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What’s for dinner tonight?!

Hart86Hart86 Posts: 99Member Courageous
Every forum I’ve been on has one of these threads, so hope it’s okay for me to make!
It’s a good way to find other meal ideas and inspiration (I can’t be the only one who gets bored of the same meals? ... I hope!)


  • Hart86Hart86 Posts: 99Member Courageous
    Tonight I’m having chicken fajitas! 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    We had leftover chicken and potato salad for dinner. Tomorrow I’m making ham and cheese croutons for the rest of the week along with either pizza or spaghetti. 
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Posts: 4,924Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    I am having sausages and chips (cooked at home not the chippy) :)
    You're a fighter. Look at everything you've overcome. Don't give up now!
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 10,092Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Spag bol yesterday. Today, i'm not sure haven't decided yet lol.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 1,957Administrator Scope community team
    Last night I had a curry, not sure what I am having tonight! 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Hart86 Pleased to meet you . I think what is important is making food that you enjoy. 

    Plan if you can a weekly menu.  This is something I do every week. Never get bored of eating my food as it always the three s's 

    Sexy, short and simple.

    I eat Italian and some of the Med regions all year around.  So Spring and Summer.  Pasta and related. Autumn Winter beans and pulses.

    Buy for those periods .  Seasonal . Produce to go with any of that. So right now. Have Peppers except Green.. Red, Yellow, Orange.  Aubergines, Zucchini, Mushrooms but vary them. All tomatoes tins and buy Red Roasted Peppers. Plus anything else seasonal right now.

    Pasta various shapes.  Looks amazing on plates or bowls. 

    Less is more.  Also another idea is make it colourful.  Adding colour to your plates or bowls.. Feeds the eyes, stimulates the senses tickles those taste buds.

    Learn and educate yourself to make use of kitchen gadgets and utensils.  Like blenders or food processors.

    Great time saver chopping and dicing.  Sauces a breeze to make and stores in the fridge or freezer.

    Create a folder of recipes and buy for that period.  Do a stocklist of what you want to eat.

    Adapt and create recipes. I have loads on here change them to suit you.

    Have standbys in the freezer at all times simple things you can put together.  Quickly look for ways to save time in the kitchen.

    Utilise your freezer as your friend not your enemy.

    Have in my freezer . Usual veggies plus things like fresh Pasta.  Gnocchi, cheese grated. Fish from the supermarket like Prawns, Seafood mix . Easy simple meals.

    Use what the supermarkets have to offer. Meatballs ready made. Great for meatball subs, Pasta, use them with jars sauces, curries or Chinese . Add noodles or rice. 

    I use them as Soup.  Another brill idea had a recipe on here for Chicken Pasta Soup.. Buy all the time.  Add and poach on the hob.  Add usual Soup veggies. Carrots, Celery, Onions.

    Leave on the hob to poach in stock and water . Need to blitz up veggies as Soup stock..  Blender . Take out Chicken to cool and shred use in Soup with Pasta shapes or Beans.

    Which you can freeze.  A portion or two.

    Having this right now.  In tubs this week.  Got two days of Chicken Pasta Soup with Beans use Cannellini Beans.

    Use microwave to reheat.  In portions.  Add in any veggies fridge or freezer.

    I understand those with families.  Cook together learn and educate each other.

    Make things for the freezer and fridge they can have and enjoy.

    Chilli, Curry, Bolognese and anything like veggie dishes all great frozen in portions for families or those living on there own.

    Aubergine Lasagne a example of a veggie dish I have made.  In tinfoil containers .  Or buy durable plastic containers.

    I used to visit Italian friends after Church and before. Make things like Sauces, Soups, Pasta for the freezer, fridge the week ahead.

    Do this all the time.

    Make you own spice herb blends like I do. Seasons food and give it a boost and livens your meal times  Time to spice up your life..

    Please if I can help with anything please ask.

    Pleasure to meet you.

    Take care.


  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 1,356Administrator Scope community team
    I want a bit of everything listed now  :D
    I’ve got the dentist this evening so think tonight is going to be something quick.
    Senior Community Officer
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Adrian_Scope   Sorry to hear this wish you well.

    Something like a soup then.  Use this one.


    You need a  Jar of Pasta sauce.  Mixed vegetables. From the freezer including peas, green beans sweetcorn.

    In to a saucepan with stock cube touch of water. Add in broken Spaghetti .  Use tea towel wrap Spaghetti. Hit hard on the counter breaks up easily.

