Category: dinners

Easy Vegetable Nachos

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For a while now I’ve had it in my mind that I wanted to share Zadada’s famous (well in this house at least) recipe for Easy Vegetable Nachos. They are so yummy, easy to put together, packed full of veggies, 80% of our little family love them, Miss 4 gives them a go and Zadada cooks them (what more could a Mum/Wife wish for?)

When Mission Foods recently invited me to review some of their edible treasures I knew the time had come to introduce Zadada’s Nachos to the blog!

My sights were firmly set on the Red Quinoa and Chia Wraps, I knew we could turn them into the chip component (easy peasy bake them off in the oven) making Zadada’s Easy Vegetable Nachos even healthier, all I had to do was convince Zadada to

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Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles

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School holidays are upon us here at Zamamabakes HQ as I’m sure they are for a good bunch of you lovelies too.

Having the 3 kidlets home on my ‘blogging’ work day means getting to straight to the point a little quicker, my time is more theirs at the moment.

I thought I’d share one of the family dinners “we’ve” (Miss 4 has a go) been enjoying of late…..Easy Beef and Vegetable Noodles.

Here’s a sneak peek at what dinner looks like most weeknights before Zadada arrives home from work.

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That cheeky little 4-year-old Monkey at the front takes a good hour to eat her meal if I don’t assist (even with the broccoli removed), that’s why I still assist! I should mention if it was chicken nuggets and chips on her plate it would be inhaled (that’s the only exception and very much a sometimes/Mummy needs her sanity kind of meal!).

What I love most about this Beef and Vegetable Noodle dish is how easy it is to throw together, it’s budget friendly (mince is good like that), and you get to give

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Carrot Lentil and Salmon Patties

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Some weeks the whole meal planning notion goes right out the window, as much as my life and brain function so much better when I plan and organise, some weeks the wheels fall off.

Last week was one of those weeks, where if it didn’t rain busy it poured busy…….birthday celebrations, parent teacher interviews, scout adventures, extra work commitments, Father’s day celebrations, not that I’m complaining I just wish things could space themselves out sometimes (in a perfect world Dannielle!).

One of my sweet thoughtful friends said to me ‘I know sometimes it’s hard to see how the week will work, but just take it day by day, hopefully it will be over before you know it’. And what do you know here I am tonight writing about it and we somehow made it out the other side.

The good news is I’m starting to get some routine back (well sort of, I still have 3 loads of unfolded clean washing on my bedroom floor).

Last week was definitely a ‘wheels falling off’ kind of week in the meal planning and washing maintenance department.

Friday night I managed a quick grab (non-planned) grocery shop, Sunday for Father’s Day I made sure Zadada got one of his favourite home cooked meals (lamb cutlets, gravy and veggies, he’s not hard to please) but didn’t get to do any major meal planning for the coming week, this week (my brain just didn’t have the space) so it’s kind of been a make-the-most-of-what’s-already-at-home kind of week.

I thought you might like to know what I made for dinner last night (Tuesday night). Tuesday was a home day (I love home days!) around lunchtime I started thinking about what I should make for dinner, so did a quick scout between the pantry and fridge and come up with …….Carrot, Lentil and Salmon Patties served with a side of my Easy Fried Rice and some steamed green beans.

carrot lentil and salmon patties dinner

I haven’t made a batch of salmon patties in ages in fact I think the last time was a post I did almost 2 years ago ( I did say ages). Looking at that 2-year-old post I figured a bit of a revamp was in order.

These Carrot, Lentil and Salmon Patties are perfect for a make-the-most-of-what’s-already-at-home kind of meal. Keep a big tin or 2 of salmon and lentils in the pantry as staples, some veggies in the fridge or freezer and you’ll have a quick and easy go to healthy balanced family meal. For the record my fried rice had a few substitutions (you may notice the broccoli) I didn’t hear any complaints though and I avoided having to make a special trip to the supermarket.

Here’s Your How-To:

Carrot lentil and salmon patties ingredients

 

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Carrot lentil and salmon pattie closeup

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Carrot Lentil and Salmon Patties
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 11
Ingredients
  • 415g tin pink salmon drained & flaked
  • 400g tin lentils drained
  • 1 medium carrot grated
  • egg lightly whisked
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup of plain flour to roll patties in.
  • 2- 3 table spoons rice bran oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except flour in a bowl.
  2. Using wet hands mould together ½ cup portions of salmon mixture to form a patty. Flour both sides of patty.
  3. Lightly oil a non-stick frying pan and heat to medium temperature. Cook patties 3-4 minutes each side or until golden. Remove from pan and place on absorbent towel until ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy with your favourite serve of salads or steamed veggies and fried rice.
  5. The patties make a great sandwich/burger filler too.
  6. Enjoy

 

Do you have any go-to easy dinner dishes you keep up your sleeve for the weeks when the wheels fall off? I’d love to hear what they are, feel free to share in the comments below.

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Turkey and Bacon Rissoles

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I thought it was about time I gave Dad a starring role on the blog. I think most of you have met Mum either with our Christmas cake bake off or earlier this year in a my Lattice Slice Mother’s Day post, we are a food loving family as I’m sure all of you are too!

Considering Father’s day is just around the corner this post couldn’t have timed out more perfectly. Add to that the fact that Dad enjoys a yummy experiment in the kitchen every now and then (actually a fait bit now he’s semi retired, Mum’s loving it!) I think you get the picture, he loves to cook, just not quite as many sweet things as I do. Dad’s more your savoury kind of guy.

Did someone say meat? Was that you Dad??

Dad is also your “feed the man meat” kind of guy……. beef, seafood (except baby octopus), pork, lamb, turkey, they are all on his list!

