23 kitchen must-haves – 2018 best kitchen gadgets that cost less than £20

23 clever kitchen gadgets available on Amazon right now for under £20, that will make your cooking much more efficient.

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We all want to make our prep time in the kitchen efficient and having cool kitchen gadgets to help along the way makes it possible.

Here are in our opinion 23 of the coolest kitchen gadgets and tools under £20 that made us wonder “why didn’t we think of that ourselves?”.

We do love our kitchen gadgets and since having Momo the Thermomix in our life, we’ve certainly got rid of quite a few but there are some that are just fab.

With companies constantly creating new tools to make prepping and cooking easier, it is difficult not to spend hundreds if not thousands of pounds into the latest gizmo.

So we’ve done all the hard work for you. Whether you’re tired of having lemon pips in your drizzle or need a better way of planting your indoor herbs, you’re in the right place!

Here are 23 of our favourite kitchen gadgets available from Amazon that cost less than a take away for two – £20 – yet work like they cost way more and will change your food prepping and cooking for the better.


 

 

Electric Breakfast Sandwich Maker Machine – £19.99

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Enjoy a hot, homemade breakfast sandwich within minutes. The first layer will cook the bottom half of the sandwich, you can add some pre-cooked meat at this stage; ham, salami, sausage, bacon or a burger patty. The second layer will cook a fresh egg perfectly, right inside the sandwich. Finally; the top layer will gently toast the bread and holds the heat inside the sandwich. Slide out the separate hot plate and the sandwich will be assembled. Easy and perfect every time!

IngenuiTEA Loose Tea Infuser – £18.00

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I really do like this little gadget. Open the lid, put in some loose tea then pour on the boiling water. The tea leaves do their floating and sinking thing and you can see how strong your tea is getting. When ready, simply place it on top of your cup. This will cause a valve at the bottom to release: crystal-clear tea flows down, while the mesh filter retains all the tea leaves.

IngenuiTEA teapot is also super easy to clean – just rinse it out with water or pop it in the dishwasher. You will wonder how you got along without one.

A product that works brilliantly and is a delight to behold.

Living Nostalgia indoor metal herb pots and tray Set – £16.85

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I absolutely adore this Living Nostalgia range and this indoor pot and tray set is spot on. Ideal for growing a selection of herbs and spices on your windowsill or in the kitchen, it’s functional, robust and looks attractive – it makes a great starter kit for growing your own herbs and spices.

It also makes the perfect gift for a keen chef, perhaps a would-be gardener or someone who needs to clear up their kitchen’s window sill of a bunch of random pots.

Joseph Joseph caddy sink area organiser – £16.20

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I have been lucky enough to have been gifted a couple of Joseph Joseph products recently and I absolutely love them (their nest of bowls is probably my favourite!).  They’re not the cheapest around and yes you could easily get a less expensive caddy sink organiser, but be honest, would it look as good as this one?

The design is highly practical, and very high quality; the entire unit can be dismantled for easy cleaning and it looks amazing.

Miracle Thaw Defrost Tray – £15.98

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No electricity, chemicals, batteries or microwave – just pure magic! Very simply explained, this miracle tray absorbs natural heat and energy in the air and then releases it directly into the food.

It’s absolutely perfect for busy family life when your freezer is full of meat but you always forget to take it out long enough in advance.

Miracle Thaw is guaranteed to thaw food naturally and perfectly every time. Chicken breast ready to cook in under 30 minutes? Yes, really!

6 Plastic party plates for food and drink in one hand – £14.24 (+p&p)

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How awesome are these?

Have you ever found yourself trying to eat your buffet food while holding a drink? This won’t be a problem anymore, thanks to these ingenious plates.

I just love the extra convenience for when people want to wander and mingle.

They’re also great as children party plates or as plastic serving plates – perfect for crisps and dips for example.

Silicone baking mats – £13.96

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These are my best friends in the kitchen. They get used almost every time I bake or cook something in the oven.

They’re really good quality, nothing sticks to them and they fit my oven baking sheet perfectly.

