Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, July 3-9, 2023
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A steam oven meal plan that works for school vacation days
My kids are off school for the next two weeks, so I’m doing the juggle of mothering, working and trying to make sure everyone also has a little extra fun. That means mealtimes too!
I hope this week’s meal plan will give you plenty of your own steam oven cooking ideas. Follow my lead and serve the same meals, or pick the ones which appeal most to make your own weekly meal plan.
Happy cooking, see you here again soon.
Today I’m doing steam oven chili con carne, but with a twist. I found some beef short ribs on sale so I’ll throw those into the pot instead of chuck or shin beef. I’m thinking I’ll serve up the full ribs rather than shredding everything, just for something interesting. Rice on the side and some leafy greens for balance (for me, no one else here is keen on my balance when it involves greens!).
I’ve promised my biggest kid that we’ll bake some bread together, and no school means we have time during the week. He’s into the idea of making a challah loaf after seeing it in one of my cookbooks. We’ll probably do the book version but it’s an old book that’s out of print, so I can’t find it to share with you here. The Kitchn has a good straightforward challah recipe if you’d like to play along with us.
Haloumi bake! I’ve talked often about how much I love this dinner. The kids are not haloumi fans (strange children), so they’ll get the same veg but with a fried egg or two alongside.
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I bought frozen cauliflower gnocchi on my last Costco adventure, and I haven’t given it a try yet. So I’m going to test out my favorite new one pan gnocchi with it. I’ll add some diced chicken thighs in case the gnocchi isn’t a hit, but fingers crossed everyone loves it and no-one notices my sneaky cauliflower addition.
I promised twice baked potatoes to my family weeks ago, and I still haven’t gotten around to making them! They’re a little more time consuming than most of my weeknight meals, but school’s out and I don’t mind. Plus we’ll have lunch leftovers for a good two or three days, so I’ll save time on that.
No cooking tonight; it’s a proper fun Friday where we’re going to eat out!
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Caesar salad for Saturday dinner. I’m going to make poached salmon in my steam oven and use that as the protein part of the salad instead of my usual chicken. If you want to do the same, cook salmon fillets using the steam setting at 165F/75C until they’re done to your liking. Flake the fish over the top of the salad.
On Sunday we’ll eat easy freezer meals and leftovers, but I’m going to bake a raspberry and chocolate loaf. Kid help optional; it’ll dictate whether it’s a more rustic cake or a very pretty one. Haha.