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Casseroles and stews

One-pot Japanese chicken

One-pot Japanese chicken

This chicken and vegetable casserole makes a satisfying main course all in one pot. A sharp and savoury citrus sauce provides a delicious dip to season the succulent ingredients individually just before they are eaten.

Sausage and macaroni casserole

Sausage and macaroni casserole

Here full–flavoured pork sausages, a generous portion of vegetables and tender macaroni simmer together in a red wine sauce, to make a delicious, hearty, healthy one–pot meal. Buy good–quality sausages from the butcher to get the most flavour from this dish.

Spiced pork with sweet potatoes

Spiced pork with sweet potatoes

This thoroughly modern casserole is a delicious example of fusion cooking, marrying ingredients and flavours from diverse cuisines. Asian spices, sweet potatoes and fruit flavours go very well with the lean pork. Serve with a simple salad.

Vegetable casserole

Vegetable casserole

This colourful vegetable casserole is finished with a fresh and punchy mixture of parsley, garlic, lemon zest and toasted almonds, and served with fluffy parmesan polenta. Touches like these can transform a simple vegetable dish into a feast for the eye and palate.

Herb-scented ham and pea soup

Herb-scented ham and pea soup

A hint of cream makes this fresh green soup seem delightfully indulgent. The high proportion of peas fills the soup with vitamins and fibre, while a modest amount of lean cooked ham adds protein and depth of flavour. Serve with crusty bread for a satisfying starter.

Goulash in a hurry

Goulash in a hurry

This shortcut version of classic Hungarian goulash is rich and delicious. Strips of lean pork, shredded red cabbage and green capsicum cook quickly and taste excellent with the traditional flavourings of paprika and caraway seeds. Serve with rice or noodles and a simple green salad.

Chicken and vegetable casserole

Chicken and vegetable casserole

This healthy casserole makes an easy midweek meal. To make it even quicker, you could use frozen or pre–prepared vegetables from your supermarket, ready to go straight from the packet to the pan. Mixed wild and long–grain rice goes beautifully with the casserole.

Slow Cooker Black Bean Stew

Slow-cooker Black Bean Stew

This dish is similar to feijoada, a traditional Brazilian black bean stew. You can use canned beans, adding them to the slow cooker during the last 2 hours of cooking. Serve with steamed rice.

Pressure-cooker Goulash

Pressure-cooker Goulash

Paprika is the signature spice in this famed Hungarian dish, and is sold in various grades of heat and sweetness. If possible, use Hungarian paprika here. Using a pressure cooker brings the meat to tenderness in no time at all. Serve with rustic farmhouse bread and perhaps some sour cream.

Coq Au Vin

Coq Au Vin

French peasants devised this dish to deal with a tough old rooster – they slowly simmered it with onions, herbs and good red wine to render the gamey meat flavoursome and tender. If you don’t have fresh thyme, use a good pinch of dried mixed herbs. Chopped parsley can be stirred into the sauce just before serving.

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Spicy Vegetable Tagine

Although a one-pot dish on its own, this tagine is superb with the quick and easy couscous recipe given below. If you can’t find dried cherries, use dried or frozen cranberries instead.

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