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We know as well as anyone how much of a pain cooking can be, especially after a long day when you just want something quick and simple. It's happened to us many a time — before you know it, 6 o'clock has rolled around and spending an hour or two in the kitchen preparing a tasty meal is the last thing you want to do.

That's why we've put together this little list of 10 recipes which you can keep in rotation, making sure that even on your lazy-days, you'll at least enjoy a delicious, stress-free, home-cooked meal.

Chicken Pesto Salad

This recipe is the definition of quick and easy. The beautiful combination of all the delicious, staple ingredients mean that while this dish scrimps on time, it definitely doesn't scrimp in flavour.

Turkey Burgers with Guacamole

A healthy option that will leave you satisfied time and time again. We recommend serving with sweet potato fries and a garlic-mayo dip for ultimate satisfaction.

Pork Stroganoff

Another family-favourite which you can whip up in under 30 minutes, making it an ideal midweek meal.

Thai Chicken and Basil Sizzle

This dish is packed full of Asian flavours, from the garlic and chilies to the ginger, basil and lime. Make sure to omit the chillies if you're serving this meal up to kids or spice-averse friends and family though.

Easy Peasy Mac and Cheesy

This sumptuous dish of cheesy, carby heaven is just what you need at the end of a long day, after a gruelling work week or for just a regular Tuesday night. 

Vegetarian Express

This vegetarian stir-fry is a super easy meal to whip up, even for a beginner. It requires very few, basic ingredients that are sure to satisfy the taste buds.

One Pot Egg and Tomato Sauce Supper

If you're looking for something different then this is definitely the recipe to try. Plus, who doesn't loving having eggs for dinner?

Sticky Ginger Pork Chops

Pork chops are a great dish to add to your recipe repertoire — especially these delicious, ginger and honey glazed ones! Best served with greens and rice.

Cauliflower Ham and Cheese Bake

We love that this dish is so quick to put together taking only 15 minutes. Once it's all prepped, simply whack it in the over for another 15 minutes and then it's time to tuck in.

Spicy Beans on Toast

This gourmet twist on a comfort-food classic is just what you need in your life. Whether it be a regular week-night, a brunch date or a midnight snack, this foolproof recipe is perfect for any occasion.

 

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We’re all wining and dining at home for a bit longer, but that doesn’t mean we have to compromise on the best quality food – and with the sunny weather, Aldi has a whole range of BBQ favourites and recipes that the whole family can get involved in! Stock up now in time for the next few weekends of sunshine.

Why not try these delicious chicken fillets with Italien sauce for dinner this evening?

Serves: 4 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

1 pack Chicken Mini Fillets

500g Passata

3 cloves Garlic

20g fresh Basil

3 tbsp Olive Oil

2 Courgettes – €0.49 per 500g at Aldi from May 28 – June 3

Salt

Pepper

Method:

1. Place the passata into a medium saucepan.

2. Crush 2 of the garlic cloves and add to the pan.

3. Bring to the boil, then simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring regularly.

4. Finely chop 10g of the basil.

5. Remove the sauce from the heat.

6. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the chopped basil.

7. Add salt and pepper to taste.

8. Thinly slice the courgettes lengthways.

9. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle over 1 tablespoon of oil and add a crushed garlic clove.

10. Season the chicken fillets with salt and pepper.

11. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon of oil.

12. Barbecue or grill the chicken and courgettes, turning halfway through, until cooked.

13. Place the sauce into a serving bowl and put the chicken and courgette on top.

14. Sprinkle over fresh basil.

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If you're hoping to be a little healthier than usual then you just need to try this delicious cheesecake. It is the perfect summer treat, especially when it is strawberry season!

Serves
12

Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
40 minutes

Ingredients

450g light soft cheese

350g quark

3 eggs

25g sweetener

3 tsp vanilla extract

12 Aldi Harvest Morn Benefit 70 Cal Cereal Bars (or any equivalent of Slimming World approved cereal bars)

Strawberries, to decorate

Method

1. Break up the cereal bars and place in a microwave proof bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds until soft. Transfer into a lined round 15 to 20cm spring form cake tin and press down to create an even surface. Refrigerate.

2. Heat the oven to 180°C.

3. Place the light soft cheese, quark, sweetener, eggs and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.

4. Pour the cheesecake mixture onto the base and bake for 35 to 40 minutes (if browning on the edges too soon, cover the top with some tinfoil until the time is up).

5. Remove from the oven, let cool then remove from the tin and place in the fridge until completely cold.

6. Decorate with strawberries and serve immediately.

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One of our favourite pastimes has to be ordering a takeaway for dinner.

I mean, when you are on a first-name basis with the Deliveroo guy, it says a lot.

But your wallet and your waistline might suffer from this habit, which is why we have gathered these tasty and easy recipes so you can get all the flavours of a great Asian takeaway, only much cheaper and healthier!

