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Quick and Tasty Three Course Family Meal

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I prepared a quick and tasty three course meal for my family in record time. Actually, I should tell you the truth!

I have a confession to make: I didn’t prepare this menu on my own! My dear Aunt Bessie helped me prepare a delicious three course meal for my family in only 40 minutes.

Yes, in just over half an hour, we were able to sit down and enjoy a family meal while talking about how our day was and what we got up to.

Aunt Bessie’s has a range of over 70 products to help families create quick and tasty meals. I wish I could afford to eat out at restaurants everyday, but it is not the case.

I have a selection of Aunt Bessie’s products at home ranging from snacks and sides such as Chunky Croquettes and Real Onion Rings to lovely desserts.

My favourite Aunt Bessie’s desserts are sticky toffee pudding, jam roly poly and cherry ice cream crumble. They are frozen and really easy to prepare. Always a success in my household!

Aunt Bessie also has an instant custard and gravy granules. You just need to add hot water and it is ready to serve.

But it’s not all just about ready meals, Aunt Bessie has a wide range of frozen vegetables to be cooked at home and make a proper family meal.

I must admit I do enjoy cooking, but I don’t have much time to spare as I’m always so busy.

The great news is that Aunt Bessie’s products can help busy mummies like me that want to give the best to their family without compromising on the taste of the meal.

You can add mashed carrot and swede, roast parsnip and onion and sage stuffing balls to your menu to save you time and cut corners while cooking.

Instead of spending my time peeling and slicing vegetables, Aunt Bessie gets them all ready and packed for me, so thank you very much!

I have prepared a quick and easy meal using mainly Aunt Bessie’s convenient and tasty products.

We had Roasted Vegetable Soup for starter, Stuffed Chicken with Mashed Carrot and Swede and Roasted Parsnip for main course and Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramelised Banana and Custard for dessert.

Starter:

Roasted Vegetable Soup

Tasty soup with carrot, swede and parsnip with a honey and thyme glaze, perfect for a autumn and winter evening!

Method:

  1. Brown the onion and the roasting vegetable mix in a saucepan with little olive oil.
  2. Add the stock cube and water.
  3. Bring it to the boil until the vegetables are soft.
  4. Blend the mix and add a splash of cream to garnish each bowl of soup.

Main Course:

Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mashed Carrot and Swede and Honey Glazed Roasted Parsnip

Delicious chicken dish with lots and lots of veg and full of flavour!

Method:

  1. Make a pocket in the chicken breast and add the sage and onion stuffing balls.
  2. Pan-fry the chicken until golden brown and put in the oven at 180C for 20 minutes.
  3. Place the honey glazed roast parsnips in a baking tray and put it in the oven at the same time as the chicken, so both should be ready together.
  4. Follow the instructions to make the mashed carrot and swede
  5. Once the chicken, the parsnips and mashed carrot and swede are ready, make the gravy following the pack instructions.

Dessert:

Sticky Toffee Pudding with Caramelised Banana and Creamy Custard

Family favourite dessert: a delicious light sponge cake topped with rich lashings of sticky toffee sauce, enjoyed with banana and custard.

Method:

  1. Warm up the sticky toffee pudding according to the pack’s instructions
  2. Melt the sugar on low heat and add the water
  3. Add the bananas until it is golden
  4. Make the custard by adding hot water according to the desired consistency
  5. Enjoy!

The three course meal above is very easy to make and can be enjoyed by the whole family! It’s full of fruit and veg, so it is very healthy too! It was a hit with our family, so it’s worth giving it a try.

This post is my entry for the #halftermfood Linky on BritMums sponsored by Aunt Bessie’s.

I have made a little video, please see below:

Review: Maggi Fresh Ideas Range – Cheesy Chicken & Leek Potato Bake Recipe

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This autumn, Maggi® is making it even easier for mums to provide delicious meals the entire family will enjoy. Using its long-standing culinary expertise, Maggi has added four new recipe mixes to the delicious ‘Fresh Ideas’ range; providing simple ways to create modern twists on enduring family favourites.

The popular ‘Fresh Ideas’ range is now also available in the following new flavours:

  • Roasted Apple & Sage Pork – Embrace autumn with fragrant sage, apple and a hint of mustard in this delicious tray bake recipe
  • Beef & Ale Casserole – Enriched with classic herbs, this full-flavoured beef and ale casserole is sure to keep families warm as the evenings get colder
  • Cheesy Chicken & Leek Potato Bake – Watch this dish bubble as this cheesy bake cooks to perfection in the oven
  • Lincolnshire Sausage Casserole – A delicious blend of herbs and spices enhance this traditional autumn classic

The new flavours add to the existing tasty variants of the ‘Fresh Ideas’ range which include; Sizzling Steak with Caramelised Red Onion, Creamy Herb and Garlic Chicken, Roasted Lemon and Herb Chicken, Roasted Honey and Mustard Chicken, Cheesy Bolognese Pasta Bake and Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Pasta Bake.

Each new addition to the range is ready to serve in just three easy steps, clearly marked on the packet for the ultimate ease of use. Maggi’s ‘Fresh Ideas’ contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and are designed to provide hearty, delicious meals.

I received a selection of Maggi’s Fresh Ideas range and my first recipe to try was Cheesy Chicken & Leek Potato Bake.

Cheesy Chicken & Leek Potato Bake Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced and washed
  • 700ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced
  • 60g reduced fat grated mature cheese
  • Vegetables to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200C (180C for fan ovens) or Gas Mark 6. Fry the chicken and leeks in the oil in a large non stick pan until golden brown.
  2. Whisk the Maggi recipe mix with the milk in a jug then add to the pan with the chicken. Add the potatoes, bring to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Carefully pour the mixture into the ovenproof dish and sprinkle with the cheese. Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked and the top is browned. Ensure the bake is piping hot throughout before serving.

The whole family enjoyed Maggi’s Cheesy Chicken & Leek Potato Bake. It was easy to make and very creamy and delicious. We had it with carrots, but you can also have it with steamed courgettes, peas and sweetcorn! Yummy!

The new ‘Fresh Ideas’ products will be available in most major supermarkets for an RRP of 89p*, alongside the existing products in the range and Maggi’s popular favourites, the ‘So Juicy’ and ‘So Crispy’ ranges.

To view more information on the product range and alternative recipe suggestions, visit www.maggi.co.uk.