Meal Plan

Modified Eggplant Involtini – vegan, gluten free

Eggplants are still on special at the fruit and vege shop – that means we are having this meal again. Yay!

Eye Fillet Steak + Salad + Kumara Slices – gluten free

Chicken Breast + Slow-cooked Lemon Zucchini – gluten free

The zucchini recipe is from ‘The Petite Kitchen Cookbook’ and one I have been wanting to try as courgettes are not in season. Well I didn’t think they were but we picked some up yesterday from a farmers market, so they must be.

Smoked Salmon – gluten free

Not sure how I’ll serve the smoked salmon this week. I really liked it with the roast vegetable and lentil salad but something different would be good too.


Beef Brisket Tacos


Beef Brisket Tacos


You may be noticing a pattern with our dinners; tacos. Our go-to used to be burgers but in a bid to reduce (low quality) carbohydrates at night we have turned to tacos.

We used leftover spiced almond sauce and a range of vegetables to pile on too. The beauty of tacos is that you can choose your fillings, and they all taste different.

Lamb Rack + Broccoli + Mash

Recipes, Savoury

Lamb Rack + Broccoli + Mash


For my first go at cooking a lamb rack I was keen to make one with a crust and found some recipes using breadcrumbs or pistachios, but then I came across a recipe for a lamb rack with figs and caramelised red onions. I know fresh figs aren’t in season, or an everyday food when they are, but earlier in the year we raided a friends fig tree and put the extras in the freezer. I wonder if dehydrated figs soaked in water would work instead?

If you are wanting to make a fancy dinner or a roast then you should try this recipe as it is delicious and a lot quicker to cook than a typical roast. We had ours with broccoli and cannellini bean mash.

Lamb Rack Dinner

Pulled Beef Shin Tacos w/ Spiced Almond Sauce

Recipes, Savoury


For tonights dinner I just made up some spiced almond sauce, cut up some salad things, heated up shredded beef and heated some corn tortillas. Oh, and Mum made a grilled pineapple salsa; grill slices of pineapple until soft, then cut up and add to 1/2 a finely chopped red onion, chopped mint and the juice of 1/2-1 lime. Mix together. 

The only problem is being able to fit everything into your taco.

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce + Mash + Broccoli

Recipes, Savoury

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce

First up, get your mash on. Unlike my previous recipe, I used butter beans for this mash. Tasted the same. 

While the mash is cooking, cut up your broccoli and put it in a pot, covered with water. When you do cook it, bring it to the boil then let cook for a few minutes until tender before draining and refreshing in cold water. 

And finally the fish. Wash and dry your white fish fillets. Coat with brown rice flour. When everything else is ready, heat up a frying pan and some canola oil. Fry for about 2 minutes a side, or until cooked through and place on a plate. Once all the fish is cooked, melt about 20-30 grams (for 4 pieces of fish) of unsalted butter in the hot pan. When it starts to turn brown and bubble, add the juice of 1-2 lemons and a few tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley. Stir through. Drizzle over the fish and serve. 


Meal Plan

Fish w/ Lemon + Brown Butter Sauce + Mash + Broccoli – gluten free

The recipe for the fish and sauce is from ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’, by Rachel Khoo, while I have made the mash many times before.

Pulled Beef Shin Tacos w/ Spiced Almond Sauce – gluten free

The beef is leftovers from last night, with the meat pulled apart. While the spiced almond sauce is from some tacos I made a few weeks ago.

Smoked Salmon w/ Puy Lentil Salad – gluten free

This time I will try to cook my own lentils. Even though they only take 20 minutes to cook opening a can is so much quicker, but we have a few packets of dried lentils in the cupboard that I should use. Anyway, I’ll be using the lentil and roast vege salad as a guide.

Lamb Rack w/ Mash + Broccoli + Red Wine Sauce – gluten free

I have never cooked a lamb rack, and they looked so pretty in the butcher’s the other day that I couldn’t resist putting it on the menu this week. 

Modified Eggplant Involtini – gluten free, vegan

Looking back at past posts, I think this recipe and the smoked fish cakes are the meals I have made week after week. And now that we know the eggplant involtini is improved with mushrooms and lentils this will be the only way I make it now. 

Steak + Almond Chips + Salad – gluten free

Also in ‘The Little Paris Kitchen’ I spotted a recipe for steak and chips, but before putting the chips in the oven to cook Rachel tosses ground almonds through them to make them crunchy. Looking forward to trying a new variation of the steak dinner.

Beef Brisket Something – gluten free

Yet to be determined, but we have used in tacos previously but may do a pie… Will see what we feel like on the day. 

Sweet + Sour Kahawai + Grilled Pineapple


Sweet + Sour KahawaiWith the last half of the kahawai I made some sweet and sour fish, with brown rice, sauté cabbage and carrots, and grilled fresh pineapple. I used Digby Law’s recipe for the sweet and sour sauce, substituting the 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of honey. But if I am honest, I don’t think I will make it again. There are other meals I would prefer. BUT, if you have not tried grilled pineapple before you must! We just put pineapple slices on a tray and put them under the grill until browning/blackening up, but I am sure you could do them on the stove top too just make sure they are caramelised.