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Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - The Asda Meatballs

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – The Asda Meatballs

Here’s a bit different of a difference, my mother’s obsessed with these meatballs, she buys them quite regularly and either serves them as meatballs or squashes them into burgers…. bizarre I know lol!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Ingredients

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Ingredients

I’m unsure whether this should come under the “Waste Not Want Not Wednesday” because these ingredients were leftovers from the Pizza Pies I made, but it’s also quick and easy so it’s a win win! Before we start cooking chop the chorizo, roasted red peppers and the onion, I’ve cut the onion into half moon and the chorizo into chunks.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Frying the onions

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Frying the onions

I had some Oil that came in a spray bottle, spray a light covering on the pan and heat. When the pan is warm add the onions and fry them until they start to soften.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Frying the onions and chorizo

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Frying the onions and chorizo

When the onions start to soften add the chorizo and stir, you’ll need to cook them until they start to soften and also the oil from the chorizo comes out.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - minced ground garlic and chili flakes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – minced ground garlic and chili flakes

In a small bowl add 1 tsp of ground garlic and a large grinding of chilli flakes. Give them a mix and set aside.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - Adding the Minced ground garlic and chili flakes to the pan

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – Adding the Minced ground garlic and chili flakes to the pan

Add the chilli flakes and garlic to the pan and stir thoroughly to combine the onions, chorizo, garlic and chilli.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- grilled red pepper pastes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- grilled red pepper pastes

Add the Char-Grilled Red Pepper and the Sun-Dried Tomato Pastes and stir thoroughly, allow the ingredients to mix together and get to know each other, the party is starting now!

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the roasted red peppers

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the roasted red peppers

Add the roasted red pepper and stir thoroughly to combine all the flavours, these are some of my favourite ingredients and it’s shaping up really nicely now.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the mixed dry herbs

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the sun-dried tomato and char- adding the mixed dry herbs

Add the mixed dry herbs, if you don’t have a packet of mixed dry herbs you could use oregano, basil and coriander in equal measures.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - adding the tinned tomatoes

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – adding the tinned tomatoes

Pour in the tinned tomatoes and mix thoroughly, allow everything to come to temperature. You can add water if you want more of a sauce, or add a bit of stock if you want to make some up with a stock cube.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - all the ingredients cooking away nicely

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – all the ingredients cooking away nicely

Allow the mixture to simmer and come together nicely, turn the heat down and just check it from time to time.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - the sauce simmering and the meatballs frying

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – the sauce simmering and the meatballs frying

Fry the meatballs in a pan with a small splash of oil, you want to cook them until they start to brown all over, you’re going to finish them off in the sauce so don’t worry too much.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - bringing the ingredients together at the end of cooking

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – bringing the ingredients together at the end of cooking

Once the balls are brown add them to the sauce and mix through when you stir everything, do it gently and to ensure that you don’t break the balls up.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - microwaveable basmati rice, a great accompaniment

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – microwaveable basmati rice, a great accompaniment

Serve this with some quick and easy basmati rice, use the type that you can cook in the microwave and it’ll be ready in next to no time.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce - a microwave, a busy cook's best friend

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce – a microwave, a busy cook’s best friend

The microwave is a great asset to a time starved family, I’m going to be featuring recipes that can be cooked in the microwave, like our Homemade Microwaveable Tomato Risotto. If you’ve got any microwaveable recipes then get in touch, I’d love to see them and try and recreate them.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce -served and ready to eat

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce -served and ready to eat

I really enjoyed this, it’s very similar to the Sausage Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce I made in September last year. It’s really enjoyable, slightly spicy and a great to use the meatballs, they’re handy to have in the freezer , they can be defrosted and cooked quite easily.

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

Time-Saving Tuesday – Asda Meatballs and Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce

I’m back to normal now, and on time 😆 what more can I do! I hosted a dinner party a couple of weeks ago, so I’ll be blogging about that on the weekend, more to come next week with a review and another recipe 😀Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

I’m going to be doing lots over the next few weeks, so will keep you updated even hoping to finally get my youtube videos up and running… here’s hoping 😆

6 Nations Of Food

6 Nations Of Food

Have you been watching the six nations, I’m going to try and cook something from each of the countries involved so brace yourself for a bit of welsh cakes, pasta, toad in the hole, Kedgeree, champ and something French…. six nations of food, happy days!

