Recipes by Di Swann
Simple to prepare, this hearty cottage pie is sure to become a dinnertime staple. The breadcrumb topping is a yummy twist to a comforting classic.
Give the dependable cottage pie an inspired lift with rich tomato flavours under a creamy cap of cheesy mashed potato.
Rich and satisfying for those cool nights. Add some garlic and herb sea salt to the mashed potatoes for full, happy tums. Another easy recipe for the oven or crockpot.
The classic and versatile meat and beans sauce can be served with nachos, on rice, on top of baked potatoes – or just about any other way you care to invent.
Here’s an easy barbeque idea: burgers with a great kumara and orange salad on the side.
A family friendly cottage pie − make the plain one for the kids, or add the chorizo and wine for the adults. Smiles all round!
A brilliant barbecue sauce turns burgers into something special. Make a batch and store in the fridge – then all you have to do is throw the burger patties on the barbie!
Kids love these. Let them fill and wrap their own burritos – messy, but fun!
Burgers are great fun food, and teenagers love them. These ones − with salad and super easy avocado spread − are the perfect weekend BLAT...
Quesadillas are all the rage. A Mexican-style toasted sandwich with all your favourite flavours for an easy casual meal or snack. The mince is not too spicy, so all the family can enjoy it − and if you like it hotter, just add your favourite chilli sauce into your quesadilla.
Here's a recipe with a twist − a rich beef casserole with the addition of smoked paprika. Finish with lite cream for full flavour without the guilt.
Tasty and much healthier than normal pastry − not to mention easier and less messy. Easy as pie!
Satay sauce is one of the greatest Indonesian inventions of all time! The creamy, nutty sauce combines wonderfully well here with stir-fry beef and pineapple.
Perfect for tacos, wrapping in burritos or spooning over a baked potato. Nothing will warm you up quicker than a hearty beef and bean mix like this one.
Here's a neat way to turn two family favourites − Wattie's Hash Browns and Wattie's Condensed Vegetable Soup − into a fabulous pie.
Cute little pies in crisp bread cases, topped with melted cheese. Great for a Sunday night tea – or any time there’s a crowd of kids to feed.
The great thing about this casserole is that it takes very little time to prepare, and then just sits and simmers − leaving you free to chat with your guests (or help the kids with their homework!)
Potato Pom Poms are another Food in a Minute favourite, and a great way to top off a delicious beef casserole. For those of you that enjoy cooking in a slow cooker, this recipe can easily be adapted.
The benefit of slow cooking means that you can use cheaper cuts of meat which still retain a wonderful flavour when cooked this way. Served with simple cauliflower mash, this is a warming meal to look forward to on those cooler days.
A quick and easy marinade is always a handy recipe to have with barbecue season on its way, and this recipe also doubles as a stir-fry sauce. Spring, summer or winter, this recipe will always taste great. Check out our tips for how to cook perfect steaks, too!