Creamy Spinach Gnocchi

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

One of my favourite quick-fix suppers, this is full of fresh flavours and has a nice hum of heat from the chilli flakes. Gnocchi is easy to make yourself, but you can now pick up packets of the fresh variety in most supermarkets. If you happen to have fresh peas growing in your garden, feel free to use them instead of frozen.

Crunchie Sticky Banoffee Pie

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The Kitchen Hero of all the desserts I make! What can make a naughty pie even naughtier? The answer... Crunchie bars!

Mini Rhubarb Crumble Tarts

From: Four Live

There are hundreds of great recipes to enjoy the first rhubarb of the season, but this is really one of my favourites. Cooking the rhubarb until it is tender with great flavours like vanilla, lemon and ginger really make a great base for these little crumble tarts.

Howth Head Seafood Chowder

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

My home town of Howth is famous throughout Ireland for its fish. Along the west pier there are plenty of fishmongers to choose some of the freshest fish for supper. This wonderfully creamy seafood chowder always reminds me of home and with a few slices of brown bread with Irish salted butter, I'm there in an instant.

Mum's Coq au Vin Blanc

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Coq au Vin Blanc was a regular winter dish in my house when we were growing up. I have distinct memories of it steaming up the kitchen windows while we did our homework on the kitchen table. It's a wonderfully warming meal, perfect for cold evenings. Chicken joints such as thighs and legs are often far cheaper to buy than chicken breasts, and meat cooked on the bone always seems to have more flavour.

Mini Molten Chocolate Puddings

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Chocolate and chilli might sound like an odd combination but sweet and spicy do work together. I first tried the combination in hot chocolate. It’s a subtle heat that you can taste, but instead of dominating the dessert it’s an interesting extra note that adds to the flavour of the chocolate. However, do feel free to leave the chilli out if you prefer. These puds have an oozing liquid chocolate interior and can be made in advance and placed in the fridge until you are ready to bake them.

Banana and Oatmeal Muffins

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I love to make these muffins for breakfasts and brunches; they are quite filling and a nice start to the day. You could add berries, chopped apple or stir through chocolate chips for an extra hit of sweetness.

Cajun Spatchcock Chicken

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The combination of spices here is so tasty, but if you don't have them all, don't be afraid to try dried herbs instead or even fresh herbs if you have some available.

Chickpea and Tomato Pasta Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This little dish is more than just a soup - full of great ingredients it tastes great and will definitely keep you going.

Ultimate Mexican baked eggs

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I make these eggs in the morning whenever we’ve had any late-night guests who decided to stay over. They make a really funky and filling brunch.




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