so bored of the same old favourites - inspire me please

(8 Posts)
racingheart Wed 10-Apr-13 15:39:23

That's it really. We live on the same cuts of meat or veggie dishes all the time, mainly because that's what I know the DC will eat without fuss, but I'm bored of them.

Anyone got any inspired ways of cooking:
chicken, whole or pieces
turkey steaks
minced beef or pork
casserole beef

and any family favourite veggie meals that aren't quorn chilli or its ilk. Just want something a bit different and spring like that doesn't cost the earth.

sharond101 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:39:58
jennimoo Thu 11-Apr-13 06:48:07

I agree on the Chinese beef from good food, I've made and love it!

I did a slow cooked beef curry with braising steak at the weekend which was yummy. I did a huge batch but didn't use as much tinned tomatoes and veg as the recipe but turned out very well.
http://frugalfeeding.com/2012/05/28/slow-cooked-beef-curry/

This recipe is a bit different, mince and stuffing made into a meatloaf.
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2940672/beef-and-bacon-meatloaf
Lots of room to make it your own: I used pork mince and added fried leeks and it was lovely.

COCKadoodledooo Thu 11-Apr-13 07:32:50

We bought Jamie's 15 Minute Meals and it has been brilliant. We now have a number of firm favourites from it that take less than 40 minutes from opening the book (the 15 mins is a proper con btw - recipe should take 15 mins from the point when you have all ingredients/utensils out and ready, plus pans on and kettle already boiled!).

Drladybird Thu 11-Apr-13 12:42:02

There was a similar thread on here recently for veggie meals- it had lots of good suggestions so might be helpful.

JiltedJohnsJulie Thu 11-Apr-13 16:42:42

We've started cooking corn quasillas and the DC love them.

What things do you cook now? We had the hairy dieters chicken korma last week and it was yum.

racingheart Sat 13-Apr-13 23:31:31

chicken korma, quasillas and meatloaf all sound great. So do Jamie's 15 mins, and I'll look up the beef recipe, thanks.

I do a LOT of recipes based around Sainbury's 3 for £10 meat - so lots of chicken on the bone, beef mince or diced casserole beef etc, pork or turkey steaks. But I feel like I use the same ingredients all the time. The food's nice enough but samey.

Yesterday I did beef casserole with juniper, bay and red wine. It was nice, but that's how I always make it. Today was pork mince with spinach and fennel wrapped in puff pastry. But I always put spinach and fennel with pork. Just reading jennimoo's suggestion of doing pork with leek - sounds delicious but I'd not have thought of it. Think I've lost my creativity a bit.

These suggestions are brilliant. Thanks so much.

JiltedJohnsJulie Sun 14-Apr-13 09:56:24

racing we've got a local abattoir/wholesaler s a butchery counter open to the public it might be worth seeing it there is one nearby. Ours is good quality and cheaper than the 3for £10. You have a better selection to and our sometimes has new things to try.

Think we all loose our inspiration sometimes though, that's one of the things Mn is for smile

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