it's complicated to make)
250g (I think) of good chocolate (whatever level of darknes/lightness)
130ml (or whatever the standard carton size is) of cream
1 egg yolk, beaten

Break up the chocolate and put in a switched-off blender. Heat the cream slowly in a pan (over water if you're being fancy about it, in a microwave if you're being less fancy). Then, carefullly pour the hot cream over the chocolate and blend at the same time (so the chocolate melts) and then add in the egg yolk towards the end. Continue to beat until fully mixed, less so if you like some chocolate lumps. Pour into small glasses/bowls, and leave in the fridge to set. Tah dah! and if you want some variety, add in things like a shot of espresso or vanilla essence or orange essence or whatever.

Eton mess
Ready made meringues
Strawberries/other fruit of choice
Break up meringues, throw in the fruit, pour cream over and serve.

gerbilsarefun Fri 22-Mar-13 09:09:48

Chicken pie. Shop bought pastry, then chicken, veg, gravy cooked on the hob then the pie cooked for about half an hour. I'm not a brilliant cook, but everyone raves about my buffets. (waits for auto correct to change buffets into something like boobs).

peanutbutterandbanana Fri 22-Mar-13 09:14:44

Have so copied and pasted loads of these onto a word document - THANK YOU ONE AND ALL
Here's another favourite

Very Easy 'Roast Chicken' - I do this for midweek suppers but good at any time. Prep time - 30 seconds!
INGREDIENTS - One chicken patted dry with kitchen towel and one bottle of barbecue sauce
METHOD - Put chicken upside down in slow cooker, pour bbq sauce all over it. Cook for 8-10 hours (longer is better).
Just pull the meat off the bones and you'll have a yummy gravy too. Serve with new potatoes and veg of choice.

I have a beef and red wine stew in the slow cooker, last night I chucked a pack of stewing steak in with some flour and mustard powder, any veg I had, tinned tomatoes and some dried herbs and a cube or 2 of frozen red wine from the freezer and a beef stock pot. Everyone always thinks I've spent the day slaving over the cooker with expensive ingredients, really I'm chatting over coffee with my sister grin

HRH008 Fri 22-Mar-13 09:17:23

Don`t want to lose this thread - definitely a classic!

Favourite fast dessert here - Eton mess.

Whipping cream
Some vanilla flavour (can be from vanilla yoghurt, ice cream, pudding, whatever)

Crumble meringues, chop up fruit, whisk cream. Add it all together and serve.

Works particularly well with berries.

HRH008 Fri 22-Mar-13 09:17:55

Now I just have to buy a slow cooker ...

peanutbutterandbanana Fri 22-Mar-13 09:23:21

Oh and another tip.

Buy Very Lazy cooking concentrates from supermarket. The have done all the chopping of all the spices etc so you just add the meat and perhaps some tinned tomatoes. I always have a couple in the cupboard. The range includes chilli con carne, beef stroganoff, chicken chasseur, creamy chicken, green thai curry and 3 others. A meal literally from scratch in around 10 mins.

Read about them here and you can then see what other things you need to also buy to make the dish - VERYLAZY.COM - before you go to supermarket (nothing more annoying than buying something and then realising that you need something else to go with it.).

Tip to Mumsnet HQ - should try to get them to give MNs a special offer - we are the perfect customer base for them smile

peanutbutterandbanana Fri 22-Mar-13 09:28:24

And I should add that they are DELICIOUS! No-one knows you haven't spent all day chopping and sauteeing. My kids prefer their chilli to my chilli (#sobs) (admits so do I!)

RebeccaMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Mar-13 09:40:41

Hi all,

We have moved this to Food now.
Thanks for all of the reports and yum!

sillylily Fri 22-Mar-13 09:53:42

Chicken in pesto,
Put lumps of chicken into slow cooker - If I am feeling supremely lazy I buy chicken lumps already chopped
Add jar of pesto
Cook on low for approx 8 hours

I like it served with rice and steamed veg.
Often get asked for the recipe for this one and often feel the need to exaggerate the process!

girliefriend Fri 22-Mar-13 10:23:23

My version of Eton mess goes like this;

meringues - ready made and bashed up
strawberries - chopped up (this is a good way to use up strawberries that are a bit past their best!)
greek yogurt

stick all together and drizzle with honey - its delicious!!

Pesto Salmon

Salmon fillet
cover with pesto
grate on cheese
sprinkle with breadcrumbs

wrap the whole thing in tin foil and bung in oven for about 25min gas mark 7

I normally serve with rice and veg.

Its delicious, healthy, dd loves it and takes virtually no effort - all boxes ticked grin

ISplashPuddles Fri 22-Mar-13 10:33:28

yum yum

Halfling Fri 22-Mar-13 11:13:10

Here is a quick but impressive chicken recipe - fresh and flavourful. You can leave out the green chillies or add it whole, without chopping, to make the dish less hot.

Coconut Chicken

• Coconut milk 2 1/2 cups
• Boneless chicken breasts, cut into small pieces 2
• Fresh coriander leaves with roots 1/4 cup
• Fish sauce 2 teaspoons
• Green chillies 1
• Fresh red chillies 1-2
• Lemon 1
• Fresh basil leaves 15-18
• Salt to taste


Chop coriander leaves with roots. Put chicken pieces in a deep non stick pan, add fish sauce and mix. Chop green and red chillies and add along with coriander leaves. Grate rind of ½ a lemon and add. Add coconut milk, basil leaves and salt and mix. Cook on medium heat till chicken is completely cooked. Serve hot with steamed jasmine rice.

Alternatively you can cook it in an oven. Put the chicken mixture into individual ramekin moulds after adding coconut milk, basil leaves and salt. Cover and cook in a preheated oven at 180ºC for about 30 minutes.

whosiwhatsit Fri 22-Mar-13 11:16:29

Boil pasta (we use whole meal). Drain. Stir through feta or soft goats cheese -it will get melts and make a sauce which can be thinned down with a bit of milk if you like. Stir in olive oil, chopped tomatoes, fresh spinach, black pitted olives, and pine nuts or chopped walnuts and heat through. Add cracked black pepper. Delish.

