zoomed in image of two muffins of a batch of raspberry Lamington muffins

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #13

Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, June 12-18, 2023

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A steam oven meal plan of soups and salads and pretty bakes

This week in my combi steam oven adventures, I’m into curry, salad and soup, and a couple of pretty and moreish baked things.

Hopefully this meal plan will give you some steam oven cooking ideas to run with, whether you follow exactly what we’re eating here or tweak and change my list to make your own version of a weekly dinner plan.

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.


I have a heap of ground beef to use up so I’m going to test out Jamie Oliver’s beef kofta curry on the kids. It’s mild and the presence of meatball-like things will hopefully be enough to win them over!

Lamington muffins are also on the agenda; I’m baking with the 3 year old, so mine are likely to not resemble the photo this time around! I can guarantee they’ll still be eaten in a hurry, though.

Jamie Oliver’s Beef Kofta Curry
A simple and comforting curry with ground beef and lentils, this is all-ages friendly and great served with rice or flatbreads.
Check out this recipe
A bowl of curry, a bowl of rice and beans, a halved lemon, sprig of coriander and a tea towel on a wood surface
Raspberry Lamington Muffins (Steam Oven Method)
Sweet little raspberry muffins with a chocolate glaze and shredded coconut. These are easy to make and easier still to eat.
Check out this recipe
a batch of raspberry Lamington muffins in silver cases


Soy and ginger chicken should appease the masses tonight, and it’ll also appease my need to keep things very fast and easy in the kitchen after a big day at work.

Soy and Ginger Chicken with Steamed Rice and Vegetables
This is what I consider a 'master recipe' for the steam oven: once you understand the timing of everything you can swap out almost any ingredient for another, and still end up with a fabulous one-oven meal in around 20 minutes.
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I usually try to pull something from the freezer on a Wednesday night, but I’ve depleted a lot of my usual supplies! So I’ll pop on some steamed chickpeas and steamed couscous during the day, and turn it into Moroccan chickpea salad for dinner. I find if I serve up all the elements separately I’ve got much more chance of the kids eating it, because each of them can ‘design’ their own salad.

Moroccan Chickpea Salad
I LOVE this salad. It's filling and hearty and jam packed with earthy spices and different textures. Serve up the elements separately for kids and let them create their own salad; I promise it'll make them far more invested in eating it!
Check out this recipe
bowl of Moroccan chickpea salad

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I love broccoli. Genuinely, seriously, love it in all forms. The rest of my family does not feel the same way, but every now and then I serve them up something unapologetically broccoli-ish in the (so far vain) hope that I’ll turn one of them. Here enters Luisa’s broccoli and pasta soup (which is actually Marcella Hazan’s recipe), which I’ll serve with my parmesan garlic bread twist. I’m realistic; I probably won’t win over the broccoli haters, but at least there’s bread.

If you want to follow my lead, make the soup as it’s written in the link. When you get to step 6, however, put the pot into your steam oven rather than on the stovetop. Cook on the steam setting until the pasta is done; I find somewhere around 20 minutes is right for small/short pasta. It takes a little longer, but it’s hands off time and the flavor of the finished soup is deeper, the texture a little thicker and more starchy.

Luisa’s (Marcella’s) Broccoli and Pasta Soup
A bright green, garlicky broccoli soup with a mixture of pureed and chunky bits, plus pasta. What's not to love (unless you hate broccoli)?!
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Parmesan Garlic Bread Twist
If you pull this loaf out to serve as an accompaniment to soup, even the people at the table who don't like soup will still be very happy eaters. Trust me.
Check out this recipe
parmesan garlic bread


I’ll have some beef and red wine casserole to use up courtesy of my week’s recipe testing, but I know it won’t be appreciated in its regular form. So, pot pies! You can use any casserole or stew for this, or make the turkey/chicken pot pies as per the recipe below. As my husband says, the pastry is the important thing.

Turkey Pot Pies with Puff Pastry
Pot pies are simple enough for a busy or lazy cook, and fancy enough that almost everyone loves them. Baking them in your steam oven gives you sky high, extra flaky pastry layers on top.
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turkey pot pies with puff pastry

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Saturday will be leftovers because I know I’ll still have soup and pot pies hanging around. We’re catching up with foodie friends on Sunday, so maple pork and pears with gorgonzola is on the menu. It falls somewhere between warm salad and fancy-ish bistro dish. If you don’t love gorgonzola cheese you can swap it for parmesan or marinated feta.

I’ll also make a batch of steam oven lemon buns, because we’re drowning in citrus (still) and I hate watching my lemons fall to the ground. And, well, I just like lemon rolls. Haha.

Maple Pork and Pears with Gorgonzola
An elegant and super tasty composed salad made with pork tenderloin and roasted pears, this is a recipe I still come back to years after first publishing it.
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A white bowl with a salad of roasted pork and slices of pear with salad greens and gorgonzola cheese chunks
Lemon Buns
Lemon buns are the zestier, brighter cousin of cinnamon rolls. Same process and pretty, swirly rolls, but with golden yellow filling and a tart lemon cream cheese frosting on top.
Check out this recipe
freshly baked lemon buns

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