    Add any tins of pulses mixed.  Or anything like Cannellini Beans.

    On a simmer. Till warm through stir in a teaspoon of Pesto at the end for extra flavour.

    Takes around 20 minutes from start to finish.

    Take care.
  • Hart86Hart86 Posts: 99Member Courageous
    Thank you for all the tips @thespiceman, you seem to know your stuff! I’ve never made my own spice blends before, most of my food is quite bland 😢
    @April2018mom how do you make your own ham and cheese croutons??

    Tonight I’m having spaghetti bolognese, we have it at least once a week as we know it’s a meal the kids will actually eat 🤣
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Posts: 4,924Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Jacket potato and baked beans tonight, need something soft as had extractions earlier
    You're a fighter. Look at everything you've overcome. Don't give up now!
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Hart86   Thank you for kind words.  I am always aware of the problems surrounding meal times especially if you have children.

    Hope some ideas for you.

    Here is my Bolognese Recipe . I use Turkey Mince and Penne Pasta.  Or use whole meal Fusilli.


    You need one pack of Turkey Mince.
    Jar of Pasta Sauce.  Your favourite one. Buy 500g  Might need two.  If cooking for a family.
    Vegetables diced up Two Carrots, Three sticks of Celery.
    Italian seasonings one teaspoon.

    Pasta either Penne or Wholemeal Fusilli.

    You could add Mushrooms to the Sauce.  

    You can use a food processor or a blender to dice up the veggies smaller and add a jar of the sauce.  Each time.  Helps to hid the veggies. Some children do not like Celery for example.

    You could add stock cube. Gravy Granules half a pint.  Tomato puree or add Tomato Ketchup a teaspoon or adjust.

    There is sugar in the jars of sauce.

    You can make this with large jars of Passata add in Italian seasonings. Plus Garlic Powder. Black Pepper, Salt.


    In a stockpot or large pan add Olive oil  with a knob of butter brown the mince colour.  Season with Black Pepper and Salt.

    In a Food Processor add the veggies and blitz.  I do these individual and add to the Stockpot.

    You could as I have suggested. Add veggies portion. Careful not to overfill Food processor. Add Jar sauce blitz .  Not too full over wise over flow.

    Then add to stockpot. Do the same with a Blender.  Dice fine add jar sauce plus veggies careful not too much.

    Hides veggies in sauce.

    You could just dice them finely if you wish to by hand.  Add to stockpot season colour.

    Add Herbs and Tomato Puree, plus Tomato Ketchup to taste.  Mix and stir for a few minutes till veggies begin to colour lose some of the water.

    In to the mince.

    Around five minutes adjust timing.  Add jars Pasta sauce.

    Mix into mince and cover leave to a simmer around thirty minutes .  Or longer.  Check every fifteen to stir.

    Put Pasta on salted water. Add to a large pan.  Says ten minutes on pack go for nine.  Going to cook in the sauce.

    Drain Pasta using Colander and saucepan to catch some of the salty water need that to thin down the sauce if too thick.

    Add to stockpot and mix in. Add any water if too thick and serve.

    You can use Cheese any your favourite.

    You can make this Ragu sauce ahead and freeze it in portions for everyday use.

    If you a wine drinker add a splash to the sauce.  Add Chillies or Paprika for a spicy version.

    You can freeze the Bolognese in zip bags labelled. In portions.

    Forget to put out . Can add the frozen Bolognese to a bowl pour over boiling water from a kettle will defrost.  Leave to soak sealed.

    Take care.


  • Kell430Kell430 Posts: 39Member Courageous
    @thespiceman sounds lovely will give it a try  :) xxx
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Kell430 ; Thank you for kind words.

    This is the basic Ragu sauce.  From the Northern Part of Italy .  You can serve this with Tagliatelle.  Buy fresh from the supermarket.  Bag up  and portion.  Freeze.

    This is the correct Pasta to serve with it.  Technically not Spaghetti .

    I just did this version with Turkey Mince for a change, should be Pork, Beef Mince plus cream.  Also Pancetta but it is lovely and very rich.

    Thinking of those with wanting a simple version.  

    So created this . 

    Gave this to some Italian friends loved it.

    You can use the basic Ragu sauce.  Onions, Carrots, Celery add jars sauce or Passata add in other herbs.  Any I have listed.

    Rosemary, Thyme, Bay Chicken any cuts

    Sage, Fennel, Rosemary  Pork any cuts

    Oregano Parsley, Bay, Beef  any cuts.