KatieMiddleton Fri 22-Mar-13 11:18:19

I forget that I also do a chicken version of sausage tray bake posted up thread. Substitute sausages for:

Chicken pieces with chopped chorizo


Chicken breast chunks chucked in a mix of yoghurt and mint. You can add a squeeze of lemon too if you cba.

Don't have oven too high for chicken, about 170 is top for a fan or 150. Sausages you can whack up much higher.

Lamb/chicken tagine - add chopped lamb/chicken pieces to seasoned flour (you can add cumin powder if you wish). Throw peeled, quartered onions in the bottom of the tagine (casserole with lid will do too), chuck in one of the following:

• veg (chopped aubergine, courgette) and tinned chopped tomatoes. You can also add chick peas if you want for texture or to make the meat go further.

• Yoghurt, dried apricots and flaked almonds

• chick peas and tomatoes

Cook in oven until meat cooked and sizzling.

You can either bung in some new potatoes or peeled and chopped potato with the meat or serve with rice or cous cous.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 22-Mar-13 11:24:19

Can you really use frozen chicken in the slow cooker. My favourite trick is always forgetting to get the chicken out the freezer the night before!

If the chicken breast says cook from frozen on the bag then you can, but otherwise I wouldn't risk it.

I always buy Asda Smart price frozen chicken breast. You get about 6, sometimes 7, for 3.99. I have been using them for a year and they are fantastic. You can definitely cook from frozen as it says on the packet.

Sunnymeg Fri 22-Mar-13 11:34:58

Sausage Sizzle

Cut a pack of sausages into pieces, brown under grill. Place in ovenproof dish. Add a pack of frozen char grilled veg. Whack in the oven for 30 mins on high. Just before serving sprinkle half a pack of grated mozzarella cheese over the top. Serve with garlic bread.

smoothieooo Fri 22-Mar-13 11:39:45

These are splendid and I may have 'borrowed' a few to print.

When my DS's have friends over, I do a 'homemade' pizza with ready puff pastry on a baking tray, spread with tomato puree. Tear mozarella and bung on top, add pepperoni slices (or ham/mushrooms ... whatever). Sprinkle with herbs and bake for 15 or so mins on gas 5.

Peanut butter cookies, so easy my 7yo can do them and great for those morning wake up calls of 'muuuum! There's a bake sale today'.

Preheat the oven to 180deg, line a baking tray with parchment or just grease it. Whizz 7oz sugar and 6oz of peanut butter ( I use supermarkets own,crunchy) in a food processor and then add 1 egg and 1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda and whizz at again. Roll into balls and flatten between palms and place on baking tray. Bung in the oven for 10-15 mins. Very scrummy and always go fast.

SweepTheHalls Fri 22-Mar-13 12:01:48

I'll be back when I think of something !

getyourshoesonNOW Fri 22-Mar-13 12:03:20

Quornqueen, do you grill your home made flatbreads - or eat them "raw"??

unlucky83 Fri 22-Mar-13 12:41:23

Eton mess (mentioned twice) is one of my favourites - but I put the hulled strawberries (ripe) in a bowl sprinkled with vanilla sugar* and leave for few hours - the juice will come out and strawberries soften and you can quickly mash them with a fork - less chopping! (you can add more sugar and leave out meringues and its strawberry fool!)
In fact you can do the same with any type of soft fruit/or made fruit puree mixed in semi whipped double cream - and its a 'fool' (although rhubarb is best if you add in some custard too)

(*Vanilla sugar - everyone should have some - castor sugar in a sealed jar with a vanilla pod or two and keep topping up the sugar as you use it -will keep working for years (mines 12+ years old) - say goodbye to fake essence for ever! -and use in everything - and if you don't have castor sugar use granulated! if you are fussy you can liquidise it first but for most things there's no real difference- just the grain size)

All 'victoria sandwich type' cakes - (20z sugar, 2oz butter, 1 egg and 2oz 'self raising' flour -scale up as nec) especially for things like jam sponge puddings/fairy cakes etc - can be made in a food processor/magimix - best to do the sugar, butter and most of eggs first - then just a quick blast with last of egg and the flour... takes seconds ...(probably won't get you an award for the lightest at the local WI competition but most people wouldn't notice)...
Jam sponge (mentioned earlier) - can also use lemon curd - or marmalade -or chopped apples (Eve's pudding) or even pineapple rings (Pineapple upside down cake!)

Finally something I thought everyone knew but just found out they don't - self raising flour is just plain flour with baking powder - in general 8oz flour to 1 teaspoon of baking powder (but check on the baking powder tub -got some cheap stuff once that was 4 teaspoons - must have been bulked out with flour or something).

And for all those cooking fish in foil - you can do the same with almost any fish and even skinless chicken breast ...its called cooking 'en papillote'
To be really posh - you can serve it in it - so guests open it and release the 'delicious cooking aromas' look prettier you can use good quality baking parchment - but making a good sealed parcel is more faff...
A couple of chalet girl dodges - microwaved boursin (various flavours) - sauce for chicken, pork, fish or veal.... and microwaved mars bars make a delicious chocolate pudding sauce ...

ThePskettiIncident Fri 22-Mar-13 12:57:56

Baked savoury pancakes.

Make pancakes and lay them on to a baking sheet
Fry onions and mushrooms with a bit of garlic and seasoning.
Either make a quick cheese sauce or shop bought.
Nuke a block of spinach or fresh in the microwave

Then, good spoonful of sauce on half a pancake, add spinach and mushroom mixture.

Fold pancake in half half again so they are quartered and bake for 20 mins in the oven.

Serve with salad and warm bread.

You can put anything in the pancakes and serve with tomato salsa instead of cheese sauce too.