See you soon

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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

Just a little later than planned but you expected that didn’t you, come on we all know you did!

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

This is a mix and match one for you this week, it’s Asda’s Beef Bourguignon in a tin and Merchant-Gourmet’s Red and White Quinoa, why you ask? The reason is because I wanted to use them up lol.

Asda Beef Bourguignon cooking instructions and nutritional information

Asda Beef Bourguignon cooking instructions and nutritional information

The idea between a meal in a tin is that it’s quick and easy when your in a hurry. The tin describes it as

Beef chunks with mushrooms, silverskin onions and smoked streaky bacon in a red wine sauce.

The nutritional information can be seen in the picture above, I’m not sure why it states “hob heated”, would that make a difference for the nutritional content?

Asda Beef Bourguignon ingredients

Asda Beef Bourguignon ingredients

I cooked it in a saucepan and stirred it occasionally on a medium heat, it’s important to ensure that all the ingredients are hot. I served this with the Quinoa to use it up, the Quinoa had cooking instructions on the back of the packet.

Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa cooking instructions

Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa cooking instructions

The cooking instructions are clear and concise, and include cooking instructions for three types of microwaves. There was also cooking instructions for cooking on the hob…. but I didn’t see them when I was preparing things lol. I also didn’t realise you could eat it cold straight from the package…. win win!

Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa nutritional information

Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa nutritional information

The calories were quite high in this pack, I realise that it was a pack for two but if you were someone with a large appetite. There was also 15.2g of fat in the whole pack which again is quite high.

Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa ideas to keep

Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa ideas to keep

The package cleverly provides you with some handy hints on what to do with the contents of the package, it also gives you the link to the website for more information.

  • Serve warm with lightly spiced chicken, fresh coriander and a spoonful of natural yoghurt.

  • Combine with tuna, spring onions and a squeeze of lemon juice for a fresh lunchtime option.

  • Create a superfood salad by mixing quinoa, feta, soya beans, cucumber, pomegranate seeds and sugarsnap peas. Dress with soy sauce, olive oil and lemon juice.

The package states that Red and white Quinoa has a nutty flavouring and is firm in texture. As I said earlier it can be used straight from the pouch in a cold salad or heat in the microwave and mix with roasted vegetables and cheddar cheese.

Overall thoughts…

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Asda Beef Bourguignon with Merchant-Gourmet Red and White Quinoa

Where do I start, the Beef Bourguignon was ok, not brilliant but ok. It had a real winey taste to it, which I wasn’t overly fussy on and the texture to the ingredients weren’t a lot to be desired. I didn’t really get the smoked streaky bacon flavour and thankfully I couldn’t pick up the mushrooms. I was really disappointed and that’s why it’s getting a thee star rating3 stars

The Quinoa was slightly better although I don’t think it went with the dish I was serving it with, the accompaniment should have been mashed potatoes. I wouldn’t like to eat it cold from the pouch and I wasn’t’ overly enamored with the texture of it, but with some fish or chicken I suppose it would be a healthier option to rice. I’m awarding this four stars, I’ve tried lots of Merchant-Gourmet products over the years and this wasn’t one of my favourites.4 stars

In their favour though both products were quick and easy to prepare and not particularly expensive.Wheelie Good Meals Social Networking

Coming up next week for Time-Saving Tuesday we have my review of Tesco’s Italian Spaghetti Carbonara We’ll have the last installment in my Strictly Suppers range on the weekend, it’ll be my take on a Slimming World/Weight Watchers dish Fanta Chicken…. only I’m doing Tango chicken. Who do you want to win, personally I quite like Jay or Katie. Remember too, if you’ve got a product you’d like me to review get in touch on the methods above.