1. Salmon poke bowl

2. Five-spice noodles with mixed vegetables

3. Vegetarian pad thai

4. Classic sweet and sour chicken

5. Chilli beef and pepper stir fry

6. Teriyaki salmon

7. Asian chicken salad

 

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Fancy whipping up a batch of the tastiest cookies ever? Why not channel your inner Mary Berry and bake these tasty Butlers Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies.

Drooling already? Us too.

These decadent, delicious cookies are stuffed with pieces of caramel, which, when baked, create the luxurious experience of double chocolate cookies with a chewy caramel centre. Definitely cookies for grown-ups! The recipe below makes 18 cookies.

Ingredients:

115g unsalted butter

350g soft light brown sugar

2 large eggs

55g cocoa powder, sifted

¼ tsp sea salt flakes

¾ tsp baking powder

260g plain flour

100g Butlers 40% Milk Chocolate Salted Caramel Bar, roughly chopped

100g bag of Butlers Dark Chocolate Salt Caramels, roughly chopped

Sea salt flakes, for sprinkling

Directions:

Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C Fan/350°F/Gas Mark 4) and line 3 large baking trays with parchment paper.

Melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Remove from the heat and stir in the sugar and eggs. Add the cocoa powder, salt and baking powder, then stir well to combine.

Add the flour and stir until no white floury patches are left. Mix in the chopped pieces of chocolate.

Use a small 2 tbsp ice-cream scoop to portion the dough. Then make a small hollow in the centre of each scoop of dough and fill with pieces of the salt caramels. Cover the caramel with dough to seal inside.

Place the cookie dough balls on a baking tray, making sure to leave space between them so the cookies can spread while baking, and sprinkle each one with sea salt flakes as desired.

Bake for 10–12 minutes, then allow to cool on the tray on a wire rack.

 

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Taste of Dublin is back with a bang, and starting from tomorrow you'll be introduced to some of the best and highest quality food in town.

Taking place in Iveagh Gardens from Thursday, June 13 until Sunday, June 16 (AKA Father's Day, bring him back some goodies); It's a three day immersion in Dublin's nourishing  and delicious tastes.

Organisers are describing this year's event as celebrating "the chefs that are taking culinary risks, fusing Irish and international cuisine and creating revolutionary Irish menus". Yes please.

What are we most excited for, you ask? Without a doubt it's got to be foodie Anna Barnett's collaboration with Ketel One Botanical vodka. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anna is the London-based author of Eat the Week and The Reluctant Vegetarian, and also does stylist work because she's just that cool.

Obsessed with all things tasty, Anna is delighted to be working with Ketel One Botanical this year at Taste of Dublin.

Ketel One is a family-made vodka brand which makes the spirit with no artificial flavours and distilled with botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences.

Anna currently writes for The Evening Standard in her spare time, when she's not running her own website. How does she find the time?

Thankfully, she's curated a stunning menu of canapés to complement Ketel One's three different Botanical Spritz flavours; Grapefruit & Rose, Cucumber & Mint and Peach & Orange Blossom.

We've chosen three of our favourite recipes for you to gorge over, but why not join the other 32,000 people expected to attend the Taste of Dublin over the four days? 

1. Peach and marmalade galettes with whipped lemon cream

Works best withKetel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom Spritz

Cooking time: 12 – 15 minutes

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Feeds: 6-8

Ingredients: Pre-rolled shortcrust pastry cut into 5cm rounds, one whisked egg, 3 sprigs of oregano with leaves picked and roughly chopped, sprinkle of sea salt flakes, 3 tbsp of marmalade jam, one tin of peaches in syrup cut into thin segments.

Lemon cream: 200ml of double cream, whipped until thick, zest of one lemon, one heaped tbsp of icing sugar.

Instructions: Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. For the pastry, lightly flour a work surface or roll out pastry onto parchment paper. Scatter over chopped or whole oregano leaves and gently roll into the pastry. Turn the pastry over so oregano leaves are on outside and roll into rounds.

Spoon one-quarter of a teaspoon of marmalade onto middle of each round, add finely sliced peaches on top, and turn up the edges. Transfer onto baking tray, gently brush with eggwash and place in oven for 12-15 mins.

Allow to cool on rack. Pipe or spoon the lemon cream onto the tarts after whipping the cream and folding in the icing sugar and zest.

2. Bruschetta with grapefruit, charred red peppers, garlic and mint

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Grapefruit & Rose Spritz

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Resting time: 15 minutes

Feeds: 6 – 8

Ingredients: One French style loaf thinly sliced diagonally, two cloves of garlic to rub bread with, three red peppers, two grapefruits with skins removed and cut into segments, two cloves of garlic finely diced, generous sprinkle of sea salt flakes, one tsp of freshly ground black pepper, four sprigs of mint, generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

Instructions: Begin by prepping the peppers. Place them directly over a gas flame, charred until the skin turns black and blistered. Turn the peppers until they're entirely black, then transfer to a bowl and cover for 20 minutes before peeling off the charred skins. Next, finely slice the peppers by removing any pith. Be sure to retain their juices as this is packed with flavour and can be used by drizzle.