    Spices if you wish to Ground Coriander, Paprika, Fennel Seeds, Cinnamon. Any of those.

    Omit the Pasta add Cannellini Beans or Borlotti.

    Some ideas for you.


    Take care.


  • DanOApanDanOApan Posts: 52Member Connected
    Love the sound of these but budget limits I'm on universal credit.

    Got paid the 19th and nothing more till the next 19th  and have little left my fridge is bare already. My partner spent our last 80 quid on food but there nothing left, well at least there's no biscuits left for me to demolish through the night before

    Fish is expensive I do love seafood but my partner doesn't she doesn't like anything lol. So that would mean buying double meals.
    I'm sure I could get her to try many things and probably, maybe like some new stuff 

    I've put alot of weight on  last 12 months through not being able to walk very far after injuries caused osteoarthritis to come on very strongly 
    I have little to no energy due to my diet being terrible.

    How do you budget to try new things what you may not like or you other half will almost definitely won't like.

    I like the sound of building a portfolio of recipes in the kitchen. 
    But am extremely limited by budget looks like I'm selling my car next to subsidise a kitchen menu 

  • Kell430Kell430 Posts: 39Member Courageous
    Since being diagnosed with coeliac disease, and I'm now on crutches I have lost all interest in cooking, unless of course I can put everything into my slow cooker, that way I don't have to stand for any length of time, I am hoping that once I've had surgery I can ditch the crutches and my kitchen is accessible to me again xxx
  • elly9elly9 Posts: 17Member Connected
    I can’t stand for long (osteoarthritis ) and I’ve lost interest in cooking. I used to love it but now family all grown with there own families so i tend to do what’s easiest. Jacket potatoes are a fave with cheese or tuna beans etc. I do
     a roast occasionally and share with neighbour as I allways do too much. I’ve just started a strict diet as I’ve put on weight since becoming unwell few years ago and I’ve had enough now as never been this weight before not even when pregnant. So
    its scrambled eggs today and black coffee lol☕️ sorry to
    go on but it’s nice to be able to share and hope everyone has a good day x
  • elly9elly9 Posts: 17Member Connected
    I spend a lot of time on my own (plus my two little dogs) but Ide love to
    know of any clubs etc where I could socialise more with like minded people. X
  • DanOApanDanOApan Posts: 52Member Connected
    When beans on toast sounds appetising is that bad lol I'm starving 
  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    I make a real easy meat and potato pie using ready prepared stuff. Tinned stewed steak in the bottom topped with chopped up tinned new potatoes then use ready rolled pastry for the top. Bake for about 35-40 min. 
    It may sound horrible but is really nice comfort easy meal. I serve it with gràvy and veg 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @DanOApan   Pleased to meet you. Sorry to hear this.  This is something I hear all the time.

    From reading the problems. Understand you like different things.

    Spending £80 . I think what is important is to make and create a simple budget for you and your partner.

    Agree what to buy.  Sit down and talk about this. Agree to a plan for the week.

    Include veggies options and Fish make it simple. Stuck for ideas be happy to help or have a look at the supermarkets websites.

    First thing I would do. Look at your cupboards, stores and fridge.  Make a stock list.  Of what you have in the home.

    Itemise everything.  Every time you go for a shop look at the stocklist . Do I need.  Already got.

    Look at buying food items that go together.   For example buy a Chicken a whole one.

    With that  buy Carrots, Onions, Celery.  Jars of Passata.  Stock cubes. Dried herbs mixed ones any.  Salt and Pepper.

    Add to the list Lentils, Tins Pulses. Better.  Buy Spaghetti. Noodles.  Rice. Mixes of spices. Better than jars just going to last you a lot longer.

    From that you can create a menu to get through half the week.

    You can make Soup.  Pasta  and use the left over veggies . Stir fries and anything like that.  Rice use that in veggie dishes.

    Other store cupboard and fridge standbys are Eggs,  Cheese,  Look at a vegetables as the main dish not the side dish.

    For breakfast in the morning buy Porridge to that add Milk and water. Microwave that.  With add in anything dried fruit Prunes or from the fruit bowl Apples.  Dice in.

    Go to the supermarkets websites. I do look on line. What is a bargain this week.  Be sensible.  Do not buy BOGOF. Buy one Get one free unless you can either eat it or freeze it.

    You mention Fish . I do not know this . You did not mention a freezer. You can buy an under counter freezer no defrost.  Have a look at Currys.

