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Easy Vegan Bolognese

Easy Vegan Bolognese is simple, healthy and really tasty! It is such an easy recipe to make and packed with nutrients it is definitely worth trying. 

If you are a regular to my blog, you’ll know that one of my aims this year was to eat less meat. So far I have made Vegan Lentil Chilli, Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake and Sweetcorn & Cavolo Nero Quesadillas. These have been popular which has lead me to come up with more veggie recipes.

Why not use Quorn?

Adapting a bolognese seemed like an obvious choice for me. As I have said previously, I’m not too keen on using meat replacements like Quorn. I know a lot of people use and love Quorn, but not using it lets me come up with more creative ways than swapping the mince for Quorn. Also I’m sure there are quite a few lovely recipes already out there using Quorn for bolognese. 

Using lentils instead of meat

As in my Vegan Lentil Chilli and Vegetarian Lentil Curry, I have used lentils in this Easy Vegan Bolognese. I am new to using lentils but have been really loving them! They help bulk out a dish and make it more filling. I think they also create a slightly meaty texture which helps if you are feeding non vegetarians!

In previous recipes I’ve used red split lentils which worked really well. This was my first recipe using green lentils. I wanted to use the green lentils for this Easy Vegan Bolognese because they hold their shape better than red lentils. 

Can I cook this in a slow cooker?

Yes this Easy Vegan Bolognese would work really well in a slow cooker. I haven’t tested it yet, but I would add all of the ingredients apart from the lentils. I’d cook it for 2 hours on high before adding the lentils and cooking for a further 2-3 hours. I would also reduce the amount of water to 200ml. 

Is this Easy Vegan Bolognese healthy?

The good news is yes! I didn’t set out to make this recipe, vegan or super healthy. But I am pleased that it ended up that way! Lentils contain lots of protein as well as fibre and other nutrients you can’t find in meat. On top of that, this Easy Vegan Bolognese is really low in calories too! 

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Easy Vegan Bolognese

Easy Vegan Bolognese is simple, healthy and really tasty! It is such an easy recipe to make and packed with nutrients it is definitely worth trying. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword Vegetarian, Vegan, Bolognaise
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 126 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 sticks of celery diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • tbsp tomato puree
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp mixed herbs
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp mustard powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • tsp Bouillon powder
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 390g tin green lentils
  • 300 ml water

Instructions

  1. Add the oil to a pan over medium heat. Add the diced onions, carrot, celery, garlic and tomato puree and allow to soften for 10 minutes 

  2. Add the tinned tomatoes, dried herbs, mustard powder, salt, pepper, Bouillon powder and bay leaves. Stir to mix through completely 

  3. Add 200ml of water and stir through. Leave to cook partially covered with a lid for 30 mins on a low heat, stirring occasionally 

  4. Drain and rinse the lentils in cold water before adding them to the pan

  5. Add another 100ml water before partially covering with a lid and leaving to cook on a low heat for another hour. Stir every so often and add a little more water if needed 

Recipe Notes

When using tinned tomatoes, I like to fill the empty tin with water to add to the recipe. It catches the last of the tomato juice. 

If at any point it starts looking too dry, add a splash more water.

If it looks too watery towards the end of the cooking time, remove the lid and turn up the heat slightly. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Vegan Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 126 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Sodium 770mg 32%
Potassium 1332mg 38%
Total Carbohydrates 71g 24%
Dietary Fiber 32g 128%
Sugars 8g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 156.6%
Vitamin C 23.6%
Calcium 11%
Iron 48.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake

Delicious roasted vegetables subtly seasoned and topped with halloumi. This Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake is so easy to make and will soon become a family favourite! 

 
As I have mentioned previously, Mr Curly and I are trying to eat less meat this year. So far I have made a Vegan Lentil Chilli and revamped my Vegetable & Red Lentil Curry. Both of these went down really well which gave me the confidence to create more veggie recipes!

