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Simple Spring Suppers


The weather is getting warmer and its makes us crave lighter suppers. Stews and casseroles are great in the winter but when spring comes it’s time to switch it up.

Here are a few of our favourite spring suppers:

Pesto Pasta

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Nothing beats a good pesto pasta, it’s so easy to make and you can customise it with whatever you want.  Eat it hot or cold.

Currently we are loving wholewheat spaghetti, pesto, peas, cooked chicken and a few shavings of parmesan.  You can any vegetables you like or keep it simple. It’s a great base for any leftover meats.

It works with any pasta and if you want to cut out the carb then try courgette spaghetti or butternut squash noodles.

Add a side salad and you are good to go!

Tortilla Pizza

This is a great one for the kids as well as adults. Instead of a thick stodgy pizza base use a flour tortilla. Spread a little tomato base and add your toppings. It will take 5-10 minutes to cook.

Quick, easy and yummy.

Turkey Burgers

One of favourite meals at the moment is turkey burgers; they are low in fat and high in taste and are not as heavy as beef burgers.

For 4 burgers you will need:

500g Turkey Mince

Tablespoon of mix herbs

Salt & Pepper

Spray of oil if frying

4 rolls or thins

Toppings of your choice

Mix the dried herbs, salt and pepper in to the turkey meat.  Get your hands in and squish it together (we do this in the turkey packing saves on bowls).

Spilt the turkey in to 4 and shape into burger patties. We cook ours on our George foreman grill but you can cook in the oven or frying in a little oil.

Once they are cooked through pop them in a bun or a sandwich thin if you want to keep the carbs low and add toppings of your choice.

Serve with a side salad and/or sweet potato wedges.

Stir Fry

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The great thing about stir fries is that you can pack them full of veg and lots of flavour. The world is your oyster with stir fries, choose your meat or fish or even tofu, add veggies of your choice, add soy sauce or fish sauce or black bean sauce, 5 spice or chilli the list goes on. You can serve with rice or noodles or veggie noodles.

Our top tips are to make sure your wok or frying pan is super-hot before adding oil, cook meat first and then remove to rest before cooking the veg. Keep the veg cut small so it cooks quickly and keeps it crunch.

What are your favourite simple spring suppers?

 

Meal Planning Monday {18th May}


What a soggy start to the week! The forecast is not looking great for the week, hopes of salads and BBQ’s are out of the window.

This is what we are having this week.

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The Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom pasta bake it one of our favourite meals to use up leftover roast chicken.

We are also using leftover slow cooked pork to make pulled pork pizza’s this Friday, its a new one for us.

On Sunday instead of a full roast we are going to have chicken tray bake. We throw in chicken legs, baby potatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash and rosemary and bake for 45-50 mins and it is delicious.

What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal planning Monday posts.

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Meal Planning Monday {23rd March}


We were naughty last week and had takeaway on Saturday so we are having the stir-fry this week.

This is our meal plan for the week.

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Chicken parmigiana is a new one for us but my daughter saw it on a cookery programme so we are giving it a try.

There will be a roast on Sunday just not sure what yet.

Our plan is a bit pork heavy this week but its so good!

What are you having?

For more inspiration pop on over to At Home With Mrs M and checkout the other meal plans.

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6 Amazing Pancake Recipes


6 Amazing Pancake Recipes

Its pancake day next week and we have been on the search for the best pancake recipes. Here are some of our favourites:

We are loving these Pancake Pops from No 2 Pencil. How cute are they?

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These Mint Choc Chip Pancakes from Caramel Potatoes look amazing!

Looking for something a bit more grown up? Try these Lemon Poppyseed Crepes with Blueberry Cream Cheese Filling  from Say Yes.

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If the children want to get get involved the try this easy pancake recipe for kids to make from the Boy Who Cooked.

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These Greek Yoghurt Pancakes  from Creme De La Crumb look amazing.

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And lastly you have our Easy Peasy Fluffy Pancake Recipe

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Stuck for topping ideas? Mum In The Madhouse has 40 of them for you!

40 amazing pancake toppings

What toppings do you like on your pancakes? 

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10 Valentines Makes For Children


10 Valentines Makes

Just a few weeks now until Valentines day which happens to fall just before the half term. We have found some great crafts ideas that you could do in then half term and extend that loving feeling through the half term. Lets face it February half term is probably the one that needs perking up the most!

We love this Beaded Valentines Card from Emmy’s Mummy.

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These Rose Buns from Et Speaks From Home look amazing!

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In The Playroom have been making these cute Scrunched Tissue Paper Valentines Hearts.

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We are loving these Mini Paper Plate Dinosaur Valentines Crafts from Crafty Morning.

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You will have a lot of fun making these Salt Dough Heart Footprints from Red Ted Art.

This DIY Clay Heart Bunting from Nurture Store is so simple to make but looks amazing.

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Looking for something quick and simple? Try these Heart Shaped Paper Chains from Mum In The Madhouse.

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We have some Cut & Colour Hearts which are perfect for your Valentines Crafts.

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These Pom Pom Love Monsters from Sugar Bee Crafts are super cute.

Another really simple but oh so effective craft from Aunt Peaches. Have a go at these yarn hearts.

For more inspiration visit our Pinterest Board.

