TMH weekly menu 2

I haven’t given you a menu for a while so I thought it was time to put together the TMH weekly menu 2. You can find the TMH weekly menu 1 over here.

There is now quite a varied selection of recipes here at trinamichellehouse.com and they can be mixed and matched to suit so many different occasions as well as for every day cooking.

As you probably already know, I love to meal plan. You can read my blog post about it over here. It really does make life easier and I feel so much more organised. I think it also helps me to use my freezer effectively too. I can deliberately use things that need to be used up.

The menu below includes links to all the recipes (or links to my blog posts which will have the recipe linked if it’s not one of my own recipes).

Meatless Monday

Curried lentil lasagne

This is a winner. It doesn’t taste too “lentilish” (I’m not usually a huge fan of lentils) and the kids really loved this one.

Curried Lentil Lasagne in dish

Tuesday

One pan Spanish chicken and rice

It’s a one pan wonder that’s for sure!

One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice recipe review

 

Wednesday

Tasty Shepherd’s Pie

This has delicious flavours that make you want to keep some leftovers for lunch the next day!

Tasty Shepherd's Pie in dish

 

Thursday

Baked fish with lemon cream sauce with crunchy popcorn veggies 

Baken fish with popcorn veggies

You can even use frozen fish fillets for this recipe. It was really easy and tasted amazing.

Friday

TMH Yum Yum Bowls

These are great for a Friday night. Everyone can get in and create their own meal.

TMH Yum Yum Bowls on table

 

Extras

Here are a few things for the school lunches and for tasty snacks:

Crispy date and choc chip slice

Crispy date and choc chip slice

Anzac biscuits – the easy way

Anzac Biscuits - the easy way

And now for dessert…..

Gingerbread with caramel sauce

This is irresistible!

Gingerbread with caramel sauce

I hope you find some recipe inspiration in this blog post. Sometimes I forget the things that I have made in the past and need reminding. These are all family favourites in this house so I hope some of these dishes find their way to your kitchen table.

Trina xx

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Garlic lime chicken & creamy rice

Tonight’s dinner was garlic lime chicken & creamy rice. This recipe is really simple and the chicken can be either cooked in the oven or in the slow cooker, your choice!

Garlic lime chicken & creamy rice

Garlic lime chicken & creamy rice

Ingredients

    Garlic Lime Chicken
  • 6 chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp dry ginger
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp quick cooking tapioca (optional)
    Creamy Rice
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups broccoli & cauliflower, chopped into small florets
  • 1 handful baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions

    Garlic LIme Chicken
  1. Mix the sauce ingredients together in a medium jug.
  2. Place chicken in a slow cooker or oven safe dish.
  3. Pour sauce over chicken.
  4. Cook in slow cooker 4-6 hours (on high) or up to 8 hours (on low), or cook in moderate oven for 1 hour with the lid on, then remove the lid and continue cooking in oven for 20 minutes to brown.
  5. Serve on creamy rice.
    Creamy Rice
  1. Saute garlic, celery and carrot in butter in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat until fragrant about 3-4 minutes).
  2. Add rice and stir to coat in butter. Then add caulflower and broccoli.
  3. Add water, milk and salt and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a slight simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in parmesan cheese, spinach and parsley. Cover and rest for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with the chicken.
http://trinamichellehouse.com/garlic-lime-chicken-creamy-rice/

 

The chicken

To make things even quicker on the day, you can freeze the sauce and the chicken together. Just make sure you thaw it in the fridge overnight and don’t cook from frozen or harmful bacteria may grow.

You will notice in the recipe that the chicken sauce has the addition of quick cooking tapioca (or sago). I have never seen this in a recipe before but it adds something different to the dish. If you don’t have any tapioca in your pantry or it isn’t your thing, you can simply leave it out.

As you might see in the photos, I have removed the skin from the chicken. This is an optional step. I find it a lot easier to do this with the chicken partly frozen. However, if you love the skin then by all means leave it on and enjoy it!

You can use the chicken thigh pieces as the recipe states, or substitute thigh fillets  or breast fillets or drumsticks.

Garlic lime chicken & creamy rice dinner

The rice

This creamy rice is a really great side dish that goes with so many things. You are going to love it. It is really cheesy and it’s a great way to hide a few veggies.

With only one cup of rice, the veggies make this side dish enough to serve four (with the chicken), but if your family are big eaters you might like to double the recipe.

Garlic lime chicken & creamy rice meals

So you can make the chicken and the rice together as one meal or make them separately with different accompaniments, either way they are delicious! This is another quick and easy meal idea I thought you might like. Make it at your place and tell us how it goes.

Trina xx

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Quick bread rolls

We made these quick bread rolls as a side dish (to accompany chicken meatballs) this week. I was amazed at how fast they are to make and the recipe made heaps. They were a huge hit in our house so I thought I would let you in on something good!

I found this recipe years ago and filed it in the “must make” pile of recipes. We only just made it this week and I can’t believe we never made it sooner! These quick bread rolls will now be a regular feature on our table.

