Making Meals for the FamilyAre you so rushed off your feet every night that you end up heating up a ready meal or just cooking the same trusty go-to meal? If the answer is yes, Birds Eye are here to inspire your weeknight dinners, and show you how a number of dishes can be made using the same ingredients. The benefits of planning meals are numerous: a pre-made eating plan can turn a hectic day into a smooth one, make shopping easier and save you time and money, whether you’re cooking for kids or just yourself.
Meal planning has been praised even more in recent years, and thanks to fitness coaches and online influencers, we can see the advantages to ‘prepping like a boss’ when it comes to lunches and dinners. At Birds Eye, our products are versatile and portionable, making them the perfect base ingredients for your meal plans. We’re here to give you a week’s example of how several products can be used for several different dinners – and how compromising on spending doesn’t have to mean compromising on taste.
- 20 Birds Eye Omega 3 Fish Fingers
- 6 Birds Eye Chicken Chargrills or Breaded & Battered Chicken
- 290g Birds Eye Frozen Garden Peas and 160g Field Fresh Peas & Supersweet Sweetcorn
- 690g Field Fresh Country Mix
- 8 large potatoes
- 360g rice
- 1 large onion
- 1 carrot
- 1 red pepper
- 1 tin low fat coconut milk
- 10g capers
- Fresh lemon juice
- Fresh coriander
- Tartare sauce
- Grated cheese
- Chicken katsu curry sauce:
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 clove garlic minced
- 8-10 mange tout cut into inch sized bites
- 3 - 4 baby corn
- 3 finely chopped spring onions (OR remaining half of large onion)
- 1-2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons low salt soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon tikka masala paste
- 100 ml vegetable stock
Any food prepper knows that Sundays are your window of opportunity to get some food planned for the week ahead. Your food prepping need only take up an hour or so of the laziest day of the week, and all you need to store your ingredients in is a few airtight plastic containers: this could be, for example, chopping the carrots and pre-making the sauce for your katsu curry or, if you’re super organised, you could even make the mashed potatoes for the fish finger pie.
The online initiative Meat Free Mondays has gained a huge following recently, and there’s no better way to kick off the week than to feel you’re doing something positive. This mild and creamy veggie korma curry has very few ingredients, meaning it’s easy to make as well as super tasty. Our Field Fresh Country Mix vegetables, made up of broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and peas, are picked and frozen within hours to create the perfect taste, as well as making cooking easier.
Tip: be sure to keep the remaining half a tin of coconut milk to use in your katsu curry recipe later in the week.
Tip: if you’re really pushed for time, you could simply use Birds Eye Field Fresh Country Mix instead of fresh vegetables. You may also want to make extra sauce for our Chicken and Rice dish later in the week.
Crispy Fish Finger Pie
Birds Eye Fish Fingers, mash and peas is a classic family-friendly meal, but transforming it into an inviting looking pie is a great idea that makes cooking even easier. With the Omega 3 from our fish fingers, the nutrients from the peas and the filling warmth of mashed potatoes topped with melted cheese, this incredibly simple dish is a great one for the family on a busy night. Plus, you can add whichever sauces or seasoning you wish, be it tartare sauce, ketchup for the kids or just salt and pepper, meaning everyone’s pleased.
Our Hot & Spicy Chicken Grills with Fresh Lemon & Coriander Rice is the perfect weeknight dinner: quick, tasty and hot. The lemon and peas add an aromatic fresh taste to this warm and filling dish, as well as being rich in vitamin C, and our chicken grills are deliciously tasty.
The beauty of this dish is the versatility of it – you can serve it just with the fresh lemon and coriander for a more subtle, aromatic dish, or you can serve with a curry sauce, such as your katsu curry sauce from earlier in the week.
Fish Finger Baked Potatoes
Baked potatoes are a great winter comfort food: hot, filling and delicious. If you’re bored of the usual baked potato fillings, fish fingers can be a tasty and nutritious alternative. The crispy hotness of the baked potatoes, the tang of the capers and lemon juice combined with the creamy tartare sauce make a perfect marriage with our golden Omega 3 fish Fingers, made with 100% fish fillet. Plus, you’ve already got potatoes and fish fingers from earlier in the week – so no last minute shopping.