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What to eat

What we're cooking this week

Considered this your meal plan for the week.


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

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.

Buttermilk Pancakes

In case you weren't already aware, tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday! And if there's one thing you can count on from us here at Food&Wine, it's all the pancake inspiration you could ever wish for. Simply typing the word pancake into our search bar will bring up hundreds of results. And while there is an abundance of recipes to chose from, be it cinnamon roll pancakes or Japanese soufflé, there is just no beating classic buttermilk pancakes. These American-style pancakes are thicker than crêpes but have a light and fluffy texture. Get the recipe, here. 

Pesto and chicken meatball pasta bake

Take the stress out of cooking this week by preparing this delicious and easy to make pasta bake. Combining a speedy homemade spinach pesto, tasty chicken meatballs and mozzarella topping, this cosy recipe is sure to soon become a family favourite. Get the recipe, here. 

New York baked cheesecake

Travel may be off the menu at the monument but that doesn't mean you can't get a slice of authentic New York cheesecake. This baked cheesecake with butterscotch sauce is a real slice of New York. Get the recipe, here. 

Cod and salmon burgers

Burgers are always a winner when served for dinner and this cod and salmon burger recipe is one you'll come back to again and again. They're served with a zingy remoulade sauce, which can be as hot or as mild as you like. Get the recipe, here. 

Sweet potato dauphinoise

No Sunday roast would be complete without a hearty helping of potatoes. While roast and mash are classics, why not mix things up with a creamy and delicious side of sweet potato dauphinoise? Each layer of sweet potato is seasoned, sprinkled with Gruyère cheese and then doused in a creamy garlic sauce. Bake them in the oven for about an hour and a half and you’ll end up with a pan full of cheesy, creamy goodness. Get the recipe, here. 

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