Dinnertime in our house always starts well in the week but come Thursday and Friday, I find myself staring desperately at the fridge, wishing for inspiration.
So after yet another dinner of scrambled eggs on toast, I decided to outsource the thinking to my kids. Yes, a little dangerous and possibly mad, but my theory was that if they think of it, they'll probably eat it, so why not?! And so Recipe Lucky Dip was invented.
How it works:
Step 1: Each night a child has the great responsibility of scouring the fridge and pantry for dinner ideas. They are welcome to ask Chef Google for help.
Step 2: Once a meal idea has been agreed upon, said child and I make it for the rest of the omnivores.
Step 3: Child helps clean up the dishes
It started out as a bit of a laugh but now it's become almost a competition and my kids love battling out to think of and create new meals.
Here are a few of our favourites:
There is usually mince in the fridge so we blend this up with some yummy spices, tomato paste and onions then stuff it into whatever veggies we have lying around. Think capsicum, zucchinis, potatoes etc.
Also makes sure my kids actually eat their veggies!
Wraps are brilliant at turning an ordinary meal into something special.
My kids love scrambled egg wraps and then they add their own extras like olives, capers, smoked salmon, avocado and cheese.
Pasta and anything!
Pasta is one of the best staples around as it can be mixed and matched with just about anything. The other night we made tuna lasagne, which was basically some canned tuna, Philadelphia cheese and pasta sauce lathered over pasta shells. Then loads of cheese on top. Yum!