They look pretty and are very yum!

unlucky83 Fri 22-Mar-13 13:17:36

Forgot one - sweet and sour sauce...I use pork but you could use chicken legs etc - need skin on or add a bit of oil - just to stop meat sticking...
Pork loin steaks (boneless chops - or boned if you like but take longer to cook!) -v. hot pan, no oil - put steaks up on their sides with fat down when fat has melted/crisped up, brown on both sides - then turn heat down and cook them through. Take out and 'rest' on a plate covered in foil (can put this on top of boiling veg to keep warmer if you like).
Should be little fat left in pan ...if lots pour some away. Turn heat up - sprinkle with a little sugar, when it starts to bubble (caramelise -but hard to tell in dark pan), pour in some vinegar/ lemon juice - let it boil off then throw in a dessert spoon of mustard and couple of spoons of tomato ketchup (can use tomato puree if you prefer) and quite a bit of tap water...stir it round and let it boil up (reduce). Plate up chops with veg of choice - pouring any juices from meat plate into sauce - sauce should now be thick enough (look like a sauce!) to pour over meat - if not leave a bit longer - or if not enough sauce/too thick (over reduced) just add a drop more water...sounds a faff but really really easy once you have done it once...
(If you burn the frying pan blush you can do the whole sauce thing in a clean pan - not quite as nice but it will work ok ...if you prefer more acidic don't boil off all the vinegar/lemon, tom puree will need more (or less caramelised) sugar ...

mummyplonk Fri 22-Mar-13 13:19:16

Someone mentioned earlier the Beef Strogonoff in Slow Cooker...A real winner at dinner parties.

Brown cubed beef, onion & a variety of mushrooms (oyster & shitake good). Bung in pot.
Worcester sauce, pepper, tin of condensed mushroom soup. French Mustard. Bung in pot.
Fill up empty tin of soup with milk.
splosh in the pot.

Leave in slow cooker for min of 4 hours, have done for 12 hours before. Half an hour before ready to serve stir in half a pot of Boursin or similar soft cheese.

Ready to serve with rice. Restaurant quality, zero stress level. smile

Spikeinhiscoat Fri 22-Mar-13 13:34:38

Amaretto peaches: used tinned halved peaches, arrange flat side up in a baking dish. Crumble two amaretti biscuits on to of each peach half, sprinkle cinnamon on to and a little juice from the tin. Bake for 15 min. Dead easy, and yummy.

ChocsAwayInMyGob Fri 22-Mar-13 14:36:54

mummyplonk. - I love the sound of that recipe. I will definitely be cutting and pasting that one!

BoffinMum Fri 22-Mar-13 14:37:50

Thick Greek Yoghurt
Whipped cream folded in
That dark brown sugar stuff that melts when it gets moist

Ta-da, as they say

BoffinMum Fri 22-Mar-13 14:38:42

Banana split yoghurts (to impress children)

Greek yoghurt
Slice a banana on top
Drizzle with chocolate sauce

BoffinMum Fri 22-Mar-13 14:39:33


Scoop of good vanilla ice cream
Pour over a cup of hot espresso

BoffinMum Fri 22-Mar-13 14:40:47


Boil up all leftover vegetables in the pan the day before you go shopping
Wait until mushy
Puree with hand blender

BoffinMum Fri 22-Mar-13 14:41:50

Boffin's Mum's Pizza

Cut a French stick in half lengthways and widthways
Top it with tomato puree and grated cheese and possibly a bit of salami

Breadandwine Fri 22-Mar-13 15:38:28

Cake in a mug - my record is 7and a half minutes from first getting the idea I needed one:

4 dessertspoons s/r flour
3 dsps sugar
Heaped teaspoon cocoa powder
3 dsps vegetable oil
6 dsps water

Mix everything together - scraping out the bottom corners of the mug
Microwave on full power for approx 2 mins (depends on your m/w's power)

For a larger version, which takes about 7 minutes in a microwave:

Other ideas:
Bread in 13 minutes, costs about 4-5p:


Most people have the idea that anything bread-like has to take ages. If you double the yeast in that recipe, you can be eating it within 45 minutes.

Make and shape the pizza (which will set you back all of 80p!) as per recipe (2 x the yeast):
Turn the oven on.
When it's hot enough, put your kitchen timer on for one minute (THAT'S IMPORTANT!)
Put your pizza in the oven - take it out after 1 minute.
Leave for 5 minutes, then repeat.
Leave for 5 minutes then place in the oven to cook.

You'll never want to buy one again! smile

blue2 Fri 22-Mar-13 16:47:13

Marking place. Have lovely choc pud cake to add - not enough time atm!

FrozenYogurt Fri 22-Mar-13 18:08:03

This instant pud recipe is why I have the NN I do, was obsessed last summer:

Punnet of frozen berries (raspberries work well), pot of Greek yoghurt (full, half or no fat, depending on your diet!), and a couple of tablespoons of icing sugar.

Blitz frozen fruit in food processor, when all grainy add the yoghurt, and whizz around until the yoghurt freezes. Add sugar to taste. Voila! Instant frozen yoghurt. Will work with cream too, but yog is healthier and means I can eat the lot in one sitting.

TheRealFellatio Fri 22-Mar-13 18:20:57

A pudding one:

Plum and Marzipan Puffs.

Roll out a slab of ready made puff pastry, and score with a knife into squares about 2 or 3 inches across. Get a block of marzipan and cut it up into bite sized blobs and place one in the centre of each square. Cut some plums in half and place a half on each square, and sprinkle with a little demarara sugar and bake for about 25 minutes until the pastry is puffed up and golden and the marzipan is oozy and melted and the plums are caramelized. Dust with icing sugar (if you are being posh) and serve with custard, or cream, or creme fraiche with vanilla essence, or cinnamon and a little bit of icing sugar mixed in.

Ooh they sound lovely, Fellatio.

