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Smowball | 22:37 Sun 21st Apr 2024 | Food & Drink
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After my earlier post in Body & Soul I'm looking for quick, simple to prepare but tasty, filling evening meal ideas. Really not in mood for spending much time in kitchen at the mo but need a filling meal for MrSmow eve. (And yes I know he can cook but works such long hours).

I've got regular oven, microwave, 2 slow cookers - 1 small & 1 large, steamer, toaster...

Any ideas appreciated x



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Try my Pilchard Bake.  (Don't knock it 'til you've tried it!).  Mrs Chappie requested the recipe back in 2008

with Mr & Mr C enjoying it!

Otherwise try adding some Stilton to half a can of Chicken in White Sauce, perhaps throwing in some ground black pepper as well:

Pour it over some freshly-cooked pasta or perhaps over a jacket potato.  (Add some salad if you want).  I had the pasta version for my teas this evening!


A good sausage casserole, chicken curry, cheat with already made sauces. Spaghetti bolognese. 😁

Traffic Light Toast is one of my simple favourites. 

Toast two slices of bread.  Instead of using butter, put a decent layer of Tomato & Chilli Pasta Sauce onto each one:

Then add slices of mature cheddar, with diced red and green peppers on top of them.  Grill until the cheese is really gooey, with the peppers just starting to scorch around their edges.  Serve with salad, if desired.

quick and easy rissotto 10 minutes from start to plate 


lighly fry 1 medium onion 

whilst cooking 2 x 2 minute savoury rice

disolve 1 oxo cube innto half pint boiling water

1 small tin of spam diced into 1cm squares

add the rice and the spam into the frying pan with the onion in  add the oxo stir and simmer for five minutes to reduce the liquid

then serve with a sprinkling of chedder on top 

tip :- add an extra packet of rice if you're hungry

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Oh some great ideas here! 

Fish can be simple but tasty.

I cook a frozen cod or salmon fillet in my air fryer.

(Oil both sides, wrap in foil and place in a pre-heated air fryer for 20 mins at 180C).

I cover that in instant cheese sauce (made extra thick)

and serve it with a well-buttered jacket potato, plus something green (such as sliced green beans or peas).

There are some Aber recipes in Food & Drink including my own for chicken traybake which is quick and simple to make.

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Will def have a scroll back.

PS: If you're wondering what you could do with the remainder of the jar of Tomato & Chilli Pasta Sauce after you've made Traffic Light Toast, the answer's easy.  Use it as a 'cook in' sauce for some chicken breast fillets.  (30 mins in the oven at Gas Mark 6 / 200C).  Serve with a well-buttered jacket potato and something green.

(I use a lot of pasta sauces to casserole things in.  They're basically the same as 'cook in' sauces but a lot cheaper!)

There's nothing wrong with a bit of cheating, of course 😋

Farm Foods have a range of 'steam in the bag' microwaveable meals, at 3 for £6.  They're surprisingly good!

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Farm  Foods is one of the shops I've never been in but my friend has one near her and she raves about it.

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