Sausage rolls no longer stick to the baking tray, woohoo! No scraping off stuck on bits of pastry, no more soaking the trays in the sink. I also find them fabulous for baking bread rolls, cookies and meringues.

I would highly recommend these liners to anyone who enjoys baking but hates the aftermath! A great and much more cost-effective alternative to using baking paper.

Long cuff water stop latex gloves – £12.99

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Do you hate getting wrinkles on your fingers whenever you do the dishes or get your hands dirty or cut from all the cleaning? You need these long cuff latex gloves.

They are perfect to use for washing dishes, cleaning, caring for an elderly, flower arrangements and more. These are the ideal warmer water stop gloves that can protect hands from hot water, soap and cleaning chemicals. Definitely a useful must-have for soft, ageless and wrinkle free hands!

Rice and spaghetti measure – £11.48

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Wave Goodbye to Wastage and Say Hello to Portion Control
Why do I always cook too much rice and too much spaghetti?

It’s enough – you know it’s enough, but it just doesn’t look very much in the pan, so you add a little bit more and then some more for good luck!!

This rice and spaghetti measure is a simple, non-calibrated measure for a single portion of rice in the bowl and a single generous portion of spaghetti through the hole. As you get to know your measurements, add a little more or a little less depending on the dish you are preparing.

Metal lemon and lime squeezer – £10.99

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We’ve got one, my mum’s got one, my disabled dad’s got one, all my brothers too – this is truly one of those ‘I have no idea how I lived without it’ kind of product.

It gets every possible drop of juice from the fruit. There never a pip wandering around in my juice. It cleans in seconds and is dishwasher safe.

I used to have an electric citrus press which was great but always a hassle to get out of the cupboard. This squeezer is easy to store with other kitchen tools. Perfect for when you want to make lemonade for the kids or a quick margarita with your friends.

Glass kitchen food scale – £9.99

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Very sexy, light, small and neat. Very accurate, easy to use and switch between weight variations. Everything you need from a kitchen scale really!

Stuffed burger press – £9.95

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This is a great burger press to make your own burgers. It is very simple to use: add minced meat to the base, press with the top to remove the middle, fill with your favourite fillings. Put some more mince on top. Add the case back on and press away.

It’s never been easier to make your own burgers. Make them healthier with no added salt or preservative or as my children like them, stuff them with cheese and chorizo.

The press means that the burgers are squashed to perfection with no risk whatsoever of barbeque disintegration.

In a nutshell: very easy to use, very easy to clean, and the fact you can add a nice surprise inside of your burger is awesome.

Reusable silicone food bag – £8.69

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The solution to our plastic bag addiction. So much better than using plastic all the time.

If you’re like us and used to using a lot of Ziplock bags in your life, then this is the best alternative out there. It is perfect for reducing plastic use at home and on the go.

  • steam veggies
  • freeze food
  • great lunch sack
  • completely airtight making them perfect for storing leftover avocado
  • fridge safe
  • microwave safe
  • better than a huge mat of plastics floating in the ocean.
  • unlike plastic bags, they contain no petroleum, no PVC, and no latex

Joseph Joseph Scroll Garlic Peeler – £8.00

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If like me, you love your garlic, you need this product in your life. It’s like magic. I can finally peel garlic without using my nails. It’s easy to fill, easy to wash, simple and elegant. Another amazing product from Joseph Joseph.

Wine glass markers – £7.47

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No more ‘which one is my glass again?’

What a great idea for parties, personalize your wine glass, write messages on mirrors, windows or picture frames, or use the Wine Glass Markers for many other creative projects.
The Wine Glass Markers can be used on any glass or ceramic surface — allowing you to replace those old wine tags, or skip the need to search for your stash of wine charms before the next event.
It’s mess-free, easy erasable and dishwasher safe.