 

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Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

This is the first of My Mystery Bag Meals series, a series based on Ready Steady Cook.  You can see all the ingredients below, including the ones I used from my Store Cupboard

Ingredients for Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Ingredients for Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

This mystery bag was set by Melanie from (www. melaniesfoodadventures.com) The ingredients were:

  • Ready Rolled Puff Pastry £1.30
  • Ready to Eat Chicken Chunks £2.00
  • Pack of Trimmed Green Beans £0.50
  • Tub of Crème Fraiche £0.90

This bag came to a total of £4.70… good shopping I thought, so what was I going to do with this bag of loveliness…. a Chicken Stroganoff Pie

It’s quite funny posting this today because a year ago today I posted “Graham’s Caramelised Red Onion and Goats Cheese Tart”. This recipe is loosely based on a recipe Graham gave me for his Stroganoff, and it was cooked by my niece Alice and I when she came to stay recently. The first thing to do is pre-heat your oven to 2000 C, next chop the onion and garlic, as you’re cooking it in the saucepan and in the oven you don’t have to chop them too finely…. ok you can cute them as fine as you want to, with me time was tight and I was lazy.

Chopping the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Chopping the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Once you’ve chopped the garlic and onion set them aside for later, next put some butter in a sauce pan and some olive oil. Heat on a low to medium heat…. I hate these recipes that say cook something for x amount of minutes without telling you what temperature to cook it on.

Melting the butter to fry the onions for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Melting the butter to fry the onions for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

When the butter has melted add the onions and Sweat the onions slowly then add the garlic, you should be careful not to burn the garlic. Cook it gently stirring regularly.

Frying the onion and garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Frying the onion and garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Once the garlic and onions have softened it’s time to add the Smoked Paprika. As I said earlier this is an adaptation of Graham’s Strongonhoff recipe, he uses Paprika that isn’t smoked but I only had Smoked Paprika in the cupboard. Alice and I (well Alice not me honestly your honour was a bit heavy handed with ye ole Paprika… on reflection I’d add about 1 level teaspoon. Cook gently so that you cook out the powderiness of the spice. I can never understand how people put raw curry powder with mayonnaise for dips and dressing, raw spices have a sand like texture, reminds me of falling when messing about on the beach – or so I imagine lol.

Adding the Smoked Paprika to the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Adding the Smoked Paprika to the Onion and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Once the Paprika, Onion and Garlic have got to know each other, are relaxed and enjoying each other’s company….. add another guest to the party. It’s time to add the star of the show… the cooked chicken, I have a confession to make, there’s less cooked chicken than there should be, why, because I was hungry the night before lol

Adding the Cooked Chicken to the Smoked Paprika, Onions and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Adding the Cooked Chicken to the Smoked Paprika, Onions and Garlic for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Keep stirring that until the chicken is fully covered with the Paprika and all the flavours are combined and everything is cosy, the chicken is pre-cooked so don’t worry too much just bring things up to temperature.   At every party there’s always someone who is fashionably late… this occasion it’s the Crème Fraiche, it’s an ingredient I don’t use often, although to draw more links to this time last year I do use it in Graham’s Goats Cheese Tart and my Courgette, Saffron and Two Cheese Tart.

Adding the Crème Fraiche to the Saucepan of ingredients for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Adding the Crème Fraiche to the Saucepan of ingredients for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

 

Make sure everything has amalgamated and all the flavours are combined, taste, taste and taste again. I really can’t stress how important tasting your food is, no one knows how it should taste better than you. Season at this point and stir again, everything should be red and lushness looking, I love red, being a Manchester United fan it’s hard not to lol.

All the ingredients ready to be added to the pie dish for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

All the ingredients ready to be added to the pie dish for my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Roll the pastry out, sprinkle some flour. Score a boarder around the edge of the pastry, then prick the middle area to ensure it doesn’t rise. Leave to one side to top the pie. While the pie crust is sitting relaxing place the filling ingredients in the pie tin.

The pie filling in the tin waiting for the pastry top to make my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

The pie filling in the tin waiting for the pastry top to make my Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie

Place the pastry on top of the pie tin, ensure that it goes fully around the tin you are using. In my opinion it shouldn’t touch the filling, once on the tin crimp the edges and slash some slits in it, then brush with an egg to get the pastry golden brown.

My Mystery Bag Meals - Chicken Stroganoff Pie ready to be cooked

My Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie ready to be cooked

Place in the oven and cook until the pastry is golden brown, all pie filling ingredients are cooked all ready so it is just a case of cooking the pastry lid until it’s golden brown.

