EASY PEASY DINNER WINNERS … & lunchbox dilemmas

During a conversation about lunchboxes and Goose’s ‘like it one day, but not the next’ approach to school lunches, it was realised that Mr FGB and I are both actually the same as her when it comes to eating! If a meal is served up twice in a fortnight it just feels a little boring…we are not so enthusiastic. We need a bit of variety. While Mr FGB and I are a little more grown up and will eat it anyway (and Goose needs to suck it up girlfriend and do the same) I feel that it may be time to broaden and expand the mealtime repertoire.

I found this hard for most of last year and just too much pressure as quite frankly, if you’re on your own with three kids, you’re exhausted, your brain feels like mush and you’re trying to do a thousand other things at the same time it is much easier and peasier to prepare something you’ve done many times before and just go on autopilot. Preparing something they might like, as opposed to something you know every one does like, has much more appeal! Now that Mr FGB is around a little more I might be able to manage one new recipe a week. That’s the aim anyway.

With the abundance of basil in our garden, I was inspired this week to make homemade pesto. Super easy and so delicious. Head over to Alice Becomes for simple instructions on how to make your own pesto and ideas on how to use it in different meals. I can still smell the basil in the kitchen as I type and the thrill of using lemons and basil from your own garden is priceless.

I have a few more easy meal posts in the pipeline, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, if you’re after easy dinner inspiration, and you’ve checked out all of mine, a blog that I like to frequent is Crumbs – they even list recipes by the time it takes to make them. Check out their pesto with a difference in the 5 minute recipe section.

If you’ve written a post about an easy peasy recipe – leave a link in the comments.
How often do you try new recipes?
Do you have any ideas for healthy lunchbox sandwich alternatives?
All suggestions gratefully received!


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Comments

  1. says

    We have an easy-peasy weekday staple: Tuna Pasta Putanesca. I haven't blogged about it, but here is the recipe. I don't really measure things, just toss it all in: Cook some pasta. In the meantime, mix together about 3 Tbsp capers (so it says in the recipe but I usually just use however much is left in the jar), a small onion diced small, a splash of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a couple

  2. says

    Emma, I was just thinking about you earlier today, wondering if you had any more easy peasey dinners. Yay you do, and I have a few more too, some even already photographed.<br />Ahhh, lunches. I struggle with yummy lunches all the time, drives me mad. I now find making lunch harder than dinners, as I now have so many great dinner recipes. We should share some of our fave lunch ones!?<br />BTW

  3. says

    LUNCHES are the worst! I really struggle to come up with stuff, so let me know if you have any inspiration. We have had lots of visitors recently though and it has been quite a cooking workout, which has reminded me that there is life beyond our standard worknight repertoire (even if we did have sausages and chips this week!) hope you have a great weekend!

  4. says

    We love pesto at our place (and yes, there&#39;s something different on our menu too!). Good in some ways, but exhausting in others. But once you realise how easy it is to make, the jar variety sure is the country cousin. Happy cooking/pesto making! xx

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