Calzone

I love calzones, the crescent-shaped pizza filled with the most delicious cheeses

Calzone
Calzone

Jambalaya

Louisiana favourite jambalaya is a tasty rice dish and close cousin of paella

Jambalaya
Jambalaya

Delicious: Home-made corn tortillas with black beans and peppers

I love the sweet nutty flavour the corn gives compared to wheat flour tortillas

It is important to support local food producers

Try to find locally sourced seafood for this simple, delicious stew if you can

Mujadara stuffed peppers

Traditional dish of spiced rice, lentils and caramelised onion is a bowl of deliciousness

I love making a chopped salad to go with this

These chickpea snacks are divine with a sesame seed coating for extra flavour and texture

Barbecued steak with chimichurri and sweet potato

This quick and easy sauce is very versatile and is amazing with barbecued food

Chicken saltimbocca

Chicken breasts fried with prosciutto turn into crispy, salty, flavour bombs

Chicken saltimbocca
Chicken saltimbocca

This Mexican inspired meatloaf was absolutely delicious and will definitely be on our menu rotation.

This American classic dish gets an upgrade with salty feta flecked inside making it creamy and delicious

Meat loaf with feta
Meatloaf with feta

Delicious: Pork chops with ’nduja and pineapple salsa

These delicious spicy chops are usually cooked under the grill but are great barbecued too

Cauliflower Parmigiana: hearty goodness

This just might be the most delicious meal you can make with a cauliflower

Taiwanese popcorn chicken: best eaten hot, these are quick to make but also a real treat and something my kids love

These delicious crunchy bites have a gorgeous flavour thanks to the five spice and ginger

Beef stifado with orzo

You should cook this with quality stewing beef and simmer it slowly, so the meat is tender

Leek and cheddar galette with za’atar

The humble leek meets za’atar and sun-dried tomatoes in a rustic tart

Delicious: Broken eggs with serrano ham and potatoes

Broken eggs with serrano ham and potatoes is a one-tray dish that’s quick and hassle free

Georgian chicken stew

Coriander brings a bright citrus flavour to this chicken stew. Add garlic just before serving

Georgian chicken stew
Georgian chicken stew

Smash burgers with home fries and kimchi mayonnaise: delicious and simple to make

From incredibly simple ingredients comes a delicious dinner the entire family will love

Latkes with smoked rainbow trout and crème fraîche

Celebrate the Irish love affair with the potato but with an exotic twist

Lilly Higgins: Creating a home restaurant, just for one night, is one way to enjoy the time lockdown creates

Chinese barbecue pork

One-tray roast chicken

The only sacrifice in this one-tray chicken dinner is gravy – but you won’t miss it

This sushi rice bowl with salmon is delicious with sautéed spinach or any stir-fried vegetables.

Lilly Higgins: I want to increase our fish intake and a rice bowl makes a great base

Sushi rice bowls with salmon.

Rice bowls are a fantastic base for dinner

Make this peanut stew as spicy as you like.

Lilly Higgins: This winter stew is incredibly economical and can be made using store cupboard ingredients

Asian chicken broth

There are countless delicious Asian soups but this ginger, chicken brothy variety is a winner

Asian chicken broth
Asian chicken broth

Tasty and nutrient dense black bean burritos.

Lilly Higgins: The year 2020 is a wrap. Roll into the new year full of beans

Black bean burritos

A spiced filo pastry pastilla with shredded turkey, dates and onions

Turkey pastilla

‘I like meatballs with a combination of beef and pork mince’

Serve with a sharp, fruity sauce: cranberry, lingonberry or even blackberry jam will do

Swedish meatballs
Swedish meatballs

Hidden vegetable pasta sauce

This dish can be used in a myriad of ways from spaghetti bolognese to lasagne

Tzatziki brings the traditional meat and vegetables dinner to a whole new level.

This flavoursome way of cooking potatoes results in a fluffy interior and crisp outer skin

This creamy mushroom vol-au-vent doesn’t involve mixing a heavy flour-based roux but instead relies on creme fraiche.

Lilly Higgins: these light pastry bites became a little dated but I loved the idea of turning them into individual mushroom pies

Mushroom vol-au-vents.
Mushroom vol-au-vents

Pasta with chard, hazelnuts and garlic

For kids, garlic butter is like an invisibility cloak for dark leafy greens

Fast family feasts: The novelty value of having a little dish to yourself never fades

Chicken katsu curry

Tangy, sweet, smooth curry sauce served with breaded chicken and using apple

Chicken katsu curry
Chicken katsu curry

Butternut tostada with fried eggs and sage

This is one of those dishes perfect for brunch, lunch or dinner

Puy lentil salad with buttered chicken

This salad is delicious in so many ways, and lentils have never tasted so good

Roast vegetable deep-dish pizza

A fusion of the classic pizza from Napoli with American pizza, heavy on the cheese

Quick mushroom stew with Parmesan polenta

As much as I love a beef stew, the lightness in this mushroom version is so noticeable

Delicious: buttered leeks, salmon and dill with orzo

Lilly Higgins: Cooking buttered leeks with salmon brings out the sweetness in one another

Pork is perfect with apple and a few blackberries add a delicious autumnal twist

I go blackberry picking with my kids – it’s great fun and teaches them about where food comes from

Smoked haddock gratin: delicious and easy to make

This one-pot gratin/pie hybrid is the best of both worlds

Smoked haddock gratin
Smoked haddock gratin

Lamb and date tagine
Lamb and date tagine

Lamb and date tagine: a tasty North African stew full of warming spices

This North African dish is one of my favourite stews to make for the family in autumn

Caponata is traditionally made with vegetables that are in season

Caponata is a Sicilian dish and it has a sweet and sour, or agrodolce flavour from a splash of vinegar

Tomato tart

If you’re not a fan of puff pastry then you can make your own shortcrust pastry shell and blindbake it before filling with the cheese mix

Salute summer with this simple savoury tart of fragrant tomatoes on cream cheese with a crisp pastry base

One-pot wonder biryani

A south Indian dish from the royal kitchens of the Mughal empire

Kale Caesar salad

Kale Caesar salad

I love Caesar salad for its simplicity, while adding chicken makes for a more substantial meal

This greek chicken souvlaki is familiar yet fun and fresh at the same time.

Fire up the barbecue and bring those smoky holiday smells roaring back to life

Crispy salt and pepper tofu is simple and delicious.

Delicious served over a big bowl of white rice, or as part of larger weekend feast

Niçoise salad – why not add potatoes and green beans

This gorgeous rustic French dish is one of my favourite go-tos – and I love adding new little potatoes

Niçoise salad – why not add pototoes and green beans
Niçoise salad 

Shrimp Creole

The sauce can be made ahead of time and the prawns added and cooked before serving

Shrimp Creole
Shrimp Creole

This explosion of tastes works well as part of a larger spread with barbecued meats

Delicious: feta-stuffed lamb burgers

The cheese’s salty tang is ideal with lamb, making the flavours come alive on the grill

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