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Stuck in a dinner rut - can you inspire me?

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sweetheart Mon 13-May-13 16:51:06

We seem to eat the same meals on a sort of 14 day cycle and I'm fed up - can anyone inspire me with some meal ideas, nothing too extravagant, by the time I get in from work that last thing I want to do is spend hours in the kitchen. And nothing to full of fat - I'm always on a diet!

The meals we currently seam to rotate are things like:-

spag bolognaise
chicken in a cream and grape sauce
pizza & salad
spaghetti carbonara
kiev and chips
pasta bake

ideas please......

fallenempires Mon 13-May-13 16:58:58

Toad in the Hole
Corned Beef Hash
Pan Haggerty
Chow Mein
Chicken & Chorizo Traybake
Fish Goujons and Chips
Chicken Tikka Wraps

CalamityJones Mon 13-May-13 17:03:06

Mine this week are:
Sausage, kale and flageolets hotpot
Turkey and sweetcorn meatballs with red pepper sauce and couscous
Garlic and lemon chicken with braised little gem
Smoked salmon and lemon risotto
Spanish roast chicken (with chorizo, lemon and gremolata)
They're fit all my day to day criteria - inexpensive, easy to prepare, and approved of by my 20 month!

coffeewineandchocolate Mon 13-May-13 17:05:13

cottage pie
stir fry
chicken and chorizo stew
beef burginion
homemade beef burgers
homemade chicken dippers
sausage casserole
sweet and sour pork with rice
fish pie

BaconAndAvocado Mon 13-May-13 20:30:32

This week (and every week if I'm honest!):

Toad in the Hole
Green Thai Chicken Curry
Chicken and Asparagus pie (not home made sad )
Pork Chops
Pizza and Chips (whAt can I say, it's Friday!)

Very impressed with some of the above recipes!! I really must broaden my culinary horizons!

DewDr0p Mon 13-May-13 20:44:26

Anything here take your fancy?

Egg fried rice
Tuna pasta
Pasta pesto w/ salmon
Prawn and courgette pasta
Meatballs & pasta
Potato green bean and ham salad
Chicken & cannelini beans
Chicken w/chilli lemon mint
Stir fry w chicken/prawns/salmon
Chicken & wedges/salad
Thai green chicken curry
Chicken & sweet pot curry
Chorizo & chickpea stew
Botham burgers
Pork and apricot burgers
Beef casserole
Sausage casserole
Pregnant Juls pasta
Tomato fennel chickpea soup
Puy lentil soup
Roasted veg & couscous
Couscous, roasted squash spinach salad
Stir fry w cashews
Vegetable pasta bake
Veggie chilli
Pea & pancetta risotto
Green veg risotto
Red lentil and aubergine curry
Cauli and chickpea curry
Chicken pie
Roast mackerel & veg
Thai fish
Lamb tagine
Sausages & mash
Cottage pie
Toad in the hole
Veggie rogan josh
Thai red chicken curry
Spicy roast chicken & potatoes
Chickpea and pasta soup
Red thai prawn curry
Chicken noodle soup

pollywollydoodle Mon 13-May-13 20:47:53

go on then dewdrop what is a Botham burger (misread it as Gotham burger 1st time..)

pollywollydoodle Mon 13-May-13 20:48:41

and pregnant juls pasta smile

babybouncer Mon 13-May-13 21:05:58

My fave unbelievably easy, but a bit different recipes are:
Grilled lamb (or any other meat) brushed with ras el hanout mixed with oil and served with garlic bread and salad or couscous
Mexican bake - cooked chicken, beans, fajita packet mix and tinned tons layered with fajitas and grated cheese a bit like a Mexican lasagne
Emergency pasta - chopped chorizo fried up and tossed over pasta with sundries tomatoes, grated Parmesan, drizzle of olive oil and fresh herbs

milkwasabadchoice Mon 13-May-13 21:10:29

Risotto with mushrooms and bacon
Grilled salmon with pesto pasta
Jamie Oliver chicken w leeks and pancetta

sweetheart Tue 14-May-13 16:37:44

ohhh forgotten I'd posted this - thanks for the lists, I've taken a few ideas from them.

My main problem is kids not eating stuff - I'm loated to spend ages making something I know they will turn their noses up at. They eat potatos, pasta, rice and will (begrudgingly) eat noodles but no cous cous, lentils etc.

They are not keen on stews and that kind of - well what I call "traditional" food. Cottage pie etc

they won't eat fish full stop really (and I can't say I blame them!)

I'd like any lamb ideas if possible

I am absolutely LOVING the Mexican bake idea so will be trying that very soon!

DewDr0p Tue 14-May-13 17:09:21

Botham burgers are JO's burger recipe.

Pregnant Jools pasta is also courtesy of JO, from his 30min book

They are both very very tasty.

Sorry I copy and pasted that lot without paying much attention blush

goodlifemummy Tue 14-May-13 18:10:25

Jools pregnant pasta is best pasta EVER. Have been fantasising about it this very evening!

gingerpinz Tue 14-May-13 18:53:41

How about lamb koftas in wraps/pittas with salad/veg (we normally do thinly shredded cabbage and red onion and grated carrot), yoghurt and houmous? It's a big fave here and kind of like fajitas if you put bowls of different things out everyone can just take what they want, so no waste/turned up noses!

pollywollydoodle Wed 15-May-13 00:57:52

thanks dewdrop ...didn't make the connection between jules and Jamie Oliverblush the pasta one looks great

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