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Cheesy Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake

Cheesy pasta bake

A quick, easy and versatile mushroom and prawn (shrimp) pasta bake with a creamy, cheese  sauce. If you don’t have prawns, substitute chicken or bacon (cooked before adding).

Make it vegetarian

Skip the prawns and double up on the mushrooms for a vegetarian version.

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

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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.  Make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock.

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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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

Taco Tuesday

Vegetarian Tacos

Tired of everyone wanting something different for dinner?  Well, here’s your answer.

Heat up some taco shells and refried beans, set out your favourite topping ingredients and let everyone build their own tacos.

For non-vegetarians

Shell,  devein and grill around 200g of prawns per person.

Cooking smarter tips

Save prep and cleanup time by purchasing 150g shelled and deveined prawn meat for each non-vegetarian, instead of cleaning the prawns yourself.

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Salt and Pepper Salmon with Wasabi Mayonnaise

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Healthy and delicious, salt and pepper salmon  has four ingredients and only takes 30 mins from start to table ready.

And the wasabi mayonnaise is even easier.  Simply add wasabe paste, lime juice and coriander (cilantro) to your favourite mayo.

Serve with seasoned potato wedges with rosemary or rice, and a green salad for an elegant weeknight dinner.

So easy, yet so superb!  Read more

Tuna Casserole

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Tuna Casserole

Prep:  10 min | Cook: 25 min | Serves: 4

Take a can of  tuna in springwater,  drain and mix  with al dente macaroni, a can of cream of mushroom soup and frozen peas, top with grated cheese and bake to perfection.

Serve with salad, garlic bread etc.

I make this far too often. It’s a weeknight legend.