Just because a recipe is vegetarian does not mean it shouldn’t be exciting and full of flavour. I love tray bakes because of their simplicity and how easy they are to adapt. I already have a Sausage & Mustard Tray Bake recipe and when I thought of what I could replace the sausages with, halloumi instantly came to mind. Who doesn’t like halloumi?! It is a favourite cheese with so many people that it was a no brainer to use. 

The za’atar and smoked paprika drizzle provides a really subtle flavour to the tray bake. if you haven’t heard of it before, za’atar is a blend of Middle Eastern herbs and spices typically including oregano, thyme, sesame seeds and sumac. I didn’t want to over power the halloumi because it is quite a mild flavoured cheese. I also didn’t want to mask the flavours of the tasty veggies! 

You can use whatever vegetables you like in this Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake. It is also a great way to use up veggies that you might have lurking in your fridge. Roasting vegetables very forgiving and crisps them up nicely so you will never tell if they were slightly wrinkly! 

I like my halloumi to me quite well cooked. If I’m grilling it I like to get dark grill marks because I love the flavour and crispiness it gives to the cheese. If you prefer it paler and softer, cook it for less time. 

You can serve the Roasted Halloumi & Za’atar Tray Bake as it is or I like to serve it with some steamed broccoli. 

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Roasted Halloumi & Za'atar Tray Bake

Delicious roasted vegetables subtlyseasoned and topped with halloumi. This Roasted Halloumi & Za'atar Tray Bake is so easy to make and will soon become a family favourite! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean, British
Keyword Vegetarian, Roasted Vegetables, Halloumi, Za'atar
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 523 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 4 potatoes
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 3 carrots peeled
  • 2 parsnips peeled
  • 1 pepper
  • 1 courgette
  • 1 red onion
  • 225 g halloumi

For the drizzle

  • 1 tbsp za'atar
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • twist black pepper
  • tbsp water if needed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC (fan assisted, 200ºC non fan)

  2. Cut the vegetables into similar sized chunks and add them to a roasting tray

  3. Mix together all of the drizzle ingredients together in a bowl. Add the water if it needs loosening slightly to be pour able

  4. Pour the drizzle over all of the vegetables and thoroughly mix them until they are completely covered. Roast in the oven for 10 minutes before turning and cooking for a further 10 minutes 

  5. Slice the halloumi into roughly ½ cm slices. Lay them on top of the vegetables and roast for a further 15-20 minutes until the halloumi is cooked to your liking

Nutrition Facts
Roasted Halloumi & Za'atar Tray Bake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 523 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 1341mg 56%
Potassium 1614mg 46%
Total Carbohydrates 57g 19%
Dietary Fiber 13g 52%
Sugars 10g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 256.4%
Vitamin C 63.3%
Calcium 71.2%
Iron 52.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash

This Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash has quickly become a favourite and regular recipe in my house! It is so delicious and perfect at anytime of day. 

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have been ordering organic vegetable boxes for a couple of months now. The company I order them from let you be extremely flexible with what you have in your box. They provide you with a set box each week but you can swap any vegetables you don’t fancy for one you do. This is great, but after a few weeks it meant I was playing it a bit safe. 

So a few weeks ago I decided to make as few swaps as possible and try some new vegetables. Cavolo Nero was available that week and although I had heard of it; I hadn’t tried it before. The recipes I saw when I had a quick look were hearty stews and soups which all looked delicious. Instead, I decided to tweak my Mexican Eggs recipe to come up with this Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash.  

Since I first made this Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash  a month or so ago, we have had it every week since. We absolutely love it! It is a great mid-week meal because it is quick to make. The only step that takes a few minutes is chopping the potatoes. That is because I finely dice them which means they cook quicker. If you would prefer you can cut them into bigger pieces and then just cook them for a bit longer. 

Cavolo nero is also known as black kale and Italian kale to name a few. It is packed full of nutrients and iron as well as looking quite pretty in my opinion! I really recommend that you give it a try, but if you decide it’s not for you, you could swap it for normal kale or spinach in this recipe. 

