Chocolate and Raisin Cookies

From: The Afternoon Show

A gorgeous diabetic treat from Donal Skehan.

Leila's Knäck (Swedish Toffee)

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The sweetest of treats for guests - or just yourself!

Chicken Thigh Supper

From: The Afternoon Show

A hearty supper that's easy to prepare.

Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

These make wonderfully chewy and crumbly cookies which are easily adaptable - just use whatever ingredients you might have in the store cupboard. Feel free to swap out the chocolate and raisins with other dried fruit, nuts or seeds.

Basic Cupcakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This recipe comes from my Aunt Erica, and is adapted from her fairy cake recipe. If you are making these for the kids to decorate and you want to limit the time it takes put everything together, it may be easier to make the cupcakes in advance and then get the kids to decorate them later on.

Ham Hock and Pea Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

Serve with some crusty bread.

Leftover Chicken Caesar Pasta

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is one of my ultimate quick-fix suppers, a really tasty and substantial dish that makes the most of leftover chicken. It also makes a good lunchbox filler.

Butterflied Rosemary Chicken with Romesco Sauce and Simple Steamed Greens

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Romesco is a fantastic Spanish pepper and nut sauce or salsa, which is a wonderful addition to grilled meat or fish. There are many variations, but essentially you are looking for a sweet, spiky, smoky relish. It's a super accompaniment to my butterflied chicken breasts and steamed greens.

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.

Griddled Beef and Mint Salad with Toasted Rice and Peanuts

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

On my first visit to Bangkok, it was a hot and sticky night when we arrived and this was the dish we tucked into after wandering the streets. The rather interesting addition, to what would otherwise be an ordinary beef dish, is the toasted ground rice, which adds both texture and a surprisingly smoky, nutty flavour. The original dish doesn’t feature the extra leaves, but I think it makes a wonderful healthy salad.




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