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Crock Pot (Slow Cooker) Potato Chowder

My favourite comfort food.

My slow cooker potato chowder only takes 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a slow cooker until you’re ready to serve it.

For non-vegetarians

Garnish it with bacon strips, and/or turn it into a prawn (shrimp) chowder by adding shelled and deveined fresh prawns 30 mins before it finishes cooking. Read more

Shortcut Mushroom Prawn Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake

Shortcut mushroom prawn pasta bake

A quick, easy and versatile pasta bake, based on an off-the-shelf pasta sauce.  Serve with a salad and bread for an easy and balanced meal.

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

slow cooker vegetarian enchilada soup

Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

An easy, healthy and warming slow cooker enchilada soup with only 10 mins hands-on prep time.  Simmer stock, enchilada sauce,  onion, tomato, garlic and chili in a crock pot and top with tortilla strips, tasty cheese, lime wedges and your choice of garnish.

For non-vegetarians

Add prawns (shrimp) or shredded cooked chicken half an hour before end of cooking time OR heat and add to individual bowls immediately before serving.  Details are in the recipe below.

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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

Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

prawn chowder

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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Aussie Meat Pie

Aussie meat pie

Aussie Meat Pie

These family-sized Australian meat pies are easy to make, savoury and delicious, with only 15 minutes active prep time. Add some grated/shredded cheese  to the mince mixture to make a meat and cheese pie, or a couple of handfuls of thinly sliced mushrooms to make meat and mushroom pies.

Top with tomato sauce (ketchup) for an authentic Aussie eating experience. Read more

Roast Potatoes,Tomatoes and Onion with Rosemary

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Roast potatoes, tomatoes and onion with rosemary

A healthier version of traditional roast potatoes.  Top with fried free-range  eggs to make it a meal, or use as is for a side. 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