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Bolognese pasta bake

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  • These crispy sweetcorn fritters take minutes to make and are loved by kids and grown-ups. The best thing is you…

    Makes: 8-10

    Total time: 20 mins

  • If you're looking for a classic spaghetti Bolognese recipe then you've come to the right place. A homemade…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 50 mins

  • Got some leftovers from dinner? Want to make the most out of your food without the waste? We've rounded up our…

  • These perfect poached eggs are great served on a hot, buttered crumpet for breakfast or in a tasty Eggs…

    Serves: 1

    Total time: 1 mins

  • This flavourful frittata is perfect for a light and easy family lunch. Or serve with sautéed potatoes and green…

    Serves: 4

  • Sweet potato fills you up like normal potatoes, but also counts towards your five a day. Goes really well with chorizo.

    Serves: 4

  • Sprouts get a little nuttier and sweeter when they're stir-fried. And the saltiness of the bacon adds a kick to…

    Serves: 2

  • This traditional Scottish recipe is made from smoked haddock, floury potatoes and cream. The perfect starter…

    Serves: 4

  • Your family will love these homemade fish fingers - and using sweet potato instead of normal chips is a much…

    Serves: 4

  • Put down that tin opener! If you can chop up veg, you can whiz up a hearty homemade leek and potato soup in…

    Serves: 4

    Total time: 50 mins

  • Filling and nutritious, this traditional fish pie is perfect served with green beans or garden peas and is a…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 1 hr 20 mins

  • This classic Italian dish of spaghetti carbonara is quick to make with the eggs and cream combining to make the…

    Serves: 6

    Total time: 25 mins

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What ready meals do you buy? (tick all that apply)

  • Lasagne 9%
  • Curry 8%
  • Fish pie 5%
  • Cottage pie 6%
  • Pizza 19%
  • Pies 10%
  • Pasta bake 6%
  • Packaged salad 10%
  • Meatballs 6%
  • Roast dinner 3%
  • Other 4%
  • I never buy ready meals 14%

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