Firstly thank you all SO much for your great suggestions last week!! You guys rock!! I have given a number of your activities a go this week and they have given Hannah & I something fresh to do and kept the whingy monster tucked away more than usual… always a bonus! And also my toy library trial is working wonders!! We had round 2 of swapover today and Hannah even willingly helped me clean up the toys to put them away in the shed so that she could pick out some new ones!
So this week I’d love to focus on some yummy, budget friendly, healthy family dinners, because I have a little confession to make to you – shhhhhhhh….
** My creative interests do NOT stretch themselves to the kitchen. Nope. Yuck. Work. Icko!… **
– I am the L.A.Z.I.E.S.T. most disinterested cook ever! That’s not to say that I’m not a good cook – it’s not like I suck at it – I just dislike it.
Most probably definitely because I dislike mess & all the cleaning up…
…I have always been a lazy cook, but since I had Abbie it has got to be the pits…
So I beg of you – please help me! Inspire me, dazzle me, woo me back into the kitchen.
But it’s not just about me – do you also find that over time you get a bit stuck in a rut? I’m hoping that we can all be a little inspired to try some new yummy recipes. So without further ado, lets do it:
Here is mine:
(there are 4 of us and this is how much we had left – yip even Abbie ate it!)
|Sorry there is no before photo!! – We were all too hungry to wait for me to take a photo
– so you’ll all just have to imagine it see our leftovers instead sorry!!
Before I begin I would just like to state that I am a cook that doesn’t measure – so I’m remembering what I did from memory and you’ll notice that my measurement methods in this post are a little nontraditional – sorry! lol…
2 large fish or chicken breasts (you could add a little more meat if you want – I was a bit scrimpy for the size it made…)
1 finely chopped onion
8 decent sized potatoes
1 medium sized brocolli
2 heaped table spoons of seeded mustard
salt & pepper to season
2 large handfuls of cheese
a 2cm slice of butter off your 500gram block (told you it was a little untraditional lol…)
2-3 tablespoons of flour
About 2 cups of milk (approx – see how you go…)
Put your oven on to preheat (whoops I forgot this step so thought I better include it so you don’t make the same mistake…) Cut up your potatoes and put them on the boil to cook for mashing. If you have a steamer then cut your broccoli up small and steam it over the potatoes – but otherwise I microwaved it in a later step. In a medium pot melt your butter on a low heat. Add in the onion and mustard cook on low for another couple of minutes, stirring continuously. Once that has been softened slowly mix in your flour 1 spoonful at a time. Remove from the heat and slowly add in your milk, stirring with a whisk. Once all mixed in put back on a low-medium heat and add in your meat (I used fish so I did not brown it first – if you use chicken you may want to brown it first if you want to speed up the cooking process a bit, up to you…) Add your salt & pepper to taste. Cook on low for about 3 minutes, stirring regularly. At this point I microwaved my broccoli for about 2 1/2 minutes on high.
Take a fairly decent sized caserole dish (see my photo if you are unclear about my vagueness of size lol…). Put the brocolli in the dish and smooth it out to make an even layer. Poor your creamy meat mix over top.
Mash your potatoes using your normal method. Smooth out your mashed potatoes evening over the mix. Sprinkle your cheese over the top. Bake in a 220 degree celcius oven for about 20 minutes or until cheese is going lightly golden and meat is cooked (if you used chicken).
As well as this haphazardly thrown together wonder I will also share a couple of websites that I just love:
and my newly found new love: this clever lass works (in Australia) feeds her family of four, which includes 2 teenagers, with an $120 per week budget. Inspiring or what!? – She shares many cool recipes and blogs about her journey over here.
So here’s how you can also play: (don’t be scared – anyone can do it – you don’t need to have a special account or anything!)
- Leave a comment in the comment box with your suggestion(s) – To make things consistent please structure it as follows:
Anything you want to introduce with
** Name of recipe (Please include this an not just a link with no name)
Link to recipe on another website OR the recipe typed out OR a link to a blog post you have done with your recipe
– If you have never made a comment on my blog before then don’t be scared because it’s not hard – all you need to do is type in your suggestion and hit post (no account required, or even pesky word verification
- If you blog about it then please use my button and link back to this post
- Come back and visit in a few days and check out everyone’s great suggestions
Right Maia – you know who you are – I am waiting expectantly for you to come out of your little hidey hole for this post and make your first comment !! – Come out and play – you know you want to ha ha… 😉
Have a great week everyone!
Oh PS – next week we’ll be doing the one I know you’ll all be interested in – links to your favorite affordable (well maybe not affordable but you know what I mean…) fabric & craft websites. So put your thinking caps on…