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.

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.

Sweet & Sour Chicken

Ohhhh the months I have spent thinking about this recipe and trying to make it “diet friendly” has actually hurt my head 🤣🤣 However, it’s all being worthwhile.

We absolutely loved this recipe and for us it ticked all the boxes and it will be making another appearance on my meal plan very soon.

When creating this recipe I wanted to show you that you can take time to create a meal say for the weekend that is amazing but also one midweek which will also be equally as good. Here is my thinking…. in this recipe you will see i have coated and baked the chicken and I have to admit it was really tasty. You could actually make this recipe without coating or baking the chicken which will speed up the cooking and reduce calories.

How would you do this…. dice the chicken and in a large frying pan sprayed with oil cook the chicken towards the end of cooking turn the pan to a high heat just to add a little bit of colour to the chicken removed from pan and set aside. Then make the sauce as decribed below.

As you know I follow Slimming World but I’m not going to give syn values on any of my recipes as it breaks copyright rules. So below is the information you need to work this out for yourself:-

Tomato Sauce – depends on brand you use, and if you decide to use reduced sugar versions

Sugar / Sweetener – depends how you calculate it

Cornflakes – you could use breadcrumbs, or you may opted to not coat and bake the chicken

These variables can only be decided by you and what diet you follow and how you calculate your diet plan / calories.

Cheesy Taco Gnocchi Bake

Another fantastic vegetarian meal we really enjoyed this one and it is super easy to make perfect for those days when you don’t have time to stand and cook for hours, this literally takes 15mins to get onto the table. My top tip for cooking gnocchi is don’t over cook it as soon as it floats to the top of a pan of boiling water remove it and drain it immediately.

The taco beans i used were in a spicy tomato sauce but to be honest i didn’t feel the sauce was spicy at all and once i added the vegetables to them i decided to add a teaspoon of paprika this is optional, as always taste and adjust to your liking.

Although this meal is part of my “meat free Monday ” series on instagram and facebook you can add meat to it if you wish Chicken, Minced Beef, Sausages or ham would work well.

You will notice in the video that i transferred the meal from the frying pan into an oven proof dish – this was for the end photograph only and when i make it again i will add the gnocchi to the frying pan top it with cheese and pop it under the grill. Making more washing up is not for me at all 😂😂😂😂🙈

Peri Peri Pork Kebabs (Spicentice)

I have wanted to make this recipe for weeks now and i have finally got around to it and it did not disappoint! Im using Spicentice Peri Peri Chicken spice kit which serves 4 i used half the sachet and will use the other half another day. Spicentice also have a Portuguese Peri Peri spice which i love this would also work well in this recipe.

Spices are from https://bit.ly/2VYUZLG use discount code JULES10 for 10% off any order (AFFILIATE)

Pork is a relatively cheap cut of meat and is very lean which means it can have a tendency to dry out and be tough which is why you will see i have used yogurt to coat the pork. My top tip here is to ensure the yogurt is “baked” cooked so its hard to the touch – if its not cooked all you will taste is the yogurt. If the yogurt isnt charred and cooked turn the heat up high for a couple of minutes this shouldn’t dry the meat out as the yogurt protects the meat from the heat.

Portuguese Peri Peri Pork Chops (Spicentice)

I have made these many times and if you like Nando’s these really have that vibe / taste to them. Pork is such a cheap cut of meat and for us has always been a firm family favourite.

However everytime I cook these chops I get asked how I cook them how do I get such a lovely colour and how do I stop the drying out. So here it is my “HOW TO” .

I like my meat well cooked and that in itself can dry meat out but I use the Jamie Oliver technique which I think he designed for novice cooks like me, at the time I was terrified of cooking meat 🙈🙈. This method just works it slows down the process you’ve got time to adjust heat settings etc and for me it definitely helps with not over cooking meat.

This spice is part of the Licence to Grill kit from Spicentice https://www.spicentice.com/ use discount code JULES 20 FOR 20% OFF ANY ORDER (AFFILIATE)

Pizza Bagels

A brilliant way of getting a quick lunch and perfect for the little ones, add any toppings use any cheese, add any flavours you like.