MorrisMansHat Fri 22-Mar-13 19:22:15

Everyone who tries this , asks for the recipe

Chickpea Dahl Loaf
1 tin chickpea dahl
1 pk batchelors mild curry savoury rice
4 eggs

Make up rice as directed.
Add chick pea dahl and the beaten eggs.
Mix well and pour into a lined loaf tin.
Cook for about 25 mins at 180'c, gas 5

apatchylass Fri 22-Mar-13 19:32:16

breadandwine that cake in a mug recipe sounds like genius. I have to let the DC loose on that one tomorrow. The idea of going from need cake to eating cake in 7 mins will seriously impress them. I can't believe it works.

thereistheball Fri 22-Mar-13 19:33:16

Plum and sloe gin sorbet:

Halve and stone some purple plums (without peeling them), and freeze.
10 mins before eating take them out of the freezer.
1 min before eating blitz in the food processor with a glug of sloe gin. Add some caster sugar / lemon juice to taste, if necessary.

We have this on Christmas Eve.

blue22 Fri 22-Mar-13 19:59:45

This thread is amazing.
My easy dinner is Teriyaki Salmon.
Pyrex dish, salmon fillets. Cover with half a bottle of Teriyaki sauce (I like Waitroses own brand best an I've tried heaps!!)
Cook for 15 mins and serve with stir fried noodles and bok choi - super healthy and soooo easy.

Jembop Fri 22-Mar-13 20:07:44

Satay stir fry. Couple of spoonfuls crunchy peanut butter, couple of glugs of sweet chilli sauce and a splash of soy to make the sauce. Fry veg - done.

Everyone LOVES my lentil soup too amazingly . Celery, leeks, carrots, lentils, tinned toms, some herbs, stock and seasoning. Use plenty of oil to fry the veg in.

Pearl barley risotto - don't bother adding it bit by bit and stirring ad infinitum, just dump a load of stock in the pan once you've fried some onion/leek/garlic/mushrooms slowly in butter, add the pearl barley and let it do its thing. Add feta at the end. YUM.

Jembop Fri 22-Mar-13 20:12:49

Quick and filthy Reese's Peanut Butter Cup inspired "pudding":

Put a big dollop of Nutella and peanut butter in one corner of a flour tortilla (I know they're round, but you get what I mean I hope)
Fold in half and then half again and squidge down a bit
Chuck in microwave for a few seconds

VictorTango Fri 22-Mar-13 20:30:38

girliefriend - That salmon sounds lovely. I normally do pesto salmon but hadn't thought of adding breadcrumbs -dd1 would love!

Do you serve with plain boiled rice?

radiohelen Fri 22-Mar-13 20:44:23

Easiest posh pudding ever.

1 bag frozen mixed berries
1 big bar white chocolate

Melt chocolate into cream. Put frozen berries on plate. Pour hot chocolate and cream mix over the top. Eat.

2nd easiest posh pudding.

1 roll of pastry
1 jar of golden syrup
1 pint of milk

Spread syrup onto pastry. Roll up. Put into a dish. Pour over milk. Bake in oven at 170 for half an hour or so.

Easiest trifle ever..... think it's a Delia recipe

4 choc chip muffins
1 pot posh custard
1 tub marscapone
1 medium pot double cream
1 jar of cherry compote or a jar of those no sugar french jam things.

Squodge muffins into bottom of trifle bowl, put cherry compote/jam thing on top. Mix custard and mascarpone together, spread on top of muffins and jam. Whip cream, put on top of custard mix. Crumble a flake over the top.

er1507 Fri 22-Mar-13 21:16:35

a little nigella favourite of mine.

Bag of mixed peppers, roughly chopped into chunks. A few sweet potatoes roughly chopped into chunks. Red potato roughly chopped into chucks, no bigger than about an inch/inch and half. Chop two cloves of garlic in half. Quater a red onion. Throw it all in a roasting dish a drizzld with olive oil and rub it in everything. Add chicken if you want. Cook for about 20-25min slice some halloumi cheese and place on top of the mix for the last 5min at highest temp. Serve. Beautiful.

Smellslikecatspee Fri 22-Mar-13 21:30:55

Baked omelette

Chop onion, peppers, sausage or ham, dried herbs, anything else that lurking in the fridge in a lightly oiled silicone cake pan, add 3-4 beaten eggs sprinkle some grated cheese; stick in oven at 180 for 35-45 minutes. Turn out on to plate serve with salad/ boiled new spuds/ whatever.

Posh version use baby toms spring onion feta cheese arrange artistically in pan pour egg over carefully.

Always looks good, and OH loves it with salad the next day, I don't know what it's like as he gets up earlier and steals it all. .

Bakingnovice Fri 22-Mar-13 22:56:02

Easiest veggie side dish for Xmas. Bag of frozen chopped cabbage. Put in pan with butter salt pepper and bag of frozen chopped leeks. Add chopped sprouts and bag of washed spring greens. Three chunks of frozen garlic added. Sauté until all frozen veg soft. Pour into shallow dish. Pour over cream or creme fraiche and cover in cheese. Best veggie bake ever. I've slipped many of my kids 'hated' veg in this and they've not noticed.

Best dinner party standard dessert - white choc cheesecake. Bash some digestives/ Oreos/ hobnobs etc and add to melted butter. Press into base of dish. Mix whipped cream with melted white choc. Pour over biccies base and refrigerate. Eat when set. For extra oomph place raspberries on base then add cream so you see berries when you slice it up.

Fruit tart : ready made sweet pastry case. Pour whipped cream over. Throw over fresh berries or tinned fruit or frozen berries. Bizarrely this tastes better with savoury tart case too.

Bakingnovice Fri 22-Mar-13 22:56:53

Ps veggie bake needs to be oven baked for about 25 mins

TheRealFellatio Sat 23-Mar-13 03:30:06

Bakingnovice that veg bake sounds right up my street - I am definitely going to try that. Anything with cabbage/spinach, cheese and cream and I'm there like a shot. Good low carb fodder as well.

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Mar-13 07:23:06

Fish parcels

Fish fillet of some sort on a piece of foil, about A4 size.
Add mini sweetcorn, thinly sliced carrot, green beans, mange tout - whatever takes your fancy really.

Add 3 tablespoons of liquid - I use 1 each of lemon juice, soy sauce and water.

Add parsley if you have any.

Wrap up foil into a parcel.

Cook for 15 mins ish, 180o ish.

