Most people don’t like to spend a busy weekday evening huddled in front of the stove to cook dinner for hours. Deciding what to do, dealing with a large number of pots and pans, and cleaning up the resulting mess can be overwhelming. On nights when you’re too tired to really cook, your good old oven is all you need to serve up a warm, delicious meal for your family. And Deavita offers you three recipes that will satisfy all appetites. Just pour a glass of wine and enjoy the wonderful aromas that fill the house as your family meal in the oven bakes to perfection.
Recipe for a family meal in the oven: Chicken with cheese and leeks, onions and bacon
This chicken with leek and bacon sauce is covered in a golden cheesy crust, making it the ultimate easy and comforting dinner recipe.
- 360 g hot leek and bacon dip
- 150 g finely chopped bacon
- 4 chicken fillets (about 200 g each)
- 3/4 cup (75 g) coarsely shredded mozzarella
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
1. Heat the oven to 180°C. Grease an 8-cup (2-quart) casserole dish. Spread half of the dip on the bottom of the prepared dish.
2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bacon and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until browned. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle half of the bacon over the dip in the finished dish.
3. Add the chicken to the pan. Cook 2 minutes per side or until browned. Season. Arrange it on top of the bacon mixture in the dish. Spread with the remaining sauce and sprinkle with mozzarella. Bake for 25 minutes or until the mozzarella is golden brown and the chicken is cooked through. Let stand for 5 minutes.
4. Sprinkle the chicken mixture with the green onions and the remaining bacon. Serve with lettuce leaves.
Cheap and quick family meal: Potatoes stuffed with chicken, broccoli and cheddar
Potatoes stuffed with shredded chicken, roasted broccoli and lots of cheddar cheese make a great weeknight family roast.
- 2 large potatoes
- 1 cup chopped chicken breast
- 2 cups broccoli florets
- 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup skim milk, more if needed
- 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt, plus more if needed
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 230°C and line a tray with aluminum foil. Wash the potatoes, dry them and pierce them with a fork. Brush the vegetables with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Place them on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for about 45 minutes, turning halfway through, then remove the pan from the oven.
2. Push the potatoes to one side and add the broccoli to the other side. Drizzle them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss them until they are coated, then spread them out in a single layer. Return the pan to the oven and roast for a further 15 minutes or until the broccoli is tender and crispy around the edges. If the potatoes are still not cooked enough, remove the broccoli and continue cooking.
3. Once cooked, cut the potatoes in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides, leaving a 0.5cm border all around. Place the flesh of the potatoes in a large bowl with the milk, Greek yogurt, spices, salt and pepper. Use a potato masher to mash the filling.
4. When potato filling is desired consistency, stir in shredded chicken, 1/4 cup cheese, and chopped roasted broccoli. Try it for seasoning.
5. Return the filling to the potatoes and bake for another 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the filling is heated through.
Idea for a family meal in the oven: Pork tenderloin with garlic and honey
It’s juicy pork covered in a sweet and spicy honey-garlic sauce.
- 2 pork fillets (450-550 g each)
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- ⅔ cup clear honey
- ¼ cup low-sodium chicken broth.
- 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons of minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1½ tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅛-¼ red pepper flakes (optional)
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease a 23×33 cm baking dish.
2. Place the fillets in the baking dish, brush them with oil and season them all over with salt.
3. Whisk together the honey, broth, soy sauce, garlic, vinegar, salt, cornstarch, and red pepper flakes.
4. Pour the sauce around the pork tenderloin in the dish – avoid pouring it on top as this will prevent it from browning.
5. Bake, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes, until a meat thermometer reads at least 60°C. Remove from oven and cover to rest for 10 minutes.
6. Cut the pork tenderloin and serve with the sauce.
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