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What to eat

What we're cooking this week

Considered this your meal plan for the week.

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It's not only the start of a new week but a new month too which means there's plenty of new recipes to be inspired by...

Between homeschooling, staying on top of what now feels like an abundance of laundry and, oh yeah, that job you have - it can be seriously challenging to cook a new, satisfying and healthy dinner each night.

Of course, you could just dial up the local takeaway or heat up a ready meal and call it a night but if 2020 taught us anything, it's that cooking is therapeutic and joyful. It helps you to pause, take a moment and reflect. It's also guaranteed time spent away from a glaring screen. That said, coming up with tasty dinner ideas for every night of the week is no mean feat. Your best bet against weeknight dinner stress? These uncomplicated family dinner ideas will please everyone - even the kids. From belly-warming soups to garlic butter fried chicken, flavourful veggie burgers and bread that doesn't require a homemade starter, you’ll have endless delicious recipes to choose from night after night, whether you have all day to prep or just minutes.

Be sure to save this post to your browser because there's going to come a night this week where you're wondering what to cook, and we've got the answers.

Garlic butter fried chicken

Cooking at home doesn't have to equal boring meals or takeaways. In fact, you can create restaurant-quality meals from the comfort your own home that require little to no skill. Take these garlic butter fried chicken breasts, for example. They come together in 30 minutes, can be made with just 5 ingredients, are truly delicious and can be served with just about anything! We suggest creamy mash potatoes and green beans. Get the recipe, here. 

Beetroot burgers

Whether you're vegetarian, vegan or just looking to add more vegetables to your diet, veggie burgers are a complicated meal to master. Some veggie burgers can taste like cardboard or have a laundry list of ingredients, but these beetroot burgers can be made with just five ingredients and a healthy dash of spice. They keep it simple without skimping on great taste. Enjoy them year-round by pan-frying or sticking under the grill. Trust us, these meatless burgers are so satisfying and delicious, even the utmost carnivores will be begging for seconds. Get the recipe, here. 


 

Tuscan bean soup

We may not be able to get to Tuscany but at least the flavours of Tuscany came come to us! This hearty Tuscan bean soup from Avoca is a lovely option for colder days. Serve it with some pesto on top and, of course, lots of warm crusty bread on the side. Double up on the ingredients and save portions in the freezer for a quick, healthy lunch. Get the recipe, here.

Caramelised red onion flatbread

We may be several months into this pandemic which usually would be enough time to re-stock yeast but still, it remains as a hard-to-find ingredient. But just because you can't get your hands on yeast does not mean you have to be left out of the self-quarantine bread-making game! If you have flour, baking powder, salt, and olive oil, you can make these easy flatbreads in less than 30 minutes. They are cooked in a skillet on the stovetop and are topped with a hearty helping of caramelised red onions but they work just as good on their own if onions aren't your thing. Get the recipe, here. 

Slow-cooker beef brisket ragu

Over the years, the slow cooker has become a kitchen staple—and for good reason. By doing a little prep early, you get to return to a perfectly cooked ready-to-eat meal, which is perfect for those busy weeknights. This ragu is incredibly easy to make, cheap and is ideal for batch cooking. After all, it is beef brisket, simmered in crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil and oregano, seasoned with salt and pepper, and drowning in red wine. How can it not taste like anything other than perfection? Serve with any pasta of your choice or even a dollop over a baked potato. Get the recipe, here. 

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