Quick cheesy bread rolls

I found the recipe over here originally but here it is if you want to make it right now:

Quick bread rolls

Quick bread rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups Self Raising Flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 160g grated cheese
  • 6 slices honey ham, chopped finely
  • 1/2 bunch chives, chopped finely (I left this out)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • twist black pepper
  • 1 tsp mustard powder
  • 200 ml water (maybe more)

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 200 deg C.
  2. Add all of the ingredients in to a large bowl, reserving a small amount of cheese to sprinkle on just prior to baking).
  3. Stir the ingredients together until a dough is formed and add more water if needed.
  4. Form the dough into a ball shape or into 4 equal balls (or eight equal balls!).
  5. Place the dough balls on a baking tray and shape into rough, round loaf shapes.
  6. Slash the tops with a sharp knife 3 times (I forgot to do this bit) and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the tops.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes if you are making just one big loaf. Cooking time reduces if you choose to divide your dough into smaller balls. Eg, if you form 4 balls, bake for around 20 minutes. Bake for 15minutes if you have eight dough balls.
http://trinamichellehouse.com/quick-bread-rolls/

We made 4 dough balls and they were pretty big (they are filling!). They smell and taste amazing straight from the oven with a generous spread of butter. Yum! They are delicious for lunch or as a side dish or accompaniment to soup.

Damper bread rolls

I saved one roll to reheat the next day and see what it was like. After just 10 seconds or so in the microwave, I had a fresh warm bread roll again! So good!

Because these quick bread rolls don’t have any eggs or butter they are a little bit like damper. You could make this bread for camping, put it on your stick and cook it over the camp fire. Your camping friends will be so impressed!

Variations

You could make different variations of these quick bread rolls. Next time I will ramp up the herbs by adding oregano and parsley in addition to the paprika. Bacon can be substituted for the ham and different cheeses can be added for extra decadence. Olives would make this bread incredible too.

Make these quick bread rolls for your household immediately! They are quick, easy and super yummy.

Trina xx

 

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Best lemon butter

The recipe in this blog post is the best lemon butter getting around. You’ll crank it out in no time and you’ll be congratulating yourself all week that you made it. Well, at least that’s what happened around here this week.

Best Lemon Butter recipe

It was after dinner one night and we were talking about food (again!) as we cleaned up the kitchen. The subject of lemon butter came up and all of our eyeballs settled on the little bowl of lemons sitting on the bench, dreaming of what could be.

Okay, let’s just do it. Within half an hour, I was looking at my jar of lemon butter and licking the saucepan. Yum!

To sterilise my jar I actually use my old microwave baby bottle steriliser. It’s really quick and easy to do. However, if you don’t have one taking up valuable real estate in the pantry like I do,  then just wash your jar well with warm water and soap, then sit it on a tray and pop into a hot oven while you make the lemon butter.

Here’s the recipe for the best lemon butter:

Best lemon butter

Best lemon butter

Ingredients

  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 3/4 cup caster sugar
  • 2 Tbsp butter

Instructions

  1. Sterilise your jar/jars, in the oven or microwave.
  2. Place eggs, lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan.
  3. Bring to the boil and simmer to cook the eggs. Stir constantly so that there are no egg lumps.
  4. Add the butter. Keep stirring and it will thicken.
  5. Once thick, pour into your hot jar and seal.
  6. Allow to cool, then store in the fridge and use when cold (it's so hard to wait).
http://trinamichellehouse.com/lemon-butter/

Be really careful handling your hot sterilised jar. I use a tea towel but I’m amazed if I can get it standing upright and filled with lemon butter without scolding myself (lemon butter injuries really hurt).

We eat the best lemon butter on pancakes, on bread, toast, rice cakes or on “little round biscuits” (Savoy cracker thingies). Do you enjoy lemon butter on anything else? Please comment below if you do. We are always open to suggestions around here.

Best lemon butter in jar

I really wanted to take a photo of this jar while it was still full, but you’ve got to be quick! As you can see I was unsuccessful.

This best lemon butter recipe will fill a decent sized jam jar (makes almost 2 cups). It makes a beautiful homemade gift and with Christmas coming up, you could add it to your planning list. A great gift for teachers, neighbours, family and friends…..that’s if you can part with it.

Trina xx

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“Room” by Emma Donoghue

Last night I finished reading “Room” by Emma Donoghue. Today I am sad that it is finished! I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

“Room” is such a unique story. It is written from the perspective of a five year old boy, Jack. Jack’s Ma was kidnapped when she was nineteen years old and kept in Old Nick’s backyard in a sound-proof shed with no windows (just Skylight). Old Nick would bring her supplies and one day, she became pregnant with his child.

"Room" by Emma Donoghue

Ma and Jack have a super-close bond (she still breastfeeds him) and Ma tries to make living in Room fun for Jack. They have so many simple little games and rituals that help them pass the time. Every family has “in” jokes and Donoghue captures that concept really well. Ma is conscious that Jack needs to learn and get exercise so she is very creative with their activities. Jack’s whole world is in Room and until he turned five, he believed that there was nothing else in the world (other than Old Nick). Ma hides Jack in Wardrobe during Old Nick’s night time visits so they never have any contact, but Jack hears all the sordid sounds of his visits.

Due to the lack of dental care, Ma’s teeth are in bad shape and she is in constant pain. She manages the pain with strong pain killers and this also helps to dull her thoughts and escape from her world of Room and little Jack.

Fearing that Old Nick may resort to killing them due to his recent unemployment, Ma decides that she and Jack need to make a plan of escape. Jack is afraid of escaping. He quite likes his life in Room with Table and Shelf and Wardrobe and Meltedy Spoon. It’s all he’s ever known.

Room by Emma Donoghue

I won’t spoil the story for you – because you HAVE to read this! Jack’s language is cute and funny, yet disturbing. Although this isn’t a true story, apparently Donoghue conceived the story after hearing about five-year-old Felix in the Fritzl case. The effects of isolating a human being from birth are extraordinary. It also showcases a parent-child relationship brilliantly.

“Room” by Emma Donoghue made me laugh, cry and it has cemented itself in my mind. I think about it during the day while I do other things. It is a book like no other.

Room novel

You. Must. Read. It.

Trina xx

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