Chicken breasts and drumsticks baked with artichoke hearts and black olives in white wine and chicken stock; a touch of tarragon provides a perfect finish to this savoury Mediterranean-inspired dish. Serve with crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices.
This healthy chicken and vegetable casserole makes an easy mid-week meal. To make it even quicker, you could use supermarket washed-and-cut carrots and broccoli, ready to go from packet to pan. Mixed wild and long-grain rice goes well with the casserole, and adds sustaining and nourishing carbohydrate.
This long-simmered, one-pot meal is wonderfully satisfying. It can be prepared ahead, so it's perfect for family dinners as well as informal entertaining. Serve with a crunchy mixed salad and seeded bread.
Juniper berries give this dish a distinctive flavour. The beef is slowly simmered until meltingly tender, while nourishing pot barley soaks up some of the juices and thickens the rich gravy to make a hearty casserole. Serve with mashed potatoes and a green vegetable such as French beans or spring greens.
Slim pasta spirals called fusilli are delicious cooked in a casserole of beef and vegetables. The dried, uncooked pasta is added towards the end of the cooking time so that it retains its al dente texture while still absorbing the savoury flavours of the meat, vegetables and oregano in the rich stew.
This is a dish from the Eastern seaboard of America, where the pork and beans are traditionally simmered slowly in an earthenware casserole. It is the kind of dish that you can prepare ahead and leave to bubble away while you tend to other things. Baked jacket potatoes and crusty bread are perfect for soaking up the delicious sauce.
Chunks of tender beef are braised in a rich onion gravy with potatoes. Serve with steamed carrots, cabbage or other vegetables.
This is a recipe I adapted from my grandmother's. This warm and comforting soup is easy to make and perfect for a Sunday evening with crusty ciabatta.
This is a Pakistani dish. Whenever my mother makes this there is none left. She isn't heavy handed with spices, which makes her cooking light, yet aromatic. We usually eat this dish with warm roti, raita and finely sliced onion with a splash of lemon juice.
Tender cooked chickpeas are simmered lightly with tomatoes, lemon juice and onions in a spicy blend of toasted cumin seeds and chilli powder. Served warm, this is eaten often during Ramadan at Iftar.
Good food does not have to be complicated or time-consuming. This simple, homely casserole is made without a lengthy shopping list of exotic fresh ingredients or hours of precise slicing and chopping. Raid the storecupboard and use everyday vegetables from the refrigerator for a warming and heart-healthy meal.
Minced meat is excellent value, very versatile and universally popular. It is used here in a quick Indian-style curry. serve with warm naan or chapattis and thick, creamy yoghurt.
Sausages have seen a revival and are becoming something of a gourmet choice. Enjoy them braised with onions, sweet peppers and lentils.
Scottish venison is browned with onions and garlic and combined with Worcestershire sauce, thyme and bay leaf in this hearty stew.
Prawns are a source of selenium, which helps to protect the cardiovascular system.
Based on a classic French dish called navarin, this is a delectable stew. In France it is made in spring, as a celebration of the new season's lamb and the delicate young vegetables. Serve with a dish of freshly cooked spring greens, and hand round a basket of crusty French bread.
A bowl of steaming gumbo – a thick and spicy cross between a soup and a stew, full of peppers, tomatoes, okra, herbs and prawns – brings you all the good tastes of the Louisiana bayou. Serve with steamed rice or crusty bread so you can enjoy all the sauce.
In Spain, the home of this spicy dish, chickpeas are very popular and are often stewed with a small amount of meat and a vegetable or two to make hearty one-pot feasts. Serve this with chunks of rustic sourdough bread on the side, so that you can dip it in to enjoy every drop of the delicious gravy.
A nice mix of runner beans, onion and tomatoes simmered until soft and delicious! Just like Ya Ya used to make!
Easy but still damn good chilli! Serve with rice.