A gorgeously rich and creamy dish with chicken breast fillets, fresh mushrooms and bacon. Though the chicken cooks in the oven for up to an hour, the dish requires little preparation and the pan sauce is quick to make. This is especially lovely when balance out with green veg and served with a wild rice blend.
A variety of fresh vegetables, herbs and fish makes for a healthy dish that is bursting with flavour. I like to serve this dish with rice.
Spread a ready made pizza base with pesto sauce and plenty of cheese - then top with slices of tomato. A lovely change from the norm, plus you can do it all in under 30 minutes! Cut into bite-size pieces for a great party nibble.
Sweet aniseed-flavoured fennel and mushrooms make a delicious combination in this smooth vegetable soup, topped with a cheesy garnish. Serve with chunks of rustic bread to make a satisfying meal.
This lightly curried rice dish makes a simple yet satisfying vegetarian meal, with the chickpeas providing valuable protein. Serve with a yoghurt raita and mango chutney. A fresh, green, baby spinach leaf salad would also make a good accompaniment.
Spiced cod and basmati rice are baked together to make this traditional Indian one-pot dish. Try serving with grilled poppadoms and Brussels Sprouts with Mustard and Cumin (on this website).
Hearty fish steaks baked with garlic, tomatoes and herbs make a dish redolent of the Mediterranean coast. Try serving with rice or crusty bread and a green salad, or a side dish of green vegetables such as Roasted Asparagus with Caramelised Shallot Dressing or Braised Fennel (both on this website).
This quick curry is one of my stand-bys for busy nights. The curry paste is flavoured with cumin, cloves, cinnamon and red chillies, and can be made easily in a food processor.
Hearty one-pot dishes like this are great for family and friends. use any firm-fleshed fish and serve with crusty bread.
Mussels are great value and there's nothing better than sitting down to a huge bowlful, and mopping up the sauce with chunks of baguette.
A huge dish of piping hot fish pie is the ultimate in comfort food, and this version with its green-flecked watercress mash is no exception.
A fabulous yet surprisingly inexpensive dish – serve with crusty bread to mop up the delicious juices.
Nourishing lentils are great value and very good for you. The warm spices and rich coconut milk combine to create an intoxicatingly flavoured dish.
This savoury version of the classic French batter pudding is made with frozen vegetables, which are ideal when you are in a hurry.
Try this quick idea for an easy, nutritious, bean-based meal that the whole family will love.
This spicy stew is simple to make with canned tomatoes and flageolet beans. Try serving with thick plain yoghurt and crusty bread or boiled rice for a complete meal.
Traditional Jamaican rice and peas (well kidney beans).
Pizzoccheri is a typical dish from Valtellina, the alpine region where my grandparents are from. It is made with a special type of pasta made with buckwheat, the "pizzoccheri", shaped as a short tagliatelle, about 7-8cm long and a bit thicker, cooked together with potatoes and cabbage or chard leaves. It is simple to make and goes down like a storm!!
A true winter warmer, cheap to make, Always a hit with everyone, make it for the Veggie in your life or add some bacon and even the biggest meateater will be impressed. Good way to use up those odd vegetables that don't quite make a serving on their own.
This has been adapted from a recipe a colleague gave me. Its so easy to make that I always have the ingredients to hand for when I get a hankering for soup.