    You can but Frozen Fish to put in the oven.  Or defrost like seafood mixes and Prawns. From buying a freezer can buy anything like frozen veggies and fruit.

    From buying my first frost free freezer about twenty years ago you can freeze anything.

    Bread is one example.  Make and create recipes for the freezer.  Look on line or ask me. Happy to do so. Please PM if you wish to.  Many community members do I do not mind at all.

    Often a few lines and that is it. Which I always concerned about. Is those members who are ill and disabled need a helping hand.

    I had to say one time had private housing and landlord was on a benefits. Often having problems.  My personal circumstances.

    So often ended up with no money for weeks. Due to that. Lived on the Italian cook book still do.

    Please keep in touch.

    Take care.


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 1,957Administrator Scope community team
    Thanks for this @thespiceman! Very useful tips and very similar to what I've done while being a student! I had a feeling you may like this discussion board :)
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @elly9   Pleased to meet you .  Please do apologise for going on your not.

    First thing you mentioned you make too much.  This is a problem every one does. I think what is important here. If you can freeze any leftovers.

    If you have a freezer.  I have advised look at under counter freezers on line. Currys.

    I do understand money might be a problem I bought one around £100 . Have a look on line.

    For example my recipes one poaching a Whole Chicken on the hob. Add usually soup veggies.  When after couple hours. Remove Chicken shred.

    You can then portion that up . To tubs freezer labelled .

    As for losing interest in cooking this does happen.  I have been there with my mental health my depression.

    Look at things you can put together simply.  Quick easy and not much cooking.

    Scrambled Eggs.  Make as you would .  In a bowl add four eggs touch milk beat up  and season some cheese grated in to a fry pan with oil and butter.

    Allow to set and slide on to a plate . Put another plate over it turn it over slide in to the pan carrying on cooking. When brown serve with your favourite sauce or microwave a few beans.

    This the basis for a Frittata. A Italian omelette I can not stand long my self takes a five minutes.

    From that idea add veggies anything you wish to . Mushrooms, Courgettes, Understand you can buy pre diced and sliced.

    Have a grill in your cooker . Switch it on.  Slide the pan underneath instead. Make sure it is not a plastic handle if it is cover with tin foil.  Use oven gloves.

    Scrambled Eggs again buy tins of Tuna add in or flaked Smoked Mackerel packs remove flesh mix in.

    Baked Potatoes use ready made coleslaw .  Or buy Cottage cheese add Tins of Fish like Salmon.

    Look at soup.  Not hungry can give you recipes for Soup that are easy not much cooking and easy to do.

    Please either contact me or just let me know.

    Hope I have can be of any use.  You mentioned local groups have a look on line.  In your area. Your County Council have a website have a look.  

    Please keep in touch.

    Take care.

  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Chloe_Scope ; Thanks very much Yes just trying to be supportive for all of our community members.

    Been there one time had personal circumstances.  Where not much money coming in. When being reassessed continuous .  Every 18 months or so.

    From one benefit to another.

    Had no money for weeks so had to budget. Love veggies and Soup.

    Pasta with veggies always Saturday or Sunday.  Get rid of them.

    Have always time for members of our community having issues with food and diet and finding the equal balance of harmony.

    Having a mental illness my self my appetite and my physical not good some days so have a loads of recipes to get my mojo working.

    Only too glad to be advising any time.

    Pleasure to talk to you.


  • elly9elly9 Posts: 17Member Connected
    Thankyou spiceman I do have freezer etc so maybe Ile start doing more with leftovers. I also have two little dogs lol so they get and love it when I do chicken etc. I’m a bit of an old fashioned cook ie: meat veg and pots.i worked full time for 40 years and brought up five children so I did a lot of cooking. That’s probably why I’m so lazy about it now lol. I love jacket potatoes so i
    often have them and omelettes are a fave too. I shall look up on the council for groups and thankyou for your help x
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @elly9 Thank you for reply thank you for sharing.

    Your personal circumstances. I understand that and just wanted to say am always here.

    One of the things I forgot to mention is most councils have a wellbeing service and community groups.

    Where every one gets together cooking.

    Also the wellbeing service is there to help and maintain those wishing to look at eating healthily or looking at lifestyle choices.

    Something to consider.

    I used this service after addiction. Got me finding ways to cook stay healthy and think how I can benefit my wellbeing.

    Reason lots of the foodie tips, tricks got interested in it all.

    Food science and got qualifications.  Something now I can pass on to all you lovely members of our community.

