a gray benchtop with a round cake rack. On the rack are three puff pastry apple turnovers; one is broken open to show the apple filling inside.

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #17

Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, July 10-16, 2023

Welcome to the Steam Oven Meal Plan for this week!

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A steam oven meal plan chosen by a child

I have a seven-year-old who genuinely enjoys helping in the kitchen, and I love letting him try new things to improve his cooking skills. In the interests of that, this week I’ve let him choose not just one, but ALL the meal planner meals. It’s an interesting mix but he did a great job, especially given he’s the fussiest of my boys and frequently hard to please at dinnertime. I expect him to be more interested in helping with dinner prep (and eating) because he’s chosen everything.

I hope this week’s steam oven plan will give you plenty of your own steam oven cooking ideas. Follow my lead and cook the same dishes, or pick the recipes which appeal most to make your own weekly meal plan.

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.


A roast dinner to kick off the week. The kiddo says this is important because we need to have meat and vegetables to make us healthy, and also because if we eat all the dinner we can have dessert. It’s hard to fault his logic.

On the dessert front, chocolate self saucing pudding to round out what feels like a very classic English meal.

Steam Oven Roast Dinner
If you aren't familiar with the magic of a roast dinner, let this be your way in. Soft, succulent meat and simple roast veg is a great meal which can be served as is for maximum comfort food factor. Add sauces, salsas and seasonings if you want to dress things up differently.
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A casserole dish filled with steam oven roast lamb and vegetables
Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding
An Aussie retro dessert staple that just makes everyone feel happy and well-cared-for! Chocolate pudding is simple to mix up and hard to beat.
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A rectangular, white enamel baking dish is filled with freshly baked steam oven chocolate pudding and garnished with thick cream and fresh raspberries. One serve has been scooped out of the dish and is in a round white bowl alongside.


I’ve agreed to bacon wrapped sausages for dinner, on the proviso that we also have a big green salad or steamed vegetables on the side. For me it’ll be heavier on the veg with a side of sausage, but I know everyone else at the table will flip that the other way.

Bacon Wrapped Sausages
Salty, sticky, savory goodness that started as a festive season side dish but has made it into semi-regular dinner rotation here.
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bacon wrapped sausages

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I think we all know that if you offer most kids salad for dinner they’ll turn their noses up. But if you show them a picture of salad that’s got a small mountain of tortilla chips as part of the deal, you might just win them around. Thus, tonight will be Mexican style poached chicken salad complete with chips.

Mexican Poached Chicken Salad
A fantastic assembly of delicious things; soft chicken, crunchy tortilla chips, creamy avocado and sweet corn kernels. Jalapeno dressing optional if kids are around, but essential for the rest of us.
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Pizza night! I make my own bases, using a very simple dough. Try the Jamie Oliver one below for ingredients. If you want to do it the way I do, halve the yeast and make the dough in the morning. Let it rest, covered, on your counter for several hours, where it will grow and puff up. When it’s roughly doubled, gently knock it down and roll out the bases (or repeat the process of knocking down a second time if you aren’t ready to roll out yet). Done this way, the flavor and texture of your pizza bases will be enormously improved.

I’ll have a selection of toppings so everyone can make their own pizza; mine will include a simple garlic and olive oil base with leftover lemon roasted broccoli and parmesan cheese (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it, broccoli pizza is the best).

Basic Pizza Dough
Make this dough as written, but use half the quantity of yeast and let the dough proof, covered, on the counter, for several hours before knocking down and turning into bases.
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Lemon Roasted Broccoli
I often have a bowl of this broccoli for a working lunch, but it's also a brilliant side dish and the leftovers make for an unusual but fantastic pizza topping.
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Lemon roasted broccoli cooked in a steam oven on a pita bread with a halved lemon, white dressing and red chilli sauce


Apparently it’s fish Friday, according to the child meal planning expert. He’s decided on my almond crumbed fish, but requested ‘real chips’ instead of my usual sweet potato fries. So I’ll buy a bag of frozen chips and cook those before switching to combi steam and throwing the fish into the oven in the last few minutes.

Lemon and Almond Crumbed Fish with Sweet Potato Chips
Crispy, crunchy crumbs with lemon zest and almonds; this is one of my favorite (and easiest!) ways to prepare fish, and everyone loves it.
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Saturday dinner is a compromise, where the kid wants meatballs but the adults are keen on something salad-y. We’ll have some variation on my meatball bowls with chickpeas, and I’ll add an option of pasta or noodles to the table for picky and carb-loving eaters.

We’re also going to make bagels, so for Sunday dinner I’ll grab smoked salmon and cream cheese, and some rocket/arugula from its very happy patch in my garden. An easy bagel assembly is a great way to finish out the week, and leaves room for dessert, which will be homemade apple turnovers. I don’t make them often and they’re not the fastest bake, but they’re so gorgeous and a great weekend project.

Meatball Bowls with Chickpeas
Fresh and vibrant and filling, meatball bowls are a go-to here. You can change up the ingredients and sides however you like to make them more appealing to fussy eaters.
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meatball bowls with chickpeas
New York Style Bagels
The best bagels I know of outside a New York deli. The steam oven makes them foolproof, fast and perfectly glossy and chewy.
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A white bowl with bagels, each topped with sesame seeds or poppy seeds or flaky salt, arranged in a pile.
Steam Oven Apple Turnovers
Flaky puff pastry and soft, juicy, sticky apples can never be bad. Apple turnovers are comforting and classy at the same time.
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