You will see from the images below i have also use a wholemeal pitta bread to make these, they work just as well – just use the method in the video.

To top mine i add mushrooms, pepper, tomatoes, and usually a mini peperami stick.

PITTA PIZZA Same method just using a pitta bread instead of a bagel

Cheats Egg Fried Rice

As you know im all about mid week cheats and hacks and to me standing cooking rice is one of my pet hates and it either turns out brilliantly or a soggy mess 😂😂🙈

So here is a fool proof way of getting perfect egg fried rice everything time………cheat! You will see i used a pouch of microwave rice but heated it in the pan instead of the microwave i love these pouches and they are becoming more budget friendly especially the supermarket own brands. If you have cooked rice that needs using up that will also work

Add whatever flavours you like some people like to add a splash of soy sauce, but in this one i left it out because the meal i served it with already had soy sauce in it.

Soulvaki (Spicentice)

As you know i love Spicentice kits they just work, they save time cooking in the kitchen, help mix up meals and keep them interesting.

My all time favourite food is anything chicken, kebabs and flatbread lol i could live on this food and this kit from Spicentice did not disappoint, plus its so easy to prep and cook as they have done all the hard work with regards to flavour for you.

The kits serve 4 but as you know there are only 2 of us so i either make up the whole kit or half it and use it another time, each kit comes with the ingredients you need and a full set of cooking instructions for this one i just followed the instruction card as you will see in the video below.

Kits can be found at https://www.spicentice.com/

The kit i used in this recipe is https://www.spicentice.com/products/greek-souvlaki-seasoning-spices you can use my code JULES 20 FOR 20% off any order (AFFILIATE)


Pimp Up Your Packet Rice

Lately i have been using more and more microwave pouch rices mainly because they are just so quick to use. However, they can lack bulk and taste at times so i have put together a little video of how i bulk mine out and add more taste and texture to a boring rice.

You can also do this with any leftover rice you have, add any spices, any vegetables that need using up or any herbs you have its a fantastic way of dealing with anything that is destined for the bin.

Leftover Beef

I always buy a bigger beef joint than we actually need for a Sunday Dinner so that we have leftovers, which means i can either use it or freeze.

This will be a “rolling” blog of how i use up beef and will keep adding to it as time goes by.

How i cook my beef can be found here https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2016/10/10/slow-cooker-beef-brisket/

Beef Sharing Board with homemade flatbread
Spice i have used is from https://www.spicentice.com/ use discount code JULES20 for 20% off any order (AFFILIATE)

Chilli Enchiladas (using leftover Chilli)

As you know im a huge fan of slow cooker chilli i make it all of the time and always have a batch in my freezer, because it can be made into so many different meals.

I made a batch of enchiladas a month or so ago and we both loved them so decided to use chilli to see how that would work and guess what????? they were amazing.

Here is my recipe for slow cooker chilli https://julesthelazycook.co.uk/2016/10/05/slow-cooker-chilli/

Pizza

This is basically my flatbread recipe for the base but decided to write up a separate recipe and do the how to video as I’m pretty sure this will answer all the questions I get asked lol.

You can make these as big or as small as you like it really depends how many you are feeding and what you are serving it with. The one i made served 2 of us with a huge salad a new potatoes.

Serves 2 with sides or 1 without sides

Taco Bowl

A fantastic way to create a taco bowl that you can fill with anything you want. I filled mine with slow cooker spag bol and topped with cheese.

Use any tortilla wraps you like it will still work in the same way.

Slow Cooker Sausage & Bean Hot Pot (Storecupboard Version)

As you know i absolutely love store cupboard recipes and for me there is nothing wrong with using tins or packets as long as they fit in with your diet plans. Also most store cupboard recipes also come with a winning price tag and make them a fantastic budget friendly family meal.

This one is perfect for using up vegetables from the fridge tins in the cupboards as it really adapts well to suit what you have, i used chickpeas but you could easily use butter beans, borlotti beans, taco beans anything you have will work!

My top tip is once the hot pot is cooked cut the sausages into 3 so they distribute even throughout the dish, this way the kids wont pull all the sausages out and leave you with a bean and tomato meal!!

Same recipe but instead if adding potatoes I stirred through cooked pasta and added cheese