Dinner – Meatloaf

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I’ve never been a huge fan of big slabs of meat for dinner, but must admit it’s growing on me! Here’s a quick and simple meatloaf recipe big enough to fill one loaf tin.

350g 10% fat beef mince
250g pork mince
5 rashers of unsmoked streaky bacon
Small red onion (finely chopped)
One large clove garlic (minced)
2 tbsp fresh basil (finely chopped)
2 tbsp organic tomato purée
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
40g ground almonds
1 egg

– preheat the oven to 170 degrees

– in a large bowl mix together all ingredients except the bacon, and squish with your hands, combining everything well

– put the mixture into the loaf tin and top with the bacon

– cook for 25 mins, then turn up the heat to 180 and cook for a further 10 mins to get the bacon nice and crispy

– slice it up and serve with sweet potato fries and greens




Lamb Jalfrezi

Hearty and easy as pie, this awesome jalfrezi is another all round winning recipe that I often go back to when I fancy a med-spicy curry.

Ingredients (serves 6-8):

– 1kg lamb shoulder; diced

– 2 red peppers; de-seeded and sliced

– 2 lge onions; chopped finely

– 6 cloves of garlic; minced

– 2 tbsp tomato purée

– 1 tbsp white wine vinegar

– 2 tsp ground turmeric

– 1 tsp each: ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, cayenne pepper & cardamom pods

– oil for cooking

– fresh coriander to garnish



– heat the oil and cook the onions until soft, then add the garlic and cook for another two mins

– add the dry spices, tomato puree and vinegar then stir in the meat and coat well

– add the peppers and cardamom pods

– cook over a low heat with the lid on for 2-3 hours

– serve with rice and/or naan bread