GREAT FOR SO MANY DIFFERENT USES! 
Set them out before a party, barbecue, wedding/baby shower, or anytime people are gathering
Give them as a gift for the hostess at the next party you’re attending
Add a personal touch to gifts by writing birthday or congratulations messages on wine bottles, picture frames or any glassware
Replace cheesy wine charms or the ugly paper markers at wine parties
Label the spices and foods you store in glass jars
Label cheese plates or other dishes you bring to parties. Write a message on the hallway or bathroom mirrors
Foster your kids’ imagination by letting them draw on the windows and glasses
Essential accessory on wine tastings and seminars

Non-stick pizza crisper tray – £6.99

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Finally a really good pizza crisper. I am the first to admit that I had never realised just how much of a difference this would make to cooking pizza, but it really does come out 100% better whether it’s store-bought, frozen or homemade.

We like our pizzas here and we’re a bit fussy when it comes to achieving the perfect crispiness – sub-standard is not an option – and since we haven’t yet invested in a proper wood-fired oven, achieving a well enough cooked base without burning the toppings has always been a bit of a challenge… until now!

This tray really makes cooking pizza or chips evenly a breeze.

Nut milk bag – £6.95

Do you know someone who’s dairy-free? These little bags enable you to make your own fresh and nutritious milk from almonds and other nuts with or without a Thermomix. Just pour blend into the bag, strain and squeeze and voila – just so easy! No mess, no fuss, delicious and healthy with very little effort.

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Lakeland soup ‘n’ sauce clear storage bags – £6.69

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Storing soup is no longer a two-person job thanks to these sturdy Soup’n’Sauce freezer bags that stand upright of their own accord, making them really easy to fill.

I think we have finally found the ideal pour and store freezer bag solution. Thank you, Lakeland!

They’re perfect to store any soup, stack very nicely side by side in the freezer, which means they take very little space compared to solid plastic containers, defrost in the microwave and clean in the dishwasher.

Robust, reusable and reliable! Perfect for anyone who regularly makes batches of home-made soup, stock and sauce.

Electric coffee pen art pen for latte – £6.67

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A very simple yet genius idea that makes creative message writing a doddle. Just add ground spice or chocolate of your choice and surprise loved ones with a thoughtful or funny message.

This electric coffee pen is also ideal for children to use – they will never tire of drawing and presenting you with their own special work of art.

Animal house monkey peeler – £6.08

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So this one is a bit of a cheat, it won’t make your peeling quicker or easier but we just couldn’t resist how cute and cool it looks.

With its bright orange colour and its funky design, it’s also likely to encourage kids to help out.

Herb cutting scissors – £5.99

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A pair of scissors that cuts with 5 blades at once. One of those I-don’t-know-how-I-managed-without-them kitchen tools.

And yes they do make a great gift. Works perfectly, so quickly and cleans easily.

5 blades work together at once to neatly cut fresh herbs, the soft grip handles make it comfortable to use, an ideal addition to any kitchen.

Lurico bear meat claws – set of 2 – £5.89

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These Lurico Meat Claws are one of the most versatile cooking tools on the market. They are ideal for:

  • Meat shredding – Make pulled pork out of pork shoulder 10 times quicker than regular forks
  • Meat tongs – Move meat on and off the grill or oven
  • Meat slicer – Holding a large piece of meat while shredding or cutting. Can also be used as a fruit or vegetable holder
  • Alternative to BBQ gloves – Keep your hands protected and from getting burned
  • Salad tongs – very useful to toss salad.

Can colander / strainer – £5.24

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Instead of using the can’s metal lid to drain, simply place this fantastic little strainer over the opening and press. Safe, effective and easy to use, it stops you from getting the tuna liquid on your hands, keeping fingers clean and scent-free.

It works well, is easy to clean, not expensive and makes life easier. What more could one ask of a kitchen gadget? Perfect.

 

Thanks for reading!

There are hundreds of kitchen gadgets that could have made this list, but we chose our top picks based on what we think most kitchens are missing, whether they have a Thermomix or not, great value and general usefulness in making life easier. Do share with us any of your own suggestions in the comment box below. We will review and update this list regularly and might very well use your suggestion.

Sweet potato, curry and coriander soup – Thermomix recipe

Sweet potato, curry, and coriander soup – Thermomix recipe

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Another week, another soup… well it is still very much winter here in the UK, and a bowl full of this sweet potato, curry, and coriander soup will warm you right up.

