Chicken Tagine with Pomegranate

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is also good served with bulgur wheat.

Ribollita

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Ribollita is an Italian soup that was traditionally seen as peasant food. The great thing about this soup is that it makes an ideal base for any additional ingredients that you might want to add. Think of it as an opportunity to give a last moment of glory to any miserable veggies left at the bottom of your fridge! I keep leftover Parmesan rinds in my freezer, which I add to sauces and soups like this to give a unique rich flavour. Add a couple while the soup is simmering and simply fish them out before serving.

Asian Pork Lettuce Cups

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

My ultimate little Asian starter has to be these Pork Lettuce Cups, which are full of fantastic aromatic flavours.

Open Aromatic Duck Salad

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

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

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.

Jam jumble crumble tart

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This tart is a real lifesaver; it uses solely kitchen staple ingredients and is very easy to assemble. It reminds me of the little tarts I used to make when I first started baking but is a bit more sophisticated and I love the addition of desiccated coconut, which goes well with the jam. You can use whatever jam you have in your store cupboard, all flavours work perfectly.

Chilli, Garlic and Lemon Mackerel

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Cook the mackerel under the hot grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or place in a fish basket and cook on the barbecue for the same amount of time.

Swedish Cinnamon Buns

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Swedish cinnamon buns, or 'Kanelbulle', were the first thing I learned to bake when I stayed in Sweden. Pearl sugar is sprinkled on top to give it that distinctive finishing touch, but if you can't get your hands on any simply sprinkle a little Demerara sugar to finish.

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.




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