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Week of Meals Series #12

Throw together meals can turn out THE BEST!

Have you ever found yourself staring at the fridge and have no clue what you're going to cook? That was me this week! OMG it took me ages to get my thoughts together. I started cooking and chopping random things without knowing where it was going. 

That's why I'm putting these Weekly Meal Blogs together for you. So you have something to refer back to when you're stumped. There are now 12 of them hanging out on here when you need them.

Check out Tuesday's meal - it may not look pretty but my gosh, it was tasty!

Monday - Steak & Pepper Sauce

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Steak and Veg with Pepper Sauce - no words needed! Making gravy when you don’t have pan juices means you don’t have the traditional colour you’d expect, but the flavour is outstanding.

Simply heat a pot of chicken broth and add 2 teaspoons of Garlic Pepper and a sprinkle of Herbalicious.

Let it simmer to infuse for a bit then take an emulsion of tapioca flour and cold water - if you don’t mind gluten, then make a roux of butter and spelt flour before slowly whisking in the stock. It’s more creamy looking and you can make it as thick as you like.


Tuesday - Creamy Chicken Bake

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This was a train wreck that corrected itself - thankfully!

I chopped chicken breasts into chunks so they’d cook quicker. Made a batch of Cauliflower puree then didn’t know what to do next! Think girl!

So I took some chopped cabbage in a baking dish, laid the chicken on top, seasoned and tossed with Texan BBQ and baked for 10 minutes at 180C.

I poured over the cauli puree, topped with cheese and finished it off! Served with steamed veg - it was the best chicken recipe I had done in a while - random but so good.


Wednesday - Smoky Beef Bowls

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Smokin’ Spice turns up every week. This time I slow cooked diced chuck steak, 2 tablespoons Smokin' with a bundle of blitzed up vegetables and a splash of water.

Simmered gently for 2 hours then took the lid off to thicken. Added ½ cup of tomato paste - extra Smokin’ and salt to taste.

Served with typical Mexican sides like guacamole, Smokin’ Salsa and salad. Oh and some organic corn chips for dipping!


Thursday - Leftovers

beef bowl and vegetables

I always make sure that at least two of my weekly meals are double batched so I can freeze, reinvent or reheat another night.

Cook once, eat twice, or thrice they say!

Turn it into something else or just eat it as is.

Save your energy for something else - like a late afternoon walk when the mornings have been so dark and cold.


Friday - You may have noticed, I rarely cook on a Friday.

sweet and salty popcorn

There’s next to no-one home so we pick at what’s in the fridge or find ourselves somewhere else.

So this week I thought I’d share my popcorn recipe with you! I’ve tweaked the way I used to do it and updated the recipe because this works a charm! Sweet or Salty Popcorn can be enjoyed instead of potato chips without any guilt or $6 blown on them. Texan BBQ makes a ripper batch too.


Keep on keeping things simple, and tasty!

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