BikeRunSki Sat 23-Mar-13 07:25:49

My mum's chocolate mousse - her signature dish of 1970s dinner parties, particularly effective on guests who don't have children.

Make Angel Delight with cream rather than milk.
Top with crumbled Flake.

poppydoppy Sat 23-Mar-13 07:48:45

Parmesan and rocket ravioli.
Boil the ravioli for 3 mins, gently fry some cherry tomatoes cut in half while the pastas boiling. When the pastas ready stir in the tomato`s and parmesan and cover with rocket. Yum. It only takes 5 mins.

poppydoppy Sat 23-Mar-13 07:52:32

Meatballs in tomato sauce.

Make some meatballs.
Fry the meatballs in a pan.
Chop and fry 1 onion and 1 clove of garlic
Add a tin of tomato`s and tomato puree
Add the meatballs and 1/2 tspn of turmeric
Add a beef stock cube and stir
Cook on low for 1 hour and serve with spaghetti.

sherazade Sat 23-Mar-13 08:24:08

I've recently rekindled passion for packet biriani.

If you go into any of the asian grocers there are brands like 'shan' or 'laziza' that do a premixed packet of biriyani spices. They are basically just mixed spices, not like those jars which taste horrible and are not real food.

You fry a finely diced onion, add your lamb, then the spice mix with some chopped tomatoes and plain yoghurt, and boil till the lamb is cooked; seperately boil some pre soaked rice till half cooked and then drain well. Layer the rice and meat with an added layer of chopped mint and corinader, cook with lid on low heat till the rice is tender. Then mix it all up when done. Beautiful.

Vendettamoon Sat 23-Mar-13 14:13:18

An easy pudding which goes down well - Slags Trifle. Break up pack of double choc muffins, place in bowl. Add scoops of chocolate ice cream then pour Baileys all over it. Top with whipped cream and chopped up Flake. I have had people fight over the last dollop of this.

KatieMiddleton Sat 23-Mar-13 15:07:20

Easy-peasy cheesecake:

Grease and line a springform tin, or don't bother and use 6-8 of those ramekins you have knocking about the place I'm right aren't I?!

Bash up 10-12 digestive biscuits in a plastic bag.

Melt about 50g of butter (don't weigh it, use the markings on the butter pack)

Add biscuits to butter. Stir. Squash mix into bottom of tin/ramekins.

Add juice of 2 lemons to mascapone (700-750g). Waitrose do a 700g pot so no weighing! Taste, and add more lemon juice or icing sugar to taste.

Spoon mix into tin/ramekins on top of biscuit mix. Chill until set.

For added impressiveness put some curls of fine lemon zest on top using a zester or very sharp knife.

You can swap the lemon juice for 100g melted chocolate or swirl in raspberry/blackcurrant/strawberry sauce or top with fruit pie mix out of a tin.

KatieMiddleton Sat 23-Mar-13 15:11:12

Hugh Fernley-Whittingstall's lemon posset as published in The Guardian in May 2009:

Lemon posset
One of the simplest and most delicious of all English puddings. It's remarkable that something that takes only minutes to make tastes so luxurious. Serve it as it is, with small shortbread biscuits as we do here, or with a few raspberries later in the summer. Serves six.

600ml double cream
150g caster sugar or vanilla sugar
Juice of 3 medium-sized lemons

Pour the cream into a large saucepan and add the sugar. Warm gently, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then bring to a boil and boil for exactly three minutes, without stirring. Remove from the heat and whisk in the lemon juice. Strain into a jug, then pour into six ramekins or small glasses. Cool, cover, and refrigerate for four hours before serving.


I have made this. It is ridiculously easy and it's a good standby when you have people for lunch/dinner and you want to offer a choice of dessert.

KatieMiddleton Sat 23-Mar-13 15:12:33

I've just seen Hugh says to strain it. I never have. It's been fine.

If you hate browning meat/chicken for casseroles as much as I do shove it in a hot oven with a drizzle of oil while you get the veg ready.

MorphsMum Sat 23-Mar-13 19:27:30

Loving this thread! Made the easy jam sponge cake yesterday, delicious and took all of 5 minutes to make.

Here's another one - not, might impress depending on your clientele e.g. v pop with teenagers! Very tasty anyway, from this blog: writelikenooneswatching

Grease muffin tin with butter
Line each hole with double piece of good deli ham
Crack an egg in each hole
Season, and cover each one with lots of grated cheddar
Bake 200 degrees for approx 20 mins
Serve with chips/salad/on toast.

thereistheball Sat 23-Mar-13 20:20:01

A delicious cheat's version of tarragon chicken: chop up chicken breasts and fry in butter with a spot of oil to stop it burning. When sticky and golden, add a dollop of tarragon mustard, and once you've stirred that in, a good glug of double cream. Utterly delicious. If you like mushrooms you can fry them before the chicken until they've let out all their water, then remove them from the pan while you do the chicken, and add them back in with the mustard and cream.

Fantastic thread, I have c&p'd loads.

Cauli & broccoli cheese, low carb style:
Put a shallow dish in the oven and preheat to 200 ish.
Hack cauli and broccoli into large florets and steam for about 5 mins (or til al dente).
In another pan, melt together some cream cheese, a good slosh of cream and generous amount of grated cheddar, tsp of wholegrain mustard and grinding of pepper.
Tip cauli & broccoli into oven dish and pour over the creamy sauce. Top with a little more grated cheese.
Oven for about 10 mins, then flick to grill to get it crispy on top.
Lovely with sausages or rare steak.
It tastes so very indulgent.

sharond101 Sat 23-Mar-13 22:39:34

Crispy chilli beef better than from the Chinese takeaway and really quick if served with boiled rice,

CuriousMama Sun 24-Mar-13 01:41:38

Sausage with red wine and caramelised onion gravy (add mash and veg)

Grill sausages, meanwhile cook sliced onion with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar for 12 mins low hob. add 1tb flour stir in, slowly add 100ml red wine and 300ml beef stock and 1tb worcestershire sauce, simmer, add more seasoning if wished. Make mash, put on plate, put sausages on plate, pour over gravy and add any veg.

