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Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Pure comfort food. An easy-to-follow scalloped potatoes recipe with potatoes, cream and cheese baked to perfection. Read more

Stroganoff Three Ways

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As my love affair with food that involves carbs and creamy sauces unashamedly continues, here’s another flexitarian recipe –  Stroganoff Three Ways.  Based on the 1970s icon Beef Stroganoff,  my mushroom stroganoff is easily turned into a traditional stroganoff by adding rump/fillet beef or chicken strips when you fry the mushrooms.

For non-vegetarians

Fry the beef/chicken strips separately and pour the stroganoff  sauce over them as you would a mushroom sauce.  Read more

Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

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Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

Creamy, satisfying and comforting, my slow cooker prawn chowder takes only 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a crock pot for 2-5 hours.

I top it with freshly ground black pepper, snipped herbs and a squeeze of lemon and Absolutely. . It!

Make it vegetarian

Turn this into my ultimate vegetarian comfort food, Vegetarian potato chowder, by omitting the prawns.

Either way, you’ll serve up classic comfort food with a gourmet touch. Read more

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Why would anyone post a recipe for Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches?

Well , the answer’s pretty simple.

Because they’re baked in the oven, they have less fat, oil, calories and cholesterol than the classic pan fried and ham and cheese sandwich.  But they’re just as comforting and filling.

In Australia and the United States, where 80% of my readers are based,  there are growing numbers of people looking to lose weight.  But losing weight is hard enough, without depriving yourself of your favourite comfort food.

Which is where my Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches shine like the little stars they are! 

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Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Three ingredients, 5 minutes and you have an easy and delicious banana smoothie for breakfast on the go, an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up anytime.

Not keen on ice-cream for breakfast?  Substitute the ice-cream with a squeeze of honey or your choice of sweetener. Read more

Boulangere potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Layers of potato and onion cooked in butter and stock. A delicious side dish for meat, fish, or vegetarian dishes. To make the dish more substantial, add some grated cheese, sprinkled over the top just before you bake it. The chilli flakes are optional.

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Slow Cooker Herbed Potatoes

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Slow cooker herbed potatoes

These delicious slow cooker herbed potatoes are addictive. They’re an easy side dish, healthier than roast potatoes,  with less mess and a much faster cleanup.

Only 10 minutes prep, then you don’t need to touch them until they’re ready to serve.

And there’s a bonus – the oil and herbs left in the slow cooker make a delicious piping hot herby, peppery jus.  Read more

Crock Pot Lasagna

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Crock pot lasanga

This is a truly creamy, cheesy lasagna.  Prepare in 10 mins, assemble in your crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours.

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Minestrone Soup

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Minestrone soup

A beautiful minestrone soup, warming, nutritious and filling.

Based on vegetable stock, with onion, zucchini, beans, celery, tomatoes, carrot, spinach, garlic, parsley, oregano, basil, thyme and pasta, my minestrone soup packs a powerful nutritious punch as well as being vegetarian, easy to make and delicious.   Read more

Seasoned Potato Wedges with Rosemary

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These seasoned potato wedges with rosemary are very, very good.  And very, very healthy when compared to french fries or deep fried chips.

Delicious, easy, oven-roasted and on the table in 30 minutes.   Make them your own by adding your choice of herbs and seasoning – chili flakes, paprika, oregano and tarragon all work well (individually).   Read more