You could easily have this Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash for brunch, lunch or dinner. It is very versatile and also easy to cook for a lot of people. It also is great for leftovers. I quite like to make more than we will want to eat and have it for lunch the next day (minus the egg!). 

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Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash

This Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash has quickly become a favourite and regular recipe in my house! It is so delicious and perfect at anytime of day. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine British, International
Keyword Chorizo, Cavolo Nero, Potato Hash
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 746 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 600 g potatoes unpeeled
  • 120 g pepper (1 large pepper)
  • 50 g cavolo nero
  • 100 g chorizo
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

To finish

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil

Instructions

  1. Prepare the cavolo nero by washing thoroughly and removing the central stem. Then slice it into strips. Leave to one side

  2. Cut the potatoes into a small dice and boil them for 5-7 minutes until you stick the point of a sharp knife in them

  3. While the potatoes are cooking, dice the pepper into a similar size as the potatoes and heat ½ tbsp olive oil in a pan over a medium heat

  4. Add the peppers to the oil and cook for a couple of minutes until softened. When the potatoes are cooked, drain them and add them to the pan with the peppers. Add the other ½ tbsp olive oil if needed

  5. Remove the skin from the chorizo and dice. Add to the pan along with the cavolo nero, salt and garlic

  6. Leave to cook for 2-3 minutes until the cavolo nero is wilted. In the mean time fry the eggs in the sunflower oil  

  7. Serve by spooning the hash into a bowl and topping with a fried egg 

Recipe Notes

Make sure you wash the cavolo nero thoroughly.

Nutritional information is given as a guide only. 

Nutrition Facts
Chorizo & Cavolo Nero Hash
Amount Per Serving
Calories 746 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 207mg 69%
Sodium 1885mg 79%
Potassium 2296mg 66%
Total Carbohydrates 77g 26%
Dietary Fiber 22g 88%
Protein 31g 62%
Vitamin A 11.3%
Vitamin C 42.6%
Calcium 38.6%
Iron 95.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Vegan Lentil Chilli

Delicious and comforting with a touch of spice. This Vegan Lentil Chilli is such an easy slow cooker meal that is packed full of flavour. You definitely won’t miss the meat!

Over the past few months, I have been making a conscious effort to step up what I am doing to help the environment.  I’ve always been an enthusiastic re-cycler (that phrase might catch on!) but I’ve been finding ways to do that bit more. As well as recycling I am trying to reduce the amount of plastic I use; especially single use plastic. 

Aside from recycling, Mr Curly and I have also decided to try and eat less meat. This will be a pretty big change, especially for Mr Curly. Up until very recently he would consider a meal to be missing something without meat. This meant that for lunch and dinner each day, there would be some kind of meat involved. I wasn’t sure how long he would last with wanting to eat less meat but so far we’re doing really well! 

We’re not going too crazy, but trying to have vegetarian lunches and at least two vegetarian meals a week. So I had to come up with some really tasty vegetarian meals that wouldn’t make us miss the meat. I have never been a fan of Quorn so meat replacement products were not going to be my go-to.

One of the first dishes that come to mind was a chilli which is how my Vegan Lentil Chilli came about! My intention was to make a vegetarian dish, but once I was finished I realised it was vegan too which was an added bonus! I thought it wouldn’t be vegan because I was going to add dark chocolate. But when I was talking about this on Instagram, my sister and another blogger friend pointed out that dark chocolate is actually vegan. And if that wasn’t good enough, it is also gluten free too! 

I was slightly apprehensive about this Vegan Lentil Chilli because I’m not very experienced with vegetarian food. It passed my taste test which meant it was the onto Mr Curly. I served it up for him and when he’d eaten it I asked him what he thought. He told me he really liked it, but I confused him when I asked him if he missed the meat. His response of ‘there was no meat in that?’ gave the Vegan Lenil Chilli a big tick! If someone that was a massive meat fan can’t tell its meat free then that’s a huge plus. 

