Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, March 27-April 2, 2023
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A steam oven meal plan with…pesto?
I was gifted a huge bunch of basil over the weekend, so we now have basil and pistachio pesto for allll the things (yep, pistachio; just as delicious as pine nut pesto!). You can go straight to the recipe for all the different ways I like to use pesto, and I’ll be sharing a few things below where you can use it if you, too, have plenty of basil to hand (or parsley, or cilantro/coriander, or just heaps of baby spinach).
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Kicking off with pesto related things, we’re having my all-time favorite sheet pan dinner with chicken and pumpkin. I’m using cacciatore sausage instead of the listed chorizo, because the kids like it better. And those who like pesto will add it to their plate, those who don’t can go without.
If I’m organized and can get a batch of dough mixed up during the day, we’ll have Rick Stein’s lahmacuns for dinner (from Rick Stein’s Mediterranean Escapes; I think my favorite of all his books). These spiced lamb flatbreads are pizza-like but so different at the same time. They’re a little time consuming but I’ll double up and freeze the leftovers for another night.
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The muffins from last week will be gone, and I have some bananas to use up. Cue banana blueberry oatmeal muffins, except with raspberries instead of blueberries (using what I have!).
In the interests of continuing to use up my pesto, it’s loaded sweet potatoes for dinner. I’ve got bacon, corn, pickled red onions, cheese and pesto as toppings tonight.
Tandoori chicken night! We have a couple of extras for dinner but one chicken and a generous amount of potatoes will be plenty to go around, especially if I can find some decent flatbread or naan to serve with it. I’ve also got plenty of mango chutney thanks to a marathon cooking session last week to use up a dozen gifted mangoes.
My 7 year old’s favorite dinner is on the menu for Friday. If there’s leftover tandoori chicken then hubby and I will have that instead of macaroni, because I want to leave enough extra for Saturday night kids dinner.
The adults are out on Saturday night so dinner will be a repeat of last night’s macaroni and cheese for the small ones.
On Sunday I want to make braised beef ribs, although that could change depending on whether the ribs look nice and meaty when I go shopping. If they’re not great I’ll do the recipe with chuck instead.
I’m also planning to get into Easter prep, with a batch of hot cross buns and some chocolate rolls if time allows.