Because we're all about low-maintenance this Easter

Image: 9 delicious slow-cook dishes that are happy to be ignored

Here’s our selection of tasty dishes that use seasonal goods and pretty much cook themselves. These recipes are all one-pot stews, roasts or hotpots, so they are quick to put together and there's hardly any washing up! Choose from meaty crowd-pleasers or a satisfying veggie alternative.


1. Slow cook pork tostadas

Bring a taste of Mexico to the table over the holidays with these mouth-watering slow-cooked pork tacos. Marinated shoulder of pork is cooked low and slow for nine hours, then shredded and topped with salsa for these roll-em-up corn snacks that kids will love to make. See recipe for Slow cook pork tostadas.


2. Slow cooked chicken with herby potatoes

Cooking this dish slowly ensures wonderfully succulent chicken and tender vegetables whether you use a slow cooker or a casserole in the oven. See recipe for Slow cooked chicken with herby potatoes.


3. Pork shoulder pot roast

Succulent pork cooked in cider with root vegetables and apples makes the perfect family lunch. A slow cook makes the meat melt in the mouth, and the veg caramelise slightly as they cook down, resulting in a flavoursome one-pot meal with sweet notes of apple. See recipe for Pork shoulder pot roast.


4. Sausage, butterbean and tomato hotpot

This Southern States-style pork-and-bean classic is a family favourite with something to please everyone – especially the cook! Ready in less than hour, you can fry the sausages from frozen, then tip everything else in at once and leave it on the hob until it’s ready. Pulses make this a healthy supper that’s hearty enough for the hungriest hustlers – just give everyone a bowl and dig in! See recipe for Sausage, butterbean and tomato hotpot.


5. Braised lamb with hasselback potatoes

Neck fillets of lamb cooked slowly in the oven this way take on an almost ‘pulled’ texture so that you can shred the meat to serve. Hasselback potatoes have the crunch of roasties with the fluffiest insides. Kale is the perfect accompaniment to this tasty meal. See recipe for Braised lamb with hasselback potatoes.


6. Lancashire hotpot

Tender lamb and kidneys combine in a rich onion gravy to make a satisfying casserole base. Sliced potato layered over the meaty filling and brushed with melted butter creates a delicious crust. A truly classic dish. See recipe for Lancashire hotpot.


7. Barley and bean vegetable stew

Nutritious, filling and inexpensive, this one-recipe meal will be a firm favourite with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Beans and barley give a satisfying ‘bite’, and the tomatoes, pesto and Parmesan add an Italian flavour. Using canned vegetables reduces the cooking time so you can have supper on the table in just over an hour. See recipe for Barley and bean vegetable stew.


8. Meatball, lentil and cabbage hotpot

This recipe couldn't be simpler, as it uses ready-made meatballs so some of the prep has already been done for you. The green vegetables added at the end retain their bite and add some springtime colours to the dish. The best bit: you'll be ready to serve it up within an hour. See recipe for Meatball, lentil and cabbage hotpot.


9. Lemon & garlic roast chicken

Lemon and chicken are a match made in heaven. Add in some garlic and herbs and you've got a a mouthwatering roast. The citrus cuts through the thyme butter beautifully and all you have to do is baste the bird from time to time during cooking, then rest and carve. Enjoy as the tempting aroma of roast chicken fills your house... See recipe for Lemon and garlic roast chicken.