    I mentioned Soup because it is so easy now. Supermarkets have Soup ingredients. Already, diced, chopped and ready to go.

    ASDA is one so is TESCO all for a £1 all the veggies ready to add stock or whatever you wish mix of Passata and stock cube.

    Then in to tubs freezer.

    You mentioned the dogs good to hear that but remember your feeding you as well.  Your a valued member of our community.

    Wish you well. Please ask me if you wish to know more. Any freezer ideas.

    Got loads. All meat and veggies happy to do so.

    Take care.


  • DanOApanDanOApan Posts: 52Member Connected
    Thanks @spiceman will definitely take on board advice just had a busy morning thing to stay active cut the grass.hurting now tho.....
    Pain killers on route 
    My partner cooks as the last time I did we were all poorly from bad meat from also 
    Also just applied for dhp from local council till hopefully tribunal result favouring award.
    Definitely going to take on board some of the advice on here 
  • DanOApanDanOApan Posts: 52Member Connected
    Aldi that meat was from....
    Lidl is much better for meats
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @DanOApan   Thank you for kind words. Glad to help.  Sorry to hear this wish you well .  One point like to recommend find a good butcher where you live.

    Look for one that does deals. On meat and packs. Something to consider.  

    People think butchers are expensive but if you go in. Ask and say what you have as a budget.  You can get some amazing deals.

    They want your business. Remember that.

    Also think cheap cuts the best.   From Supermarkets. No Chicken Breast. Think of numbers and meals.

    So for example Chicken Drumsticks and Chicken Thighs, Legs check how many in each pack.

    For per person two each should be enough. Remember you going to add veggies, or Pasta or Rice to bulk this out. Add beans or pulses.

    These are the ways to fill the meals you have to eat.  Also with every meal if you wish to eat bread. Not with butter.  Use as a filler.

    Does help.  In countries where poverty is rife like Italy and Spain.  They eat bread with every meal.  Because it soaks up and fills you up. The stomach.  

    Also think of when going the butchers think of Offal. Might say yuk. Liver, Kidneys, Heart . Yet this is the meat as a generation eat.

    Very much cost peanuts.  Even in the supermarket.  Bought Lambs Liver TESCO recently around less than a £1.

    Quick easy and simple.

    One other point I mentioned countries like Italy and Spain, Greece another one. Look at their cultures their cuisine.  Many areas are poverty hard and families have low incomes.

    So often eat better than we do. I learnt this and still am.  Do not have all the answers but use the knowledge .

    One other thing we the British have this way with food and waste.  Do not throw anything way.

    Always think how can I use that.    Bread going stale cut off crusts toast in the oven.  Add to soup put in the bottom of a bowl add soup on top.

    Filler that one.   Something else be unconventional just because we need breakfast in the morning why does it have to be cereal and toast.

    Can be anything you like. Look to the Indian subcontinent. They have Chickpea and Potato with Spinach Curry .  For breakfast why not. I did and still do if I wished to.

    In cold weather have Chicken Noodle soup why not.  Be different who cares as long it helps you stay full and not hungry.

    All over the Med and the places we all go on holiday . Spain, Italy, Morocco and beyond . Peppers, Tomatoes and Eggs are used as combinations for breakfast.

    Have no milk or cereal buy tins of Rice Pudding use them for standby breakfast.  In countries that produce Rice it is often for breakfast with coconut milk.

    Add in tins of fruit, Pineapple or anything.

    Just some ideas for you. Your a gent like my self. I did not wish to go on be this a lecture. Not like that. I am and have learnt a lot.

    Since leaving home thirty plus years ago. Add to that the misfortunate experiences of greedy landlord ended up with hardly no money.

    Even with the benefit situation. Once had and been there so many times.

    All I can say please get in touch you have a friend here. You just need a bit of guidance some one to help you.

    Happy to do so.

    As so many has helped me.

    Take care.

  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    I ate a jacket potato for tea tonight. 
  • okkkiamokkkiam Posts: 5Member Listener
    Some rice with vegetables.Be vegan !
  • AilsAils Posts: 166Member Pioneering
    Great recipes, @thespiceman.  Will give these a go.  Rice with vegetables sounds nice @okkkiam ;

    Just had a roll and square sausage last night for dinner as had lunch out.  Having macaroni cheese tonight with some garlic bread.  :smile:
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    Today I had jacket potato for my dinner. No clue about dinner tomorrow. Suggestions welcome. 
  • ScoliFibroGirlScoliFibroGirl Posts: 36Member Courageous
    I am having a traditional Sav and Chips from the fish and chips shop
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Ails   Thank you for kind words.  Please if I can help with anything for any recipe.