CuriousMama Sun 24-Mar-13 01:43:05

That beef looks lovely sharond101, think I'll make that Monday night?

HellesBelles396 Sun 24-Mar-13 08:32:27

creamy pesto chicken:

lightly fry chicken chunks, cover in pesto (from a jar), take off heat and stir in lumps of Philly. yum. I normally serve with penne and slices of warm ciabatta.

anotge creamy chicken dish:
boneless chicken thighs
onion (i use frozen)
garlic (frozen again)
cooked spaghetti
lots of grated hard Italian cheese

all in a roasting tin, bung in oven until bubbling merrily. add more cheese and basil leaves and serve. yummy. and very moreish.

Jux Sun 24-Mar-13 12:53:26

'Chinese' chicken.

Couple of chicken pieces - bone in
Jar of Hoi Sin
Small carton (one of those they sell with sarnies for quick lunchers) orange juice

Bung everything in roasting tray, medium oven for 3/4 hr or so depending on size of chicken pieces.


squishee Sun 24-Mar-13 14:19:09

Quick fennel and tomato soup:

Fry chopped garlic, onion or both in olive oil in a deep saucepan.
Add warm water, can of tinned toms, veg stock cube or two, chopped fennel. Simmer until soft.
Whizz with hand blender.
Top with ground fennel seed and serve.

I make a big pot of soup to mature along the way. By the third day it's divine, even if I do say so myself.

Breadandwine Sun 24-Mar-13 14:51:33

I love lentils - red lentils especially - but all lentils (all pulses) I find delicious. They are so easy and quick to cook that I consider them a fast food! smile

Here's a favourite standby of mine, which takes about 30 minutes to prepare:

Great with a chunk of homemade bread!

(I was going to say, "Cheap as chips" - but when I remembered what I paid for a medium bag of chips the other day, £1.70, this dish is a lot cheaper! grin)

Is that your blog Breadandwine? Dp loves making bread too and I make it a lot.

Breadandwine Sun 24-Mar-13 15:55:20

Juniper it is my blog, yes.

I teach breadmaking and it just seems to make sense to blog my recipes. It saves me printing out paper copies, since most of my students are on line.

Dp loves making bread too and I make it a lot. Great stuff!

So you both know the secret - just how easy breadmaking is! I spend my life telling people that making bread is an easy, everyday activity. No-one believes you until they actually make it themselves! grin

Just thought - I should post my 'No-knead, overnight bread' recipe on this thread. Only takes about 10 minutes in the evening and the same the next morning.

I'll be back! grin

PistachioTruffle Sun 24-Mar-13 16:01:27

Red pepper and chorizo soup
Roughly chop 4-6 red peppers (depending on size) and stick in a pan with a splash of olive oil. Add 2 tins tomatoes and chicken stock from a cube - at this point I also add a tin of red kidney beans and sometimes carrot (great for hiding veg from veg hating DH/DC) cook until softened, then whizz with stick blender. Add 2tsp paprika, 1tsp cayenne pepper, salt and pepper and dried chilli flakes to taste. Stick lid back on pan, roughly chop chorizo into small chunks, fry til crispy and add to soup. Freezes really well and delicious.

Nigella's Spanish chicken with chorizo and potatoes really easy.

If DC like pancakes, make up pancake mix and put into mini muffin tins with choc chip, blueberries etc, bake at 175 for 10 minutes, saves having to fry individual ones ( I use silicon mini muffin trays from £1 shop)

Breadandwine Sun 24-Mar-13 16:19:47

If DC like pancakes Eeek! How could I forget pancakes!

You only need 2 ingredients - self-raising flour and water - and you can make lovely pancakes costing about 1p per pancake (as against about 10p using traditional ingredients!).

Oh thank you breadandwine it'd be great if you could link to that bread with no kneading. BTW have you found vegan wine? Or is that just a name and you don't really drink it? wink

If you lived nearer you could be our new BFF as we're both rather passionate about bread. We hand make it, dp is always at it grin. I used to have a breadmaker but it gathered dust and I gave it away. I find making it by hand very meditative tbh. DSS have both made it too. DS2 is very skinny with slim hands and looks so cute doing it but he makes nice bread. DS1 loves making his own pizza dough and garlic bread.

Friends love it when we take bread (and wine) over. We try out different ones too and like to experiment.

pineapplecrush Sun 24-Mar-13 18:15:33

Split a chicken breast with a sharp knife to make a pocket. Stuff with philadelphia cheese, ham and a little pesto. Wrap in foil and bake in oven at 200 electric for around 30 minutes. Don't worry when testing if chicken is cooked and you see pink meat - first time I did it I forgot it had ham inside! Can also add cherry tomatoes, mushrooms etc. Can serve with rice, potatoes, salad.

VictorTango Sun 24-Mar-13 18:20:15

I've made my own bread without a breadmaker and I found it very heavy. The rolls I made weren't a great success either.

Guess I just don't have the knack.

Have you tried a bread mix VT? You can get them for 59p in Aldi so if it doesn't work out then you haven't wasted much. Very easy to use. We use them sometimes especially for dcs or if in a hurry.

KatieMiddleton Sun 24-Mar-13 19:13:34

I made this the other day as a starter but you could make it for an easy yet impressive supper or lunch if you just make one big one. They were so good someone asked me where I bought them (this is unprecedented!)

Quick tartlets.

Cut circles out of ready made puff pastry. Put chopped red onion in the middle with a tiny drizzle of good olive oil. You can add sliced sundried tomatoes or peppers out of a jar but you must leave at least a centimetre round the edge without anything on it.

Put in oven on a greased and lined baking tray for about 10 mins to allow the pastry to puff up.

