It is not uncommon to hear me asking at breakfast time, “what’s for dinner?” Now it is not (only) out of an obsession with food that I start thinking about my meals early. I often need the entire day to prepare myself!
I love cooking. I also just feel exhausted when I get home from work that I have zero energy to try and be creative. I am also the world’s worst grocery shopper and have often walked out of the shops with a trolley full of items and nothing for dinner…
Since starting my new job I have found my food habits slip. This is purely an excuse because I work the same hours and get home at the same time, if not earlier than I did before! I have just become lazy and boring with my food choices. I needed to get out of this rut! And like I do with most other problems I encounter in my day to day – I turned to the blogging community! There are so many wonderful recipes floating around everyday I figured why not gather up a few, test them out and report back!
The past week I have tried out some new things and twists on some of my usuals. And while I could simply just whack together a list of dinner recipes like I have come across on the Internet lately, I thought it would be much more interesting for you to see it from my perspective and answer the burning questions of every person who reads a food blog; did that recipe that looked oh so delicious actually taste any good?
Read on for some dairy-free dinner recipe inspo!
What a mess! I was interested to give this recipe a go as it is one of the most popular from vegan food blogger Contentedness Cooking and I have been wanting to try out some lentil recipes. Even in my high power blender, the burger mixture wouldn’t blend…I ended up doing it in batches with my Magic Bullet and still ended up with a pretty chunky mix. Also frying them didn’t work, they were just too soft. After about 20 minutes in the oven though, they looked much better. I didn’t mind the overall flavour of the burger but I can’t say I will be making these again as they were a bit of a hassle to make and my husband definitely prefers his burgers with beef (he was not a fan!). The winner from this meal is the maple mustard sauce. It is ridiculously good and one of the best sauces I have eaten. I will be using that again for sure (just maybe on a beef burger)!!
This is one of those recipes that is so simple yet so delicious that you think to yourself “damn, why didn’t I think of that?”, but I am very thankful Southern In Law did! As someone who eats stir frys a lot as they are so quick and easy, I don’t tend to do a satay as I have never quite been sure how without using a jar sauce. This recipe requires you to mix 3 ingredients together to make a yummy sauce that will go with any combo of protein (I used chicken) and vegetables served with either noodles or rice. This sauce will find itself into my stir fry rotation for sure!
I love anything with pastry, and these Empanadas from Good Food Week did not disappoint. These are great finger food and were perfect to serve up while the football was on. They take a little time to prep but are really simple and tasty. While this recipes suggests serving them with ‘store-bought’ chutney I served them of course with my home-made Tomato and Capsicum Chutney which was just delicious!!
One of the things I love about winter is my slow cooker, and this Moroccan Lamb recipe from Kid Ingredients gave me a great excuse to get it out. The ease of being able to put all the ingredients together and when you return home from work there is a hot and hearty meal waiting is just fantastic. I always undervalue cous cous, but this dish reminded me how delicious it is without giving you that heavy feeling. While not the prettiest dish, this meal is great for winter, and as a bonus I have leftovers to freeze for another night when I don’t feel like cooking!
Just when I was thinking I needed to include more vegetables in my diet, Danielle Shine comes along with a gorgeous coloured soup just in time for winter! I love making soup, and this one was truly delicious and so easy. Full of nutrients, cheap to make, and very popular in my house (even with my husband!), I think I will be making this again before winter is over.
Everyone loves a Sunday roast, but instead of the usual roast potatoes I decided to give the Paleo Power Couple’s version of a dairy-free cauliflower bake a try. I haven’t always reacted badly to dairy, and one of the things I miss the most is cheesy cauliflower bake. While this is not really the same thing I still really enjoyed it, but I mean it is hard to go wrong with cauliflower and cashew nuts!