30 Minutes or Less

Simple Spaghetti

Guys, I’ve given up bread. This is my fifth day without it and I can genuinely say that I am seeing buttery baguettes everywhere I look. So I have to fill the void with another carb, my main love: pasta. I suppose I’ve been quite good for a while now as I replaced white pasta with wholemeal quite some time ago. But I still like to indulge, this is one of the things I make on repeat for myself. It is super simple but amazingly delicious and if like me, you love tomatoes; this one is for you. Before I get to the recipe, I’d like to point you in the direction of this amazing pan my Mom bought me for my birthday. It’s a Paella pan from Wilko, but I genuinely think I will be cooking everything in it, everything.

Simple Spaghetti | The Mother Cooker

Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Butternut Squash & Lentil Curry

As March is vegetarian month and I know a lot of you who read the blog are, I decided to do a hearty meal. For all of you meat lovers, this is simply delicious and you won’t miss the meat at all. It has mild heat, but if you want to make it a little hotter, just add another tsp of chilli powder or more fresh chillies. It is my first time experimenting with pulses, I’ve realised they are simple to cook, cheap to buy and go a long way. I will most certainly be using more of them in my cooking. Roasting the butternut squash, adds a great depth of flavour and a lovely texture. A great treat to take to work, freezable for up to a month. I hope you like it, don’t forget that if you make any of my recipes, to forget to let me know over on Twitter or Instagram.

Vegan Roasted Butterut Squash and Red Lentil Curry | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Lunch, Recipes, Vegetarian

Loaded Parsnip Fries

Happy Friday everyone, thought I would pop up a recipe that is not only quick for the weekend, but super tasty too. If you are anything like me, loaded cheesy fries are an absolute must of a side dish. Along with lobster mac & cheese. But we are just sticking with the fries today, I’ve swapped out normal potato for some parsnips. Now please stick with me, it’s a great way to get some veg and I totally thinks parsnips are a little underrated. You can totally use them in more ways than on a Sunday roast. They are inexpensive, loaded with flavour and a heap of vitamins and iron.

Ok, so I’ve cut out the carbs, but loaded fries are supposed to be an indulgence right? Don’t you worry, my magic cheese sauce will have you wanting to lick the plate. In fact, I’d go as far to say that you will LOVE this cheese sauce. Add in a rainbow salsa and well, you’ve got something to impress at the dinner table. Who needs restaurant sides when you can make epic ones at home, now only if you had a burger to go with them….stay tuned.

Loaded Parsnip Fries | The Mother Cooker

30 Minutes or Less, Dinner, Recipes

Thai Green Chicken Curry

It took me a long time to fall in love with Thai food, I put off trying it when I was younger because I couldn’t stand the smell of lemongrass. My palette has changed considerably over the years and it is now one of my favourite types of food to eat. So mastering pastes and sauces at home is a big deal, as it saves me money and I can see everything that is going in to the mix.

I’ve put this in the category of ‘30 Minutes or less‘ because it is achievable as long as you are organised. I’d say that you need the full 30 minutes though, but at least the paste is simply whizzed together in a blender. The longer you leave it to simmer, the better your curry will taste though. This curry is of a medium heat, but if you like it hot, simply add another chilli in to your paste. You could easily make this Vegetarian, just replace your chicken with a yummy vegetable and if the fish sauce bothers you too, substitute it for soy or Worcestershire sauce.

Thai Green Chicken Curry | The Mothercooker

Dinner, Recipes

Chicken Noodle Broth

The other night, my Husband was out with his friends and it had got to 6:30pm and I realised I hadn’t eaten all day. Terrible I know, but sometimes I literally forget to eat. I’ll snack on the crusts of my daughters sandwich or steal a few spoonfuls of her porridge to check the temperature and I’ll think I’ve eaten. So there is a hungry me and lack of time, as it’s nearly Evie’s bed time. What can I cook? I have some chicken and some vegetables, I don’t want pasta. I check the cupboards, find some noodles and think I’ll just make Chicken Noodle Broth. Turns out it was pretty tasty, so I made it again for lunch Saturday and decided to share it with you guys. Sometimes recipes come out of nowhere, and this super quick supper does not disappoint.

Chicken Noodle Broth | The Mother Cooker