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Lazy Leftover Chilli Nachos!


I love leftovers, and I love coming up with three or four different ways to serve the same meal.

The chilli is extremely hot, but works really well with the cooling and soothing sour cream.

This is very easy and quick to make, no longer than 20 minutes. It was ideal, pulling the
chilli from the freezer and making such a simple and light meal after a full blown Easter lunch!

The flour tortilla crisp up brilliantly in the oven, and do not have all the extra salt that packet bought varieties contain.

Nachos : On the Plate


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Pizza Pasta Bake


Sometimes you just want to eat simple comfort food.

It was a Tuesday evening, and I had come in from the gym, and wanted something quick, wholesome and tasty.

The great thing about this dish is that you can cook the pasta, pancetta and tomato sauce all at the same time - meaning that preparation time is vastly reduced. Once it is in the oven you can crack on with your evening.

I based the pasta bake on pizza flavours. So I added mozzarella, smoky pancetta and oregano as my base flavours. The sour bread crumbs on top give a great crunch and textural difference. The mozzarella in the middle remains melted and gooey, whilst that on top goes golden and crispy.
(I was wanting to top this with strips of anchovy - but was told this was a step too far - I might try it one day smiley_wink)

I served this with a simple fresh salad and a quick mustard dressing.

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Pancetta Red Onion Frittata


I was coming home quite late, and needed to come up with a quick and wholesome meal for the household.

A quick trip to the local convenience supermarket, I grabbed some eggs and a packet of Pancetta, and headed home to crack on.

Frittata is an omelette by any other name. I was in a rush, so I cooked the Pancetta, red onion and par boiled potatoes all in one go. I am sure you could get even better effects by cooking the individual ingredients. However, my hash mix tasted delicious nonetheless. I opted to use a separate frying pan to cook the frittata as I did not have faith that it would come out in one go otherwise.

The meal was delicious, chunks of salty pancetta mixed with golden potato chunks and cheese.

I added the salad on top so that everything could be served together. Visually I think it makes the dish look a lot more appetising.

An extremely cheap, tasty and healthy mid week meal, that take minutes to make.

The leftovers were used for packed lunch the next day, and by all accounts was equally good cold.

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