    Not sure how to do .  Need any inspiration, ideas.

    Please just contact me.  Always happy to be supportive.

    Take care.

  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 10,092Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    It's Sunday so lamb roast for dinner, my favourite. :)
  • AilsAils Posts: 166Member Pioneering
    Thanks for that @thespiceman.  I will keep that in mind and look forward to seeing your next recipe.  :smiley:
  • Kell430Kell430 Posts: 39Member Courageous
    @thespiceman any ideas how I can do Mac &cheese, I've never really been a fan but my partner loves it, and after everything he's been through with me these last few months I'd like to try and do something for him, if I could do it in the slow cooker would also be a help. Thanks in advance xxx
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    Tonight I had pizza for dinner with fruit salad. 
  • Hart86Hart86 Posts: 99Member Courageous
    Mmmm roast dinner is my absolute favourite meal!! 

    Last night I had chips from the chip shop, so much for healthy 😂😂

    Tonight it’s pasta salad 🥗 
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 1,957Administrator Scope community team
    Last night I had a curry but am very undecided about what to have tonight! @Hart86, I do fancy a chip butty now though! 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Kell430   Thank you very much. I am only too happy to do so.

    Got this one . Hope that helps.


    You will need the following 1 pint milk.  Whole milk.

    half teaspoon Dijon Mustard does help accentuates the Cheese sauce gives it a tang.

    Use a variety of different cheeses. . Any Cheddar, Gruyere, Emmenntal, or Parmesan . Up to you how much. I used to put in around of each.

    Grated a handful of each. Say around that .  

    A tablespoon of Cream cheese get one with Herbs and Garlic.  

    Pasta use any Penne or other short shapes.  Does not have to Macaroni.

    All to a slow cooker.  Stir in every thing. Milk, Pasta, Cheeses, Cream Cheese.  Black Pepper to taste.

    Cover on low for 1 to 2 hours adjust your timings might be longer check.

    Stir well.  

    This is one I used to make as a cheat. I used Colman's or other packet cheese sauce made up.  As packet.

    Might need two.  Add in mustard as above pour into slow cooker add Pasta add Cheeses grated any as I have said.  Plus seasonings Black pepper.

    Stir in leave on low around hour or more.   Check after an hour see might need more milk or cheese.

    Just double check.

    My slow cooker I had was small only for two people.

    You can add other things to the sauce Cauliflower or Bacon.  Even Broccoli . If frozen add at the end.  Bacon fry off add to the sauce.

    Fresh you could add at the start.

    I used the cheats version made the sauce and served with Pan fried Salmon  Flaked in.

    Wish you well.

    Take care.


  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @April2018mom ; You mentioned about what to have for evening meal.

    This is a recipe I call 


    Because it uses anything from the stores..  Using ready made meatballs from the Supermarket.

    You can get Turkey, Beef or Lamb ones some with Spices some with herbs. I believe some super markets do Spicy Pork ones for noodles.

    I always buy them and freeze them in portions.

    You will need the following Pack of Meatballs any.

    Any Pasta shapes use their favourite for children. Farfalle or other shapes.

    Jar of your favourite Pasta sauce . Might need two. You could add Have a jar of Roasted Red Peppers another way to make the sauce expand.

    Freezer Peas, Broad Beans or Green Beans or Sweetcorn or a mix.

    You could add Carrots or Mushrooms.  Add them to the sauce.

    Any melting cheese use Mozzarella grated or Gruyere grated   Easily found in the Supermarkets..

    Or use Cheddar .

    You will need to blend the sauce or use a food processor.  This is a good way to hide veggies like Carrots and Mushrooms.

    If for adults add a splash of wine if you so wish to.  Or chillies from the stores or a touch of Cayenne. Up to you.

    I do not drink but add some spices like chillies. Or Paprika.


    Blender or food processor sauce.  To a bowl.

    Put pasta on salted pan large one .  Bring to boil add Pasta .  If pack says ten minutes do nine because going to finish in the sauce.

    Meatballs seal in a pan olive oil.    Medium heat.  Remove Meatballs to a plate  add portion of sauce from bowl ladle just enough to coat pan.  Cover bring to a simmer.  Few minutes around five minutes.

    Add ladle of water to sauce if too thick.

    Add back Meatballs.