The final taste tester was my vegetarian friend Katie that I work with. Before the recipes had even finished cooking she was messaging me saying she thought she needed to taste test! So I took her some of this Vegan Lentil Chilli along with my tweaked Vegetarian Curry recipe. I am pleased to say she was a huge fan of both of them and has been hassling me to get the recipe written up ASAP. I think what she liked most about this was it has a bit of heat to it. 

If food is packed full of flavour, you definitely won’t miss the meat in my opinion.  I have used my favourite chilli powders for this Vegan Lentil Chilli as well as some chipotles in adobo sauce. You might have to look in a few of the bigger supermarkets to get these, but it really is worth seeking them out. And don’t worry you can use them in plenty of recipes already on my blog!

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Vegan Lentil Chilli

Delicious and comforting with a touch of spice. This Vegan Lentil Chilli is such an easy slow cooker meal that is packed full of flavour. You definitely won't miss the meat!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican, International
Keyword Chilli, Vegetarian, Vegan
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 217 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 1 onion diced
  • 400g tin kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 400g tin black beans (rinsed)
  • 2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
  • 2 peppers diced
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 3 garlic cloves diced
  • 1 tsp chipotles in adobo sauce (optional)
  • ½ tsp chipotle chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chilli powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chilli flakes
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 red chilli sliced
  • 200 g red split lentils rinsed in cold water
  • 300 ml vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 30 g dark chocolate

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients apart from the dark chocolate to the slow cooker. Stir thoroughly. 

  2. Cook on high for 6 hours. Break the dark chocolate into chunks and add it to the slow cooker. Stir through and allow to cook for another 30 minutes to 1 hour until the lentils are completely cooked

  3. Serve with boiled rice 

Recipe Notes

I use a 3.5L slow cooker. 

If the chilli starts looking dry, add a splash more water. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Lentil Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 828
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 92g 142%
Saturated Fat 24g 120%
Sodium 757mg 32%
Potassium 59271mg 1693%
Total Carbohydrates 3957g 1319%
Dietary Fiber 1451g 5804%
Sugars 2g
Protein 1477g 2954%
Vitamin A 23.8%
Vitamin C 15.6%
Calcium 451.1%
Iron 1948.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu

Deliciously rich and comforting, this Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu is one of my new favourite recipes. This recipe needs minimal effort but is the perfect dish for a cold evening.

 
This Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu is my pork version of a ragu you would usually have as spaghetti bolognese. If you follow my blog, you’ll know pork is my favourite meat. So naturally I wanted to make a pork version of a recipe I already love. 

You will see the resemblance to the typical ragu, but also the changes I have made. I wanted to use two different cuts of pork to bring different textures to the dish. I especially like the texture the pork shoulder brings to the dish and it makes the dish more exciting than just mince. 

Sage is a classic combination with pork and works really well in this Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu. I have used a mix of fresh and dried sage because I like using fresh herbs when I can, but like the convenience of dried herbs. If you don’t have fresh sage, you can use just tried thyme but add slightly less before tasting and adding more if needed.

This Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu freezes really well. I made a batch of this to keep in the freezer which when defrosted makes a fantastic week night dinner served with pasta. It’s a fantastic no fuss meal that it sow comforting and tasty. 

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Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu

Deliciously rich and comforting, this Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu is one of my new favourite recipes. This recipe needs minimal effort but is the perfect dish for a cold evening. 

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Slow Cooker, Pork, Crock pot, Ragu, Sage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 239 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 500 g pork mince (lean)
  • 300 g pork shoulder steaks (approx 2 steaks)
  • 400 g tinned tomatoes (1 tin)
  • 1 onion diced
  • 250 g carrots peeled and diced
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 2 tsp fresh sage
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 250 ml chicken or vegetable stock

Instructions

  1. Brown the pork mince either in the slow cooker pan on the hob (if your slow cooker allows) or in a pan. This will take up to 5 minutes 

  2. Add the pork shoulder steaks on top of the browned mince

  3. Peel the onion and carrots and dice them finely along with the celery. Add to the slow cooker along with the rest of the ingredients 

  4. Stir thoroughly and allow to cook on high for 5-6 hours 

  5. Take the pork shoulder out of the slow cooker and shred it before adding it back. Stir thoroughly. 

Recipe Notes

Do not skip the browning of the mince step as it will alter the texture of the final dish. 

