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.

Sizzling, Sticky, Spicy Pork Rice

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Fried rice is one of my favourite things and I’m constantly looking for ways to mix it up. This recipe is one of my recent additions and has quickly become a regular. It is a bit of a kitchen-sink recipe, in that you can add whatever veggies you might have lying around at the bottom of the fridge, so feel free to experiment. Whenever I’m cooking rice for dinner, I always make a little more than I need, specifically so that I have leftovers to use in recipes like this. When storing leftover cooked rice, place in an unsealed airtight container and pop in a cool place to cool quickly and completely, before sealing and transferring to the fridge. Only reheat the rice once after this.

Caramelised Banana Pancakes

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

I love making American-style pancakes for breakfast and this version is particularly delicious. It is perfect for special occasions!

Roast Chicken

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Great food for a crowd.

Hot Chocolate

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Donal Skehan's simple recipe for a festive and warming hot chocolate

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.

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.

Beef in Black Bean Sauce

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

This is a classic Chinese dish, but I like to add lots of fresh ingredients to make this even more of a meal.

Spicy White Bean and Chorizo Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

It's meaty and filling and is perfect on colder days.




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