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What we're cooking this week – that doesn't involve turkey or ham

If we never see a turkey again, it'll already have been too many.


It's the start of a new week (yes, really) which means it's time to figure out what to cook.

We've officially hit that period of Christmas where nobody is really too sure what day it is, selection boxes make for adequate breakfasts and we have to so much as look at another slice of turkey, we'll run for the hills. 

But believe it or not, it's the start of a new week which means it's time to figure out what to make for dinner. The thing is when you've spent the past 28 days thinking only of what you're going to eat for Christmas dinner, figuring out what to cook that doesn't involve turkey, ham or cranberry sauce can be quite the challenge.

Fret not, we're on hand to bring you five delicious recipes to make this week that don't involve any Christmas foods. These uncomplicated family dinner ideas will please everyone - even the kids. From cosy curries to shrimp appetisers, easy pasta dishes and cheesy burgers, you’ll have endless delicious recipes to choose from night after night, whether you have all day to prep or just minutes.

Aubergine curry with turmeric cauliflower rice

Donal Skehan's recipes are always full of flavour, but we're currently obsessed with this aubergine curry dish. It's perfect for warming yourself up on a colder evening and is super quick to make, which is a bonus in our book. Plus, if you double up the recipe, you'll have plenty of leftovers which will work perfectly for lunch throughout the week. Try it out here. 

Broccoli rabe and squash lasagne

This recipe from Avoca is a real crowd-pleaser and if you're trying to cut down on your meat intake, then you'll definitely want to try it out. The béchamel gives the broccoli a very luxurious feel, making the whole meal feel very moreish and ensuring that you won't even notice the absence of beef. Try it out here.

Crab, prawn and chilli toasts

Dinner parties might be off the cards for the time being but that doesn't mean you should have to miss out on tasty appetisers. All you need is to pop something sparkling and cook up these delicious crab, prawn and chilli toasts. And yes - they taste as good as they look. Get the recipe, here. 

Chorizo smashburger with blue cheese slaw

Smash burgers are the food trend taking Dublin city by storm. Thin, smashed flat beef patties often presented between squishy buns are popping up on food menus across the capitol. But if the city centre is outside your 5km radius, don't panic. Get in on the smash burger trend by making these delicious and easy to prepare sliders at home. Get the recipe, here. 

Salted Caramel Cookies

Combining all of our favourite things, these salted caramel cookies look absolutely delicious. We're fairly sure they won't last long, so you're better off making a double batch to make sure everyone gets to try these fabulous biscuits. Get the recipe here.

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