Mystery Bag Meals - Chicken Stroganoff in the oven cooking

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff in the oven cooking

Can you spot the guest appearance in the picture above…. there’s a gold star in it if you can! It was stunning, my mother said to me she’d never had a Chicken Stroganoff Pie, neither had I but then I’d never heard of a Chicken Tikka Slice until I bought one from Gregg’s…. there’s a first time for everything!

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie after being cooked

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie after being cooked

This was stunning, Alice and I thoroughly enjoyed it, had a rich deep taste which was smoky from the Paprika, I thoroughly enjoyed it, if I’d had more time I’d have done more with the beans…. but as it was they were just boiled lol. To download a step-by-step guide for this recipe click here.

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

Mystery Bag Meals – Chicken Stroganoff Pie with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes

I’ve had a nightmare few weeks, just lacking motivation, I’m sorry it’s taken so long for me to write this, because I couldn’t be arsed to do anything…. excuse the vulgarity. I’m feeling better now thankfully and working on my new business so things are looking up… woop woop!

Anyway enough of the boohoo’s time to move on, this recipe was made by myself and Alice, who (unlucky France) has come back home after her time away. We had a fab week when she came up recently and did lots of cooking including a Pasta Dissaster as I’ve said before, I’ll share that with you soon! I’ll be doing another Mystery Bag Meals challenge in at the end of September, do you want to be the one who suggests the bag. Email mbm@wheeliegoodmeals.co.uk. Cook this one, it’s a great recipe and quick and easy. Thanks to Alice for helping me cook it, Melanie for the ingredient suggestions and Dave Hole for creating the fab logo. The bag types and costs are listed below, don’t panic I’ll be the one forking out for the ingredients lol… you’ve just got to give me the list 😀

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Mystery Bag Meals Information

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Asda Keema Masala and Boiled Rice

I know you’re probably thinking yuck… food in a tin but stop it! Get a grip, ok it’s not haute cuisine but it’s tasty and quick. My mother bought this for me a few weeks ago and I must admit I was a bit sceptical, I’m a big fan of Asda’s Minced Beef and Onion so it was worth a shot!

Asda Keema Masala In a Tin

Asda Keema Masala In a Tin

Keema is a traditional South Asian meat dish according to Wikipedia. It’s made of minced meat traditionally mutton, goat or lamb. I’d never really heard of Keema until recently when my friend Rhian ordered Keema Rice from an Indian Takeaway when we were working on the weekend moving my office around. The ingredients were clear, I did notice there was B3 and B1 (Niacin and Thiamin). I’ve tried looking these ingredients up on google but I can’t make head nor tail of what they are, I don’t know if they are a good thing or a bad thing.

Cooking Instructions and Ingredients for Asda Keema Masala

Cooking Instructions and Ingredients for Asda Keema Masala

You’ll notice the cooking instructions above, I simply placed it in a saucepan and heated it with a fairly low heat until it was hot enough.

Asda Keema Masala In The Saucepan

Asda Keema Masala In The Saucepan

I know it doesn’t look particularly appetising but then you can’t judge a book by its cover. I added a small drop of water to loosen the sauce, you know me I love a good sauce. When my mother went in to hospital recently my friend Ruth cooked four curries for me and brought up four sachets of rice. I decided to serve one with this curry.

Front and Back of the Boiled Rice Packet

Front and Back of the Boiled Rice Packet

The cooking instructions for this was simple, fluff up the rice to separate the grains. Tear a 2cm slit on the top of the packet then cook on high for two minutes before pouring on to a plate. The tin describes the curry as

Keema Masala with Ginger, Cumin and Coriander in our fragrant curry sauce.

It describes it on the back as being a “hot curry sauce” and has a two chilli rating. I don’t think it’s particularly hot if I’m honest, but I did add more water to loosen the sauce.

