Beef casserole

Make this hearty casserole with chuck steak as the long, slow cooking tenderises the beef until it's melt-in-the-mouth tender. Plenty of veggies means all you need to serve this with is some crusty bread or creamy mash.

Apricot jam

No need to make a huge batch - just 500gm of apricots cooked in the microwave will give you a lovely jar or 2 of jam.

Pastitsio

This recipe is great to make in little ramekins at the beginning of a busy week so you can pull them out of the fridge and pop them straight into the oven on one of those nights when you just can't face cooking.