a loaf of bread with two slices cut off the end with apricots and dates inside

The Steam Oven Meal Plan for real people #8

Or, what to cook in your combi steam oven, May 1-7, 2023

Welcome to my latest Steam Oven Meal Plan!

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I use my steam oven every day, but I also like to share other recipes I’m cooking, from all around the web. This is the closest you’ll get to being in my kitchen in person.

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A steam oven meal plan on autopilot (coming soon!)

Bumping on from last week’s plan, I’m really happy with my newly adopted system of meal planning. It’s making me feel very much like I can sit down for 15 minutes on a Saturday or Sunday and easily plan out a solid week’s worth of interesting and delicious meals. Reducing the mental load, if you will.

My challenge over the next week is to turn my planning approach into an editable ‘thing’ for the rest of you. I’m working on a downloadable system that you’ll be able to use with all of my recipes. But seeing as none of us cook solely from one website, I also want it to be editable so you can adapt it to suit all the things you personally like to make.

For this week it’s business as usual, but do stay tuned; if you’re on my email list you’ll hear about it first right there. Not on the list? Sign up right here to be first to hear about everything in my steam oven world.

Happy cooking, see you here again soon.


I realise traditionally people ate a Sunday roast, but can we talk instead about a Monday roast? I like it much more. This one is simple and goes along in the oven, slowly becoming exactly what you want to eat when it’s the beginning of the week and Friday feels very far away. Bonus, if you make enough you’ll have fantastic lunch leftovers or the makings of a fast roasted vegetable soup for the freezer or late week lunches.

Steam Oven Roast Dinner
A straightforward, simple and classic roast dinner which can be adapted to different cuts and types of meat. You'll come back to this over and over.
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A casserole dish filled with steam oven roast lamb and vegetables

We’re going all in with the classics today; I recently taught my eldest kiddo to make a fruit crumble and I’m hoping to entice him into the kitchen again to help with this one. He’s become a more reluctant cook now that YouTube and computer games are in his orbit, so I’m always trying to make other things (read: anything that doesn’t involve a screen!) more interesting.

Apple, Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble
If the weather has cooled off where you are, or if it's just beginning to thaw into Spring, this will be perfect. Crumble is my idea of a great 'shoulder season' dessert, where you can mix and match summer berries with the apples and pears that dominate the cooler months. Custard or ice cream optional (but we all know you want it).
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apple rhubarb and strawberry crumble in an enamel dish on a blue background.


You’ll see baked chicken and rice often in our house, but everyone gets bored of the same-old seasoning mix. Tonight I’m ‘Mexicanizing’ it (I am so, so sorry if you’re of Mexican heritage, this is a true abomination). I’ll skip the rub from the recipe and replace it with a reduced-salt taco seasoning packet. A drained can of black beans goes in with the rice and liquid, along with a diced bell pepper and a couple of diced tomatoes. Cook as per the recipe and serve with sour cream. If you have fussy small humans around, a tortilla stuffed with the resulting meal makes them much more likely to declare it a great dinner.

Steam Oven Baked Chicken and Rice
Eminently adaptable, with fluffy rice and perfectly cooked chicken, this dish is just plain fantastic and a regular on our dinner rotation.
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steam oven baked chicken and rice

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I have a little pistachio pesto stashed in the freezer, and I’m going to use it on (also frozen) salmon for a fast Wednesday dinner.

In this case, skip the burnt butter sauce in the recipe below, instead dotting the finished dish with your pesto. If your salmon portions are frozen as mine are, walk on the wild side and cook straight from frozen. Add roughly 3-5 minutes to the cooking time, depending on thickness, and they’ll come out better than if you’d thawed and cooked the fish.

Roasted Salmon with Lemon and Burnt Butter
Just because this recipe is perfect doesn't mean I won't mess with it. You can change up the seasonings and condiments as you like, really. The critical factor is perfectly roasted salmon and potatoes that serve up far better than anyone would expect on a busy weeknight.
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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
Pistachio Pesto
If you happen to have an abundance of basil, it pays to make double of this lovely pesto. Store it in the freezer for dressed-up weeknight meals like this.
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Freshly made pistachio pesto with basil in a small white bowl, with a wooden spoon and more fresh basil in the background.


I’ll be trialling a one-pan gnocchi dish tonight, after seeing a beautiful version from my favorite appliances store on Instagram. I haven’t got a firm idea of what I’ll do yet, but I’ll be steaming frozen gnocchi and adding plenty of greens along with creme fraiche and whatever else takes my fancy on the day. I’ll try to share in stories over on my own Insta, so follow along if you like.


Easy and breezy sausage bake tonight. I’ve promised I’ll let my youngest have ‘potato bullets’ (his name for tater tots or potato gems, depending where you’re reading from!). So I’m actually going to sub out the potatoes and see how the tots go baked straight in with everything else. I’ll share if it’s successful!

Sausage Bake
This recipe really is an idea as much as a detailed list of ingredients. Swap and change as you like, using different sausages or vegetables to make it your own.
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sausage and veg bake

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We’ll be making homemade pizzas over the weekend, one of the few things I don’t put anywhere near a steam oven! I make a simple basic pizza dough using a pound and a bit (500g) of bread flour, 2 teaspoons of yeast, one of salt and roughly a cup and a half of lukewarm water. Dump everything into a mixer with a dough hook and let it go on low speed for 10 minutes. A countertop proof for tastier dough (or, yes, a steam oven proof if I’m in a hurry) until it’s doubled in size, then knock down and divide to make 4 dough balls. I’m sure you can take things from there and add your own toppings; we all like different things but that’s the beauty of pizza!

I’d love a dedicated pizza oven but don’t have one, so instead I bake using a preheated heavy stone and a baking steel (both in the oven from cold for a good half hour preheat as high as the oven goes, then we bake two pizzas at once). They get the job done fine, baking a pizza in about 7 minutes.

While we’re on dough, I’m also going to make a fruit loaf. I bought delicious dried apricots from the bulk food store and want to do something with them before the kids eat them all!

Spiced Apricot, Date and Seed Bread
If you love a fruit loaf as much as I do, you'll adore this. It comes together easily and relatively fast, and it toasts beautifully for a few days after baking. I love it best spread with ricotta cheese and honey. Freeze anything you can't eat for future happiness.
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a loaf of bread with apricots, dates and seeds, with two slices cut off the end

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