Asda Keema Masala and Boiled Rice Ready to Be Eaten

Asda Keema Masala and Boiled Rice Ready to Be Eaten

On reflection I may have put too much water in but it really didn’t look that much. This was a lovely curry, it was slightly hot but not too kick you in the face hot, it had rounded flavours which all went well together. There were definite ginger notes and a strong presence of cumin and coriander, two of my favourite spices. I really recommend people go out and buy this one, I know it’s in a tin, I know it may appear lame but it’s not, as I said at the start of this post it’s really tasty and quick and easy to make. I’d like to replicate this one eventually but until I do this curry will work well.7 stars

I’d give this a seven out of ten, it could even be an eight but I’m not feeling that generous lol. The tin served two people…. it didn’t it served me and only me lol. Come back on Thursday for Melanie from Melanie’s Food Adventures guest post which will be a Lemon, Poppy Seed and Raspberry Cake… not one to be missed!

See you soon!
Rich
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Time-Saving Tuesdays – Mags Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Ok, this is going to sound bizarre… yes it really will but it works, to a point. I’m not pretending in any way this is authentic or genuine or even nice… no it is nice I wouldn’t post it if it wasn’t but please don’t write in complaining because it does work trust me.

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients For Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Ingredients For Cheats Chilli Con Carne

Yes, this is a recipe, it’s a bit like my Cheat’s Shepherd’s Pie but only spicy, and with kidney beans… so ok nothing like it 😆 . The ingredients and equipment are simple, it’s what you see above.

  • A tin of Minced Beef and Onion
  • A tin of Red Kidney Beans
  • Minced Garlic Granules
  • Mixed Dry Herbs
  • Chilli Powder
  • Salt and Pepper

You will also need a couple of teaspoons, a wooden spoon and your favourite small saucepan… mine is above.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Tinned Minced Beef In The Sauce Pan

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Tinned Minced Beef In The Sauce Pan

Pour all the minced beef into the saucepan, I know, I know it does look a cross between dog food and baby food but it’s lush honestly and I really love the Asda variety, which helps because it’s where my mother shops.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Red Kidney Beans In The Sieve

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Red Kidney Beans In The Sieve

Tip the red kidney beans into a sieve and then run cold water over them…. normally I would place them in boiling water from the kettle to soften them but they were ok as they were… I think I’ve learned something your honour!

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Minced Beef and Red Kidney Beans In The Sauce Pan

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Minced Beef and Red Kidney Beans In The Sauce Pan

I want to shout this in the style of Part Sharp on an early 90’s children’s game show but… MIX! All right I know I went off on one then but I’m allowed. Tip the kidney beans on to the minced beef, I didn’t mix them together at this point as such, I thought it would make more sense to do it all at the same time… saving time is what it’s all about

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Adding The Herbs and Spices

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Adding The Herbs and Spices

Add the Mixed Dry Herbs, Garlic and Chilli Powder to taste. I went with a tablespoon of Mixed Dry Herbs, a teaspoon of Chilli Garlic Granules and a ¼ of a teaspoon of the chilli powder. Now stir everything together and place on a medium high heat to warm everything through.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne - Cooking Away Nicely

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne – Cooking Away Nicely

Stir regularly to ensure it all combines and then season with salt and pepper. Remember as I said at the top of the post, it’s not traditional or authentic, but it’s quick and easy and as long as you season it properly it’s really tasty too.

Time-Saving Tuesdays –  Cheats Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Potatoes

Time-Saving Tuesdays – Cheats Chilli Con Carne and Boiled Potatoes

I’ve served this with boiled potatoes because… in the #TimeSavingTuesdays theme we had them left over. It’s an excellent little cheat’s recipe. If you don’t want to go to this much faff… and trust me it’s not a faff you can buy Asda Chilli Con Carne which was a 7 out of 10, read my review here.

My mother is in hospital at the moment, and I don’t think it would be fair to take the credit for this because it was her idea… she’s been saying about it for a while but I’ve not got around to it. I’m glad I did… well done Mags and I can’t wait to see you home 😀

Nobody ever knows what goes on in people’s minds but I am so grateful for my friends and family for all their help while my mother has been in hospital. The people in this picture below…. your loved, but i hope you know that!

Family and Friends... they're equally important :D

Family and Friends… they’re equally important 😀

Come back in the week for the piece de resistance, the end of my Mother’s Day Menu the Nutella and Oreo Cheesecake. You can read how to make the starter of Scallops With Curried Cauliflower Purée with Smoked Bacon or the main of Duck with Sautéed Potatoes and a Balsamic Berry Jus.

See you soon… happy days!!