My four favourite super simple weeknight recipes

Warning: I am not a food blogger. My food photos are BAD. But I do love the concept of #kindercalmerdinners, don't you?

If you too find thinking of, shopping for, and making dinner every night a drain, then look past the photos and get stuck into the recipes.

Here are four outstanding dishes my entire family (or a solid majority) love. I've stuck them on our favourites list (I use this one from Fat Mum Slim) and I've been pumping them out since about November.

These recipes tick all the boxes:

  • They're quick.
  • They're simple.
  • They're nutritious (fresh, whole foods).
  • They're delicious.
  • They please the kids. 

If you have similar boxes to tick, give these a try this week:

Johnny Cash Old Iron Pot Chilli

A very kind family gave us some bowls of this up at a ski field just before Christmas. We were cold, tired and hungry, and nothing has ever tasted so good. They were making it right there in the snow on a little gas burner. Turns out, the recipe is from country music legend, Johnny Cash ... so, for this country fan, that makes it even better!

I use the recipe in the link, but if you Google 'Johnny Cash old iron pot chilli', you will find several variations. It makes a tonne. I made it for visitors and it fed 11 of us for two nights (with a couple of bowls left over). 

Remember, I am not a food blogger, but here are some photos of my chilli coming together (I always forget to take the final shot of the food served up!): 

 The recipe says to simmer for about 25 minutes, but I think the longer you leave it, the better.

The recipe says to simmer for about 25 minutes, but I think the longer you leave it, the better.

Baby Mac's Chicken Noodle Soup

This one is my husband's favourite, and it's on HIGH rotation in our house. It's got so much flavour. We leave out the chilli so the kids will eat it, but add fresh chopped chilli to ours at the end. My youngest won't eat it, but it's a great one for adults and older kids (or non-fussy young kids probably).

Budget Bytes' Beef Burrito Bake

I tried this for the first time last week, and made it again last night, and oh my goodness, it's good. We served it in bowls, but it would work beautifully in an actual burrito too. Top it with grated cheese, guacamole etc. as you see fit.

 This is the casserole coming together. You pop a layer of this into the bottom of a casserole dish, dob bits of philly cream cheese on top, then add the last of this mixture onto the top. Add some cheese, and pop into the oven. Yes, I should have taken a final served-up photo!

This is the casserole coming together. You pop a layer of this into the bottom of a casserole dish, dob bits of philly cream cheese on top, then add the last of this mixture onto the top. Add some cheese, and pop into the oven. Yes, I should have taken a final served-up photo!

Budget Bytes' Crustless Mushroom and Spinach Quiche

Another absolute stand-out from Budget Bytes (do yourself a favour and bookmark this web site), this one is heavy on flavour and works for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 This is leftovers as lunch on a snowy day.

This is leftovers as lunch on a snowy day.

 This is the finished product in the pan. 

This is the finished product in the pan. 

Give some of them a try this week, and let me know how you go.

Got any family favourite recipes on high rotation at your place?

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Natalie Bartley