    Cover allow to cook on a gentle heat.  Another few minutes 

    In pasta pan add frozen veggies any. Last minute drain into sauce and mix.

    Serve with any of your favourite cheeses.

    You can add in Pesto from a jar to the sauce. One teaspoon be OK.

    Hope that helps.

    Take care.

  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    edited June 11
    Hello @Chloe_Scope ; You mentioned not too sure what to have tonight .

    Is there anything you particular like ?  I can help with. Being a Tuesday do these very simple Chicken or Turkey Pasta.

    Which you can buy from the supermarket already diced for you.

    Add them to a jar of a sauce for convenience .  Add in your favourite veggies.

    You can add in lardons or Pancetta cubes fry off first. Then add diced Chicken or Turkey.

    Or if feeling inventive and creative did this last night very easy and keeps in the fridge for a week to use with Pasta.


    Two onions sliced Two Carrots diced sliced you could use a food processor to help you.

    Add them and diced fine.   Two cartons of Passata Small ones.

    Herbs dried half teaspoon of each Oregano, Parsley and Basil or use mixed Italian one you need a teaspoon.

    Garlic Powder, Granules.  Black Pepper touch salt .  half teaspoon each.

    Tomato Puree and Tomato Ketchup one tablespoon of each 

    All to a stockpot olive oil or pan cover on a simmer. Hour or more check taste seasonings.

    When cool down add to a blender serve with any Pasta.

    Hope that helps.

    Take care.


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Posts: 1,957Administrator Scope community team
    Thank you @thespiceman! I always love your recipes!
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    Thank you @thespiceman

    I decided to go out for dinner in town at a local family pub. It is my new husband’s birthday today so we decided not to be boring and treat him. I had a burger and he opted for chicken. 
  • brydiedwardsbrydiedwards Posts: 8Member Connected
    Bit late to the discussion but I love cooking so thought I'd get involved! Made an easy meal tonight of fajitas with vegan bbq strips, mushrooms, peppers and all the spices :) 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @brydiedwards Pleased to meet you .  Please can I add your not late to the discussion.

     Happy to have you here anytime.

    The more members we have talking and creating fantastic, fabulous food and recipes like every one has done.

    The more inspiration we can give to others.

    Love what you are doing.    Like to share and care anytime  to be supportive.

    Every one thinks you need to eat meat weekly. Great  to have some meat free recipes. I do most weekends.

    Using up the left over veggies making them into amazing food.

    Best wishes.

    Take care.

  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    I'm making fish pie today with cod salmon prawns and smoked haddock in rich sauce with onions peas sweet corn then topped with creamy mash and cheese.
    Day in the kitchen also making zesty lemon cake.
  • brydiedwardsbrydiedwards Posts: 8Member Connected
    Thanks @thespiceman ! That's great, and I agree. Went vegan about 6 months ago and it's actually broadened my cooking massively. I do exactly the same with leftover veg, you can do wonders with them a tin of chopped tomatoes. 
  • Kell430Kell430 Posts: 39Member Courageous
    Thankyou so much @thespiceman, sorry for late reply I will definitely have a go at this xxx
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello  @brydiedwards ; That is great to hear. Certain regions of Italy Puglia and the southern areas do amazing vegetable pastas.

    Something to look out for if your going vegan.  

    Something I am a fan of do not have to be topped with cheese.

    Unless you find a vegan free one.  Know most cheeses made from animals likes cows and sheep. 

    Everything one thinks that you need to add cheese at the end that is Northern Italian . You usually find in the south of Italy add breadcrumbs fried in olive oil with garlic.

    Called Panatarta.  Use any left over bread . Food processor with garlic cloves blitz up and fry in Olive oil. Done this with Garlic Powder still good.

    Done this Pepper sauce this afternoon tangy and all veggie easy to go with any Pasta.


    Any peppers of any type Red or Yellow and Orange with Jars of Pasta sauce I used two.

    Dice up the Peppers to a stockpot or a saucepan with Olive oil.

    Added in a jar of Roasted Red Peppers.  Diced sliced. You could use a food processor for speed and for easy chopping. This is what I used this afternoon.

    Cover and on low for a hour. Cool down and blitz up in a blender or a food processor.

    Have in the fridge for any veggies to add such as Zucchini or just on its own.  You could add anything from the freezer veggie like Peas, Broad Beans or Green Beans have them in the freezer all the time.

    Bueno Appettito.

