School’s back, whoop whoop! But on the flipside it means I need to get back into being organised to beat the 5pm panic of getting a meal on the table when there has been school pick ups, after-school activities and tired kids to contend with.
I’ve partnered with Countdown to share some quick dinner inspiration to help with getting back into the school routine. It’s also awesome to see the large range of lunchbox fillers and stationary that they have on special at the moment to help you with organising everything you need for getting your kids back to school.
Check out the stationary haul I picked up for the home supply!
But let’s get back to the quick sheet pan dinners, which just happen to also be great as leftovers for lunch – two birds with one stone!
I love dinners that bake in the oven for a busy after school evening, the type of meal where you chop stuff up, bang it all in in one tray and then pull it out sometime later and dinner is done. All three of these meals are just exactly that.
Easy Sheet Pan Dinner – Frittata
This makes a good sized Frittata and depending on the size of your oven tray you can totally double the recipe to make an absolutely HUGE one so that there will definitely be leftovers for the lunchbox.
- 6 eggs
- ½ cup ricotta cheese
- 4 rashers bacon (I used Countdowns Free Farmed Streaky Bacon)
- 1 red onion
- 1 cup grated cheese
- 6-8 sun-dried tomatoes
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
- Heat the oven and a non-stick rimmed baking tray (sheet pan) to 180 degrees celsius
- While the oven and tray are heating, whisk the eggs
- Add the ricotta to the eggs and whisk (the mix will be a little lumpy, do not panic)
- Add finely diced onion, bacon and grated cheese to the egg and ricotta mixture. Stir with a spoon or spatula
- Spray the hot tray with oil to grease
- Pour in the frittata mix
- Top with chopped spinach and sun-dried tomatoes
- Bake for 15-20 minutes until the frittata is firm and cooked
Chicken & Pea Sheet Pan Dinner
Frozen Peas are like the unsung hero that should be in everyone’s freezer! The Countdown essentials frozen peas are perfect for this recipe and are available at such a great price! Choose a standard pea rather than the baby peas, as for this recipe you actually want the larger pea size.
In this recipe, the peas are baked so they do loose some of the vibrant green colour but do not let looks deceive you the peas at the end taste delicious. Leftovers from this recipe make a great filling for a lunch wrap. I kid you not, the peas are absolutely delicious in a wrap the next day.
- 6 cups frozen peas
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- ½ cup stock
- 2 cloves garlic
- Small handful mint leaves
- 5-6 chicken pieces skin on
- S & P
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
- In a bowl mix the frozen peas with stock, olive oil, roughly chopped garlic and mint leaves
- Spread the peas evenly onto the bottom of a baking tray or roasting dish
- Place the chicken pieces on top, you can use anything, drumsticks, breasts, legs, thighs whatever you prefer
- Drizzle the chicken with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper as desired
- Bake for 35-40 minutes (although this will depend a little on the size of the chicken pieces used)
- Serve for dinner with roasted root veggies or mashed potatoes
- Use the leftovers to make a yummy wrap for lunch
Baked Gnocchi and Vegetables
Did you know you can totally bake gnocchi straight from the packet without boiling it first. Game changer! My kids call gnocchi pillow pasta,I call it the easiest dinner ever! Are you a user of the Odd Bunch range at Countdown? If you aren’t you should look into it, I use odd bunch capsicums all the time, such good value for money
- 500g pack gnocchi
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 capsicums
- 200g cherry tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 3-4 handfuls baby spinach leaves
- Basil Pesto
- Parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius
- Roughly chop the capsicum and onion
- In a bowl mix the tomatoes, capsicum, onion, and gnocchi with a good generous slosh of olive oil
- Pour into a roasting dish or baking tray
- Bake for 20-25 minutes until veggies tender and gnocchi golden
- Serve with baby spinach leaves, pesto, parmesan and olives, people can add the extras they want to the gnocchi
- Save leftovers for lunch they are delicious!