This silky smooth, super versatile vegetarian soup is perfect for a dinner party starter, everyday dinner or warming lunch.


Serves 6

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2cm fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1kg sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp curry powder (as hot as you like it)
  • 1 litre chicken stock
  • 40cl coconut milk
  • 1 handful of fresh coriander

 

Let’s go…

  1. Add 1 onion, 4 garlic cloves, 2cm fresh ginger, and 1kg sweet potatoes, quartered into the mixing bowl and chop for 5 seconds / speed 6. Scrape down the sides. Repeat.
  2. Add 1 tbsp olive oil, 2 tsp curry powder, and salt & pepper to taste. Saute for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  3. Add 40cl coconut milk and 1 litre chicken stock to the mixing bowl. Cook for 15 minutes / 100ºC / Speed 1.
  4. Blend 1 minute / speed 5 to 10, increasing speed gradually.

Top with fresh coriander.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

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Mary Berry Vegetarian Lasagne in the Thermomix

How about a hearty, vegetable lasagna this weekend?

Arghhh that means countless hours in the kitchen, half a dozen pans to wash up and a big mess everywhere, doesn’t it? Not with a little help of Momo the Thermomix.

15 minutes active time … and NO washing up apart from the Thermomix bowl (in the dishwasher) and the lasagna dish.

Like the rest of the nation, we love a bit of Mary Berry cakes – I mean how could you not?

But it is not very often I cook some of her other recipes – that is about to change, after making this vegetable lasagne.

As much as we love the traditional, beef lasagna, we are also trying to cut down on our meat intake at the moment so this recipe sounded right up our street!

Click here for the original Mary Berry, non-Thermomix, vegetarian lasagne recipe.


 

Active time: 15 minutes – Total time: 1h10

SERVES 6

Bechamel/cheese sauce

  • 750ml milk
  • 60g salted butter
  • 90g plain flour
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 200g cheddar cheese

Vegetable filling

  • 1 onions
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 500g button mushrooms
  • 2 courgettes, sliced
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 bag fresh baby spinach
  • 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp sugar

  • Salt & pepper to taste

  • 1 tbsp shredded fresh basil

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Other

  • About 8 sheets no-precooking-required dried lasagne

Let’s go…

  1. First, add 200g cheddar cheese, roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Mix for 5 seconds / speed 5. Set aside. No need to rinse the bowl.
  2. Then make a bechamel/cheese sauce. Add 750g milk, 60g butter, 90g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. 
  3. Add the reserved cheese and mix for a further 30 seconds / speed 2. Set Aside.
  4. In the meantime, slice 2 courgettes, wash the button mushrooms, peel and halve one onion and peel 2 garlic cloves.
  5. Wash the bowl.
  6. Add one onion, halved and 2 garlic cloves to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5.
  7. Add 2tbsp olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  8. Add 500g button mushrooms, whole, 2 courgettes, sliced and 2tbsp plain flour. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  9. Add the baby leaf spinach, 400g chopped tomatoes, 1 tsp sugar and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low without measuring cup.
  10. In the meantime, preheat the oven to 180C and grease a baking dish measuring about 25cm x 20cm and 5cm deep.
  11. Stir the shredded basil into the vegetable sauce.
  12. Spread a third of the sauce over the bottom of the dish. Spread a third of the bechamel/cheese sauce over the vegetables.
  13. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheets, not overlapping them. The dish will probably take 3 sheets, but you may have to break them to fit.
  14. Repeat the layers of vegetable sauce, cheese sauce, and lasagne sheets, then repeat the layers once more, finishing with the cheese sauce. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Couscous in the Thermomix- the simpler yet delicious version that our family really enjoyed.

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Couscous in the Thermomix- the simpler yet delicious version that our family really enjoyed.

