When times are busy and there is a chill outside, it is a joy to return home to a hearty meal bubbling away. Slow cookers can be bought relatively cheaply nowadays and they are cost effective to run, plus meals are easy to bulk out with added veggies, herbs and spices.

Lentil and Mushroom Ragu by Amelia Freer

Lentil & Mushroom Ragu

This is a lovely meat-free Monday meal or a comforting, warming dish for a cosy night in. It is quick to make with simple ingredients and results in…

Warming Chicken & Pumpkin Soup by Amelia Freer

Warming Chicken & Pumpkin Soup

This is a treasured recipe – I’ve been making it for many years and it still remains a favourite. Chicken soup has been used for many years to help…

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef by Amelia Freer

Slow Cooked Mexican Beef

The slow cooker is the busy person’s best friend during the colder winter months. It only takes me a few minutes to get this in the pot, where I can…

Warming Chickpea & Pumpkin Curry by Amelia Freer

Chickpea & Pumpkin Curry

This is such a comforting dish for wintery days. Chickpeas are a starchy carbohydrate, but they also contain protein. They are a brilliant substitute…

Easy Beef Curry by Amelia Freer

Beef Curry

This is so easy to make and feels like a really delicious hearty meal – great for sharing with friends and family. You don’t need rice with this, as…

Chicken, Kale & Bean Stew by Amelia Freer

Chicken, Kale & Bean Stew

This is the kind of hearty autumnal stew that brings me lovingly into the colder seasons – a one-pot meal can feed my house for days, and the…

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole

Chicken & Tarragon Casserole

This makes me think of my Mum – she really rocks a casserole. It’s something I used to be afraid to make, but thank goodness for the slow cooker! It…

Pumpkin Dahl Soup

A big, comforting, fragrant bowl of dhal on a wintery day is always a treat. This one, made with seasonal pumpkin (autumn), gently spiced with some…

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