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Pork & Sage Ragu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 239 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 495mg 21%
Potassium 467mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 3g
Protein 15g 30%
Vitamin A 141%
Vitamin C 7.1%
Calcium 4.6%
Iron 6.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta

This Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta is a perfect midweek dinner. It is quick, easy and delicious as well as being packed with cheesy goodness. 

The inspiration for this Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta came from my newly found appreciation of pasta and my obsession with tenderstem broccoli. Together they have made a tasty but really simple dish which I think the whole family would enjoy. 

I’m sure I have mentioned before that pasta wasn’t really a dish I enjoyed growing up. I found it a bit boring unless it was with spaghetti bolognese because we usually had it with the same shop bough tomato based sauce which had lumps of onion in it. Me and lumps of onion do not go well together. 

This did put me off pasta for quite a few years, but recently I can’t get enough of it! I have already shared my Skinny Creamy Chicken Sausage Pasta and Sausage, Mustard & Basil Pasta recipes with you. Although these are easy and relatively quick, you have to cook the meat so that adds some extra time. 

I wanted to come up with more vegetarian recipes because I don’t have that many as my friend Katie keeps telling me! Plus any excuse to eat tenderstem broccoli and I’m there! 

The creamy sauce for this Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta couldn’t be easier to make and is a real time saving element. I used mascarpone because I love it’s rich, creamy flavour. I have also used full fat mascarpone, but you could definitely use reduced fat mascarpone or even cream cheese if you would prefer. I used Parmesan to add another level of cheesy goodness. It adds great flavour but is healthier than other types of cheese such as cheddar. 

Although it pains me to say this, you could also use regular broccoli instead of tenderstem broccoli.  You would just need to cut the florets up slightly to make sure they steam quickly. 

  

This recipe doesn’t reheat particularly well as the sauce splits slightly. I don’t mind this and will still heat it up for lunch the next day. But if you don’t fancy the sauce splitting, you can always eat it cold like Mr Curly does. Talking about Mr Curly, you can use whatever pasta shape you like but just so you know, he doesn’t approve of the pasta shape you can see in the photos. He couldn’t tell me why exactly but it definitely troubled him!

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Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta

This Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta is a perfect midweek dinner. It is quick, easy and delicious as well as being packed with cheesy goodness. 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Cream Cheese, Broccoli, Pasta
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 605 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 150 g pasta
  • 1 tsp sunflower oil
  • 200 g tenderstem broccoli
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 100 g mascarpone
  • 30 ml semi skimmed milk
  • 20 g Parmesan grated
  • pinch black pepper
  • 50 ml pasta water

Instructions

  1. Cook the pasta as per the packet's instructions 

  2. While the pasta is cooking, cut the tenderstem broccoli stalks into chunks leaving the florets as they are. 

  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium/high heat and add the broccoli stalks. Saute for a couple of minutes before adding the broccoli florets. Add approximately 50ml of the pasta water to the broccoli. Turn the heat down and put a lid on to allow the broccoli to steam. 

  4. Mix the mascarpone and milk together. This will take a minute or so to combine thoroughly. 

  5. After a couple of minutes, the water will have evaporated from the broccoli. Add the garlic, salt and pepper.

  6. Add the pasta to the broccoli when it is cooked al dente. Then add the mascarpone mix and stir before finally adding the grated Parmesan. 

