SLOW COOKER BEEF CURRY (PATAKS)

Love a beef curry but making one can but a bit of a ballache at times. In this recipe I have cheated to the max 🙈 but don’t let that put you off because this recipe is still super tasty but super easy.

I used Pataks curry paste to create the base of the curry let’s face it grinding up spices during the week isn’t going to happen, this cheat works really well.

In the video I have done all the added bits that create the layers of flavour, softening down the onions and browning off the beef. However I’ve also made this curry without doing any of these things and ok there is a taste difference but it’s not a deal breaker.

If you are on a tight time schedule and don’t have time to faff around just leave these extra steps out, remember this is your meal for you and your family so do whatever is best for you to get food on the table. I’m pretty sure no one died because these steps were missed out.

Chicken Stock From Carcass

How many chicken carcasses have you thrown in the bin?? if you’re anything like me probably a fair few. We are lucky as we have a family of foxes who visit so I give mine to them so nothing goes to waste.

However I thought it was about time I started using the carcass to make stock it’s such an easy process especially if using a slow cooker. Pop it in walk way let the slow cooker do all the hard work for you.

In the video you will see i used a fat separator, now I have used every method known to man to do this and to be honest they are all a ballache. Why have I not had one of these gadgets before now?? I have no idea, it takes all the hard work out of the equation and does a perfect job of removing the fat.

The separator I use is on my Amazon Shop press here https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/julesthelazycook look under kitchen gadgets.

From my batch I made 1ltr of ready to use stock, my top tip is to taste the stock once all fat is removed and check for any adjustments you may need to make. If the stock is strong in taste you may need to add more water to dilute it further also check season you may need a touch of salt & pepper.

Pesto Hack

Sick of throwing away opened jars of pesto after one or two uses?? Well here is a fantastic hack for you to stop that happening.

I freeze mine into 2 Tablespoons as there’s only 2 of us, and when I need to cook a meal with it I use it from frozen.

Creamy Chicken & Chorizo Pasta Bake

A fantastic easy midweek meal that is pure comfort food. In this recipe I have used cooked chicken, because at the beginning of the week I cooked a whole chicken in the slow cooker and this is one of the meals I used it in.

This recipe is another one where you can add in any vegetables you like and any vegetables that need using up its a really versitile meal.

For the cream cheese use any make or brand you like i used Primula as its really easy to work with and handles heat well.

TOP TIP ‼️ When making the sauce ensure there is enough to coat all the contents of the pan and extra sauce, as this dish needs to be put under the grill – this will “cook off” some of the liquid (sauce)

One Chicken 3 Different Meals

I love doing these “money saving” meal ideas as they can really help when you need to pull in those purse strings.

Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker and then stripping it from the carcass is probably the ultimate money spinner the chicken I’m using was 1.4kg costing £2.95.

This a a perfect size chicken for 2 with lots leftover or a family of 4 for 1 meal.

TOP TIP‼️ As soon as the chicken is cool enough to touch remove as much meat as possible, unfortunately I had to pop mine in the fridge overnight which makes it slightly more difficult to get all the meat from the carcass.

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN HOW TO COOK

You can find all information herehttps://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2017/09/13/slow-cooker-chicken/ but I’ve also done a really short quick video to help

MEAL 1 – CREAMY CHICKEN & CHORIZO PASTA BAKE

A fantastic easy midweek meal that is pure comfort food. In this recipe I have used cooked chicken, because at the beginning of the week I cooked a whole chicken in the slow cooker and this is one of the meals I used it in.

This recipe is another one where you can add in any vegetables you like and any vegetables that need using up its a really versitile meal.

For the cream cheese use any make or brand you like i used Primula as its really easy to work with and handles heat well.

TOP TIP ‼️ When making the sauce ensure there is enough to coat all the contents of the pan and extra sauce, as this dish needs to be put under the grill – this will “cook off” some of the liquid (sauce)

MEAL 2 WINTER CHICKEN & VEGETABLE SOUP

A perfect soup for this time of the year and is a fantastic way of using up leftover chicken from Sunday dinner. This soup is from my “Fuller For Longer” recipes as it has extra ingredients to help fill you up on colder days.

MEAL 3 – BBQ CHICKEN & CHEESE QUESDILLA

A perfect way to use up leftover chicken to make a tasty quick easy lunch, use any wraps you like, cheese and BBQ sauce.

The hot plate im using in the video is on my Amazon Shop look under kitchen gadgets press here https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2019/04/16/amazon-shop/

Removing Fat From Meat Juices METHOD ONE “SIEVE”

There are so many different methods for doing this and I’m pretty sure we all have our favourite. Today I’m giving you one method which out of most of them is probably the quickest.

For me making gravy from the meat juices is the tastiest but not always the most healthy.

