Three slices of raspberry chocolate loaf cake, lying at an angle on parchment paper with a few frozen raspberries scattered around them.

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #19

What to cook in your combi steam oven, July 31-August 6, 2023

Welcome to this week’s Steam Oven Meal Plan!

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A good all-rounder steam oven meal plan

This week we are finally through the worst of our winter sicknesses and I just need a good, all-around appealing plan to get us through dinnertime each day. These recipes fit the bill nicely!

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.


I’ve made some steam oven chicken stock thanks to a leftover roast chicken, so I’m testing out a new soup recipe for Arabic lentil soup. I’ll share the recipe on the blog in coming weeks once I’ve perfected it.

If you want to approximate something similar in the meantime, it’s a simple mix of sauteed onions, carrots and celery with red lentils, stock (vegetable or chicken) and spices. I’ll be adding baharat spice blend, although you could create your own blend using cardamom, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, paprika and plenty of black pepper.

Steamed Chicken Stock
A super easy and consistent way to make delicious stock using your steam oven, for soups, stews and casseroles.
Check out this recipe
chicken noodle soup on board


Greek sheet pan chicken! You all love this recipe, and so do I. My younger kids less so, but they’ll eat the chicken if I leave the extra bits off and add some plain pasta to their plates.

Greek Sheet Pan Chicken
Fast, easy, one pan and absolutely packed with flavor and color. This sheet pan chicken is a website favorite for good reason.
Check out this recipe
greek chicken sheet pan dinner

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I have some fish recipes to test for work, and while I’m at the fishmongers I’ll get salmon for my favorite roasted salmon and burnt butter. We haven’t had this for a while and I’m really looking forward to it.

Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Burnt Butter
Perfectly cooked, flaky salmon filets with roasted potatoes and a lemony burnt butter sauce. It's the perfect kind of indulgence for getting through hump-day.
Check out this recipe
A close up view of the texture of roasted salmon with lemon and burnt butter in a baking dish along with rocket and roast potatoes


I talked about this lovely little pea and bean crostini in my most recent Steam Oven Insiders newsletter, and it reminded me how much I love it! So now it’s on our menu at home. Although it’s really a summer dish, using frozen vegetables means we can eat it any time of year, even in the depths of winter when we all need a little sunshine.

Pea and Fava Bean Crostini with Whipped Feta
Bright green crushed vegetables and salty whipped feta piled onto crispy toast. There's not much to complain about here at all.
Check out this recipe
A piece of Pea and Fava Bean Crostini on a wooden plate


Freezer meatballs will go onto deep dish pizza dough tonight, for an Italian-ish bready, meaty feast. Think cheesy, tomato sauced focaccia with meatballs floating on top, ha. I’ll add a pile of fresh rocket/arugula from the garden for the adults, but the kids will eat it just exactly as it it.

Oven Baked Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
Use these meatballs as written and serve over pasta, or turn them into any one of a multitude of other meals. We use them for meatball subs, pizza topping, with roasted vegetables and individually skewered as appetizers. One batch of meatballs, so many things to do with them!
Check out this recipe
Close up of a serving bowl with saucy spaghetti and meatballs garnished with herbs with grated cheese in the background.

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I’m planning carrot hummus with poached (well, sous vide) chicken and lots of salad veg for Saturday. Kind of a snack plate, deconstructed version of a salad. I’ve found the kids will always try more things if I spread them into a ‘take what you want’ arrangement in the middle of the table, so have been doing it more often.

My big kid has learned that baking on weekends means more snacks for him, so he’s going to make my raspberry loaf cake with a little assistance if necessary.

On Sunday I’m going to roast potatoes and slow cook a shoulder of lamb. Follow along or use the same recipe but cook a joint of beef instead, if you like.

Carrot Hummus
Gosh this is a great dip. It doubles as a nice salad 'base', but you'll more often find me standing at the fridge door, scooping a little onto a cracker as I go about my day.
Check out this recipe
An enamel dish with carrot hummus with tortilla chips and cucumber strips.
Raspberry and Dark Chocolate Cake
A simple mix results in a tender, fruit and chocolate studded cake that's loved by kids and adults alike. Perfect afternoon tea fodder, and sturdy enough to transport in school lunchboxes too.
Check out this recipe
Slow Cooked Lamb
Soft, shredded lamb rich with spices; this is fast to get into the oven and then takes care of itself, filling the house with glorious aromas until you pull it out ready for dinner.
Check out this recipe
slow cooked lamb on platter
Crispy Roasted Potatoes
My favorite way to roast potatoes is by steaming, then finishing in a hot, dry oven. I think it'll become your favorite way too, as soon as you try it.
Check out this recipe
close up golden roasted potatoes

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