Roasted Beetroot, Feta and Lentil Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

There are a few vegetables I can grow without fail and thankfully one of them is the mighty beetroot, which roasts beautifully and is a great addition to this lentil salad. This dish makes a nice lunchtime dish and is excellent in lunchboxes.

Cauliflower and Broccoli Mac 'n' Cheese

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

At one of my recent cookery demonstrations I got a great tip to make an all-in-one white sauce, which simplifies the process here. There are two things that are key to this method: the milk must be cold when you start, and remember to keep whisking vigorously until the sauce thickens. If you want to take this simple recipe one step further, add some fried smoked streaky bacon bits. This is a great dish for a leftovers lunchbox the next day.

‘Goes a Long Way’ Beef Skirt Goulash

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Goulash was one of my mom’s regular dinners when I was growing up, and I loved it. The addition of dumplings is my own twist.

Leila's Knäck (Swedish Toffee)

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The sweetest of treats for guests - or just yourself!

Open Aromatic Duck Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A great starter or buffet option, from Donal Skehan's Kitchen Hero series

Red Cabbage and Carrot Coleslaw

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

The coleslaw should last 2-3 days if kept in the fridge.

Meat Marinades

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

These marinades are super with any meat. I sometimes mix the marinades in a resealable plastic bag, then drop in the meat, seal up the bag, give it all a good squish and pop in the fridge or freezer until I'm ready to use it. Most meat will be good in the fridge for three days or in the freezer for up to three months, still sitting in the marinade.

Super Chocolate Brownies

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This recipe makes beautiful, dense and fudgy brownies - just the way I like them. It's a very simple recipe that you can make in minutes. Just make sure you make enough to share around!

Blackberry and Apple Crumble

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Crumble has to be one of the easiest desserts to prepare and it is extremely easy to adapt, using whatever fruit is in season.

Mojito

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

People panic a little bit about the measurements for cocktails, but it really is a case of making them to taste and remembering simple rules like one part alcohol to three part mixer for each person. Then just add the flavours! Get your hands on some fresh summer mint for these babies – it's one of the easiest herbs to grow, so just pick up a plant in the garden centre and pop it in a pot for fresh mint all summer long!




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