When I’m cooking a really fatty joint such as pork I use a completely different method (ice cubes) but I will come back to that on a different day – the sieve method works on fatty joints but you may need to sieve it twice just to be sure the fat is removed.

Crispy Kale

During the cooler months i use a lot of kale either with “fakeaways” or with Sunday Dinner and i always get asked how i cook mine, so as we are heading back into the cooler months here is my “how to” video.

I buy my kale from whichever supermarket i shop at usually Tesco – always wash in cold water and pat dry make sure you get all the water out as you don’t want to steam the kale in the pan it needs to fry.

My top top is always remove all stalks especially the thick “woody” ones this will really help with cooking and taste. You will see in the video i add a sprinkle of chilli flakes this is optional but if you haven’t tried this please give it a whirl it really does add a fantastic flavour.

Courgetti

When you are trying to add more vegetables into your diet Courgetti is a fantastic way of doing it.

Personally I can just eat it as Courgetti and feel satisfied but if I’m on a “hungry day” then I always add a small amount of spaghetti. The half Courgetti half spaghetti works really well and if you are watching calories it is a fantastic way of reducing calories.

In the video you will see i added a small sprinkle of chilli flakes, this works well but if you’re not a fan then leave them out.

Top tip don’t add salt to Courgetti as it will draw the water out and courgette is practically all water so you can run the risk of water logging it.

The spiralizer I use is in my Amazon Shop press the link here https://www.amazon.co.uk/shop/julesthelazycook

No Cheeseburger Gnocchi

Another brilliant Meat Free Monday recipe we both loved this, plus it’s another recipe that is very adaptable so anything that needs using up can be added.

As with all vegetarian recipes you can if course make this a meat version by using any mince or sausages you have.

I used meat free sausages basically because it was all I had but you could use quorm mince. The sausages I used were Tesco Plant Chef which taste exactly the same as the Linda McCartney Red Onion sausages so if you have those they will work perfectly.

Let’s talk gnocchi, the key with gnocchi is not to over cook it as soon as it floats to the top its cooked drain it immediately. If you leave it to cook it will take on a very soft “mushy” texture. Or if you aren’t a fan of gnocchi you can use pasta as an alternative.

The recipe states serves 3 but you could stretch this to 4 if you add lots of vegetables as side dishes.

I sometimes add cheese to the top and grill it and boy that works so well.

The Gourmet Burger Rub is from Spicentice use discount code JULES10 FOR 10% off any order press here https://bit.ly/2VYUZLG

Shish Kebabs

As you know kebabs are my favourite food i love them not only because they are tasty but they are so easy and quick to make. The flavour combinations are endless, however when i make them i usually reach for the Spicentice rubs they take all the hassle of our trying to get the right flavour and when you are busy who wants to be trying to blend a spice mix? definitely no me!

Spices i use are found here https://bit.ly/2VYUZLG use discount code JULES20 For 20% of any order (AFFILIATE)

I always mix my spices with yogurt before coating the chicken this protects the chicken to stop it drying out during the cooking process, so what you get is a baked outer coating but the chicken is still moist.

You can grill or BBQ the kebabs and they are fantastic served with a homemade flatbread press here for recipe https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2019/07/11/flatbreads/

Slow Cooker Char Sui Pulled Pork

Born out of pure laziness 🙈 but these sometimes are the best creations and i can promise this was so good and im definitely making it again real soon.

I used a Spicentice spice kit which is designed to make Char Sui Spare Ribs, but i didn’t have any so decided to use a pork joint i used leg with all fat removed, this recipe really shows how versatile these kits are. Buy your kits from Spicentice press here https://bit.ly/2VYUZLG use discount code JULES20 for 20% off any order (AFFILIATE)

The recipe below is for 2 portions as this was basically a test batch for 4 portions i wouldn’t double up the quantities just add 1 more portion of the liquids – so where it says 2 tablespoons add 3 etc.

Quick Lasagne On The Table In 10 Mins

Who doesn’t love lasagne?? i know we do, but when you are busy with work, kids or it’s just the hottest day ever who wants to be stood over and hob or oven making lasagne – i know i dont!

So i devised this quick easy method of cutting down cooking time and prep time to get an individual lasagne on the table in 10 mins – yes it really can be done, you can also use this method for bigger portions too.

You will see for the white sauce i used a cream cheese yes its a cheat but its one worth trying it really does save all the messing around creating a sauce, but as always use whichever sauce you like.

For the base part (Ragu) of my lasagne i use my slow cooker spaghetti bolognese recipe it works well and again another easy prep meal – the recipe makes 4 portions and freezes well. Press here for the recipe https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2016/09/19/spaghetti-bolognese/

Pork & Apple Burger

Another recipe ticked off my to do list 😂 and i have to say it did not disappoint! I decided in this recipe not to use an apple grated which you can do if you wish i opted for using apple sauce from a jar as i think its much sweeter and works better with the pork, but use whichever you have and like.

