Need a midweek meal that doesn’t take a lot of time to prepare? Then check out these 4 fabulous Quick Prep Midweek Meals. Each one is packed full of flavour but involves minimal prep – perfect for busy evenings. Plus find the linky below for MY LAST EVER #CookBlogShare!
My Last #CookBlogShare Linky!
Well folks, all good things have to come to an end someday… and so this week will be the last time I host the #CookBlogShare linky.
#CookBlogShare has been a huge part of my life since my early days of blogging back in 2015. It was how I first got to know literally hundreds of amazing bloggers, and it has helped me grow my blog and share my friends’ blogs too.
I was over the moon when, back in 2017, I was asked to become one of #CookBlogShare’s regular co-hosts by Kirsty from Hijacked by Twins, along with Mandy from Sneaky Veg. (Anyone else remember back to those days?)
Since then, the line-up has changed with first Mandy and then Kirsty stepping down, and Jacqui from Recipes Made Easy and Monika from Everyday Healthy Recipes joining the team, but #CookBlogShare has just gone from strength to strength, and I am especially delighted that so many of the #CookBlogShare regulars have now become regular guest hosts – something which I think has really made this linky extra special.
However, as many of you will know, back in 2018 I started a second blog – Productive Blogging. This new blog has grown and developed beyond my wildest imaginations – I’ve recently hosted my first live event, Productive Blogging LIVE (a conference and networking event for bloggers) and launched my first course, SEO Jumpstart (a jargon-free SEO course for bloggers who want to grow their blog traffic) and I am currently working on my next course (all about how to start a profitable blog).
And, well… there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything I want to do, and so something had to give! And that something, I am sad to say, is #CookBlogShare. I feel it is time I stepped back from #CookBlogShare and let others step up and take my place. It was a hard decision to make, but I feel it is the right decision for both my blogs and my sanity!
But don’t worry, #CookBlogShare is not going anywhere! It will still carry on with Jacqui at the helm and I’m delighted to tell you that Michelle and Lesley from Lost in Food will be joining her as co-hosts! And of course, there will still be lots of guest hosts throughout the year too.
And, while I might not be hosting #CookBlogShare anymore, I will certainly still be joining in with #CookBlogShare every time I have a new recipe to share… and I’ll still be popping into the #CookBlogShare Facebook group from time to time too 😀 And I am really looking forward to seeing how #CookBlogShare grows and develops over the coming months and years!
For me personally it feels like the end of an era, but I hope for #CookBlogShare it’s the start of a new and even more exciting one!
What I’ve been up to this month…
November has been a jam-packed month as ever. On Easy Peasy Foodie, I’ve shared 3 new recipes… my Ikea inspired Easy Swedish Meatballs, as well as a delicious Quick Pickled Cucumber recipe to have with it (which was inspired by my trip to Sweden in the summer). I also shared my recipe for Easy Roast Sweet Potatoes – a perfect recipe if you want an alternative to traditional roast potatoes or chips!
Meanwhile, over on Productive Blogging I have also been busy, sharing new blog posts on:
- What to buy a blogger for Christmas [2019 Gift Guide]
- How to grow your blog by building a tribe
- How to use Pinterest to grow your email list
As well as updating 3 older blog posts to bring them bang up to date:
- Goal setting for bloggers in 2020
- 10 ways to be a more productive blogger in 2020
- 17 SEO mistakes to avoid in 2020
4 Quick Prep Midweek Meals
I don’t know about you, but what with Black Friday, my new course and Christmas, I am crazy busy right now! I want to eat good food, but I just don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen. So, it’s no surprise that the recipes that jumped out at me from last week’s linky were all quick prep meals. Each of these meals are packed full of flavour, but take under 20 minutes to prepare – now that’s my kind of cooking!
Moroccan Spiced Salmon
First up we have this delicious looking recipe for Moroccan Spiced Salmon from Corina at Searching For Spice. This recipe is so up my street: delicious salmon fillets coated in ras-el-hanout and simply pan fried, served on top of a big bowlful of fluffy couscous, flavoured with onion, tomatoes, mint and stock. And only 10 minutes prep time – what’s not to like?
Beef Stew with Red Wine
Next, we have this wonderful Spanish-inspired Beef Stew with Red Wine from Ewa of Cooking with Ewa. The flavours in this stew have my mouth positively watering: tender slow cooked beef, red wine, tomato puree, garlic, bay, paprika, allspice, cloves… Yes, it’s a long slow cook (all the best beef stews are!), but the prep time is just 10 minutes. I love this kind of cooking – a quick prep earlier in the day, and then leave the stew to do its thing while I do mine… and a ridiculously delicious meal ready right when I need it!
Chicken and Potato Vegetable Soup
Another recipe that has my mouth watering is this gorgeous sounding Chicken and Potato Vegetable Soup from Monika at Everyday Healthy Recipes. Monika simply simmers chicken, onions, leek potatoes, carrot and celeriac in vegetable stock and flavours her soup with a touch of bay. This is just the kind of easy peasy, but filling and warming recipe you want on a chilly evening! At 20 minutes prep time, it’s the longest prep time – but I think more than worth it for this amount of deliciousness!
Pork & Green Bean Stir Fry
And if you are really pushed for time, why not try this quick and easy Pork & Green Bean Stir Fry from Cat at Curly’s Cooking? It’s packed full of flavour, but also some fab cheats, such as ginger and garlic paste and straight to wok noodles. Meaning that, not only is the prep time cut down to just 10 minutes, but this whole meal can be on your table in under 20 minutes!
#CookBlogShare2019 Week 48
And so we come to this week’s linky. You can link up any foodie post that you have – both old and new posts are welcome. All you need to do is:
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions (maximum of 4, please).
- Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) and / or add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (you can find the code below).
- Comment on one of the host’s posts and a minimum of 2 other posts linked up here, and generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
If you wish, you can tweet a link to your recipe to me @easypeasyfoodie and also (if you have room on the tweet!) my co-hosts Jacqui @recipecrumbs and Monika @monikasecipes, using the #CookBlogShare hashtag and we will retweet them. You can also post your recipe on the Cook Blog Share Facebook Page.
Need some help on Instagram? You and me both…so let’s help each other! Whenever you post to Instagram, use the #CookBlogShare hashtag, then quickly hop over to the #CookBlogShare feed, liking as many as you can and commenting on any that particularly catch your eye. Not a big job at all, but if we all do it, it would make a BIG difference!!
I will comment on a selection of my favourite posts this week and pin them to the Cook Blog Share Pinterest Board. I can’t wait to see what you’ve all been making!
Just to remind you, by joining in, you are giving the #CookBlogShare hosts permission to use your pictures in a round up and on social media, if your recipe is selected as one of our favourites!
The next #CookBlogShare will be hosted by Jacqui at Recipes Made Easy 🙂