Butternut Squash Soup
This recipe has always been a real favourite with our members and it's completely understandable. First, it's delicious, sweet, salty, silky and a gorgeous golden colour. But also, it's a doodle to make and it freezes so well. It's a basic recipe which you can upgrade whatever way you see fit (always mind any bites you may add though) to take from an every day soup to something with extra vavavoum. We freeze it in cubes and use these as an easy base for sauces and stews. It's an absolutely brilliant all rounder!
It's gentle and smooth and a bowl makes a gorgeous lunch or dinner that replenishes your energy levels without making you feel heavy the way a sandwich might. In the evenings, you can jazz it up a little bit with some funky toppings (try crisp sage leaves or oven-roasted garlic and almond slices). If you want to take it up a notch, just slice it and deseed it and roast it in a hot oven for 30 min, you only then have to scoop the hot flesh and add it to the pot once the water is boiling).
It is unctuous and it feels like a hug in a bowl especially on a chilly day. This is the kind of soup that should always be around you. Tasty, healthy and ready to go in mere moments.
So make it, taste it, then make it again!
Leek and Potato Soup
This simple leek and potato soup is packed with nutritious goodness!
Over these coming weeks, while we’re all cooking from home, we’ll be offering ideas for a range of immune-boosting delicious foods that we can easily freeze, share and enjoy. Foods to lift our spirits and boost our energy too. .
Leeks - fresh or frozen - are a source of Vitamin A, C and K and are great for boosting our iron, and other minerals, such as manganese (essential for regulating our brain and nerve function).
Leek and potato soup is one of the tastiest ways to give our bodies a delicious dose of these powerful immune boosters.
Packed with a range of vitamins and nutrients, this delicious, versatile soup is one that all the family is sure to enjoy.
Sorry, but is there anything that smells better than a house where bread is cooking? We think not. Porridge bread is full of fibres and of the goodness of yogurt.
This fool-proof recipe for porridge bread is the perfect Sunday bake. It's so easy to put together. You will need one large bowl and a smaller one along with a fork and wooden spoon. We use loaf-shaped cake tins with parchment paper to line the tins but silicone paper cases work very well too if you can find them (they're often in the baking section in the supermarkets. This means we don't have to worry about greasing the tins or anything sticking. It's also much easier for the washing-up!
The best thing about this porridge bread? It is DELICIOUS! The ingredients are simple but work so well together to bring together the best of Irish comfort food. We normally like to jazz up our recipes with spices and herbs, but this bread is perfect in its simplicity.
If you are lucky enough to have a freezer and even luckier to have a bit of space in it, then make a few loaves on a Sunday morning or whenever you know you have a day at home or whatever day you do your prepping for the week ahead. You then wait for the bread to be completely cooled down (torture, we know, but you can do it!) and then and only then you slice them (we get 12 slices out of this recipe and so should you), wrap them individually with baking paper wrapped around them and stack them in your freezer. You now only ever have to stick them in the toaster when you want a warm fresh slice of porridge bread. The best trick in the world!
Fakeaway Taco Fries
What we love about Taco Fries, is that everybody loves them. The sweetness of the caramelised onions, the flavour of the garlic, the treat of the grated cheese on top of a warm pile of meaty goodness on a base of crispy fries... What is there not to love?
This fake-away taco fries recipe demands that you put on a bit of happy music, whatever that may mean for you but make it sunny, this kind of food needs a chef that's happy to be in the kitchen. Nothing wrong with a few salsa moves while you stir the onions so they don't burn.
These taco fries taste even better eaten with your fingers, sitting around the table with family or friends, chatting the afternoon away.
As per usual, we advocate thinking ahead and making life easier for yourself. Why not make at least double the portion of the mince mixture and freeze half of it? This way, when you fancy these fake-away taco fries again but are stuck for time, you will only have to defrost the mince and reheat it. So much easier on you once the fries are popped into the oven!
For freezing, a nifty trick (once the mince is fully cooled down) is to pack a portion per freezer bag and freeze the bags horizontally on top of each other so they are nice and thin. Once they are frozen this way, you can either stack them vertically or horizontally. But basically, look at your freezer space and freeze the bags in the easiest shape for you. It's like a cold game of Tetris!
Finally, a bit of torn parsley or coriander is absolutely gorgeous on this dish as a garnish. The colours and flavour of the herbs will brighten up the meal for both the eyes and the palate.
Skinny Spice Bag
Do you know the ways some days are just a bit meh, and nothing feels like it will work out again. Those days where you just want brown food for comfort. Something warm and crunchy with a bit of a garlic or spice kick to pick you up and help you feel a bit better?
Well, you just wait until you try our Skinny Spice Bag. We call it skinny but simply, it's just real food, cooked well with a few herbs and spices to excite your taste buds.
More importantly, this spice bag is so good, you won't even be bothered with the local takeaway ones anymore. The recipe below assumes that you are using our Gorge Us Chips and honestly, you'd be mad not to! It also assumes that you do not have the "spice bag" spice blend you can now find in most supermarkets but if you do, use that instead of the Chinese all spice (also known as 5 spice) and chili flakes.
Now, stick on some tunes, make yourself a cuppa, and start prepping. It will take you just a bit more than 30 min and you'll have such a deeply satisfying dinner, it will put a smile on your face and a spring in your step!