Dinners for the home – Week 1

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Here are some incredibly straightforward meals that will please most omnivore families at minimal costs. No fancy names, no fiddly ingredients, no exhortations to spend time arranging food in dainty piles on large white plates, just traditional family fodder and nothing else. Look in the accompanying posts for the more unusual main course and dessert recipes, otherwise everything else should be freely available via an internet search or by rummaging in your cookbooks.


Baked chicken portions with boiled new potatoes and carrots

Rice pudding


Fresh stuffed pasta with tomato and basil sauce, grated cheese and mixed salad

Fruit salad and ice cream


Fish stew and baguette

Microwaved chocolate cake


Baked pork chops and mashed potato and green beans

Cheese, biscuits and grapes


Mince and vegetables with rice

Yoghurt with blueberry jam and elderflower cordial


Steaks and baked potatoes and mixed salad

Poached pears and yoghurt or cream


Roast lamb with roast potatoes, mint sauce, peas, carrots and broccoli

Fruit tart and whipped cream

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6 thoughts on “Dinners for the home – Week 1

    Alison Campbell said:
    15 February, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Brilliant- thats my shopping list for next week sorted!

      Sandra Bradley responded:
      15 February, 2011 at 10:37 pm

      Glad to have been of service. Remember that’s a stock up shop, so it will work out pricier than the shopping lists I’ll be posting over the next few weeks that link to it and the related menus.

    Kay Hallsworth said:
    16 February, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Really useful for meal planning, thanks. I also use a recipe book called Economy Gastronomy which is based on a great TV series. It has some great menu ideas as well.

      Sandra Bradley responded:
      16 February, 2011 at 7:57 am

      I’ve heard about that book. Another one of this type that sits in my kitchen is Gill Holcombe’s wonderfully entitled How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet with very little money …. and hardly any time, even if you have a tiny kitchen, only three saucepans (one with an ill-fitting lid) and no fancy gadgets – unless you count the garlic crusher: simple wholesome and nutritious recipes for family meals (Oxford, How To Books). I also love the Love Food Hate Waste website, as throwing anything more than an apple core in the bin physically pains me at times.

    vicky said:
    18 February, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Great thanks.

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