 


 

Serves 6

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small bunch fresh coriander
  • 1/2 small bunch fresh parsley
  • 3 onions, peeled and halved
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 merguez sausages (make your own from scratch following our recipe here)
  • 20g olive oil
  • 400g carrots
  • 1tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1tsp ground ginger
  • 1tsp cumin seeds
  • 1tbsp paprika
  • 500g water
  • 400g courgettes
  • 70g raisins
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 300g couscous
  • 1 tbsp harissa paste (optional)

Let’s go…

  1. Preheat your oven to 200C.
  2. Mix 1tsp cumin seeds, 1 tbsp paprika, 2tbsp olive oil with a bit of salt. Rub the chicken drumsticks in the spice mixture.
  3. Add 3 onions, halved, 1/2 bunch fresh coriander and 1/2 bunch fresh parsley to the mixing bowl. Chop for 10 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  4. Add 20g olive oil and cook for 3 minutes / 100C / speed 1.
  5. In the meantime, cook the sausages and chicken drumsticks in the oven. Alternatively you can cook both in the Varoma by putting the Varoma dish in place at step 7
  6. Peel and chop 400g carrots. Set aside. Chop 400g courgettes and place in the Varoma dish.
  7. Add the carrots to the mixing bowl, with 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, salt and pepper to taste and 500g water. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse Speed low.
  8. Put the Varoma dish in place. Cook for a further 10 minutes / Varoma / Reverse speed low.
  9. In the meantime, cook the couscous as per packet instructions.
  10. Remove Varoma dish and set aside. Add 70g raisins 1 tbsp Harissa paste (if using – careful if you’re feeding children – Harissa is pure chilli!) and 1 can chickpeas to the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  11. Add the courgettes to the vegetable mix and serve with the couscous and the sausages.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

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Hidden vegetable Cheeseburger – Thermomix recipe

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Hidden vegetable Cheeseburger – Thermomix recipe

Got fussy eaters on your hands? This clever recipe is a great way of sneaking in a few extra veggies…

Shredding vegetables is so easy and literally done in seconds in the Thermomix, it’d be rude not to hide some in pretty much every meal!

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Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 courgette
  • 400g beef mince
  • 2tbsp Ketchup
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • Sliced cheese of your choice
  • 4 brioche buns, halved
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced

Let’s go…

  1. Add one red onion, halved, 1 carrot, roughly chopped, and 1 courgette to the mixing bowl. Chop for 10 seconds / speed 6. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 400g minced beef, 2tbsp ketchup, 50g breadcrumbs and salt & pepper to taste in the mixing bowl. Mix for 10 seconds, speed 5.
  3. Shape into burger patties, about 2 cm thick. Refrigerate until needed.
  4. Cook in a frying pan. Once one side is cooked, flip over to the other side and top with a slice of cheese. It will turn into golden melted heaven!
  5. Serve with brioche buns, sliced tomatoes, a simple green salad, ketchup, mayonnaise etc.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Awesome sausage rolls – Thermomix recipe

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Aww sausage rolls, the perfect treat for any occasion from snacks to canapes with a drink – it’s not a party without a good sausage roll! – or make them a bit bigger and serve them for an easy dinner with a simple salad!

They are so versatile too, add your favourite herbs or dried fruit, and totally transform the flavours.

Once you’ve had a go and tasted a home-made sausage roll, you will never go back to a shop bought one again.

They can be cooked well in advance, frozen then defrosted and warmed through when needed.


 

Makes about 16

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • olive oil
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1tbsp Dijon mustard
  • About 10 sage leaves
  • 15ml olive oil
  • 400g sausage meat
  • 2 pinches of nutmeg
  • 250 g ready-made puff pastry
  • 50g grated cheddar cheese (optional)
  • 1 free-range egg
  • Ground pepper

Let’s go…

  1. Add one red onion, halved, one garlic clove and 1 tbsp Dijon mustard to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add 400g sausage meat, 10 sage leaves, 2 pinches of nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste. Mix for 10 seconds / speed 5.
  3. Cut pastry sheets in half lengthways into 2 long rectangles.
  4. Divide the meat mixture between each pastry strip and spread out in the middle.
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese (optional).
  6. Roll and cut each strip into mini sausage rolls.
  7. Space each sausage roll out on a baking tray. Brush with egg wash and top with ground pepper.
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Super (and I do mean super) nachos Thermomix recipe

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Super (and I do mean super) nachos Thermomix recipe

Cheese sauce on nachos? Yes really! I wasn’t convinced either but it certainly worked very well. (even better the second time when I didn’t pour it all over the chips and made them all mushy!!)