Recipe Notes

Nutritional information is given as a guide only.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Cheese & Broccoli Pasta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 605 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 1356mg 57%
Potassium 167mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 58g 19%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 15.6%
Vitamin C 1.1%
Calcium 21%
Iron 5.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Five Fantastic Pasta Recipes for #CookBlogShare Week 43

I was drawn to these Five Fantastic Pasta Recipes for Week 43 of #CookBlogShare for their inventive and delicious ways of cooking a kitchen staple. 

Welcome to Curly’s Cooking and #CookBlogShare Week 43! I am so excited to be guest hosting this week. #CookBlogShare is a weekly link where food bloggers come to link up their delicious treats and share and comment on each other’s recipes. 

Thanks to Michelle at Flipped Out Food for hosting #CookBlogShare last week. There were so many delicious looking recipes linked up, but it was pasta that caught my eye. 

Five Fantastic Pasta Recipes 

As a child pasta was never a meal I looked forward to eating. We always had the same tomato based pasta sauce which definitely wasn’t my favourite! Then when I moved away to Uni, unlike the majority of the other students; pasta wasn’t my go-to dish. It was only been in the last year or so that I’ve realised just how versatile and delicious pasta can be.  

This is why I was drawn to these yummy looking pasta recipes and chose it as my theme for #CookBlogShare Week 43. 

Three Cheese Vegetable Lasagne 

The first recipe that caught my eye is from Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy. This Three Cheese Lasagne is packed full of delicious vegetables which help create a tasty meal which would appeal whether you’re vegetarian or not. 

Cauliflower Cheese Vegan Pasta Bake 

When I saw this Cauliflower Cheese Vegan Pasta Bake, I hadn’t even considered it would be vegan. The sauce looks so cheesy and creamy it didn’t even cross my mind. Kate at The Veg Space has created a delicious pasta dish that proves vegan recipes can be full of cheese flavour too.

Meatball Mozzarella Pasta Bake 

Now onto a yummy looking meat dish. This Meatball Mozzarella Pasta Bake from Nickki at Something Sweet Something Savoury looks so comforting and perfect for this time of year. Not only does it have meatballs in it, but Nickki has added chorizo too taking it to the next level!

Fall Rotini with Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese 

I love meals that consist of throwing together what you have in your fridge and cupboards. Patrick from Looney For Food came up with this Fall Rotini with Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese this way. I am a huge brussel sprouts fan and love the sound of the rest of the flavours in this dish. 

One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Macaroni and Cheese 

And finally, we have last week’s host Michelle from Flipped Out Food. I love how deliciously creamy this One-Pot Buffalo Chicken Macaroni Cheese looks! One pot dishes are always a hit in my book and the addition of buffalo sauce elevates this recipe further. 

#CookBlogShare Week 43

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Make sure if you share your recipes on Twitter and tag myself @CurlysCooking along with the regular hosts @jacdotbee @easypeasyfoodie @MonikaRecipes using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will do our best to retweet. 

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Tender chicken in a glossy sauce packed with flavour. This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is not only delicious, it is also a really quick dish even in the slow cooker! When I asked my followers on Facebook what recipes they wanted to see, slow cooker recipes came out on top. I am always up for developing new slow cooker recipes because I love how easy they are to prepare and then leave to do their own thing. 

When looking at the slow cooker recipes already on my blog, I realised they were either British or Mexican inspired recipes. So my inspiration was to broaden this and go Asian.  

Teriyaki Chicken is something I have always liked but never actually made myself. Well I have made it using a jar of sauce in the past, but I’m pretty sure we can’t count that! I assumed that it would be easier to buy a jar rather than make the sauce myself, but I was wrong. 

I used a recipe by Woks of Life as a base for my Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken to get the ratios of my sauce right. I tweaked it by adding the honey and adapted it for a slow cooker. Even though this is a slow cooker dish, it can actually be a quick slow cooker dish – yes they do exist! This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken can be cooked in just over two hours. I love slow cooking, but sometimes you don’t have five plus hours to wait for a dish to come together. 

