Simple Meals / Easy Cooking

With the busy manner of life today, it’s useful to have some simple meals on hand which are super easy to cook and take up too much of your time.

Take a look below at several of our meals that are perfect if you’re in the mood for easy cooking rather than following a difficult recipe.

 

1. Butternut squash and chicken pan roast

Easy to cook meals

This one tray recipe is easy peasy. All you need to do for this simple meal is set the chicken on top a mix of squash and vegetables and then roast it in the oven for around an hour and twenty minutes, until everything in the tray is browned and cooked through. You can see the full recipe here.

 

2. Baked tomatoes, potatoes and butternut squash

Simple meals

This simple tray bake is also very easy to cook! All you need to do is lay out the tomatoes, onion, potatoes and squash, season and then bung it in the oven for about 30 minutes! Easy! You can find the full recipe here.

 

3. Mustard maple roasted salmon

Roasted salmon

This delicious mustard-maple roasted salmon provides some super easy cooking and is also ready in just 15 minutes, meaning that it’s perfect for a busy day! Take a look at the full recipe here.

 

4. Smoked gouda and leek tart

Smoked gouda and leek tart

This simple meal is delicious and a great option for vegetarians! This recipe serves 8 people so it’s also perfect for a gathering with friends and family. Find the full recipe on food network.

 

5. Penne pasta and tomato pasta bake

Penne pasta and tomato bake

Everyone loves an easy to cook pasta bake! This creamy and cheesy dish makes a perfect mid-week dinner for all the family, and can also be used for lunch the next day! Find out here how to make this yummy pasta.

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Does your pet cause allergy problems in your home?
When we think of our pets, we often think of the companionship, happiness and love they bring to our homes, not the hidden germs and bacteria they carry. However, each time your pet enters your home, they bring with them a variety of dirt, germs and bacteria.

Fear not! Following the following steps can help you to make sure that your home and loved ones are kept as allergen-free as possible (whilst making sure your pet still has a loving home).

Place a mat by the exterior doors your pet uses. This will help to ensure that you are trapping allergens, dirt and bacteria before it has chance to reach the rest of your home. These mats are often able to be washed in a washing machine, giving you the opportunity to remove the bacteria harboured within them regularly.
 
Wipe your pets’ paws when they re-enter your home from outside. Although this may seem arduous, particularly in the peak allergy season, it can enable you to trap and dispose of many allergens before they have change to impact the health of both you and your loved ones.
 
Give your pet a regular bath. Whilst they may not thank you for their squeaky-clean new image, you will be able to effectively remove more dirt, bacteria and allergens than through brushing alone.
 
Mop your tiled and hardwood floors using an antibacterial solution regularly, focussing on the high-traffic areas that will contain the most bacteria.
 
Where your home has been carpeted, or you have rugs, it is imperative to vacuum at least twice a week to ensure you rid your home of unwanted germs and bacteria.
 
A professional carpet clean performed by Oven&CarpetGreen will ensure your home remains hygienically clean.
 
 Using the very latest carpet cleaning triple vacuum technology, our equipment, partnered with the expertise of our fully trained technicians enables us to leave you with the best possible results. If you need your carpet  cleaning and would like to request a quote then just click here. 

 

So, next time your hear the cat flap rattle, or your dog bounds in after a walk, be sure to follow the above steps to keep your home hygienically clean and your family safe from allergens.
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Our Top 10 Tips For Safety In The Kitchen
The kitchen is the hub of many people’s households, but safety in the kitchen is vital as there are many ways in which it can be dangerous.
Whether you’re a lover of baking and cooking or someone that doesn’t spend a lot of time in their kitchen, these kitchen safety tips will be useful in helping to prevent injuries to you and your family.

 

1. Keep kids and pets out the way
Some children enjoy helping parents out in the kitchen, but you must teach them to stay out of your way when necessary and to keep their distance from hot appliances that haven’t yet cooled down. Furthermore, pets around your feet or lounging on the floor are tripping hazards, so it’s important to make sure that they are also kept at bay.  

2. Don't rush
Rushing around the kitchen will almost guarantee accidents. A top kitchen safety tip is to be careful and take your time when cutting food and moving pots and pans.

