sausage and potato bakeHands up who else is trying to cut back on the calories and the spending this month after the onslaught of Christmas? I am that’s for sure and this dish is an easy one to prepare, nourishing and appeals to all of the family.

Sausage and potato bake

serves 4

Ingredients
1 pack of sausages
some mini chorizos (optional)
6 red potatoes cut into bite sized chunks
1 green pepper cut into bite sized chunks
1 red pepper cut into bite sized chunks
1 onion sliced into rings
2 garlic cloves
250ml chicken stock
olive oil
mixed herbs
salt and pepper
(I added some runner beans I had in the fridge too but they are not essential and need par-boiling too)

Preheat the oven to 200C

Put your potatoes in a pan of water and bring to the boil, simmer for ten minutes (par boil)

Meantime place all of the ingredients in a roasting tin or oven proof dish, add the potatoes once par boiled, season and place in the oven for 30 minutes. If you want crispier potatoes leave in for an extra 10/15 minutes.

sausage and potato bake

Easy slow cooker meatballs recipeLooking for a delicious recipe that is easy to prepare, nutritious, that everyone will like and cooks all by itself? I give you an easy slow cooker recipe for meatballs based on buying a tray of 20 beef meatballs found in most supermarkets amongst the 3 x £10 range.

I also wanted to try something different to the usual tomato sauce so I devised one with gravy and carrots, you can also spot a few french beans in there because I had them to use up in the fridge so I put them in as well but not necessary to the recipe ;)

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs in gravy

Ingredients
1 tray of meatballs
olive oil for frying
1 onion
5/6 large carrots
1 or 2 cloves of garlic
500 ml beef stock
1 tbsp tomato puree
salt and pepper

Fry off the meatballs in a drop of olive oil to colour on all sides and add to the slow cooker on high setting. Add the chopped onions to the same pan and sweat until soft and golden, add the chopped garlic for a minute. Add to the slow cooker

Peel and chop the carrots and add to the slow cooker

Make up 500ml of beef stock using a stock cube and add to the slow cooker, squeeze over the tomato puree and season, stir well so all ingredients are even and cook on high for 5 hours.

We served ours with mash potato this time but they would be equally delicious with pasta

Easy slow cooker meatballs recipe

This recipe is incredibly versatile as you can throw in all sorts of vegetables – leeks, mushrooms, peas, sweetcorn and so on. Adapt the meatballs to your own taste so long as they have a little stock to cook in you’ll be fine.

Remember the meatballs will give off some fat whilst they cook I check every couple of hours and skim off the top but this can be done at the end too.

I’m adding this recipe to Mediocre Mums slow cooker link up on Sunday where you can find loads more recipes to choose from and get the most out of your slow cooker. click on the badge below ;)

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cheesy chicken and vegetable cobblerThe March edition of Good Housekeeping offered another fabulous recipe for busy mums Cheesy Chicken and Vegetable Cobbler and what attracted me most to this recipe was the fact the ingredients are based on storecupboard basics meaning if you come home in a rush and don’t know what to cook THIS could be your answer just look how quick and easy it is to put together.

Another thing that attracted me to this recipe is that it is wholesome and in theory the kids should love it – let’s test it out!

Hands on time – 20 mins
Cooking time – 20 mins 

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