Monday morning after a fortnight in Florida.
and we are feeling cold, jet lagged and somewhat damp.
We did all the family vacation things
– Disney parks
– The beach
– We even got a chance to see a rocket launch from the Kennedy Space Center.
But back to a wet and grey England, and the fact that it is Monday. Back to work and no time to have prepped food .. So here are some easy one pot meal ideas from our own blog and some of our favourite food blogs that we think offer some great midweek meal ideas.
Roasting pieces of chicken rather than the whole bird makes a quick meal, and if you cook the veggies with it (we’ve put thinly sliced potatoes in the bottom) they will soak up the cooking juices. Garnish with some pomegranate and a little pesto and you’ve a colourful and delicious roast dinner in one.
This chicken with couscous and olives from Sarah at Maison Cupcake is a great one for effortless midweek entertaining. A big, hearty dish with bold flavours.
In a similar style, our Persian Chicken and rice casserole (made, like the above, in a Le Creuset pot, an optional but rather attractive cooking vessel).
If you like curries, here is a quick and unusual one – a crab, cabbage and coconut stir fried curry that you will have ready in 20 minutes flat. Totally easy, just pick up some flatbreads to pile the curry into for a casual supper.
And this vegetarian curry – with chickpeas and potatoes is another easy recipe. With a mild sweet and sour tamarind and tomato mix, this is a traditional street food idea from India and you can serve it with rice, flatbreads or if you want to go authentic, top with some crispy bombay mix and a little thick yoghurt, a few chilli flakes and it makes a typically Indian melange of textures, flavours and temperatures.
Pick up some greens on the way home for this chicken and potato one post with mustard by Helen at Fuss Free Flavours.
This moroccan spiced chicken lentil and potato curry with fiery harissa from Emily at A Mummy too is bound to cheer up any dull morning.
We had some great Mexican food in Florida so this Fiesta Chicken Enchilada soup from A Dish of Daily Life will bring back memories of some lovely meals.
Comfort food does not get better (or easier) than one pot pasta dishes and this goulash is perfect family fare.
And one pot pasta is a bit of a trend right now – so here is another one – cheesy cajun pasta from Domestic Superhero.
So there you have it. 10 midweek meal ideas to pick and choose for the week ahead.
What are your fallback meal ideas for when you are jet lagged and lacking in inspiration or motivation?
Let us know in the comments below!