tandoori roast chicken in a baking dish with potatoes, red onion, yoghurt and flatbreads

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #11

Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, May 29-June 4, 2023

Welcome to my Steam Oven Meal Plan for this week!

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A cosy and nourishing steam oven meal plan

This week’s plan is full of cosy and comforting dishes. Although it’s heating up in the Northern hemisphere, we’ve finally hit Autumn proper here and the nights are chilly. I’m still cooking fresh and mostly healthy, just with an extra level of heft to our meals that I don’t go for during summer.

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.


I should call Mondays ‘muffin Monday, I think! Apart from when the kids get bored and I switch to a simple loaf cake, we go through a full batch of muffins in a few days here, between snack times and lunchboxes. This week I’m making savory muffins, full of cheese and bacon.

For dinner, a noodle soup made from homemade chicken stock. The stock will cook away during the day, with almost no intervention. I’ll strain it and add a few aromatics like ginger, soy and star anise, then cook a handful of fresh egg noodles per person. Steamed greens, a soft boiled egg and sesame seeds scattered on top to finish; it’s kind of like ramen noodle soup but so much simpler.

Cheese and Bacon Muffins
Tweak these to accommodate any other savory muffin ingredients you like, or make them just as is with salty bacon and oozy cheese.
Check out this recipe
cheese and bacon muffin
Steamed Chicken Stock
The easiest, best way I know to make chicken stock. Use a leftover chicken frame and a few vegetables, and you'll have a soup base that's far superior and probably cheaper than anything you can buy in the store.
Check out this recipe
chicken noodle soup on board


My new obsession for dinner tonight; steam oven vegetarian gnocchi bake. A five minute prep and around 20 minutes in the oven, and you’ll have a hearty, nutritious and meat free meal on the table (though, if you like, you can always turn it into a carnivore’s delight with the addition of some chicken or sausage).

Vegetarian Gnocchi Bake
A little creamy, deeply savory and bursting (literally) with tomato flavor, this easy one pan dinner is a total winner.
Check out this recipe
A white ceramic bowl sitting on a blue napkin. In the bowl is a serving of vegetarian baked gnocchi with extra spinach leaves and a gold fork sitting in the dish.

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I have steam oven roasted pumpkin to use, so I’m adding it to some frozen chili con carne. Don’t knock it till you try it; pureed pumpkin mixed into a casserole or stew gives the dish extra fiber and makes the sauce nice and thick. The earthy, underlying sweetness of pumpkin actually sits very nicely alongside the heavy spicing of chili, and I guarantee the kids won’t even know their dinner suddenly got healthier.

Cheat’s Chili Con Carne
Easy, freezer friendly chili made in your steam oven. What more could you ask for? Double the batch and you'll end up with plenty of future meals stashed away.
Check out this recipe
shredded meat and beans garnished with sour cream and other toppings in a blue bowl


I have been trialling a lot of dumpling recipes for my next cookbook, and most of them are in the freezer! So it’s mixed steamed dumplings night here. They can be steamed straight from the freezer, taking about 10-12 minutes to cook. A quick dipping sauce of soy, sesame oil and sweet chili sauce, and a pan of steamed broccoli, and we’ll have a great little banquet.

Pork and Ginger Dumplings
If you want to make dumplings from scratch, follow this recipe (I have, it's a very good staple mix), or use good quality store bought dumplings. Steam until hot and cooked through and dinner's ready!
Check out this recipe


Macaroni cheese to satisfy my 7 year old’s constant cravings (sorry if that gave you an earworm the same way it did me, ha).

For Friday dessert we’re having a delicious fruit crumble. Strawberries are hard to come by, so I’ll replace them with frozen raspberries in this dish. Vanilla ice cream is not optional in our house.

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese  
Real, made from scratch macaroni and cheese. We almost always add bacon, and if I had my way I'd include broccoli and cauliflower for extra vegetable content. But you do it your way.
Check out this recipe
a dark blue plate with a serving of macaroni and cheese, and fork to the side
Apple, Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble
Nothing says cold weather dessert for me like a fruit crumble. You can chop and change the fruit, but the premise remains the same – soft, juicy stewed fruit covered with a generous layer of crispy, buttery oats.
Check out this recipe
apple rhubarb and strawberry crumble in an enamel dish on a blue background.

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I’m kinda boring, but all the pumpkin soup in my freezer dictates that we’ll be having pumpkin soup for Saturday lunch or dinner. The other meal will be takeout, because even I don’t want to make and serve every single meal. 😉

Indian inspired tandoori roasted chicken will be Sunday dinner. I’m doing roasted potatoes, flatbreads, coriander yoghurt and mango chutney, so everyone can DIY their own plate to suit their preferences.

Cauliflower and Pumpkin Soup with Ginger and Lemongrass
This soup is excellent and a great twist on a classic pumpkin soup. You can follow the same method with simplified ingredients if you just want a regular no-frills pumpkin version.
Check out this recipe
A red soup mug with thick, golden cauliflower and pumpkin soup with snipped chives
30 Minute Steam Oven Tandoori Roast Chicken
A really lovely roast chicken that's different from the classic herb and garlic version, but no less comforting and warming. We love it here.
Check out this recipe
tandoori roasted butterflied chicken with roast potatoes, flatbread and yoghurt

1 thought on “The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #11”

  1. Hi Emily. I’m loving your meal plans and very excited to see you are including dumplings in your new book. I love to make my own dumplings, and would love to steam (not fry) them in the steam oven, but I am unsure of the settings and cooking time – for both fresh and frozen (raw) ones.

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