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Stuck in a food rut? It’s difficult to come up with meal ideas everyday, especially when your catering for fussy eaters. I usually find I’ll make a meal and my children will eat different variations of it. And I’ve realised that I’m cooking the same things over and over again, which is fine as you can perfect those things, but I need to broaden my menu options, and so I have decided to try new things and get cooking more. As I love cooking anyway I’m using that as an excuse, its my new hobby!
This weeks new meals have not exactly been difficult or outrageous in anyway but we have all enjoyed them. I raided my cook books to help with ideas and this is what’s been cooking this week.
1. Sausage tray bake
A very easy meal. I just baked sausages in the oven with carrots, parsnips and onions, boiled potatoes to make a mash and prepared (cheated) a little gravy. Perfect!
2. Tandoori chicken, jollof rice and cucumber and mint dip.
This chicken is a winner in my house. I cut chicken breast into small pieces and mixed it in a bowl with 2tbsp of tandoori spice mix, roughly 3tbsp of low fat natural yoghurt and a little lemon juice. Leave to marinate for a few hours in the fridge. I like to cook it in the oven for 20minutes or untill the chicken is cooked through. It would be wonderful on the barbecue too but make sure the chicken is thoroughly cooked.
Jollof rice is a lovely way to cook your rice and make it more interesting. Fry chopped onions and red pepper for a few minutes, add 1tbsp of curry powder, 1tsp of dried thyme, 1 tin of tomatoes and a little tomato puree. Then add about 200g of rice and about 400mls of chicken stock, bring to the boil then reduce the heat and cover to cook. Keep and eye on the rice and top up the stock if its needed. It should take roughly 15 minutes to cook depending on the rice used.
A cucumber and mint dip works well here as it adds a little freshness. Simply mix low fat yoghurt, cucumber cut into small pieces and fresh mint. A squeeze of lemon and salt to taste. Easy!
I do add salt and pepper in my cooking so always season to taste.
3. Pulled Pork with wraps
I have a slight obsession with my cook books, I love reading them as it gives me new ideas and gets you thinking about food. One of my favourite books is my Jamie Oliver 30 minute meals. I love how everything is placed in the middle of the table for you to fight over! Its great for family meals.
I used my slow cooker for the pork. I fryed onions and carrots then added the pork joint with 300mls of vegetable stock then left to cook on low for 7 to 8 hours. A great way to cook on a busy day! When the pork is cooked just pull apart with two forks. I served with wraps heated in the microwave and salad.