While pastry's cooking put egg yolks and soft cheese (goats if you wish) in a bowl and beat together. You will need half as many yolks as little tarts plus one. ie for 6 tarts 4 yolks, 4 tarts 3 yolks. Use about 200g of soft cheese. I like Waitrose's French one in the hexagonal pot. I use the whole pot. For a big tart use 3 egg yolks and two whole eggs. It won't be as rich and creamy but it won't collapse when you get it out the oven. Season and add spice like cayenne pepper or paprika if you wish.

Take tarts out of oven and pour in egg and cheese mixture. You can also add a slice of goats cheese with rind on top or a sprig of thyme or rosemary depending on the flavours used.

Return to oven for another 10 minutes or until tarts are cooked but not too brown.

You can make these the night before and refrigerate before gently warming in the oven before serving. Serve with onion marmalade and rocket dressed with oil and balsamic vinegar.

KatieMiddleton Sun 24-Mar-13 19:15:17

Can you people that are trying things post pictures using the option just above the add post box please? I'd love to see your creations.

I promise to upload anything I make smile

MrsR (p1) I remember making moules mariniere in a YH in Devon, having picked the mussels from rocks on the beach. The only other ingredients were a bottle of wine to cook them in (and drink !) possibly some herbs (no cream), and some nice bread.
Was awesome !

Breadandwine Sun 24-Mar-13 20:17:03

I tried, Katie, but I think my pics are too big - all I got was a question mark. sad

There are pics on my blog, though. smile

Juniper here's the no-knead bread recipe:

About the wine, all the wine I drink at home is vegan, since I make it myself. When I'm out, it's very difficult, so I tend to go with the flow! sad

If you lived nearer you could be our new BFF as we're both rather passionate about bread. We hand make it, dp is always at it . I used to have a breadmaker but it gathered dust and I gave it away. I find making it by hand very meditative tbh. DSS have both made it too. DS2 is very skinny with slim hands and looks so cute doing it but he makes nice bread. DS1 loves making his own pizza dough and garlic bread.

That's fantastic! How old are they? I have a post on my blog about making bread with kids, but it's maybe a little young for them.

One of the nicest things I got from a parent on one of my courses was a letter, thanking me for "giving her son a skill for life at the age of 8!" smile

Thanks for the link Breadandwine.

My dss are teens. That's so lovely about your letter. And so true smile

tigerlilygrr Mon 25-Mar-13 09:55:03

My easy but posh recipe is...
- Cook some Orichette pasta or similar small fairly rough textured pasta (you really taste the pasta in this one so important to get something nice)
- meanwhile fry off some good quality bacon (i use three rashers per person). I use smoked back bacon but it's up to you. Leave the fat on if there is a rind until it's cooked, then cut off the rind if you prefer. Chop the bacon into little pieces (I use scissors not a knife)
- add diced avocado to the pan (I use one per person)
- carefully pour in a generous glug of port per person and cook for a minute or so to deglaze the pan (picking up all the bacon juices) and tone down the alcoholic content of the port

Add the bacon avocado and port mix to the pasta and serve to your delighted other half! Expensive but delicious.

Snowgirl1 Mon 25-Mar-13 10:02:48

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nonsense0name Mon 25-Mar-13 11:26:14

Easy veggie lasagne

Heat through some Frozen Roasted Veg in a tin of tomatoes. While this is cooking, microwave some frozen spinach and mix with a tub of creme fraiche and grate in some nutmeg.

Layer - tomato/veggies - lasagne sheets - spinach mix - repeat. Finish with spinach layer grate some cheese on top.

Bake for 30mins ish. Yum.

changeasgoodasarest Mon 25-Mar-13 12:03:45

Chicken and chorizo casserole. I think I orginally robbed it off Mums net.

Sooo easy and even my youngest loves it.

Serve with pasta, rice or just bread. Just google on chicken and chorizo. It only takes half an hour and only 5 mins of that is prep.

Tip: Don't overboil or the chicken goes tough (take meat out if you need to reduce and then put back) .
Tip ~2 add butternut squash blitzed to tiny pieces - extra veg that they don't notice and tastes fab.

UserError Mon 25-Mar-13 15:49:43

Creamy broccoli pasta.

Tub of garlic and herb Philadelphia. Tip into a small saucepan, add a glug of hot water and a chicken stock cube. Stir. That makes your sauce. If you're a garlic fiend like me, add more chopped garlic or some really lazy stuff from a jar.

Cook your pasta, add broccoli to the cooking water towards the end. Drain, tip the sauce in. Eat.

Breadandwine Mon 25-Mar-13 15:55:03

Try layering your lasagne with slices of cooked potato - simply gorgeous, a bit cheaper, and fewer calories as well! smile

Laquila Mon 25-Mar-13 16:02:14

Tomato tart - use ready-rolled puff pastry and spread it with either cottage cheese or creme fraiche mixed with a dollop of wholegrain mustard. Cover with any combination of: sliced tomatoes, sliced courgette, ham, salami, lardons, spinach, feta, goats' cheese, any cheese, spring onions - basically anything you need to use up. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake for approx 20 mins on a baking tray, drizzle with balsamic reduction (if you're feeling fancy), et voila.

sharond101 I made the crispy beef tonight, it's beyond delish!! Everyone inhaled it smile Minute steaks from our butcher were fantastic, proper steak for around £3.50 and fed 4 of us. It's a keeper.

propitia Tue 26-Mar-13 20:05:17

Chocolate Tarts
Fab & very easy recipe found in a sainsburys mag - egg/free & veggie
use 6 or 8 individual ready made all-butter pastry tart (Waitrose/Sainsburys/M&S)
Bring to the boil 150ml single or double cream with 1TBS sugar. Take off heat & throw in 150g chopped up chocolate & leave for a minute then stir gently till melted through. I have used dark choc, milk choc & Divine white choc w strawberries, all equally yum. Pour gently into cases & fridge for at least an hour, ideally two.
Serve, having dusted with icing sugar or cocoa powder.

sharond101 Tue 26-Mar-13 22:25:55

Juniperdewdropofbrandy Iam delighted you enjoyed it. Here is another two we like,

Thanks for those. Yes we really enjoyed it. Got it written down to take on hols too as we're staying in Britain for Easter.

snoworneahva Wed 27-Mar-13 08:19:28

Fellatio fabulous recipes - any more? <greedy>

MERLYPUSS Wed 27-Mar-13 11:48:26

Huevos Rancheros with bought bread

chasingtail Wed 27-Mar-13 17:33:10

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Crutchlow35 Mon 08-Apr-13 18:24:46

Sharond101. I also made the crispy beef. Last night and tonight. Tweaked a bit today with less vinegar and corn four but inhaled. Amazing and once you have done the prep (does anyone know how to do julienne?) very quick to make.