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Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 30 minutes

Serves 4 – COST: £6.32

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag tortilla chips – £0.60
  • 2 ripe tomatoes – £0.36
  • 1 red onion – £0.22
  • 1 handful coriander – £0.70
  • 1 chilli – £0.60
  • 1 onion – £0.17
  • 1 red pepper – £0.50
  • 1 yellow pepper – £0.50
  • 1 tsp ground cumin – £0.05
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed – £0.55
  • 500ml milk – £0.50
  • 40g salted butter – £0.25
  • 60g plain flour – £0.03
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 100g grated cheddar – £0.57
  • 100g grated mozzarella – £0.72

Let’s go…

  1. Make the salsa – add 2 ripe tomatoes, 1 red onion, halved, a handful of coriander and 1/2 chilli to the mixing bowl. Mix for 3 seconds/speed 3. Set aside.
  2. Add an onion, halved, 1/2 chilli, 1 red pepper and 1 yellow pepper, both roughly chopped, to the mixing bowl. Mix for 3 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the side
  3. Add a gulp of oil, 1 tsp ground cumin, and salt to taste. Cook for 3 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  4. Add 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed. Cook for a further 2 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  5. In the meantime arrange the tortilla chips in an oven proof dish so that there is a big gap in the middle (or you’ll end up with soggy chips).
  6. Pour the pepper / black beans mixture into the gap.
  7. Give your Thermomix bowl a quick rinse.
  8. Make the cheese sauce. Add 250g milk, 20g butter, 30g plain flour, salt & pepper to taste to the mixing bowl. Cook for 8 minutes / 90C / speed 4. Add 100g grated cheese, mix for 30 seconds / speed 4. 
  9. Pour the cheese sauce in the well.
  10. Cover the whole dish with mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven for 15 minutes.
  11. Sprinkle the tomato salsa all over and serve immediately.

 

Delicious. Bon appetit x

Chunky beef ragu – Thermomix adaptation of a HelloFresh recipe

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Chunky beef ragu – Thermomix adaptation of a Hello Fresh recipe

The one thing I hadn’t been able to master yet with the Thermomix, is bolognese sauce. No matter what setting I used, reverse speed, low speed etc, it always turned into complete mush, much to the disgust of the kids.

When Hello Fresh delivered the ingredients and recipe to make a beef ragu with spaghettis (a rather fancy name for spag bol), I remembered all the wonderful comments about fellow Thermomix blogger, Skinnymixer’s chunky bolognese recipe.

Here’s how I mixed both HelloFresh & Skinnymixer’s recipes. The result was perfectly chunky and rather delicious too, even if I say so myself!

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For a gluten-free option, replace pasta with rice or potatoes

 


Serves 4

Active time: 5 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £5.83

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, halved – £0.17
  • 1 garlic clove – £0.05
  • 2 courgettes, roughly chopped – £0.41
  • 1 yellow pepper, roughly chopped – £0.50
  • 500g beef mince – £3.00
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce – £0.05
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano – £0.05
  • 2 cartons chopped tomatoes with garlic and onions – £0.75
  • 400g spaghetti – £0.85

Let’s go…

  1. Add one onion, halved, one garlic clove, 2 courgettes and 1 yellow pepper to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add a good gulp of oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed low.
  3. Add 2 tbsp soy sauce, 1 tbsp dried oregano, 2 cartons chopped tomatoes with garlic and onions and salt & pepper to taste.
  4. Insert your simmering basket into the bowl and put 500g beef mince inside. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  5. In the meantime, boil some water in a large saucepan. Add a large pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and cook 400g spaghetti as per packet instruction.
  6. Carefully break up the mince with a spatula, cook for a further 10 minutes / 100C / Speed 1.
  7. Mix the cooked mince and the sauce together before serving.
  8. Drain the pasta and toss into the ragu.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

Delia Smith’ Thai chicken with lime and coconut cream adapted for the Thermomix

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Delia Smith’ Thai chicken with lime and coconut cream – adapted for the Thermomix

This is definitely in our top 10 all-time favourite recipe.

