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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.....

JennyPiccolo Mon 19-Nov-12 18:19:26

A stir fry with garlic, ginger, spring onions, chicken, fresh noodles from a pack, mushrooms, peppers and mangetout (or whatever veg) and a sauce made from soy sauce and a little corn flour.

Or chicken breasts, chorizo and butter bean stew.

stephrick Mon 19-Nov-12 18:20:05

spaghetti and meat balls with garlic bread and green salad, all home made(not spaghetti) and green salad is never touched, but I still bang it out, one day.

Mintyy Mon 19-Nov-12 18:24:20

Ds's favourite: chicken fajitas with guacamole and all the extras.

Dd's favourite: roasted vegetables with cous cous and herby roasted chicken thighs.

Dh's favourite: sausage and mash with onion gravy and vegetables.

My favourite: lamb and chickpea curry with fresh coriander and rice.

CogitoErgoSometimes Mon 19-Nov-12 18:31:01

Spicy Chicken Kebabs... (ends up a bit like Chicken Tikka)

All quantities per person
1 Chicken breast
Plain yoghurt
1 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp coriander seeds
1/2 tsp mustard seeds
chilli flakes to taste
(or substitute above with 1 tsp good curry powder)
lemon juice
olive oil
fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1/2 green or red pepper, cut into a large dice
1/2 onion cut into a large dice and the layers separated
salt and pepper

- Cut the chicken into even-sized (2") cubes and place in a bowl
- Dry roast the whole spices in a frying pan until toasted, then pound in a mortar (or use good curry powder). Add this to the chicken pieces and stir to coat evenly
- To the same bowl add crushed garlic, grated ginger, salt and pepper, lemon juice and a little oil. Stir through.
- Finally add a tablespoon or two of plain yoghurt... enough to coat all the pieces. Allow this mixture to sit for about 30 minutes and marinate.
- In a separate bowl place the onion and pepper pieces with a little oil and lemon juice. Stir to coat.
- Thread alternate pieces of pepper, chicken and onion onto metal skewers until used up.
- Place under a moderate grill for about 15-20 minutes, turning frequently.

MacaroniAndWalnut Mon 19-Nov-12 18:36:41

You're all so exotic

I think it's scrambled eggs and beans here blush

LLDoubleYou Mon 19-Nov-12 18:44:12

spag bol obviously! grin

R2PeePoo Mon 19-Nov-12 18:44:19

DD's favourite- Butternut squash soup
My favourite- Baked carrot risotto
DS's favourite- lamb meatballs/breaded chicken pieces.

Handsfulloffun Mon 19-Nov-12 18:46:34

Yep another spag bol house hold - had it tonight.

frasersmummy Mon 19-Nov-12 18:49:13

meatballs in pasta sauce (with veg and peppers mixed in) with rice ... quick warming and filling on a winter night

Pooka Mon 19-Nov-12 18:49:24

Pancakes. Both sorts (thick and thin). Every sauce/ sweet thing under the un as accompaniment.

IceNoSlice Mon 19-Nov-12 18:51:08

DH favourite: breakfast tea! (grilled bacon and sometimes sausage, poached egg/s, beans and hash browns/potato croquettes).
Me: moussaka (delia's recipe with ricotta, but don't both with all the salting/pressing aubergine nonsense, just chop and bob it in the bottom of the dish)

sleeplessinderbyshire Mon 19-Nov-12 19:11:01

Meatballs in tomato sauce with pasta
Nigel Slater sausage and mustard pasta
Pork fillet stroganoff
Lamb neck fillet curry

stressedHEmum Mon 19-Nov-12 19:18:41

DD's favourite - slow braised cabbage pasta
DS2 - lentils and rice or cream of chicken soup
DS3 - chicken curry with rice
DS4 - potato and onion pie or hm cream of tomato soup
DS1 - his favourite is venison so he is mostly disappointed
Me - nut roast or veg lasagne and salad
DH - chicken vindaloo

pregnantpause Mon 19-Nov-12 19:19:20

Dh- lasagne, with pork mince and chorizo with sliced red peppers.

Me- creamy onion and garlic pasta.

Dc- homemade tomato soup or homemade pizza

NigellaEllaElla Mon 19-Nov-12 19:54:29

R2PeePoo (Love the name) Would it take too long for you to share the Baked Carrot Risotto recipe?

IceNoSlice Breakfast Tea is a great idea.

We have various pasta dishes in the main here, the odd risotto, roast chicken with cous cous and roasted veg/salad and pittas.

Some great ideas above though, keep 'em coming!

NigellaEllaElla Mon 19-Nov-12 19:55:47

Also, I NEVER use lamb or pork blush dc's get it at school but I never cook with it. Any safe, foolproof dishes using those?

Taffeta Mon 19-Nov-12 20:05:38


hairyqueenofscots Mon 19-Nov-12 20:08:53

mince and tatties

LemonBreeland Mon 19-Nov-12 20:11:11

Toad in the hole has become a recent favourite here.

Also enchiladas are pretty popular.

R2PeePoo Mon 19-Nov-12 20:11:24

Baked Carrot Risotto

You need a casserole dish with a lid that can go on the hob and in the oven.

Put it on the hob, add a dash of oil, a lump of butter, garlic, a leek and a large white onion. Gently cook these together while you chop three large carrots.

Add the carrots to the dish, then 300g risotto rice. Stir for two/three minutes.

Add 700ml of stock (veg or chicken)

Put lid on dish, put in oven set at 200degrees and bake for 23-30 minutes.

Lamb Meatballs

Put a tablesspoon or two of oil in an oven dish. Add salt, pepper, garlic puree.
Put in oven to heat for a few minutes.
Get lamb mince. Roll into balls. Chop large white onion (optional butternut squash and courgettes).
Remove dish from oven. Add lamb and onion. Put in oven at 200 for 20-30 mins. If you add butternut squash it needs to go in after ten minutes, courgettes ten minutes after that. Stir once or twice.

Its very fatty, there will be a lot of oil/fat in the pan but it makes the meatballs really juicy and the DC more likely to eat them.

R2PeePoo Mon 19-Nov-12 20:14:58

Chop the leek and the onion etc for the risotto and the onion for the meatballs needs to be in large pieces.

<Tired and now very very hungry>

NigellaEllaElla Mon 19-Nov-12 20:17:51

Thanks so much R2

R2PeePoo Mon 19-Nov-12 20:19:21

No problem, I'm not used to being asked for recipes as all my cooking HAS to take less than thirty minutes and use less than ten ingredients. I really dislike cooking so this was a whole new experience!

Lulabellarama Mon 19-Nov-12 20:22:43

Jools' Pregnant Pasta
Smoked salmon gnocchi
Mexican chicken and rice stew
Black bean and sweet potato chilli

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