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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.

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

Marking place

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

great thread...marking place

spottyparrot Wed 27-Mar-13 17:38:58


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

Christmas hope

christmashope Tue 30-Apr-13 06:07:59


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.

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