We came across it in a supermarket TV ad probably about 7 or 8 years ago.

We’ve made it since more times than I care to count, for dinner parties, family dinners, with chicken (as per this recipe) but also with prawns or even white fish. But never in the Thermomix… until last night!

It’s always been just wonderfully delicious and hard to believe it is as simple as it is to put together and that is still very much the case with a little help from Momo!

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Marinade: minimum one hour – Total time: 1h25 minutes

COST: £7.30

Ingredients:

  • 4 spring onions – £0.60
  • 400g chicken breasts mini fillets – £3.00
  • Zest and juice of 2 limes – £0.70
  • 250ml creamed coconut – £1.00
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded – £0.60
  • 3 tbsp fish sauce – £0.10
  • 40g pack coriander – £0.70
  • 400g Basmati rice – £0.60

 

Let’s go…

  1. ‘Peel’ the zest of 2 limes with a potato peeler. Add the zest to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 10. Chop for a few more seconds if needs be.
  2. Marinade the chicken with the lime zest & juice for an hour or longer if you have time.
  3. In the meantime, add 4 spring onions, roughly chopped to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Set aside. Rinse and dry the mixing bowl.
  4. After an hour put the chicken together with its marinade into the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  5. In the meantime cook the rice in a saucepan as per packet instructions.
  6. Add one green chilli, sliced, 250ml coconut cream, 3tbsp fish sauce, 20g chopped coriander. Cook for 15 minutes / 100C / reverse speed low.
  7. Serve spooned over the rice with the remaining coriander sprinkled over.

Delicious. Bon appetit x

 

 

Creamy fish curry with rice and coconut – Thermomix adaptation of a Hello Fresh recipe

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Creamy fish curry with rice and coconut – Thermomix adaptation of a Hello Fresh recipe

With small kids to feed, we don’t like anything too hot in this house. What happens usually is that I cook everything mild and DH adds his own chilli flakes.

With this HelloFresh recipe, this is exactly what happened. When they say that this curry doesn’t bite as its north Indian spice is tempered by a creamy sauce with the added sweetness of coconut, they are absolutely right. There was nothing to be afraid of!

And DH was happy with his added chilli flakes too!

It is simply delicious and one I will do again and again.

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Serves 4

Active time: 10 minutes – Total time: 25 minutes – COST: £8.72

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion – £0.17
  • 1 garlic clove – £0.05
  • 1 red pepper, sliced – £0.50
  • 1 small bunch coriander – £0.70
  • 500g fish mix – salmon, prawns, white fish – skinless and boneless but kept whole – £5.00
  • 25g desiccated coconut – £0.60
  • 4 cardamon pods – £0.05
  • 300g Basmati rice – £0.45
  • 2 tsp North Indian curry powder (1 pinch of each: fenugreek, black peppercorns, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, cloves, coriander, cinnamon, red chilli, cayenne) – £0.10
  • 1 tin plum tomatoes – £0.50
  • 1 vegetable stock pot – £0.31
  • 100g creme fraiche – £0.29

Let’s go…

  1. Add one onion, halved, one garlic clove and a small bunch of coriander to the mixing bowl. Chop for 5 seconds / speed 5. Scrape down the sides.
  2. Add a good gulp of oil and cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Speed low
  3. In the meantime, boil some water in a large saucepan. Add a large pinch of salt and 4 cardamom pods. Bring to the boil and add 300g rice. Cook as per packet instruction.
  4. Add the sliced red pepper and curry powder to the mixing bowl. Cook for 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  5. Add one tin plum tomatoes, 100ml water, one vegetable stock pot, 100g creme fraiche and 500g fish mix, keeping the pieces whole. Cook for 10 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  6. Add 25g desiccated coconut and cook for a further 5 minutes / 100C / Reverse speed low.
  7. Drain the rice, remove the cardamom pods.
  8. Serve the rice in a bowl with a good spoonful of fish curry on top. Sprinkle with coriander leaves for anyone that wants it!

Delicious. Bon appetit x