Very few ingredients in the one as i didn’t want to overpower the apple taste, i used a spring onion instead of traditional onions as they are not as powerful in taste and just added a lovely background flavour. My top tip is to add a pinch of salt and pepper as it really does bring all the flavours out within the burger – this is my worst trait not seasoning food drives Graeme mad 🤣🤣🙈

This mix makes 4 burgers but i decided to make 3 what i would say were quarter pounder size burgers, but you can make them as big or as small as you wish.

Chipolte Potato Bites

I love potatoes and think they are a really inexpensive way of bulking out a meal especially if you have children.

These were really good that subtle hit of Chipolte worked a treat – the spice i used is from https://www.spicentice.com/ use discount code JULES20 for 20% off any order (AFFILIATE)

I always par boil my potatoes using the microwave method i just find it easier especially if the hob is full of pans trying to get other parts of the meal cooked, plus it cuts down on cooking time in the oven. As you will see i dont use my oven to cook these i use a halogen but the temperatures and times given are for a conventional oven.

Why do i use a halogen??? cost basically – the cost of heating an oven to temperature and then cooking can be horrendous when you are just cooking a few potatoes – a halogen heats immediately and the cost is hugely reduced due to the heating methods they use. You will find the one i use on my Amazon Shop press here https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2019/04/16/amazon-shop/

NOTE:- the “how to” for the potatoes is in the 2nd part of the below video

Sticky Sweet Chilli Chicken Nuggets

Another fantastic Meat Free Monday recipe and this one is not only super quick but super tasty too. I have made this vegetarian by using Quorn Chicken nuggets but you can use any chicken nuggets you like to suit what your family likes.

I served mine with a huge stir fry and noodles but this will work equally as well with rice. This really is the simplest recipe ever the only tip i have is when creating the sauce do not take your eyes off pan as the sauce reduces very quickly and you need to make sure you have enough left to coat the chicken.

Flaming Hot Wotsit Chicken

Over the years i have made lots of chicken recipes covered in crisps and to be honest they all work and add bags of flavour without the need to create spices that give a desired taste.

This is a really simple recipe however i made a mistake when making this batch and it goes along this line, because the crisps when crushed are basically “dust” they absorb liquid very easily, so when you dip them in the egg they will quickly start absorbing that liquid and become soggy.

So my top tips – when crushing the wotsits DONT crush them into a fine crumb leave some bigger chunkier bits this will help with the sogginess also dont spray them with oil before putting them into the oven again they crisps will just absorb the liquid.

NOTE:- you will see i served my chicken with Chipolte Potato Bites how i do these is shown in the video below. The spice i use is from https://www.spicentice.com/ use discount code JULES20 for 20% off any order (AFFILIATE) Press here for the recipe for these https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2020/07/20/chipolte-potato-bites/

Sticky Hoisin Duck Stir Fry

What an absolute winner this was i really could not believe how good this vegetarian duck is. The biggest question is does it taste like duck – the short answer is yes! the texture was fantastic and it really does “mimick” duck well.

I decided to make a stir fry out of mine but you could use this as a basis for a Chinese Fakeaway, from frozed the duck i used takes 7 mins to cook perfect for a mid week meal too.

You can make this recipe using duck breast or leg cooked in a pan, grill pan, or an electric grill or in the oven – once cooked shred it with 2 forks and follow the below recipe.

Below is the duck i used which i purchased from Tesco but im sure Asda or other supermarkets will have it in stock.

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Meatball Subs

This wasn’t supposed to be on my meal plan this week but when you wake up feeling not too good my advice is go for the easiest option if you have to cook- so meatball subs it is!

As you will see i have used sausages to make the meatballs with, this is purely down to the fact i did the food shopping on Wednesday the week before and meatball subs weren’t even on my radar. However, i have to admit they worked beautifully and when i make this again i will probably use the Richmond sausages you see in the video.

This recipe makes 4 portions and because there is just 2 of us i still have 2 portions left in the fridge patiently waiting for my second meal which will be spaghetti and meatballs – now don’t you just love the fact you have taken 10 minutes out to create meals for 2 days in the week! i know i do – this will also freeze well.

There is a meat version of slow cooker meatballs already on my website press here for the written recipe and how to video https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2016/11/23/slow-cooker-meatballs/

Chicken Sharing Platter

As you know I’m huge fan of making these because they are minimal effort but always look fab and are a great way of cooking in the hotter months.

This is basically my Slow cooker chicken to roast chicken served with bread buns stuffing amd roast potatoes… so a kind of deconstructed Sunday Dinner. Serve woth anything you and your family like it all works with these kind of meals.