I also found it easier to do the beef in batches.

Thanks for the link.

sharond101 Mon 08-Apr-13 22:26:36

Crutchlow35 Iam so pleased. We do the beef in batches too.

HalleLouja Tue 09-Apr-13 11:32:33

Lamb shanks with stock and mint / mint sauce in the slow cooker. So yummy.

I am going to make the crispy beef as it look yum too.

MissLurkalot Tue 09-Apr-13 11:51:06

Toad in the hole

I pop oil and sausages in a pan... Part cook for 10-15 mins..
Then, open a packet of Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Pudding mix... Pop in jug, add 22ml water, whisk... Then pour over the sausages and continue to cook until done!

Key Lime Pie

250g digestive biscuits
100g butter, melted

405g can Carnation Condensed Milk Light
finely grated zest and juice of 5 large limes
300ml carton double cream

To decorate (optional)
Lime zest
85g half fat crème fraîche

You will also need...
20x30cm rectangular loose-bottomed tart tin or 23cm (9in) round loose-bottomed tart tin.

1. Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter in a bowl.
2. Press the crumbs into the base and up the sides of the tin. Chill for 10 minutes.
3. Whisk together the condensed milk and cream, then add the lime juice and zest (watch it magically thicken!). Pour into the tart case and chill or at least 1-2 hours.
4. Remove the pie from the tin and place on a serving plate. Cut into slices and serve with the crème fraîche and lime zest.
This recipe can also be made with lemons – replace the 5 limes with 4 lemons.

christmashope Mon 29-Apr-13 18:22:20

Where do I find the crunchy beef recipe? Thanks in advance x

MiconiumHappens Mon 29-Apr-13 20:48:55

Mediterranean vegetables always gets compliments and it easy peasy......

Red onion
Cherry tomatoes

Chop all the above, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven.

Put pasta on.

Chop up feta

Drain pasta put in bowls, roasted veg and feta on top, then drizzle with balsamic glaze.

Also just roll home made garlic bread is piece of pie and goes nicely smile

sharond101 Mon 29-Apr-13 22:25:24
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DXBMermaid Tue 30-Apr-13 06:40:12

I eat this a lot when I am by myself as I hate cooking for one.

1 yellow pepper
1 courgette
1 onion
(all chopped into big chunks)
Uncooked by cleaned prawns (from the freezer section)
Creme Fraiche (optional)

Fry veg in a little olive oil till soft, add prawns till they turn pink. Add pesto and creme fraiche, serve with bread.

Or this one:
Finely slice a fennel bulb and an apple.
Mix with blue cheese and yellow raisins. Drizzle some olive oil and a pinch of salt over it.
I'll have this with a pork chop or some sausages.

For desert I made some Eton Mess the other day and could not believe how easy it was. Dice up strawberries add a couple of tablespoons of juice and some balsamic vinegar (or alcohol). Whip cream with a little sugar. Break shop bought meringues into bowls, spoon over cream and top with strawberries.

I also like Nigella's ice cream cake. Looks so impressive! I don't bother with the sauces and will use whatever chocolate or biscuits I can find in the house.

Another easy Nigella one, I make this for the office and they love it!

Doretaball Tue 30-Apr-13 09:57:39

Great thread.

My easy one:

Mushroom and salmon pasta

Fry an onion. Add packet of sliced mushrooms. Add carton of creme fraiche (half fat works too). Add packet of smoked salmon (either nice slices chopped up or cheap bits depending on how flush you're feeling). Add chopped parsley and squeeze of lemon if you have them.

Mix into pasta.

Super quick easy and delicious.

BiddyPop Tue 30-Apr-13 10:06:55

Chorizo potatoes:

Bag baby/salad potatoes
Jar tomato and chilli sauce (Sacla one has baby cherry toms in it which is nice)
Slice a chorizo sausage into nice chunks
(Grated mozarella over top if really want poncy)

Mix together in oven dish and cook for 1 hr (until spuds done)
Throw some baby spinach over top for last 10 mins if desired, serve with chunks fresh baguette (pop into oven from part-baked pack for last 10 mins also) and some rocket or wilted spinach

BiddyPop Tue 30-Apr-13 10:15:33

Other easy option is my Feta Chicken

Under the skin of part-boned chick breasts, put a good pinch of thyme leaves (dried is fine) and chunk feta cheese. Roast for 40 mins or so. I generally serve with roast potatoes, and baby potatoes roasted work well in this instance for ease.

10 mins before end, put a spray of cherry tomatoes (on vine looks good and poncy) into tray with chicken (I do spuds in a different tray for this dinner).

Serve with some steamed mange tout/sugar snap peas/french beans if want extra veg, or bag salad.

(The original BBC Good Food recipe called for serving with fresh tagliatelle mixed with steamed french beans and lots of quartered olives, but I find spuds work better for us).

I also used the part-boned breasts to make a fast lemon chicken - season chick well (salt, pepper) with a sliced onion in tray and scatter over chopped garlic and some lemon zest. Squeeze the juice of a (half or whole, depends on your taste) lemon over the top in tray and put into oven to roast 40 mins. Baby roasties again. Perhaps a garlic baguette.

Usually serve with roasted meditteranean veg - bit of a faff chopping (onion, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes, cherry tomatoes, maybe some beans/mangetout, aubergine if people will eat it) but just scatter over some salt, pepper, oregano, slug olive oil, perhaps slug balsamic vinegar, and throw into oven for 30 mins. And all leftovers great in couscous or tossed in pasta next day too.

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