Where has this year gone? Mine has absolutely flown by, and I seem to be getting nothing much done. We took a holiday in July, and have another at the end of September, and the house renovations haven’t started yet, so August has been a bit of a dead month. But being home a bit more has given more time to play with weekend meal ideas. Enjoy!
Veggie-packed toad in the hole
There are enough vegetables in this to allow you to ignore the fact you’re serving up sausages in batter.
Make a batter of three eggs, 300ml milk, 150g plain flour and a pinch of salt.
Heat some oil in a roasting tin then throw in chipolatas and diced sweet potato and roast for 10 minutes. Add some sliced red onions or halved baby leeks and some small fingers of courgette and roast for another 5 minutes. Then add half a cup of frozen peas and some asparagus tips, pour over the batter and stir together.
Roast for another 30-odd minutes until the batter is puffy and crispy.
Serve with gravy, if you like. I gave the Gs a spoonful of baked beans on the side, too, to further assuage my starchy guilt.
Honey and lemon chicken
Full disclosure: Neither of them bloody ate this at all, but they should have done, as it’s quite sweet and non-threatening and full of vegetables they do normally eat. Plus noodles, yay!
Coat diced chicken in lemon juice, honey and minced ginger and marinade for at least an hour.
Bake in a moderate oven for half an hour, or you could stir fry.
I served this with noodles and steamed courgettes, baby corn, carrots and peas.
Obviously this is not a bolognese, but it’s tasty anyway.
Fry off some pancetta or bacon then add turkey mince, garlic and onions to the pan and cook until the meat is browned and the onions are soft.
Add a splash of white wine and cook off, then add a big blob of creme fraiche and a teaspoon of grainy mustard. Cook for another couple of minutes and finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and some chopped tarragon.
Serve over whichever pasta your kids like/can manage.
I usually make beef meatballs for the Gs, as they need the iron and fat, but I had some turkey mince leftover from the bolognese so did these instead.
Mix turkey mince with a beaten egg and breadcrumbs to get a firm consistency. Add any veg you fancy – I had leftover avocado for lunch so that went in, plus some finely grated onion, courgette and carrot. Mushroom would also be good, or you could add some mashed white beans for extra protein.
Roll into balls and brown gently, then pour in a can of chopped tomatoes and a splash of water and simmer for 10 mins.
I served these with baked beans and peas but I would have done sweet potato chips if I had any in.