3. Wipe up spills immediately
It’s easy to spill something in the kitchen when you’re multi-tasking and trying to tend to others. To improve safety in the kitchen it’s crucial that you clean up water, grease or oil immediately, before anyone trips and hurts themselves. Furthermore, food that is spilt in the oven and not cleaned up gives your food an unpleasant taste of smoke and charcoal, which is unhygienic and can cause illness.

4. Keep your oven clean
Keeping your oven clean is a great kitchen safety tip, because if food is spilt on your oven and not cleaned up, it can burn and set fire. Furthermore, if your oven is dirty then it will often produce black smoke, which can be very hazardous for you and your family. If you need your oven cleaning and would like to request a quote from professional local specialists then just click here.  

5. Learn how to use knives
Make sure you educate yourself on how to slice and chop food properly with knives, so that you don’t injure yourself.

6. Check that your oven and other kitchen appliances are turned off
Leaving your oven and other kitchen appliances turned on could be a fire hazard or injure any pets and children if they’re left hot, so check that these are all turned off once you have finished using them in order to improve safety in the kitchen.

7. Keep a first aid kit in the kitchen
A first aid kit is not only important for the bathroom, you should make sure you have one handy in the kitchen too. It should include gauze, burn salve, scissors, and the phone number for your doctors and nearby hospitals.

8. Wear safe clothing and footwear
Be careful of what you wear whilst cooking or baking. Long sleeves, hair, scarves and jewellery can catch fire or tug at pots and pans, causing them to fall off the top of the stove.

9. Sanitise your kitchen
A kitchen safety tip worth remembering is to clean your kitchen with cleaner as often as possible, in order to prevent bacteria and germs from spreading.

10. Ensure your fire alarm works
According to the fire service, you are twice as likely to have a fatal fire in your home if you don’t own a smoke alarm. The large majority of fires start in the kitchen, so don’t forget to check your smoke alarm battery regularly and replace your fire alarm once every 10 years.

We hope that our kitchen safety tips will help you be more vigilant, so you can improve the safety of both you and your family.
If you would like one of our specialists to clean your oven and other kitchen appliances, such as your hob, extractor hood, microwave, aga or barbecue, then just request your free estimate with us today.
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Barbecue cleaning tips and some simple steps on how to clean a BBQ.
Cleaning a BBQ may not be as exciting as preparing delectable barbecue food, but keeping a barbecue clean is paramount to ensure your food tastes great, as well as being safe to eat.

We recommend cleaning your BBQ around once a month, but you should also complete the first 3 steps of this BBQ cleaning process each time after using your barbecue. 

1. Leave the grill in place and wait for your barbecue to get to full heat. For a gas barbecue, turn the heat on full and for a charcoal barbecue, throw in fresh coals and wait for them to get boiling hot.   

2. Put the lid on, and leave for 15-20 minutes. This will clean your BBQ by baking off any food particles and debris, making it much easier to clean the barbecue parts.  

3. Switch off your barbecue and wait around 30-45 minutes until it has completely cooled down, and then remove the bars and scrub at them with a steel brush. A good BBQ cleaning tip is to make sure that you reach all of the corners and edges of the grills.



4. To clean a BBQ thoroughly, add the grills to a bucket of warm, soapy water and scrub at them again. There are also domestic barbecue or multi-purpose cleaning products that you can use to clean your BBQ grills, however it’s worth checking the manufacturer’s instructions before using them.

5. Once you’ve scrubbed the grills again, rinse and dry them immediately.

6. Remove all the other barbecue parts such as drip trays, again waiting until they have cooled down, and wash all of them using warm, soapy water and then dry them as before. 

7. Scrub down the rest of the inside of the barbecue with a steel brush and a little warm, soapy water if necessary.

8. Place all the parts back onto your barbecue. 
 
But if you’d rather not endure the hassle, time and effort of cleaning a BBQ, Oven&CarpetGreen can do the hard work for you. Using safe, eco-friendly and fume-free products, we can leave your barbeque spotless and ready to light at a moment’s notice when the sun appears!
As well as bbq cleaning we can remove grease, fat and burnt on carbon deposits from ovens, hobs, microwaves, and agas - using 100 percent caustic free cleaning solutions ensuring a safe, hygienic and fume-free environment, so your appliances are safe to use as soon as the cleaning job is complete. 
 
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