Winter warmers to help you keep warm
After coming in from the cold, there is a nothing better than a bowlful of slow-cooked, comforting grub to tuck into and we have a few great ideas to get you started.
Slow-cooked Orange Chicken
This recipe uses few ingredients and won’t take up your whole evening – which allows more time for enjoying the night with your friends and family. Slow cooking rather than frying also makes this a healthier option so there will be no arguments from those watching their weight!
• 4 skinless chicken thighs
• 1/2 cup orange juice
• 1/2 cup orange marmalade
• 1/4 cup soy sauce
• 1 tbsp of Worcester Sauce
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 2 Tablespoons ketchup
• Flour for dredging
• Salt and Pepper to taste
Boneless and skinless thighs may be used. Do not use thighs with the skin still intact, it will create too much grease in the sauce and chicken may burn.
1. Remove visible fat from chicken thighs and roll each in flour until well coated. Set chicken thighs in the bottom of a slow cooker.
2. Combine orange juice, marmalade, Worcester sauce, soy sauce, garlic, ketchup and salt and pepper in a small bowl. Stir until well blended.
3. Pour sauce over chicken thighs and lid the cooker. Cook on LOW setting for 4 hours.
4. Remove thighs from slow cooker and stir sauce well. Top thighs with extra sauce.
5. Serve with rice or roasted potatoes and a salad garnish.
Rich and Meaty Pasta Sauce
Pasta dishes are always good for a winter warmer as they are simple and delicious and keep you fuller for longer.This dish makes for a thick and rich sauce, bursting with flavour.
• 1 pound lean ground beef
• 1 cup carrots, grated
• 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
• 1 onion, diced
• 2 tablespoons tomato puree
• 2 tablespoons dried italian herbs
• 1 tbsp olive oil
• 2 tsps kosher salt, divided
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 bay leaf
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium sauté pan and sauté onions for 4 minutes. Add the ground beef and 1 teaspoon of salt and sauté for 4 more minutes, breaking apart the meat as it cooks.
2. Add the sautéed meat and onions to the crock pot.
3. Whisk 2 tablespoons of tomato paste in 1 cup of water until the paste dissolves.
4. Add the tomato paste mixture to the pot along with the remaining ingredients and stir to combine.
5. Cook on Low for 6-8 hours.
6. Serve over pasta.