Wednesday, 27 August 2014

What's for Dinner? Inspiration for your week night meals.

Welcome to hump day, the day you've run out of motivation and ideas for dinner ideas.  So I'm here with some inspiration to help you answer the dreaded question "What's for dinner?"

I'm one of those people that love looking for recipes and cooking new things. I have a bloglovin' feed full of food blogs and boards and boards of food pins on pinterest.  Here I've collated some of my favourite recipes from the last couple of weeks so you can benefit from my hits and misses and the time I've wasted looking at recipes on the internet!

To be included in this round-up the recipes have to use straight forward ingredients, take under 45 minutes to prepare and cook and pass the taste test for adults and kids to make the grade.

These recipes passed the test.


Key Ingredients

Chicken mince
Tin of tomatoes
Cheddar cheese

20 mins prep
25 mins cook
Beef mince
Fresh or canned corn
Aioli/mayonnaise for sour cream
Love this! 

The topping made from yoghurt, sour cream and cheese tastes like a normal cheesy topping but is a light version.

A great flavour, super quick and easy to pull together yet looks impressive.

Jamie Oliver Member's Recipe

Chicken Stock

20 mins prep
25 mins cook
Thighs or breast
Use  a sheet of frozen puff or shortcrust pastry
A great creamy filling without using cream!

Leek and bacon add great flavour.

Can make filling earlier in day.

Pinch of Yum

Sweet potato
Black or red kidney beans
Frozen corn
Multigrain tortilla chips (bought or home-made)

Ready in under 35 minutes
I used kidney beans instead of black beans and made my own tortilla chips by cutting up whole tortillas and crisping in oven.
I added avocado and salsa on top.
I like the sweet potatoes in slices rather than wedges.
I place mine back in the oven to melt the cheese
A nice healthy Friday night option.

I liked the healthy cheese sauce but it does have a distinct taste.  Hubby didn’t like.  I’ll use just straight cheese sprinkled over next time.

Highly recommend using salsa to add some extra freshness.
Side Dish

Eleanor Ozich via Bizzy Lizzy's Good Things

Peas (fresh or frozen)

10 mins prep and cook
A great change up to the traditional peas. 

A bit creamy from the avocado and a nice tang from the lemon.


Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Edible Perspective

Choc Chips
Oat flour
Almond flour
Coconut Oil
So I took a little liberty here with 'straight forward' ingredients but it was too good not to include.
The best cake I’ve made in a while – healthy and non-healthy versions.

Most genius version of cream cheese frosting, all of the taste and hardly any sugar.

Can’t recommend it highly enough!

I'd love to hear if you have a go at any of the recipes or let me know what type of recipes would be useful for me to include in the next "What's for dinner?" post.

Keep smiling.

Dani :)

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