Garlic Prawn Spaghetti

My favourite, quick, 15 minute dinner. Also, this really satisfies my pasta cravings. It’s a great meal because you can keep the ingredients in the kitchen for whenever you need them! As a Mum, this meal can be a life saver. Even my 18 month old daughter loves this dinner so it’s doubley perfect!

I buy frozen, precooked king prawns because they’re cheaper and it cuts out a lot of time (plus, you can leave it in the freezer until you need them) but you can buy fresh ones. Just make sure that they’re cooked all the way through and fully pink. I also use lazy garlic (already chopped, in a jar and you can keep it in the fridge) but you can use fresh garlic. You can use either dried or fresh parsley or even chives. I always keep spaghetti in the pantry and butter and parmesan are always in my fridge. That’s it!

Garlic Prawn Spaghetti

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Equipment

  • saucepan
  • knife
  • cheese grater
  • colander
  • garlic press (optional)
  • Frying pan
  • Chopping board

Ingredients
  

  • 200 g king prawns
  • 250 g spaghetti
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic (or 3-4 cloves)
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese (or however much you want)

Instructions
 

  • Begin to cook the spaghetti.
  • Defrost the prawns in a frying pan on heat (or begin to cook the fresh ones).
  • Drain the water away and place the frying pan back on the heat (medium) with the butter.
  • Allow the butter to melt amongst the prawns and add the garlic.
  • Stir fry for 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove the frying pan from the heat and stir in the chopped parsley.
  • Drain the cooked spaghetti and dish into bowls. Top with the prawns and melted butter and sprinkle with parmesan.
Keyword buttery, Garlic, parmesan, pasta dish, Prawn, Spaghetti

It’s really as simple as that! A simple, quick and life saver of a dinner idea. You’re welcome!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Need I say more? 🍌🍫Seems like everyone in this pandemic has made banana bread. Well, this is an alternative. Whether it’s for breakfast, an evening treat or a basket you want to drop off to a loved one while socially distancing, these muffins are perfect.

This recipe uses chocolate chips but I recently ran out and used Cadbury dairy milk, chopped up and I think I’m going to do that from now on. It made the chocolate much more creamier and slightly melted in the middle. Way better than chocolate chips. Plus, its Cadbury!

I particularly love this recipe because it’s an all in one method. For those of you who dont know, that means you bung all the ingredients in one bowl and mix it altogether. No separate bowls, no creaming method and so much less washing up. As a Mum, all in one method and one pan meals are the saving grace to my sanity. Just makes things so simple and easy in a time that may not be. Plus, less washing up. Can I get a hallelujah?🙌🏻

Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Only the best banana muffins ever.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 12

Equipment

  • Mixer
  • Measuring Scales
  • Small Bowl
  • Fork
  • Muffin tin
  • Muffin cases

Ingredients
  

  • 100 g Butter room temp
  • 2 Eggs medium, free range
  • 175 g Caster Sugar
  • 225 g Self-raising Flour sifted
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3 tbsp Milk whole
  • 2 Bananas very ripe, mashed
  • 100 g Chocolate chips or chocolate chopped into small chunks

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan, Gas Mark 4) and line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.
  • Mix all the ingredients in one bowl until fully combined and smooth.
  • Spoon the mixture evenly into the 12 cases and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  • Once fully baked, leave to cool on a cooling wrack.
  • Optional: melt more chocolate to drizzle over the top of the muffins or add a square of chocolate to the top of the muffins.
Keyword Banana, Chocolate, muffin

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Cajun Veggie Stew

I found this recipe recently and I thought I would share it (along with my alterations). This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan and (most importantly) a one pot meal, making it perfect for a midweek meal you need to cook in a hurry or a simple comforting dish when the weather is, well, British. It’s packed full of veggies so it is perfect for kids. “My kids don’t like veggies”. Well, guess what, Karen, neither does my fiance. He is a big kid or a ‘manly man’ when it comes to food. It’s either turkey dinosaurs or lots of meat and failing that, lots of cheese but he actually liked this AND had seconds AND requested I made it again!

I find this is best served with warm crusty bread but you could serve it with rice. This recipe makes enough to serve 4. Being a one pot meal you will literally only need one large saucepan, a chopping board, a sharp knife and a sieve (if you want to rince your tinned chickpeas). That’s it!

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 450g sweet potato
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 bell peppers
  • 1 clove of garlic (I buy the jarred, already minced stuff because I’m lazy)
  • 1 tbsp Cajun seasoning (I buy the Schwartz one found in the spices aisle)
  • 400g tinned tomatoes
  • tinned chickpeas
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Cut sweet potato, red onion and bell peppers into bite sized chunks. Mince or finely chop the garlic.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan and add the sweet potato, red onion and peppers.
  3. Sauté until softened then stir in the garlic. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the Cajun seasoning, tinned tomatoes, chickpeas and vegetable stock. Simmer on a low to medium heat, stirring occasionally,  until the sweet potato is soft enough to your taste. This should take between 10-20 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and serve with warm crusty bread.

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It is literally that simple. I like to make a big batch of this so I can reheat it for lunches or make multiple dinners for my little one. You can add more Cajun seasoning to intensify the flavour or add chilli powder to give it a kick. It is so versatile that it will suit almost anyone’s tastes.


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