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Cheesy Pasta Bake

Pasta Bake

Cheesy pasta bake

A quick, easy and versatile mushroom and prawn (shrimp) pasta bake with a creamy, cheese  sauce. If you don’t have prawns, substitute chicken or bacon (cooked before adding).

Make it vegetarian

Skip the prawns and double up on the mushrooms for a vegetarian version.

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Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches

Why would anyone post a recipe for Oven-baked Cheese and Ham Sandwiches?

Well , the answer’s pretty simple.

Because they’re baked in the oven, they have less fat, oil, calories and cholesterol than the classic pan fried and ham and cheese sandwich.  But they’re just as comforting and filling.

In Australia and the United States, where 80% of my readers are based,  there are growing numbers of people looking to lose weight.  But losing weight is hard enough, without depriving yourself of your favourite comfort food.

Which is where my Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches shine like the little stars they are! 

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Ploughman’s Lunch

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Ploughman’s Lunch

Top a buttered baguette or crusty roll with cheddar cheese, pickled onions and chutney and you have a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch.

When making your Ploughman’s Lunch, select your cheese first, and build the rest of the meal around it.

Add your favourite condiments, build up your sandwich with your choice of extras and you’ll have an quick, easy vegetarian lunch that will carry you through to dinner.

For non-vegetarians

Add a few hard boiled eggs or slices of leg ham.

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Soup

An easy, healthy and warming slow cooker enchilada soup with only 10 mins hands-on prep time.  Simmer stock, enchilada sauce,  onion, tomato, garlic and chili in a crock pot and top with tortilla strips, tasty cheese, lime wedges and your choice of garnish.  Make it vegetarian by using vegetable stock.

Add prawns (shrimp) or shredded cooked chicken half an hour before end of cooking time OR heat and add to individual bowls immediately before serving.  Details are in the recipe below.

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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

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Brie in Puff Pastry | Baked Brie

Brie in Puff Pastry and Baked Brie are both easy to make – really easy –  and look special on a cheese platter, or  with a selection of appetisers.

My favourite is the basic recipe for Brie en Croute below, but if you’d like something a little different, the options to adapt brie en croute to suit your own taste are endless.  Read more

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Pure comfort food. An easy-to-follow scalloped potatoes recipe with potatoes, cream, cheese and sliced onions, baked to perfection. Read more

Stroganoff Three Ways

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As my love affair with food that involves carbs and creamy sauces unashamedly continues, here’s another flexitarian recipe –  Stroganoff Three Ways.  Based on the 1970s icon Beef Stroganoff,  my mushroom stroganoff is easily turned into a traditional stroganoff by adding rump/fillet beef or chicken strips when you fry the mushrooms.

For non-vegetarians

Fry the beef/chicken strips separately and pour the stroganoff  sauce over them as you would a mushroom sauce.  Read more

Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

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Slow Cooker Prawn Chowder

Creamy, satisfying and comforting, my slow cooker prawn chowder takes only 15 minutes to prepare, then simmers away in a crock pot for 2-5 hours.

I top it with freshly ground black pepper, snipped herbs and a squeeze of lemon and Absolutely. . It!

Make it vegetarian

Turn this into my ultimate vegetarian comfort food, Vegetarian potato chowder, by omitting the prawns.

Either way, you’ll serve up classic comfort food with a gourmet touch. Read more

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Three ingredients, 5 minutes and you have an easy and delicious banana smoothie for breakfast on the go, an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up anytime.

Not keen on ice-cream for breakfast?  Substitute the ice-cream with a squeeze of honey or your choice of sweetener. Read more

Tacos to keep everyone happy!

Vegetarian Tacos

Tired of everyone wanting something different for dinner?  Well, here’s your answer.

Heat up some taco shells and refried beans, set out your favourite topping ingredients and let everyone build their own tacos.

For non-vegetarians

Shell,  devein and grill around 200g of prawns per person.

Cooking smarter tips

Save prep and cleanup time by purchasing 150g shelled and deveined prawn meat for each non-vegetarian, instead of cleaning the prawns yourself.

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