How to Cook: Pea, Barley and Green Lentil Stew

There hasn’t been any posts from me for a while, between work, life and now Covid-19 I’ve had little time to myself. I’m learning to juggle (promise)… so that’s a plus.

Anyway, I’m still cooking and have invented this little gem which I eat for lunch at work. I simply defrost and reheat in the micorwace for 2.5 minutes and viola, a nutritional, filling bowl of hearty goodness!

I’m not quite sure what to call it though… although I use a pea and barley broth mix, it’s more like an alternative risotto than a soup or stew. However, whatever you (or I) decide to call it, I can safely say it takes absolutely fabulous!

Only taking 20 minutes to bulk cook four meals, you’ll be mad not to give it a try.

Let me know in the comments what you think! And don’t forget to take a snap and send it to me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!

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How to Cook: Lentil Bolognese

This simple Lentil Bolognese recipe has fast become my favourite to cook and eat. It’s light, flavoursome, and just simply delicious. I could eat barrels of the stuff if I allowed myself!

It only takes 20 minutes to prepare and cook so it’s perfect for that mid-week slump. And tastes delicious even when it comes straight from the freezer!

I would highly recommend adding the spaghetti with about 1/4 cup of the spaghetti water to the dish for the remaining 5 minutes because it is that which will help give the flavour that extra boost.

Trust me you’re going to become obsessed with this one.


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How to Cook: Stir Fry

I love making stir fry for many reasons; it’s quick, easy, versatile, and allows me to eat my 5 a day in one delicious helping! There are so many combinations of sauces, vegetables, and seasonings to try that if I did a recipe for each one it’ll never end! So wy not take this as a base and then chop, change, and experiment your way through some more flavours? Trust me, you will never get bored of this 20 minute dish.


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How to Cook: Paella

Paella is a great dish whenever you don’t really fancy cooking. Throw some rice, broth, and veg in a pan – wait 20 minutes –  and hey presto! You’ve got yourself a tasty dish that is fit for any budget!

For this paella I decided to max out on veggies, but feel free to add anything you want – just don’t forget to cook any meat before continuing with the rest of the recipe. If you want to add some meat to this particular recipe then I would recommend salmon, it complements the vegetables nicely.


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How to Cook: Aubergine Parmigiana

With Maddie off in Liverpool, I decided to cook myself a few dinner treats. These all consisted around Italian food because let’s face it, it’s the best food money can buy. And I’ve been obsessed with Italian cuisine since my multiple Toni Macaroni visits (somewhere I’d definitely recommend if you ever find yourself in the Scottish regions – they offer big plates at small prices and are simply divine).

Now, you may be thinking that these treats cost me an arm and a leg but fear not, they still come under that £5 mark! And they don’t cost you a well balanced-meal because they are full to the brim with vegetable goodness!Aubergin_Parmigiana

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How to Cook: Red Lentil Curry

I bought a packet of Red Lentils a while back for my Lasagna Soup creation and ever since they have found a place among Maddie’s Bulgar Wheat i.e. the unloved and unused section of our cupboard.

So this week, a little bored with my usual recipes, I decided to find a new recipe I could create using things in the cupboard. This is where the unloved and unused Red Lentils came in handy. Inspired by: Delish Knowledge I bring to you a budget Red Lentil Curry and all it took was 20 minutes in the pan (amazing!)

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How to Bake: Eggless Pancakes

I love pancakes! They are a versatile and easy snack ,or breakfast, when you feel like treating yourself after a hard week.. However, sometimes the sugar content makes me feel very guilty, especially if I’ve “treated” myself a lot during the week. But this little recipe is a healthier alternative, only using 1 teaspoon of sugar, it gives all the flavour of a regular pancake without the diabetes! Hallelujah!


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How to Bake: Vegan Cookies

If you haven’t noticed by now, I’m a little bit addicted to cookies, hence the multitude of cookie recipes that have appeared over the year on the blog. However, as a student I need to think of inventive ways to get round our lack of food in the cupboard. This is usually a lack of perishable goods such as eggs and fresh produce. So when the sugar cravings hit and I have none of the ingredients I need, I turn to the vegan alternatives, and I must say these satisfied a whole lot of sugar cravings!


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How to Cook: Lasagna Soup

We tried and tested a new vegan recipe this week in keeping with Veganaury. Getting bored of the usual dishes, I wanted to change it up a bit so I got searching Google for inspiration and it did not disappoint as I was inspired by this little recipe from Vegan Richa. Having changed some of the ingredients to suit a low budget stocked cupboard, we give to you an inspired dish. I hope you enjoy it as much as us!


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How to Cook: Homemade Pizza

Making homemade pizza has been on the top of my foodie list for a while now. I finally managed to tick it off a few months ago when the boyf came to visit me in Glasgow.

This little, and easy, recipe is perfect for any quick fix dinner. And as an added bonus, it is a great way to spend some quality time with the family.

Even though making your own is pricier than buying frozen, I think it tastes 100 times better. And you can add infinite amounts of toppings like we did!


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