Another Week in Dinners

I got lots of interaction from last week’s post on dinners so I decided to note what we ate this week to share our everyday dinner ideas.

Again, nothing pretty, nothing planned way in advance and nothing fancy.

Just real life what turned up on my plate dinners.

Chickpea and Courgette Red Curry with couscous
A veggie choice to start the week. My three year old vegetable abstainer devours chickpeas as long he’s allowed call them “big beans”. Grand so, “big bean and courgette red curry” for him. Couscous as Ciarán has decided he doesn’t like rice anymore. Oh well.

Bacon chops, turnips, peas, mashed potatoes
Easy peasy and old school.

Chicken breasts with creamy red pesto sauce and pasta
I rarely cook pasta with chicken so this was a bit of an experiment, it paid off so I’ll probably blog the recipe soon. I love trying new dishes and like it even better if the boys will eat them. They were skeptical about the need for chicken in this as they loved the “yummy pink sauce” so much.

Chicken in red pesto sauce with pasta
Chicken in red pesto sauce with pasta

Chili con Carne with basmati rice
Another big favourite in this house which usually delivers clean plates. I’ll have to watch what I put in the pot next time and share the recipe. Ciarán DOES like rice with Chili con Carne apparently.

Tuna pasta bake
Completely made up and thrown together on a Friday where the cupboards were a bit bare and I hadn’t defrosted anything. Also, an attempt to make sure we eat fish of some sort once a week for dinner. I sprinkled some cheese and onion crisps on the top and this really added a lovely crunch. For the adults we added sliced olives through ours for a more sophisticated feel. (ahem) Disclosure: Cathal (age 3) declared this “YOCK” and opted for (insisted on) pasta pesto. I was too tired to argue so kept some pasta from the pan for him and dolloped pesto on from the jar. One satisfied diner.

Tuna pasta bake fancied up with some olives

Ham and cheese toasties, homemade tomato soup – salad and oven chips on the table
After our day out at Ballycross we got home tired and hungry, so this was a quick meal that the boys devoured. I laid everything on the table, cucumber, pickles, salad bits and gave everyone a bowl of soup. The soup took about 15 minutes start to end and was “delicioso” according to the Dora fans.

Cathal’s toastie, he loves them crusts removed and cut into small pieces
(Image: Sinead Fox)

Roast chicken, frozen vegetables, boiled baby potatoes
We were out meeting friends for the day so picked up a cooked chicken from the supermarket, added boiled baby potatoes and frozen veg for a quick roast dinner. The boys complained that they were “the wrong potatoes” as they prefer mash.

Who knows what next week will bring to the dinner table?

What have you been eating this week?

12 thoughts on “Another Week in Dinners

  1. Sounds Yum …. And looks fab. Can I move in with you LOL. Looking forward to the recipes, mine won’t eat chickpeas no matter what I call them ;0( Could you share your quick tomato soup recipe too sometime? Looking forward to next weeks dinner inspirations (you really got me thinking this week!) Naomi

  2. These look great; here it was 20-minute homemade blue cheese and ham pizza with salad; roast stuffed peppers (also with salad); charcuterie salad and bread; chicken and chorizo stew with couscous; homemade falafel with flatbreads and (admittedly shop-bought) hummous; and pasta pesto (the old reliable!)

  3. I’m really enjoying being nosy and reading about your dinners, I was thinking I’d take your example, but couldn’t remember what we had for most of the week!!!!! I’ll start writing them down 😀

  4. Do you have the recipe for the red curry (Monday)? That sounds like my sort of dinner.

    Recently we’ve had meatballs in tomato sauce with pasta (followed by the same with rice the next night) and Nigella’s mirin-glazed salmon with quinoa and broccoli, which is yummy, if I say so myself. I imagine that normal children would maybe eat at least some of both of those, but not mine. I think tonight is homemade pizza, because I have the dough defrosting and a fresh mozz ball in the fridge. At least Miss M should eat that with us.

    1. It’s a minefield trying to please everyone! I’ll get you that recipe, although it was more of a fry onions, add courgettes, red curry paste, coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, chickpeas, let simmer type thing. I’ll write it down next time.

  5. Loving these posts – please keep it up! Well, we had your sausage and leek casserole last Friday and it was fab – definitely making it again. On Sunday we had roasted tomatoes with garlic and bacon stirred through spaghetti – very makey-uppy but everyone demolished it. I am going to make Domini Kemp’s chicken with Tallegio on Friday, getting hungry thinking about it…

    1. Glad you like the sausage and leek, it’s as tasty as it is unphotogenic:)
      I make something very similar to that pasta dish- I stir pesto in too and add broccoli.
      I’d be interested in that Domini Kemp recipe, I must look it up.

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