A month of easy feel good family dinner recipes. It’s September… And we’re eating!
1st black bean burritos
Soft flour tortillas wrapped around gently sautéed peppers, onions and black beans. Spiced with fresh chilli and smoked paprika. Add a handful of grated cheddar and a dollop of sour cream for extra deliciousness.
2nd naan bread pizzas
Use naan bread as the pizza base, top with shop bought tomato sauce, add jarred antipasti, perhaps some chorizo, top with a nice melting cheese like mozzarella and a sprinkling of fresh Italian herbs. Super quick and super easy.
3rd chicken traybake
Throw chicken quarters, new potatoes, halved baby plum tomatoes, black olives, onion wedges and garlic to a roasting tray and bake in the oven until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables tender.
You could make your own fishcakes – we like this delicious easy family fish cake recipe from BBC Food or if making fishcakes isn’t your thing buy them ready made from the supermarket. Serve with a nice green salad.
5th autumn cheeseboard
Let’s go French for dinner tonight with a laid back cheese board – pick a nice cheese or two, add some crusty bread, fresh seasonal tomatoes, figs, chutney and a pot of olives. As it’s Friday let’s add a bottle of red wine too.
6th roast beef dinner
Gather the family around the table and serve up a proper roast dinner – beef, Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes and fresh seasonal vegetables. Don’t forget to save some of the beef for tomorrow nights dinner – sizzling beef fajitas. Check out our love your leftovers – using up the roast beef for other great ways of making that roast beef go further.
Make your roast go further with our delicious sizzling beef fajitas . Sweet sizzling strips of honey drizzled beef wrapped in soft flour tortillas with smoked paprika vegetables, grated cheese and soured cream – happy feel good family food.
8th soup & toasted cheese sandwiches
Pick a soup with an autumn vibe. Either homemade like our roasted butternut squash soup or buy a couple of cartons of ready made soup from the shop. Serve with piles of cheese on toast.
9th stir fry pork and noodles
Quick and super tasty, ready to eat in just over 30 minutes we love this stir fried pork and noodle recipe from Tesco Real Food. Or… you could cheat and order take-out!
The kids will love this easy tea time treat. Soft roll stuffed with fish fingers and salad, served with a portion of wedges (use frozen – we want things easy here) and serve with a pesto pea dip to squeeze in the veggies.
11th tuna pasta bake
Tuck into cheat’s tuna pasta bake. Cooks in just 30 minutes this easy family meal is packed with veggies and loaded with cheese. Total comfort food, just add a garlic baguette.
12th roast vegetable pasta
Chop courgette, peppers, fennel and onion into bite size pieces, drizzle with olive oil, scatter with dried oregano and a pinch of sea salt and grind of black pepper. Roast in the oven for 20 – 30 minutes. Cook the pasta, drain and stir into the roasted vegetables. Serve in dishes scattered with Parmesan cheese.
This slow cooker classic is perfect for feeding a crowd. Tender pulled ham stuffed into crusty rolls with a side of homemade coleslaw. Totally finger licking delicious. Don’t forget to save some leftovers for tomorrows dinner of pasta with ham and peas.
Creamy, garlicky pasta made using the leftover pulled ham. Serve with a green salad and garlic baguette. You’ll just love how easy our tagliatelle with ham and peas is to make.
Nothing says autumn quite like a plate of sausage and cider casserole served alongside a spoonful or two of colcannon, creamy mashed potatoes with garlicky cabbage and onions stirred through. This is the perfect alternative to a Sunday roast.
16th loaded baked potatoes
Oven baked crispy skinned potatoes, split open dotted with butter and topped with whatever you fancy. Make it cheese and beans, pesto tumbled prawns in mayonnaise, tuna and corn, bacon bits and blue cheese or even a chilli.
17th simple spaghetti alla marinara
You could eat our simple spaghetti alla marinara just as it comes with a scattering of Parmesan shavings or if you’d like things a bit more special throw in some shrimp, capers and olives or perhaps some chicken or squid.
18th fish and chips
You could make these delicious oven baked fish and chips from BBC Good Food for a healthy twist. Or you could buy frozen fish and frozen french fries (a big favourite with the kids here) or you could just nip down to the chip shop, make a cup of tea and butter some bread.
19th smoky squash wraps
Delicious, quick and easy. Slice butternut squash into bitesized wedges (you could use sweet potato here) throw in some onion wedges and whole cloves of garlic, sprinkle with smoked paprika and olive oil. Bake in the oven for around 30 minutes until tender – squeeze the garlic from the skins and stir into the squash and onion. Serve in soft flour tortilla wraps with crumbled feta or blue cheese and a spoonful of salsa, homemade or shop bought.
20th toad in the hole
Cook sausages (vegetarian or meat) in a Yorkshire pudding batter and serve with creamy mashed potatoes and onion gravy.
21st roast vegetable couscous
Chop whatever vegetables you like into bitesized pieces. Courgette, peppers, onions and fennel work well. Roast in the oven drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt, pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes if you like things hot. Once cooked add a tin of chickpeas and some crumbled feta. Stir cooked couscous into the mixture and divide into dishes and serve.
22nd BBQ beef and beans
Easy slow cooker recipe the kids will love. Serve this gently spiced sweet mince and Heinz baked beans into dishes alongside nachos for scooping it up with.
23rd fish tray bake
Cook up a fishy tray bake, grab our sea bass tray bake recipe and mix it up to suit yourself. This is great made with salmon, cod and even king prawns.
24th spanish omelette
Easy one pot meal our spanish omelette is delicious served with a simple salad (the shop bought bistro salad bags work well here) You can make the omelette the traditional way with new potatoes and sliced onions or try it with sweet potato and maybe some sliced chorizo.
25th bean burgers
Our easy healthy bean burgers can be on the table in under 30 minutes. Load them up with the toppings of your choice, melt on some cheese and add relish or sauces.
26th autumn salad
Fill your plate with autumn flavours and colours. Our autumn salad is layered with seasonal apples, roasted beets and served alongside a delicious Brays Cottage pork pie and Hawkshead Relish. You could go vegetarian here and add a shop bought vegetable quiche or our easy cheese and onion pie instead.
27th roast chicken dinner
Serve up a traditional roast chicken dinner, add roast potatoes and parsnips and lots of fresh seasonal vegetables.
28th sausage and lentils
Quick and easy weeknight meal, oven bake sausages with wedges of onions and sweet potatoes and serve over Puy lentils (we like the microwave packs that are ready in minutes)
29th hasselback sweet potatoes
Use sweet potatoes to make hasselback potatoes and serve scattered with bacon bits and blue cheese. Add a crisp green salad to lighten things up.
30th sticky salmon and noodles
Slice salmon fillets into strips and quickly stir fry in olive oil, add a drizzle of honey and squeeze of lemon. Set to one side and throw a bag of stir fry vegetables and ready to cook noodles into the wok – heat through, divide between the plates and layer on the sticky salmon. Add a drizzle of sesame oil and sprinkling of sesame seeds.
Join us in October for another month of seasonal eats.