Teriyaki Chicken is something I think a lot of people will have eaten before so is a familiar dish. I recently found out that teri means ‘gloss’ and yaki means ‘to grill or sear’. So it was important to me to make sure my sauce was thick and glossy. I prefer to use chicken thighs, especially when slow cooking because I think it stays moist better than breast. 

Mr Curly gave this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken a big thumbs up so I can see this becoming a regular recipe in our house. 

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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Tender chicken in a glossy sauce packed with flavour. This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken is not only delicious, it is also a really quick dish even in the slow cooker!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Japanese
Keyword Slow Cooker, Chicken, Crock pot, Teriyaki
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 710 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 1 kg chicken thighs bones and skin removed
  • tbsp Mirin
  • tbsp light soy sauce
  • tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ginger grated
  • tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp cornflour
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • spray oil

To Finish

  • 1 tbsp cornflour mixed with water
  • 2 spring onions sliced
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Remove the skin and bones from the chicken thighs and cut into large chunks.

  2. Brown the chicken thighs in the slow cooker dish on the hob with some spray oil (if you slow cooker allows). If not, do this is in a frying pan.

  3. Mix together all of the sauce ingredients in a jug. 

  4. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and pour the sauce. Stir to coat the chicken in the sauce. Leave to cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low. Stir the chicken once or twice throughout the cooking time. 

  5. Ten minutes before serving, mix the remaining cornflour with water and stir through. 

  6. Serve with boiled rice sprinkled with sliced spring onions and sesame seeds. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 710 Calories from Fat 423
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 47g 72%
Saturated Fat 12g 60%
Cholesterol 245mg 82%
Sodium 1189mg 50%
Potassium 572mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Sugars 18g
Protein 42g 84%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 1.4%
Calcium 5.4%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple

This deliciously tender Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple has flavours that make it perfect for stuffing into tacos and adding your favourite toppings. 

Something you may, or may not know about me; is my love of obsession with pork. I am constantly looking for ways to celebrate my favourite meat. What better way than to seek inspiration from one of my favourite cuisines – Mexican! 

Pork and pineapple is a combination I have loved for as long as I can remember. When I have a gammon steak, I have to have grilled pineapple with it. The sweet flavours of the pineapple compliment the pork so well which is where I started when coming up with my Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple. 

Fresh ingredients are fantastic, but with this recipe I chose to use tinned pineapple. This is firstly because of ease, but mainly because I wanted to use the juice as well as the pineapple and a tin made this easier. You may think that the pineapple juice will make the pork too sweet, but it really doesn’t. It helps keep the meat really succulent. 

Bringing in the Mexican influence, I added some ancho chile. It doesn’t add heat at all, but a depth of flavour that works really well. So rest assured that this is suitable for children and people who don’t like any spice!

I have used this Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple as a tasty filling for tacos because who doesn’t love tacos?! Seriously if you don’t love them comment below because I don’t believe such people exist! If you want to serve this with tacos too, I would recommend using the small corn tortillas you can now buy in most supermarkets (or online from Mexican food specialists). If you generously fill the tacos (how else would you fill them), then you should have enough for 8 tacos. For me this works as a filling dinner for two people or a starter for at least four. 

Tacos aren’t your only option though! This Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple can be eaten simply with rice, in a tasty burrito or even just with salad. It is so versatile that you could really enjoy it with whatever you fancy!

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Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple

This deliciously tender Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple has flavours that make it perfect for stuffing into tacos and adding your favourite toppings. 

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Pork, Pineapple
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients

  • 700 g pork shoulder
  • 150 ml pineapple juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ancho chile powder
  • ½ tsp ancho chile flakes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 50 ml water
  • 432 g tin of pineapple rings

Instructions

  1. Add the pork shoulder to the slow cooker along with all of the ingredients apart from the pineapple. Lie a few slices of pineapple on top of the pork and leave set the rest aside. 

  2. Cook on high for 4 - 4½ hours. After the pork it cooked, remove it and the pineapple from the slow cooker. Shred the pork using two forks and add back to the slow cooker. 