For the bruschetta, heat a griddle pan until almost smoking then in batches char your slices of bread on both sides until you can get those great, dark stripes. You can also grill or toast the bread if you don't have a griddle pan. Cut the garlic cloves in half and rub into the charred breads.

Prep all remaining ingredients. Combine with the red peppers then arrange the bruschettas on your platters, just before serving spoons the mixture generously onto the breads and finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil or the juice retained from red peppers.

3. Irish salmon toasts with lovage mayonnaise and mint and pea shoot topping

Best served with: Ketel One Botanical Cucumber & Mint 

Preparation time: 15 – 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 – 10 minutes

Feeds: 6- 8

Ingredients: Irish soda bread, 200-300g good quality smoked salmon, drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, zest of half a lemon, ground black pepper, 3-4 tbsp cress/pea shoots/radish tops to garnish

Lovage mayonnaise: 150g mayonnaise, 5-6 sprigs of lovage, several turns of black pepper, one-quarter tsp lemon zest, extra virgin olive oil

Instructions: Heat a griddle pan until almost smoking, then char your slices of bread on both sides until you get great, dark stripes.

For the lovage mayonnaise, combine the leaves, mayonnaise, seasoning and zest and blitz until combined. Cut salmon into even stripes.

To serve simply add a generous dollop of lovage mayonnaise to the charred bread, add on the smoked salmon and finish with drizzle of oil, a pinch of cress and lemon zest.

Anyone who attends the masterclasses in Ketel One Kitchen at Taste of Dublin will sample Anna's gorgeous canapés on Thursday and Friday, and meet the woman herself.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Anna will co-host the cocktail masterclasses with world class bartenders while offering tips to her guests. 

Anna commented:

"I hope that everyone is as excited about tasting the canapé pairings as I was about making them and that they’re inspired to create them over the summer, when they’re entertaining at home."

Tickets for the Taste of Dublin are priced from €15, on sale online now.

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Ladies, we are at the point of the month when we seriously wonder how we are going to feed ourselves for the next few days.

Too much online shopping, too many gin and tonics, too frequent takeaways; whatever got us into this position, we have to make the most of the few quid left in our bank account, and still put something decent in our stomachs.

To help you survive until pay day without existing solely on stodgy crackers and depressing cans of tuna, we have gathered some delicious and super cheap ideas that won't even feel like you are trying to not spend money.

1. Loaded baked potatoes with bacon and cheddar
 

2. Oven-baked risotto

3. Sweet potato, chickpea & spinach curry

4. Baked spaghetti carbonara

5. Mixed bean chilli

 

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Winter is here and there is one type of food that makes us particularly happy at the moment, the humble bowl of soup.

Filling, healthy, cheap to make, they are the perfect meal when it's freezing outside.

Full of vegetables, high in protein, this hearty soup can also make for a delicious lunch the next day. Give it a go!

Ingredients

  • 100g butter 
  • 1 small carrot, finely diced 
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced 
  • 1 small onion, finely diced 
  • 4 potatoes, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 70g flour 
  • 1 can sweet corn
  • 400g cooked chicken, shredded 
  • 900ml chicken stock
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg 
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method

1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, melt half the butter. Add the onions and sauté until translucent. Add the carrots, celery and garlic and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the potatoes and chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20 minutes.

2. While the soup is simmering, melt the remaining butter in a medium sauce pan. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and continue to stir until the sauce thickens. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.

3. Pour the sauce into the pot with the vegetables. Add the corn and the chicken and cook for a further 5 minutes. Serve with fresh thyme.
 

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There is nothing traditional (or healthy) in a spice bag, but we can't help but love them. Along with pizza and burgers, this tasty dish is among our favourite takeaway options.

With his book Fakeaway, Chef Adrian shares his own version of some takeaway classic so we can enjoy them without the guilt. 

Chef Adrian's version of the spice bag uncovers the whole truth about what goes in this dish – but it's much healthier than the original…

THE SPICE BAG

"The latest trendy thing to eat across Ireland is the spice bag. It’s sold in Chinese takeaways, but was invented in Ireland. With this dish, it’s all about the spice mixture. Here’s my version."

Serves 2

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced into small strips
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • Sliced red and green chilli (optional)
  • For the chips
  • 4 medium-sized Maris Piper potatoes, washed
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

For the spice

  • 2 good pinches of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five spice
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  •   ½ teaspoon chilli powder

1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6.

