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Tired of everyone wanting something different for dinner … AGAIN? Think tacos.

Tired of everyone wanting something different for dinner … again?

Stuck for dinner inspiration?

Or do you just want to get in and out of the kitchen, fast?

Think tacos.

Add a few refrigerator and pantry staples to microwaved taco shells, and in 20 minutes you’ll be enjoying a crowd pleasing, nutritious and healthy meal.

Margaritas optional – but highly recommended.

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Creamy Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake

Creamy 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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Dairy-free strawberry smoothie

A fast-prep, healthy and nourishing desk breakfast, breakfast on the go or snack. 3 ingredients and only 1 minute to prepare. Dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan friendly.

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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 simply by adding shelled and deveined fresh prawns 30 mins before it finishes cooking. Read more

Ploughman’s Lunch

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Ploughman’s Lunch

Top a buttered baguette or crusty roll with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chutney and you have a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch.

When making your Ploughman’s Lunch, select your cheese first, and build the rest of the meal around it.

Add your favourite condiments, build up your sandwich with your choice of extras and you’ll have an quick, easy vegetarian lunch that will carry you through to dinner.

For non-vegetarians

Add a few hard boiled eggs or slices of leg ham.

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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.

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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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

Brie in Puff Pastry and Baked Brie are both easy to make – really easy –  and look special on a cheese platter, or  with a selection of appetisers.

My favourite is the basic recipe for Brie en Croute below, but if you’d like something a little different, the options to adapt brie en croute to suit your own taste are endless.  Read more

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 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