There are some meals I cook because I know everyone likes them and some evenings there isn't time for doing anything other than a tried and tested favourite.
Although I do still like to try new things out on my little family, you never know one of them may become another favourite.
Over the past couple of weeks I've tried a few new recipes.
Post Christmas I'm trying to use up things already in the freezer rather than buying more. First up to use was a pack of sausages. I took a recipe originally for oven baked chicken and figured it would probably work ok with the sausages.
G and S liked it, T didn't. He left the sausages.
Next to use was a joint of pork so I tried this balsamic vinegar and honey recipe in the slow cooker.
This time G and T liked it, S didn't. She gave it a good go, adding a good splodge of BBQ sauce to try and finish it off but it just wasn't for her.
My last thing to use was a 750g pack of steak mince.
I had torn out a recipe from an Asda magazine which said to add a tin of mashed up chickpeas to the meat and seasoning to make it go further. T and S don't like chickpeas but I thought disguised in meatballs and a pasta sauce I may get away with it.
G and T liked them, S didn't although she managed to eat all of them bar one.
Finally with the other half of the mince I made a turkey tortilla pie.
I made a few changes though, obviously the mince was steak and not turkey and
I left out the kidney beans as I knew these a definite no no but I did add 2 peppers.
I didn't have any chipotle paste but I did have chipotle ketchup and used that instead and I substituted passata for the chopped tomatoes.
And I'm pleased to say that finally it was a unanimous thumbs up all round.
photo from the BBC Good Food website.