Three Simple Christmas Salads

To help you keep things simple, but still delicious over the holidays, today I’m sharing with you my three favourite side salads to serve on our Christmas table. Each of them only has three core ingredients, and the dressings all use the same pantry staple ingredients, so you won’t be buying things you’ll never use again. They can all be easily multiplied to make big batches to serve a crowd, and they are all fabulous to make if you need to take a plate to a gathering over the festive season. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do in our family.

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Gnocchi Traybake

My love for traybakes runs deep. Chop some meat and veg, add some flavour, whack it all on a tray and put it in the oven. Job done. What’s not to love about that type of cooking method? That’s how easy this gnocchi traybake is.

I shared this recipe recently as part of my One Pan Wonder Week challenge and it got some rave reviews. It makes the most simple and tasty dinner – a delicious combination of gnocchi, chorizo and fresh veggies, sprinkled with parmesan. It’s the ultimate in family-friendly easy comfort food. Perfect on those days where you just can’t be bothered, but you know you still have to feed everyone.

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Honey and Soy Marinade

This is my go-to recipe for a simple marinade without the questionable ingredients (hello flavour enhancers) you might find in pre-marinated meat or in a bottled marinade in the supermarket.

It is super versatile and can be used on chicken, beef, pork or fish (especially salmon). Whether you’re having a poolside barbecue in the height of summer or craving slow-cooked comfort food in the depths of winter, this marinade has you covered. It even works as a stir fry sauce for a speedy mid-week dinner.

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The Easiest Slow Cooker Beef Recipe Ever

This really is the easiest of recipes. So simple it barely warrants a recipe. In return for 3 ingredients and about 1 minute of prep time to get this in the slow cooker, you will be rewarded with a house that smells amazing, and a dinner even the kids will love. I have made it on so many occasions and my family absolutely devour it every time. It’s perfect to serve as is with roasted veggies or mash and greens, on rolls or in wraps with slaw or in pastry as pies. And the added bonus? If you use a large piece of beef, you’ll end up with leftovers to pop in the freezer for an even easier meal another night. Can’t beat that!

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Pot roast finished

Beef and Red Wine Pot Roast

This is the most perfect winter comfort food. It’s just made for cozy weekends at home, where you can pop this in the oven and let it cook away for the afternoon, tantalising you with delicious aromas until dinner time. When you finally lift the lid, you will find meat that is fall-apart tender, and vegetables that have collapsed to make the most amazing sauce (which you can blend up to a smooth consistency if you have veggie-phobes in your house!)

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chicken pieces and vegetables cooked through and slightly caramelised

Curried Chicken Tray Bake

I know, I know. It’s been a long long time since I posted a recipe for you here. But, it turns out that life with three kids and two part time jobs is pretty busy – who woulda thought it, huh? So here’s my Curried Chicken Tray Bake.

So whilst I’m still feeding my family all sorts of delicious food (which you can see every day on my Facebook or Instagram), most of my recipe development energy is being put into the recipes I write for Lisa Corduff’s Small Steps Living Membership site (an amazing space for women wanting to live a better life – check it out here). Which doesn’t leave a lot of time for sharing here on my blog.

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Easy Vegetarian Curry

We like to do Meatfree Mondays around here. We often have other meatfree meals during the week, and often there are only small portions in our “meaty” meals, but planning it in this way means that at least once a week we get some extra veggies in and it helps to make sure we’re not just relying on meat for our sustenance! But, with growing kids and an active life, we also need to make sure that we’re getting some protein in those meals, so I often turn to eggs, beans or lentils to fill that void. Just as in this delicious and easy vegetarian curry, where the addition of red lentils helps to thicken the sauce and add extra fibre and protein. This really is so simple to put together, then let bubble away, developing the flavours.

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