Holiday’s are FAB. Means you can sleep in, hang out with your family, do WAY less chores and everyone gets along JUUUUUUST swimmingly. LOL.
Well, I can’t help you with any of the above, but I can save you some $$ and keep your kitchen a little cleaner. All these meals could be potentially made in one arvo. Just chuck a DVD on and set the kids up with a bowl of popcorn and get cooking!
The following links are to some pre existing recipes on my website, you will need to follow my instructions below to really save your time and money, but the recipes are good alone, so even if you get lost halfway, it matters not 😉
The first thing to make is the Hainanese Chicken and rice, it is the most complex of the dishes (not too hard I promise!!) but contains ingredients for several of the other dishes.
This needs to be made first, the rest of the items on the menu can be made any other day. The important thing to do is to FREEZE everything that you aren’t planning to eat straight away, so it doesn’t go to waste if someone invites you to dinner xx
To see the instructions, click on the images it will take you through. Most of the dishes you will have the protein element made already, so like I said READ MY INSTRUCTIONS!!!!
This is an ABSOLUTE fave of mine and our kids love it too. You can usually grab 3 boiling chickens from the market/butcher for $12 or so. The breasts from these are big enough to make 3 extra dishes from (so put them aside, don’t be afraid to eat into them if you need a little extra for this dish though!!) and the other bits of meat will be great for including in the soupy rice dish.
You need to add at LEAST 5 (0r preferably 6) litres of water, so you need a big pot. This stock will be enough for the soup side in your Hainanese Chicken Rice, you will need 1 litre for the Chicken & Brown Rice, 1 litre for the Mexi Mac n Cheese and the other for the Dahl.
Put aside 3 cups of cooked rice for the Dahl Wraps.. 4 cups will be for the dish above.
Pretty bloody simple really. Let the chicken cool down, chop it and store it in the fridge/ freezer until you want to make these dishes. You don’t need to buy extra chicken OR pre cook it. Just stir it in before baking or serving in the case of the stir fry. 1/3 of the left over chicken from the soup in each dish. Use 1 litre chicken stock from the soup for your brown rice bake.
PHEW. That is 4 dishes. DONE. Honestly, once you have done the soup the other dishes are just chuck together and heat.
Ugh. I wish this dish was just called Con Carne, because chili strikes fear in kids! But so versatile is this dish. Make a Con Carne Veggie bowl, burritos, nachos, or just eat it on its own!
Click on the link for a double batch of this dish so you can get 3 easy meals in total for one dish!
The Nachos is self explanatory. The Mexi pasta dish, just skip step ONE and only add the stock and your con carne mix step 2.
Right. For the final meal. Depending on how you serve this dish you will need to double batch (as done so in the shopping list). But don’t do it if your kids will not eat a bowl of the Dahl on its own..
The chicken stock leftover from the soup will be great in this, or add veggie stock for a vegan version.
Now, I know not everyone’s kids will eat this dish. Although I bet that if they tried it without seeing what it was they would enjoy it. Enter wraps and hand pies. They will make the dish go further, and entice children to give it a go, through the means of trickery!!
Obviously you will not need to remake the Dahl to do the wraps – click the image for instructions.
For the hand pies you need 3 sheets of puff pastry, and a little bowl of water. Heat your oven to 180C. Cut the pastry sheets in quarters, spoon a tablespoon of Dahl (or any leftovers!!) in the center, draw water around the outsides of each square. Fold the square into a triangle and use a fork to close the side together by pressing lightly around the edges all the way.
Poke a hole in the center and bake on a tray for 15 mins until browned. Serve with your fave veggies!
I reckon, that you could get away with spending $100 on this whole list. Depending what you already have in the cupboard.
SO you save time, money and cleaning energy. YARP!!!!!
Oil of choice (coco, olive, rice bran)
1 tbps Brown Sugar
400g coconut cream
200g Coconut Milk
1 tablespoon Curry Paste
2 x 400g tins diced tomatoes
3 sheets Puff Pasty
Brown Rice (for rice bake and extra for sides if needed..)
1 cup Jasmine Rice
4-6 roti breads (or tortilla)
1 tablespoon smokey paprika
1 cup sticky rice (use only jasmine if you don’t have any)
1 table spoon peanut butter
2 cups frozen corn
500g Egg Noodles
1 x 400g tin kidney beans, drained
2 cup split red lentils
2 x 300g packed uncooked pasta
1 packet corn chips
Brown rice, tortilla, corn chips or salad to serve with con carne.
1 tablespoon butter
700g-1kg grated cheese (buy it in a block, its cheaper!)
1 cup cream
Greek yogurt OR coco yogurt for DF
500g minced beef
3 small free range chickens (depending on your family size)
1 bunch coriander
1 head garlic
1 bunch asparagus, if in season or sub beans/broc
3 handfuls baby spinach
1 red capsicum, diced
2 carrots, grated
1 corn cob
5 brown onions
1 red onion
1 medium butternut pumpkin
500g stir fry veggies (fresh or frozen)
Corn or other side veg for hand pies
Spices and Seasonings..
2 1/2 tablespoons dried coriander
3 tablespoon dried cumin
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon sweet paprika