    Keep in touch. Always here if you need any inspiration.  Happy to be supportive do not mind if you need to know anything. Please may I suggest have a look at the books and recipes of The Food Doctor guy called Dr.Ian Marber might be useful for you.  Lot of his recipes are vegan based .

    Take care.

  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @janer1967 Like this very much.  Thank you for sharing wonderful . 

    Love the sound of your cake is it a Lemon Drizzle one ?  Amazing what your cooking and creating.

    Hope to hear more.

    Take care


  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    Hi @thespiceman
    No it isn't lemon drizzle it's lemon sponge sandwiched with lemon curd and lemon flavoured cream cheese frosting 

  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Kell430 ; Thanks very much .  Hope it turns out to be amazing.

    I have a lot of slow cooker recipes. Happy to share.

    Bought one a long time ago and really not used it that much except for Chilli  and Bolognese and Curry veggies great in it.

    Have found ways and means to do most of my recipes. Doing short cuts, tricks, tips and energy savers.

    Do a meal different now all the above helps.

    Take care.

  • AilsAils Posts: 166Member Pioneering
    Oh your lemon drizzle cake sounds amazing, @janer1967:smiley:
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @janer1967 ; Thanks for sharing .  Admire those who are creative with baking and making cakes.

    Do not have a cooker with an oven.  Something I need to replace.

    Enjoy your meal.

    Take care.


  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    @thespiceman you can make cakes in slow cooker search the internet for recipes. I have made a syrup sponge pudding in microwave as well before 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    I made a curry today with chicken. So I had that for lunch and dinner. 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @janer1967 ; Thanks for this. Did not know this will have a look on line.

    Much appreciated. I always have yoghurt and fruit mixed with Cinnamon or Fennel Seeds after wards. Sometimes add Crème fraiche or Mascarpone.   Touch of Lemon juice and Icing Sugar to sweeten a little.

    Now and again a pudding unfortunately most of them from the supermarket ready made too sweet and sugary for me.

    See what I can do.

    Thanks very much.

    Take care.

  • Hart86Hart86 Posts: 99Member Courageous
    Veggie stew tonight, it’s already in the slow cooker and smells good! Mmmmmmmmmmm 🤤 
  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    Hello @thespiceman

    Rice pudding  made in slow cooker is nice. Or you could make desserts like cheesecake or mousse or panna cotta that don't need baking. 
    Happy cooking 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    Tonight I had a leftover ham and tomato panini with rice for dinner. 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 1,356Administrator Scope community team
    I was treated to steak, salad and chips for Father's Day dinner last night, although I ended up cooking it (and washing up!) because no one else will handle the meat! :D 
    Tonight we're having vegetable stir fry. 
    Senior Community Officer
  • thespicemanthespiceman Posts: 4,207Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Adrian_Scope   Thanks for sharing sorry to hear that.

    For once the telephone was quiet in my home. Used to get texts and calls those wanting to cook a meal for their Father or partner.

    Short on ideas.  Contact me .

    Tonight my meal is Soup always soup Monday Minestrone or Lentil with Chicken and vegetables.

    Antibacterial good healthy start to the week.

    Made a big batch helps to get through the first half of the week.

    Not a fan of microwaving food but this does help a portion.

    With whole meal bread and butter.

    Followed by Summer fruit with Yoghurt and Fromage Frias. Mixed together a teaspoon of each. With Cinnamon touch of Lemon juice and Icing Sugar.

    Wish you well doing your stir fry.

    Take care.

  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    Does anyone have a recipe for smoked salmon? 
  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    @April2018mom do you mean a recipe with smoked salmon in or how to smoke salmon
    Smoked salmon is nice with pasts in creamy sauce with some parsley lemon added to the sauce
    Boil pasta in other pan get some onions mushrooms make into sauce with creme freche add herbs and smoked salmon then when pasta cooked mix it all together 
  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 486Member Pioneering
    I’m having a mini dinner party tomorrow night. I want recipes for smoked salmon please. Thank you. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 75Member Courageous
    Or you could make a terrene or a pate I don't have recipe but you could get one off internet. Also suggest Google smoked salmon recipes 

  • RainbowJoRainbowJo Posts: 23Member Connected
    im not quite sure what my dinner was ment to be. it was disgusting i can tell u that. cauliflower and potato in a tomarto sauce. (to me it tasted more like a tin of tomatoes with out the tomatoes) at least being in hospital for over 2 weeks is going to help me loose weight lol. 

    Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. 
    ~Maya Angelou~

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