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What to eat

What we're cooking this week

It's the start of a new week which means it's time to figure out what to cook!


From a gluten-free, plant-based carrot cake to a creamy carbonara, here's what's on the menu this week...

Between school runs, 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 a creamy carbonara to roast potatoes with a twist, spatchcock chicken and baked macaroni and cheese, 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.

Kale and mushroom carbonara

This version of the classic pasta dish is packed with vegetables instead of the usual pancetta or bacon, adding a splash of colour with peppery kale and earthy flavour with mushrooms. Perfect for when you fancy something different for dinner. Try the recipe out, here. 

Greek spatchcocked chicken

This tasty Greek spatchcocked chicken is even better if you let it marinate overnight before cooking. If you’re a newbie, the recipe also includes an easy guide to spatchcocking a chicken. Try it out, here. 

Baked macaroni and cheese

This is baked mac and cheese recipe is everything you could ever hope for in a macaroni cheese: it's cheesy and creamy, with perfectly cooked macaroni, plenty of sauce and a crunchy buttery top. Sure to become a family favourite, try the recipe out this week by viewing the recipe, here. 

Breakfast chia cookies

With schools back open, it's likely your mornings are a little more hectic than they were a few weeks ago. Rather than skipping breakfast or just grabbing a bar on the go, these breakfast chia cookies make for a quick and easy breakfast that's both scrumptious and filling. Made with oats, chia seed and pecan nuts, they're tasty on their own or go deliciously with yoghurt and fruit. Try the recipe out, here. 

Open-flaked salmon and crab on homemade soda bread

One of the biggest perks of working from home is having access to an oven at lunchtime. Make the most of your lunch break this week by making this delicious open-flaked salmon and crab on homemade soda bread. Try the recipe out, here. 

Creamy garlic roast potatoes

Creamy garlic potatoes are a seriously easy side dish that you can serve with just about ANYTHING! Loaded with garlic, herbs and cream this potato recipe is an utterly delicious way to roast potatoes. Try the recipe out, here. 

Gluten-free carrot cake with orange cream cheese frosting

A cake that can easily pass for breakfast? Sign us up! This plant-based carrot cake is healthy enough to eat for breakfast and sweet enough to enjoy as a treat with a good coffee. It's a moist flavourful loaf that keeps well for days, but also freezes well, slice it up and enjoy all week! Try it out, here. 

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