This is a proper throw it in the pot, stick the lid on and walk away kinda dish. Or whack it all in the slow cooker. 1 white onion (chopped)3 cloves garlic (finely chopped or grated)1 butternut squash (peeled and cut into 2cm cubes)6 carrots (chopped in 1cm thickness (discs))1 small tin of sweetcorn1 440g tin of black beans ( (any type of beans would do))1 44g tin of chopped tomatoes1-2 tsp chipotle paste (or more, if you would prefer it to be hotter)1 tbsp olive oil1/2 tsp smoked paprika1 tsp sugarsalt and pepper Gently fry the onion in the olive oil for 5 minutes on a medium heat, until see through and starting to brown on the edges. Take your time doing this, it bring out the sweetness of the onion. Then, add the garlic and stir through for another

  A really easy 'bung it in the slow cooker' stew that will be piping hot ready for when you get home from work. 500 g diced beef1 red onion (roughly diced)3 cloves garlic (finely diced)3 carrots (chopped into 1cm chunks)500g baby chestnut mushrooms1 butternut squash (diced into 2-3cm cubes)2 tsp sweet paprika (smoked if you prefer)1 tsp ground cuminFresh thyme (1 tbsp or so of fresh thyme leaves)2 vegetable stock pots (or cubes)500 ml water1 tin chopped tomatoes2 tbsp tomato puree2 tbsp Worcester sauce4 medium white potatoes (roughly diced into 2-3cm cubes)1 tbsp olive oil Switch your slow cooker on to 'high'. Whilst this is heating up, seal the diced beef in a pot with the olive oil.Once the beef is sealed, add all the ingredients to your slow cooker and mix well. Leave on 'low' for 6-7 hours or

This will make a big batch of bolognese that will be perfect for your freezer! Weekday dinners will be super easy, freeze in batches and whip up some fresh pasta. Easy! 1.5 kg lean minced beef ((or use 50/50 beef and pork mince))3 onions (finely chopped)4 carrots (finely chopped)4 sticks celery (finely chopped)8 cloves garlic500 g mushrooms (sliced)4 440ml cans chopped tomatoes6 tbsp tomato puree2 tsp dried mixed herbs2 bay leaves1 glass red wine1 tbsp brown sugar ((white would do))4 tbsp olive oil Heat the oil in a large frying pan and brown the mince (in batches if need be)Add the browned mince with all of the other ingredients into a large slow cookers and cook on low for 7-8 hours. Then turn to high and cook for another hour.Serve with 200g (cooked weight) pasta per person