Heartwarming & Comforting Irish Beef Stew

  
The nights are getting darker earlier, the trees are putting on a spectacular autumnal display of fabulous golden and rusett colours and there is a definitely a cooler nip in the air. What is better to come home to than a beautiful, flavoursome, warm bowl of stew, it’s practically a hug in a bowl! If you’re Irish like me this might transport you back to memories of your school days when you would come home to the smell of gorgeous stew wafting through the house bubbling away ready to warm the cockles of your heart. This comes in at 9 propoints and serves 6 (it’s free on filling and healthy). Here’s the skinny:  
800g lean steak pieces

1kg bag baby potatoes halved

2 onions finely diced

4 carrots peeled and chopped

2 stalks of celery peeled and chopped

2 parsnips peeled and chopped

1 pint of beef stock

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon tomato purée 

2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce

Chopped fresh rosemary

Chopped fresh thyme 

Chopped fresh parsley 

Salt and black pepper

2 bay leaves

1 tin plum tomatoes

30g cornflour  

Pre-heat the oven to 160 Celsius. Heat a large pot and spray with spray oil. Gently fry the onions, carrots, celery and parsnips for approximately five minutes until they are softening, add in the crushed garlic for the last 30 seconds. Tip the meat halved baby potatoes and softened veg into a large Pyrex dish or casserole dish. Add the tin of chopped tomatoes (just slice through them whilst still in the tin with a sharp knife if they are whole plum tomatoes). Add all the herbs and season with salt and pepper add the tomato purée and pour over the beef stock. Fold everything gently together with a wooden spoon. Gently fold the bay leaves in half and tuck them into the top where they can be easily removed but are touching the stock to infuse their flavour. Cover with a lid. Some people cook stew for just an hour and a half but I find this needs nearer 2 hours. Check it regularly you will know when the potatoes and veg are cooked & soft it is done. To thicken the stew mix 30g cornflour with a tiny amount of water to make a smooth paste in a mug pour into the stew and gently stir it through return to the oven for the last 15 to 20 minutes and this should thicken your stew nicely, you might find leaving the lid off will help this process, keep a close eye so it doesn’t dry out. You can remove the bay leaves at that stage. If you find that the stew doesn’t need thickening reduce the points to 8 propoints per serving. I recommend you use this fresh over a few days as cooked potatoes do not freeze well. This will last 3 to 4 days covered in a refrigerator. I hope you enjoy!  

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Creamy Summer Roast Chicken & Asparagus Lemon Tagliatelle

  
A Beautiful & extremely easy Summer Pasta Lovely Soft Roast Chicken with a Delicate Zesty Lemon Creamy Sauce, Fresh Asparagus & Petit Pois. Seriously quick to make due to the ready roasted chicken. Serves one but quantities can be easily multiplied if feeding more. This is 10 propoints or can be made for free on the filling and healthy plan 👌💕  
75g Ready Cooked Roast Shredded Chicken Pieces (you can use up to 90g for the same 2 propoints this is what was left in the packet I used so add a bit more if you like or alternatively you can cook & point your chicken if following F&H)

220g (Cooked Weight) Tagliatelle (use wholewheat if following the F&H plan)

1 Large Heaped Tbsp of Quark Cheese

6/7 Fresh Asparagus Spears 

A Squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice (about a Tbsp) & about 1/2 the Lemon Zest Grated Finely

A Handful of Fresh Basil Leaves 

1 Tbsp Frozen Petits Pois Peas
Salt & Black Pepper 
A Tiny Bit of Dijon Mustard (*Optional)

  

Prepare the Tagliatelle according to packet instructions in a large pot of already boiling salted water. When there is about 6/7 minutes left on the Pasta cooking time add the Asparagus Spears in to the same pot (Trim the hard stems off the bottoms of the spears first). Meanwhile heat another Saucepan over a medium heat, spray with oil & add the Cooked Chicken & Peas for about 4 minutes (add the Chicken for much longer about 12 minutes or until fully cooked through if you’re not using precooked Chicken). Add in the heaped tablespoon of Quark to the Chicken & Peas & a few Tbsps of the starchy cooking water from the pasta pot to thin out the quark & melt it into a creamy sauce. Add the squeeze of Lemon Juice & season with salt & black pepper (you can add the tiny bit of Dijon Mustard at this stage if using). Stir well thinning out the sauce with more pasta cooking water if needed. Drain the Pasta & Asparagus & add to the sauce. Add in the Basil Leaves & Lemon Zest & Stir well coating all the Pasta with the sauce. Serve immediately & Enjoy!