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Our Top 5 Autumn Recipes


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Autumn is officially here, which means it’s time to dust off those boots and dig out those warmer recipes.

Over the years we have shared many autumn recipes with you and here are some of our favourites:

Our Turkey, Bacon and Thyme Hotpot is a great autumn recipe which is not only totally yummy but low in fat as well!

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Give our Slow Cooked Bolognaise a try. Perfect for those days when you are really busy just pop it all in the slowcooker.

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You will love My Minestrone Soup Recipe. It’s great for lunch and dinner and freezes really well.

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Make our Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Pasta Bake with your leftover roast chicken.

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Get the children involved and make these scrummy Pork Meatballs.

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What are your favourite autumn recipes?

Love Your Leftovers Recipe: Chicken, Bacon & Mushroom Pasta Bake


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This is a firm favourite in my house. It’s so easy to make and you can make ahead of time and just pop in the oven when you are ready to eat it.

I purposely buy a large chicken so we can get two meals of it. The recipe is great as you don’t need a lot of chicken; I normally have one leg and thigh left and some breast.

ingredients

Ingredients

125g Bacon Lardons

125g Sliced Chestnut Mushroom

Up to a tablespoon of olive oil

1 Medium Carrot (grated)

200g of cooked chicken cut into chunks

500g Passata

Pinch of dried mixed herbs

4 Pellets of Frozen Spinach

250g Pasta

One Ball of Mozzarella (Sliced)

To Make

If you are going assemble and bake straight away pre heat the oven to 200, 180 fan or gas equivalent

Heat a large frying and then add the bacon lardons.  Frying until browned. If you find the lardons sticking to the pan add a drop of oil to stop them burning.

Add the mushrooms to the bacon lardons and cooked for 5 minutes. You will find the mushrooms stick to pan slightly to start with so add a little oil to stop this.

Add the grated carrot and cooked for a further 5 mins, giving it a good few stirs.

Next add the chicken and stir through.

Pour in the passata and add the mixed herbs and bring to a boil.

Turn it down to a simmer and add in the spinach pellets.

Leave to simmer for 10 minutes. Stirring occasionally

While the sauce is simmering cook the pasta as per the instructions on the pack.

Once the pasta is cooked take out about ½ a cup of the cooking liquid and then drain. Put the pasta into a large baking dish.

Pour over the chicken and sauce and mix until the pasta is fully coated. Add a little of the pasta water if the sauce is too thick.

Lay the pieces of mozzarella of the top of the pasta bake and cook for 10-15 mins or until the mozzarella is golden and bubbling.

If you are going to cook it later don’t add the cheese until its ready to go in the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 180 or 160 fan and cooked for 25 – 3 minutes.

I serve this with a side salad and ciabatta bread.

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Depending on what veg I have in, sometimes I add sweetcorn or you could add peppers or tomatoes. It’s up to you; it’s quite an adaptable recipe.

Don’t be put off by the spinach, its gives the sauce a richness and doesn’t taste spinachy.

Go on give it a go!

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How To Make The Best Ever Potato Wedges


How To Make The Best Ever Potato Wedges

My family loves potato wedges.

Nice big, fat, crunchy potato wedges. They are great with sausages, chicken drumsticks, burgers or just a big bowl with some BBQ sauce to dip in.

It has taken us a little while to perfect our wedges but we have realised the key is the amount of oil, the potato you use and then length of time you cook them for.

We have found that Maris Piper make the best wedges (and roast potatoes).

Here is our recipe for the potato wedges ever

Serves 4

Prep Time: 10 Mins

Cooking Time: 45 mins -1 hour

 

Ingredients:

3-4 Large Maris Piper Potatoes

1 Table Spoon of Olive Oil

1 stock cube (chicken or vegetable)

Fresh Thyme (optional)

 

Method

Pre heat oven to 220, 200 fan

Place a large roasting tray in the oven to warm

Cut each potato into 8 wedges

Rinse them in cold water to get rid of the excess starch and pat them dry and put in a large bowl

Add oil to potatoes and toss until them are all coated

Crumble stock cube over them and toss again

Place them in the heated roasting tray skin side down

Sprinkle on fresh thyme

Cook for 45 mins – 1 hour the need to be crispy on the outside

Enjoy

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Large Chocolate Easter Nest


Large Chocolate Easter Nest

Last week we experimented with making a large Chocolate Eater Nest. The small ones are very nice but sometimes you need something bigger.

It turned out really well and makes a great pudding. It would look great on your Easter table.

As we are so kind we thought we would share the recipe with you.

Ingredients

100g Rice Crispies

100g Milk Chocolate

20g Mini Marshmallows

Mini Chocolate Eggs

You will also need a shallow round cake tin/bowl/dish and cling film

How To Make

Line your dish with cling film this will make it easier to removed later

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (bowl over a saucepan of simmering water)

Leave it to cool for a few minutes

Add the rice crispies and marshmallows to the collate and stir.

Spoon the mixture into your dish making sure to press it down so its compact

Add the mini eggs. Push them in lightly so they stick

Leave to set in the fridge for at least one hour. If you want it sooner pop it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Enjoy

You can also use corn flakes or broken shredded wheat and add dried fruits. The combinations are endless.