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Your Family's Number One Meal, please share.

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NigellaEllaElla Mon 19-Nov-12 18:14:24

I'm losing the will to live with the endless meal production in this house.

So thought instead of asking for everyone's meal plan I would just ask for your most returned to, always a hit, most commonly produced meal in your house.

Hoping to find some inspiration.....

EggNogRules Wed 21-Nov-12 11:48:11

stressedHEmum would you please share recipies for slow braised cabbage pasta and potato and onion pie? thanks

Thanks for the simple instructions. Off to look for further inspiration at Netto's blog.

EggNogRules Wed 21-Nov-12 11:52:58

Ds's fave meal is a cheese toastie aka gwilled cheese (as says Porkie Pig).

My method is:
Warburton's white sliced bread - toast
Put sliced cheese on - serve
Serve with veggies and sliced apples.

Mine - roast
DH -Steak, homemade wedgies and salad.

piemaker Thu 22-Nov-12 12:27:58

Wagamama Cha Han (Chicken fried rice).

ComradeJing Mon 26-Nov-12 04:05:57

DD - Spag Bol (except I use penne or fusilli because it's easier for her to eat)
DH - Silverside or ham with cabbage, mash and mustard sauce
Me - Sausages, mash, peas, broccoli and gravy.

We also love:
Roast (Any!)
Steak with chips, eggs and salad
Baked salmon (I bake a fillet with soy, lemon, ginger and spring onions) with mustard creme fraiche (sp?), greens and mash.

I'm finally living in a country with great supermarkets again so noting down lots of ideas here for us!

Molehillmountain Mon 26-Nov-12 11:53:03

Roast dinner, followed closely by spag Bol

GooseyLoosey Mon 26-Nov-12 11:56:55

Kids' favourite at the moment is pasta in homemade cheese sauce (with lots of mustard in) with broccoli and salmon. Easy peasy.

A cassoulet type thing with tomatoes, garlic, read wine, pork and chorizo in would probably be the favourite for dh and I.

Heartbeep Mon 26-Nov-12 18:27:08

chandon i made your lentil soup today &
Can confirm its lovely. The smoked paprika is a really nice addition.
Even my fussy 3.5 yo ate a large bowlful & said it was "yummy". High praise indeed!

Thanks for the recipe.

GoldPlatedNineDoors Mon 26-Nov-12 18:34:13

Bangers and mash served in a giant yorkshire with onion gravy, peas, mint sauce.

wordfactory Mon 26-Nov-12 18:37:47

Crowd pleasers chez nous -

Roast chicken with the usuals.
Chicken stir fry with noodles
Italian sausages in passata + pasta or rice + salad.

ComradeJing Tue 27-Nov-12 00:28:37

GooseyLoosey what kind of salmon do you use please? Tinned or smoked or do you cook it fresh or...?


SilverSixpence Wed 28-Nov-12 13:32:15

Beef kra pow with rice - Thai dish takes 15 mins and is so amazingly delicious, I add fine green beans to make it healthier

AitchTwoOhOneTwo Wed 28-Nov-12 13:36:49

good idea for a thread, we're big fans of chickpeas and butter beans too. and spag bol, obv. grin

Madaboutcake Thu 29-Nov-12 15:35:08

These meals sound delicious. Would it be possible to have the recipes for:
JennyPiccolo - your chicken, chorizo and butter bean stew plus Mintyy - your lamb & chick pea curry? smile

trudat Thu 29-Nov-12 18:27:33

Mince n tatties
Chilli with lots of hidden veg
Tuna pasta

Those are the kids favourites.

I like a roast dinner, but only if someone else cooks it.

Dh would probably say anything as long as he can put it between 2 slices of bread hmm

I shouldn't complain though. We don't throw much out. He went to work once with a haggis, hoummous and pickle sandwich. I am not kidding.

kbird Thu 29-Nov-12 18:51:38

Pasta pasta and more pasta.

I like a nice homemade burger but the Things just pick everything off and mainline the buns.

Tonight I was forced to use curly kale as it came in the veg box. Yuck.

BertieBotts Thu 29-Nov-12 18:55:58

Spaghetti bolognese or chicken fajitas.

NumptyMum Thu 29-Nov-12 19:43:13

Noodle soup/noodles, which is endlessly variable but mostly includes:
Leek and carrot, gently fried/sweated
add either packet noodles or cake of rice/egg noodles and veg or chicken stock
sometimes I add a dash of 5 spice seasoning or garlic powder
throw in some form of protein (small pieces of chicken, quorn, prawns depending on who's eating it)
drizzle some sesame oil on top and perhaps some soy sauce/mirin

Depending on veg available I've sometimes added beansprouts, tomatoes, courgette - and frozen peas or sweetcorn to cool it down if it's too hot when hungry kids want to eat.

The beauty of this meal is the fussy 2.5yo who doesn't eat much else WILL eat this, no matter what I've thrown into it. Everyone else eats it too, including the 5yo who doesn't eat veg. It's quick, very healthy (if not too much soy used) and there's not much washing up.


paneer Thu 29-Nov-12 20:08:03

DD loves chicken (or bacon) fried rice. Also a big fan of noodles - any kind - in a vegetable bouillon or just with a dash of vinegar.

RicDiculous Thu 29-Nov-12 20:50:31

Sausage chips broccoli 3 times a week

voodoomunkee Fri 30-Nov-12 00:16:27

Spag Bol again! Although fussy ds doesn't eat it.....
Chicken wraps, although as they are based on fajita's can be expensive.
Beef casserole/beef in red wine/ale plus additions to bulk it out
Fry up night.
The night I refuse to slave over a hot stove and it's a free for all for things that can go inbetween/on top of bread.
Tonight we had chicken and chips.
But the overall ultimate winner is a gammon/ham joint, thrown in the slow cooker with a couple of spoons of brown sugar, left on low and served many hours later with just about anything! There is literally nothing left when I serve it up. We have it with bread, chips, mash, eggs, beans, veg,, anything! If I feel flush and buy a much bigger joint then some goes in a broth the next day. A basics ham joint is equally as good.
Good thread!

Is it possible to do the brown sugar ham in an ordinary fan oven?

AcidTurkishBath Tue 04-Dec-12 23:16:41

Shepherd's Pie is our favourite to eat but takes too long to cook. Pasta and tomato sauce or pesto is what we have most often.

SweetMingePie Tue 04-Dec-12 23:20:23

At the moment we are enjoying chilli con carne with nachos and rice, lasagne and chicken chorizo stew done in the slow cooker

forevergreek Tue 04-Dec-12 23:21:22

Chicken and mushroom risotto

goralka Tue 04-Dec-12 23:30:49

tagliatelle carbonara - fry bacon bits and cook tagliatelle - whisk up one egg plus as many more egg yolks as there are people - throw the drained tagliatelle into the pan with the fried bacon in it, take off the heat and put the eggs through it...goes down a treat every time - add parmesan and black pepper as you like.

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