2. To make the chips, slice the potatoes to whatever thickness you like. Sprinkle with the chopped rosemary and sliced onion, coat with the coconut oil and bake for 35–40 minutes. Make sure you mix all the ingredients with your hands before cooking. If your tray isn’t non-stick, use some greaseproof or parchment paper.

3. To prepare the chicken, place the strips into the beaten egg. In a separate bowl mix the cumin and ground almonds, then place the chicken strips into the mixture, ensuring they are fully coated. If you find they aren’t fully coated, go back and dip into the egg and then back into the ground almond mix once more. 

4. Place the chicken onto a baking tray, put it in the oven and bake for 20–30 minutes.

5. Mix the spices together in a small bowl. Once cooked, combine the chicken and chips and then from a height sprinkle the spice mix over them, making sure to coat both the chicken and chips.

6. I recommend serving this in a bag or wrapped up in some newspaper, with a sprinkling of red and green sliced chilli.

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Pumpkin spice lattes have been in stores for a few days now, and we just can't get enough of this delish autumn spice blend. 

Whether you decide to buy it or to make it yourself, it can be used in many tasty goods, and with more than one million mentions of #pumpkinspice, Instagram is the place to go to find some inspiration!

1. Pumpkin spice latte swirl

 

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2. Pumpkin spice cookies

3. Pumpkin spice porridge

 

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4. Pumpkin apple pecan bake

5. Pumpkin spice scones

 

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6. Chocolate chip pumpkin blondies

7. Pumpkin spice donuts

 

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8. Pumpkin spice ice-cream

9. Pumpkin spice smoothie bowl

 

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10. Pumpkin spice cupcakes

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We all love a good takeaway, but we are also very aware that this isn't always the best option for our wallets or our waistlines (except on Treat Yo'self Thursdays, obvs).

With his book Fakeaway, Chef Adrian helps us enjoy our favourite takeaway dishes without the guilt.  

Among our favourite options are some tasty chicken wings… If you never thought you could make chicken wings at home yourself, think again.

Try this delicious recipe and you'll see that the tasty treat can be made affordably and oh so healthily. 

BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS WITH A SMOKED GARLIC AND CHIVE DIP

"A classic wing from the United States. It is normally deep fried and coated in a vinegary, buttery, spicy sauce, but for a healthier version I bake these in the oven. This version has the addition of bourbon to the sauce, which adds an incredible musty flavour. Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off in the cooking."

Serves 4

For the wings

  • 24 chicken wings
  • 2 pinches of sea salt
  • 5 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 bottle (354 ml) of hot sauce (I prefer Frank’s)
  • 100ml white wine vinegar
  • 100ml bourbon 
  • 100g butter
  • a handful of sesame seeds
  • 1 red chilli, sliced
  • 4 spring onions, sliced

For the garlic and chive dip

  • 4–5 chives
  • 2 cloves of smoked garlic
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1. First make the garlic and chive dip. Slice the chives thinly and finely chop or crush the garlic. Mix the chives and garlic into the mayonnaise in a small bowl and set aside until needed. 

2. Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6. 

3. Season the chicken wings with the salt and thyme leaves. Now sprinkle the wings with the oil. Give them a good mix with clean hands and place on a baking tray. Roast for 25 minutes.

4. While the wings are cooking, make the sauce. Place the whole bottle of hot sauce in a wide saucepan. Add the white wine vinegar, bourbon and butter and then allow to simmer until the sauce becomes sticky and reduces to a nice syrup consistency. 

5. After 25 minutes remove the wings from the oven and dunk them into the sauce. Return them to the oven for another 5 minutes and then dunk them again to get them extra sticky. Place them into the oven for a further 5 minutes and then they are ready. Spoon them into a dish, place the dip on one side, sprinkle with the sesame seeds, chilli and spring onions and tuck in.

 

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It is us or does payday feel like ages away?

When you have spent all your money on rent/G&T/clothes/holidays, it can become a bit tricky to keep feeding yourself with healthy and tasty food. But don't worry, we have a few tricks that can be of great help.

Firstly, think of all the food you already have in your cupboard, fridge or freezer and make the most of it. You can try and be creative but also go for some classic that never disappoint. To this day, pasta with tomato sauce remains a true favourite and only cost a fraction of a tenner.

Another way to avoid spending too much on food is to reduce the amount of meat and fresh fish you cook. Pulses and eggs are great sources of proteins and nutrients and cost very little. Don't forget about the trusted spuds, pasta and rice, which are so versatile and nutritious.

To help you find inspiration and cook on a budget, we have gathered some cheap and yummy recipes.

 1. Tuna and sweetcorn cakes

2. Crispy bacon and tomato spaghetti

3. Spicy falafels

4. Lemon and pea risotto

5. Potato salad with Dijon mustard and dill

6. Turkey pasta salad

7. Spanish tortilla

8. Poutine

9. Spicy black bean fajitas

 

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