sliced apple and walnut bread

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #21

What to cook in your combi steam oven, September 11-17, 2023

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This week is busy, with after school and after work activities all over the place and appointments coming out of my ears! So we need meals that are a little more flexible than usual on prep and serving times, and most of these fit the bill well. I hope you’ll find some inspiration here too.

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.


I’ve got some steam oven stock in the freezer, and I’m trying out this red lentil and potato soup. Half for my family and the other half is going to a friend and her kids for dinner.

Potato and Red Lentil Soup
A thick and hearty soup, full of protein from the lentils and great for freezing if you have leftovers.
Check out this recipe


It’s not quite one-pan, but we’re having my newly-published steamed fish recipe, with steamed rice and Chinese broccoli. I leave the chilli peppers off the kids’ fish but I’ve been pleasantly surprised that they seem to enjoy the rest of the flavors in this dish!

A Fast Steamed Fish Recipe with Ginger (15 minutes!)
Healthy, easy, fast. This simple steamed fish has all the boxes ticked for a busy weeknight dinner!
Check out this recipe
a hand holds a small bowl of soy sauce, drizzling it over the top of a plate containing steamed white fish, chilli, scallions and ginger


I’ve been cooking a lot of sous vide chicken for some recipe testing work, and I need to use it up! So tonight will be chicken Caesar salad. Minus dressing for the kids, plus dressing but minus the boiled egg for me.

Chicken Caesar Salad
A retro restaurant staple, this Caesar salad is really straightforward to put together at home, and far better than most sad cafe versions!
Check out this recipe
chicken caesar salad


I haven’t made this dish for ages, mostly because lamb prime cuts are so expensive now! But I got hold of some lovely looking lamb backstrap on sale and I’m excited to made this lovely little Moroccan-inspired lamb and couscous recipe.

Moroccan Couscous with Lamb Tenderloins
Moroccan style spices get rubbed onto the meat and mixed through the couscous in this earthy, savory meal. Add extra green vegetables or an easy green salad to make it more balanced.
Check out this recipe
Sliced Moroccan lamb on a bed of yoghurt with couscous


I’m hoping there’ll be leftovers from Thursday’s couscous for me, but the kids have asked for bacon-wrapped sausages and I don’t mind obliging for a Friday night treat. Lots of salad makes a good foil for all that salty meat, so everyone gets their needs met!

Bacon Wrapped Sausages
Not just a holiday side dish, bacon wrapped sausages are a thrill for the kids on the rare occasions I parade them out at other times of the year!
Check out this recipe
bacon wrapped sausages


We’ve got a busy weekend so I’m just making one dinner to cover different people across both nights. Meatballs in tomato sauce can be reheated in single portions if need be, and I’ll cook a load of spaghetti and portion it in the fridge, ready to heat up in the steam oven when it’s needed.

For weekend baking I’m making apple and walnut bread before the apples all start to make way for warmer weather fruits.

Oven Baked Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
A classic that never goes out of style, tender meatballs and rich tomato sauce suit almost everyone. If you're trying to lower your carb intake, try them served with roasted broccoli or cauliflower instead of pasta.
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Close up of a serving bowl with saucy spaghetti and meatballs garnished with herbs with grated cheese in the background.
Apple Walnut Bread
Plush and pillowy and absolutely heaving with apples and crunchy walnuts, I love this easy-mix loaf.
Check out this recipe
square apple and walnut cake

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