  3. Cook the shredded pork on high for a further 30 minutes. 

  4. While the pork is finishing cooking, grill the pineapple for a couple of minutes on each side until you have dark grill marks 

  5. If serving in tacos, fill the tortillas with the shredded pork and top with the grilled pineapple, coriander and sliced chills. 

Recipe Notes

If you're serving this with tacos it makes 8 good sized tacos which I would serve for 2 people as a main course or 4 people as a starter. 

Alternatively cook for 6 - 7 hours on low. 

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Shredded Pork with Pineapple
Amount Per Serving
Calories 178 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 668mg 28%
Potassium 412mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 1.5%
Vitamin C 5.6%
Calcium 2%
Iron 7.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli

A delicious, healthier version of a Mexican Classic. My Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli is not only tasty and healthy, it is really easy too!

Chilli Con Carne was the first meal my Mum taught me to make as a child. It is still one I make often and really love. However I do like to try and adapt tasty recipes to make healthier versions. Obviously healthier recipes can’t compromise on taste and my Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli definitely doesn’t. 

When I was making this Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli, I knew I wanted to mirror most of the flavours in my traditional Chilli Con Carne but make some tweaks. Obviously the biggest change I have made is the meat choice. Instead of minced beef, I used minced turkey. Although I use 5% fat minced beef, with turkey you can buy breast minced meat which is 2% fat. If I was buying meat to use that wasn’t being used in a highly flavoured dish, I would opt for turkey thigh mince which is approximately 5% fat. This is because it provides more flavour and adds moisture. However with this dish, there are so many tasty flavours this isn’t necessary. However as always, use whichever you prefer. 

I have also added more vegetables to my Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli as firstly they help make the dish even more delicious. They also help bulk the dish out without adding more unnecessary fat. 

As with a lot of my recipes, you can easily adapt my Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli. If you don’t like sweetcorn, leave it out. If you really love peppers, add more. You can also play around with the heat depending on your taste. Obviously everyone’s spice tolerance is different, but I would say that this has a mild to medium rating. If you are making this recipe for children or spice intolerant people, you can add less. One advantage of this recipe is that you can taste it after an hour or so to see how the flavours are developing and then add a little bit more chile powder if needed. 

You will see why I called this my Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli when you see there are just over 200 calories per portion! This makes it a healthy meal as well as a tasty meal. The rice and toppings obviously iI often take this to work for lunch without the rice for a warm and filling lunch. 

I always serve chili with rice, salad and soured cream and my Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli is no exception. Add whichever toppings you like – avocado, coriander and onion would also be good toppings to use. I like to add a sprinkling of feta cheese because it is the closest to the cheeses traditionally used in Mexican cooking. It is also better for you that cheese like cheddar. 

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Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli

A delicious, healthier version of a Mexican Classic. My Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli is not only tasty and healthy, it is really easy too!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Turkey, Chilli, Slow Cooker, Healthy
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 221 kcal
Author Curly

Ingredients

  • 500 g 2% turkey mince
  • 1 onion diced
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 340g tin sweetcorn
  • 2 peppers sliced
  • 395g tin kidney beans in chilli sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp cumin ground
  • ¼ tsp ancho chile powder
  • ¼ tsp ancho chile flakes
  • ¼ tsp chipotle chile powder
  • tbsp Mexican oregano
  • 1 red chile
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 150 ml chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp cornflour (optional)
  • spray oil

Instructions

  1. Brown the turkey mince either in the dish from your slow cooker (if it allows) or in a pan on the hob 

  2. Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker dish 

  3. Stir all of the ingredients together and cook for 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 on low. Stir every couple of hours if possible 

  4. An hour before the end of the cooking time, look to see if the sauce needs thickening. If it is thinner than you would like, mix the cornflour with water to make a slurry and add to the dish 

  5. Serve with rice and toppings of your choice

Nutrition Facts
Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Chilli
Amount Per Serving
Calories 221 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 783mg 33%
Potassium 620mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 7g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 66.5%
Calcium 4.9%
Iron 12.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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