It’s late winter and I’ve been trying to keep dinners cheap-ish and comforting. We don’t eat out much - there aren’t a lot of places to eat out around here - so I feel like it’s important that dinners are something to look forward to? I’m looking forward to spring/summer eating. But these are some of my favourite dinner recipes lately -
- Ham & Cheese Puff Pastry Pie. + salad. I’ve served this a few times when we’ve had people over and I didn’t feel like spending the day in the kitchen. Served with a side salad, it’s completely simple and amazing. Everyone loves it and there’s never leftovers.
- The orange, goat cheese and beet salad from Flour, Too. Which I can’t find a recipe for? But it’s just rocket/arugula with a basic orange vinaigrette, roasted beetroots, segments of orange and goat cheese. With toasted walnuts if you like.
- Rosemary focaccia + salad
- Smitten Kitchen lasagna. Which. Seems, at first, like a marathon. Now that I’ve figured out to make double so there’s leftovers for a week, it’s been on solid rotation. When you’re buying the ingredients it seems expensive, but you get so many meals out of it that it all works out pretty cheap in the end.
- Shutterbean’s bacon fried rice. It seems to get better with age. For lunch, two days later, it’s transportive.
- The best, easiest Thai yellow curry. I use coconut cream instead of coconut milk, and add an extra tablespoon of paste, but otherwise this is a really great, basic recipe. I love curries, but I’m not very confident about cooking them, and the “make your own paste, grind your own spices” recipes are a bit beyond me. So this is the perfect starting point if you’re the same. I use a tiny bit of chicken and mostly vegetables to keep it on the cheap side.