Today we’re going to talk Turkey in a delicious way, for more than a year now Dad has been whipping up Turkey and Bacon rissoles and everyone who tries them (with the exception of Miss 4, it’s the green chives) loves them.

 

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These rissoles are packed full of flavour and there are no fancy pants ingredients required.

Another reason I love these rissoles so much is that they’re really

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Vegetable and Feta Tart

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Most of you would have heard me mention my gorgeous friend Jennifer in previous posts. For those of you who haven’t, Jennifer is one of my very precious friend’s, it doesn’t matter how long we go between face to face visits it always feels like yesterday that we had one, well almost all the texting we do in between definitely helps (Jennifer has 3 kidlets too), what are phones for?

Now did you also know Jennifer’s a friend that loves to bake as much, sometimes even more than me, and such delicious food at that. I’ve got a small collection of her delicious recipes starring on the blog:

Jennifer’s Crackle Cookie Discovery

A Lattice Slice For Mum

Spiced Apple Cookies

Couscous, Chorizo & Zucchini Salad

Date & Macadamia Slice

Lemon Crumble Cake

Best Ever Homemade Carrot Cake

Potato & Bacon Egg Pie

As you can see this gorgeous lady is a wealth of deliciousness as well as being one of my most treasured friends, if we had the time I’d love to start a Vlog with her, we’d have some fun that’s for sure, and we’d talk a LOT!

Today I am extremely grateful to be sharing

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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

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Now I don’t want you to faint or go having any sugar withdrawals on me but this weeks post is a savoury number……. it’s ok, we’re all ok, yes every now and then we all need to break the sweetolicious cycle and savourise things up a bit, so today I’m souperising!

Last winter I discovered a recipe for a Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup in one of my Super Food Idea’s magazines and since then I’ve been adapting it to my family’s taste buds as well as making the creation process as fancy pants free as possible. The original recipe used a whole chicken and you had to fuss around separating meat and bones, who has time for that?…… not me, I’d rather put that extra effort into a yummy dessert .

Every time I make this little treasure it gets gobbled up by all ‘5‘ family members (yes you read that correctly) , it’s classified a winner, winner chicken dinner if Miss 4 even attempts it!

I’m pretty sure I’ve confessed before that I’m a

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Easy Tasty Pasta

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Zadada and I have been thoroughly enjoying this Easy Tasty Pasta Dish of late. We’ve had a bit of thing happening on the Saturday nights that we’re home of throwing something together and just seeing how it goes and that’s exactly how this tasty little pasta dish came to be.

I love how fresh herbs take food to the next level of amazing. Basil plays a delicious role in this little treasure, so yummy!

There is so much to love about this Easy Tasty Pasta….. it’s quick, easy, full of delicious ingredients and not just the basil, there’s spinach, cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, chilli, garlic, onion, lemon, salmon (if you’re veggo just leave the fishiness out) and if you don’t want to fuss with baking salmon, just use tinned salmon, I always like to have a box of frozen salmon fillets handy in the freezer, they’re so versatile.

Easy Tasty Pasta ingredientsEasy tasty Pasta with salmon

The bonus with this dish is that you don’t come away feeling like you shouldn’t have eaten it, as far as pasta goes this one ranks very high on my list, there’s no heavy creaminess just nice clean flavours which is perfect for those of us who love our after dinner treats, you CAN have your cake and eat it too lovely people (well that’s what I say anyway).

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Here’s your How-To:

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Easy Tasty Pasta
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 300g linguine pasta
  • 2 fillets baked salmon, flaked (alternatively you can use a 200g tin of salmon or no salmon at all).
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, diced finely
  • 2-3 birds eye chillies, seeded, finely chopped (easy option just use 1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes).
  • 250g punnet cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 150g spinach leaves
  • ½ cup fresh basil leaves
  • 200g pitted, Kalamata olives
  • 1½ tablespoons capers
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to packet instructions.
  2. Meanwhile in a large frying pan or wok sauté, onions and garlic in a drizzle of olive oil, over medium heat. Add chilli and cook a further 30 seconds stirring all the time.
  3. Remove from heat and add remaining ingredients except for parmesan. Toss until everything is evenly distributed and serve into large bowls.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Sprinkle some parmesan over the top for some extra yumminess!
  6. Enjoy!

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For those of you who follow me on Facebook  the ‘pasta’ did just scrape in over the ‘something sweet’, you’ll be pleased to know the something sweet is coming next, and it involves Toblerone chocolate! Do stay tuned lovelies.

Until then……..

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Fabulous Foodie Fridays #50

fabulous Foodie Fridays #50

Hello and welcome to another oh so Fabulous week of Foodie Fridays!

Wishing all Mum’s out there a beautiful Mother’s Day ahead for this Sunday, let’s hope all the crazy weather is done and dusted and we get a beautiful weekend of sunshine.

I hope that last weekends crazy behaving weather didn’t do any harm to anyone. We were all fine here (just) but definitely effected! I spent my first night alone in our family home, never have I done that before, I mean I’ve been here alone with the kidlets and no Zadada before but that’s different because

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Thai Chicken, Mushroom & Pumpkin Soup

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With the cooler weather creeping in as well as Zadada and I trying to eat a little healthier (I can report the chocolate consumption has slowed down for this week at least) I felt it was time for some soup!

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Easy Chicken Salad

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I know the warm weather has almost disappeared in these northern parts of NSW but this Easy Chicken Salad is one I feel you can eat all year round especially when you’re looking for a meal that’s deliciously, clean and healthy.

Zadada and I really need to have ourselves a few more salads like this one. Too often we get

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