Oct 22, 2018

Life This Week 22/10/2018: Quick Meal Ideas.

Quick meal ideas isn't just a phrase to me, it's part of my way of life.  I'm a big fan of batch cooking, minimal prep and letting things like the oven and slow cooker do all the hard work.  I love some of these meals so much that their recipes are committed to memory.  Which is pretty impressive considering how bad my memory is at times....

My favourite breakfast at the moment is baked oats.  I make a few variations I've adapted from recipes discovered via Google.  The constants are rolled oats, psyllium, chia seeds and flax seeds.  Then the rest is whatever takes my fancy - a coconut version, one with choc chips and peanut butter and a healthier version full of fruit and pecans.  I just reheat a portion each morning and eat it with yoghurt, fresh fruit and some honey and cinnamon to taste.

Lunches are usually some kind of salad or some crudites, dip and rice crackers. 

On really crazy days, a couple of hard-boiled eggs and a Bear Naked bar do the trick.

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via Woolworths.com

I'm not ashamed to say that French Onion soup mix is a key ingredient in many of my favourite dinners.

Lamb and French Onion soup mix are a surprise match made in heaven.  There's the infamous Lamb Obsession dish made in the slow cooker with everything in the photo above plus some onions and a lamb roast.  For a casserole, just use the soup mix, carrots and cauliflower and some lamb chops and bake in the oven.

And let's not forget Apricot Chicken as a third non-soup dinner you can make with a humble sachet of French Onion soup.  I like to add curry powder or Moroccan spice mix too.

Another dinner that's always on high rotation in my kitchen is Japanese Beef Curry.  It works well in the slow cooker with cheaper cuts of beef plus it always makes plenty to freeze for future dinners.

What are some of your favourite quick meal ideas?  


  1. These are great meal ideas! I love batch cooking when I'm making a stir fry or spaghetti - anything that can be frozen and reheated later, as it takes some of the pressure off on other days of the week!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. Hello SSG it is lovely to be back reading your posts. I've not heard of baked oats although I do love oats with yogurt and fruit for breakfast. I find the keep me full and satisfied way past lunchtime. I haven't used French Onion Soup for years but I'm old enough to remember the obligatory French Onion Dip when entertaining LOL:) Have a great week! xx

  3. The things you do with French Onion soup. I don't pre-prepare much these days - working from home means that my commute ends when I walk down 6 stairs to the kitchen from my office. Our fave quick dinner at the moment is a cheat's version of pho. We usually have all the ingredients in the pantry, so just need some beef.

  4. I haven't tried baked oatmeal yet -- but this might be great as the winter approaches. I do eat oatmeal -- some of my favorite add-ins are tumeric/ginger/cinnamon mixture, apples or bananas, walnuts and/or peanuts. I often eat oatmeal for lunch or dinner as well!

  5. SNAP! That tuna salad lunch up there (assuming that's what it is?) Looks EXACTLY like the one I made myself today.

  6. Oh I love french onion soup mix. One of the things I'm missing while we're fodmap for shared meals. And peas haha. I miss peas a lot.

  7. I loved how you said Easy meals isn't just a phrase, it's a way of life! I totally get that. Your tips are useful, so thanks for sharing #lifethisweek Debbie from debs-world.com

  8. I wouldn't think to put lamb with french onion soup! The baked oats for breakfast sound lovely!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  9. Big fan of French Onion soup mix here too - so versatile.

  10. Good on you for your great quick meal Ideas. I have a chicken recipe that is a great one to freeze and its sauce for the casserole is creamed chicken soup -like your mushroom one. Mum used this one a lot and of course I make it in winter too.

    Thank you for joining #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt is "I Want This". Denyse

  11. I don't think I've ever used French onion soup mix. But I hear you about quick and easy.


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