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A bowl with seasoned rice topped with a fried egg, cucumber moons, pickled carrot and scallions

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #3

Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, March 20-26, 2023

Welcome to the latest instalment of The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people!

New to this blog series? Check out the first Steam Oven Meal Plan for notes about how I do my meal planning and cooking, or just dive on in and add this week’s ingredients to your shopping list!

I use my combi steam oven pretty much every day, but I also include links to other recipes I’m cooking, from all around the web. This is the closest you’ll get to actually being in my kitchen and having dinner with us!

A steam oven meal plan with lots of salad and lots of snacks

Today’s steam oven meal plan is mostly about salad-y and meat free dinners, and snacks I can make ahead of time. My kids love to snack and I’ve been finding myself buying a lot of pre-packaged stuff recently. I don’t mind some easy grab-and-go foods, but the mountain of packaging gets me down and it’s definitely more expensive than making your own.

Because of that, you’ll find a few lunchbox-friendly snacks thrown in this week; I’m hoping by double-batching I’ll have quick, filling and appealing snacks ready to go until the end of term in a few weeks time.

There’s not much meat in the mix this week. What can I say; sometimes we have it a few times in a week, sometimes barely at all! You’ll still find plenty of protein-rich dinner options, they just aren’t based around red meat this week.

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.


Leftover sausage rolls from the freezer tonight. These are our favourite vegetarian sausage rolls (the kids don’t even know they’re vegetarian, they’re just ‘the ones Mom makes’).

I’m also kicking off the week making some protein-packed snack balls for myself and the kids. I occasionally buy a peanut choc chip protein ball as a filling treat, but they run about $3 each, which is crazy considering I can make about two dozen of them for roughly $10. The recipes below are delicious and adaptable; the loose plan is that the oatmeal balls are mine and the apricot ones will be for the kids (they’re nut free so can go in lunchboxes).

Vegetarian Sausage Rolls
Flaky, filling and delicious, serve these for dinner with a green salad or roasted vegetables and everyone will be satisfied. They freeze and reheat exceptionally well, so make double for a future meal.
Check out this recipe
No Bake Oatmeal Energy Balls
Chewy and just a little sweet, oatmeal balls with chocolate chips are a great pick-me-up with a mid-morning coffee.
Check out this recipe
Apricot Raisin Balls (nut free)
Soft and chewy, these little fruit balls have loads of fiber and are sweetened with honey instead of sugar. They keep for ages in the freezer.
Check out this recipe


I have sous vide chicken in the freezer, so a Caesar salad is a no-brainer dinner! I like to bump up the vegetable content of this salad, using cubed roasted pumpkin and steamed or roasted broccoli to play with the crunch of the lettuce and croutons.

Chicken Caesar Salad
Surprisingly, all my kids eat at least some of the components of this salad, making it a great dinner option. If you put all the separate ingredients out on a platter, and the dressing on the side, everyone can help themselves to the bits which most appeal.
Check out this recipe
chicken caesar salad


A quick batch of muffins in the morning means the kids will have one of their favorite snacks at recess, plus there’ll be lots for the freezer.

Dinner is salty savory rice with fried eggs and lots of pickled vegetables.

Cheese and Bacon Muffins
Fast, easy and not filled with sugar; these muffins are welcome in kids and adults lunchboxes alike.
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cheese and bacon muffin
Seasoned Chinese Steamed Rice
You can change this seasoned rice to suit what's in your fridge. I say the eggs are non-negotiable, but the vegetables can just be steamed fresh veg (or even frozen), bought pickles or home made quick pickles if you've got time.
Check out this recipe
A zoomed in picture of seasoned rice topped with a seasoned fried egg, cucumber moons, pickled carrot and scallions

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I’m not sure what the kids will have tonight (probably last night’s rice leftovers), but I’ve been craving this cauliflower salad for weeks. Plus, we’ve been gifted a huge pomegranate that I can garnish it with, so it’ll be as pretty as the picture.

Cauliflower Salad with Pomegranate, Dates and Yoghurt Dressing
Frazzled, roasted cauliflower with sweet dates and a creamy/sharp yoghurt dressing. One of my very best vegetable based dinners or a seriously worthy side to grilled meats.
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Cauliflower salad on a white scalloped edge plate garnished with mixed seeds


Friday fish! I don’t partake in Lent, but I’m happy to have fish anytime. A quick crumb topping and home made sweet potato fries should make everyone happy.

Lemon and Almond Crumbed Fish with Sweet Potato Chips
So long as your fish is fresh, it's hard to mess this meal up. It's golden and crispy and satisfying, and the sweet potato chips are optional but highly recommended as a side.
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We have a couple of families coming over this weekend, and my husband will be breaking out the smoker for barbecued pork or beef. That’ll take care of at least two meals, and we’ll supplement with soft and fluffy potato rolls, a huge garden salad and – wait for it – the most amazing baked brie and mushrooms from Smitten Kitchen. A big hunk of perfectly smoked meat and an oozy, melty baked cheese, friends, is what entertaining is all about.

Easy Potato Rolls
Even if you aren't a bread baker, you can make these. I promise. And you'll never, not once, regret giving them a try.
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Soft potato rolls arranged on a striped tea towel.
Baked Brie with Garlic Butter Mushrooms
Deb's genius combination of garlicky roasted mushrooms and an entire wheel of baked brie will make you the best host around.
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