Sunday 16th January 2022

My Go-To Easy Meal. 38/51#LifeThisWeek. 97/2019.

Celebration time…and I forgot!

Last week marked 3 years of this link up. Three years, on Mondays, for over 150 of them, you and I have connected and communicated here. Thank you all so very much! Onward into 2020 for sure. I “do” have some thinking to do to find the optional prompts but it’s part of what I love about our community sharing our posts, on or off prompts on Mondays! Denyse xx


My Go-To Easy Meal. 38/51#LifeThisWeek. 97/2019.

My go-to easy meal is: Toast.

OK, it’s cereal. Alright.

It’s neither for a ‘main meal’ which we have in the evening but there is still a bit of a chore even to decide on a meal isn’t there?

But first: we both eat well at Breakfast time:

His always includes my non-fave fruit. Mine often includes yoghurt, fruit and more.

Eating after mouth cancer and surgeries.

It is HARD even now, some 12+ months to eat anything like a real meal. Why? It’s about chewing ability (my mouth tires) and having the capacity to chew it well enough to swallow. I admit, I do love the look of some meals I see on others’ blogs and on-line but the truth is none of them are ones I can even countenance eating. In taking the time it does to eat even a small bowl of food, it often goes cold as I try to finish and that make it unappealing. But I am doing this eating thing MUCH better than before the upper prosthesis of teeth went in.

Meals made to go along with my husband’s limited capacity to eat.

His is based on stomach surgeries quite some time back and he has, at times, some swallowing troubles.

BUT…this is not a post about “How Old People Eat” per se but it may give insight into both our changing appetites and capacity to eat as we did back in our 20s to say 50s. And my Dad in his 90s, who as my Mum used to say “lived to eat, not eat to live” finds smaller meals the only ones he can manage.

Not actually go-to meals but actually go-to the freezer and take out a meal. Some of these meals USED to include rice bases and spaghetti too but for me, 14 months of eating those has required a re-think and I have done it. I will come back to some of those meals again, but not for a while.

I do batch cooking. That means less fuss everything and not having to think ‘what’s for dinner?’ It also means that each of us two has a choice of a meal that we feel like that night.

Mid-week we dine together on a freshly made meal and one that can be also eaten the next night.

What do our batch-cooked meals comprise?

At the moment:

  • Beef Casserole
  • Savoury Mince
  • Sausage and Veg Dish
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Vegetable Soup with Ham
  • Pumpkin and Carrot Soup.
  • Meat Pies: my savoury mince inside. KMart Piemaker is a good size. Not as big as Sunbeam.

Both of us need ‘easy to swallow meals’ hence all above have some kind of sauce or fluid.


Such a standby for many I know.

However, I can barely look at an egg that’s been poached (I scroll by everyone’s brunch/breakkie pics on IG) but I can, at times eat scrambled egg and a family heirloom dish called Egg and Cheese.

My Dad’s mum made this in 1930s and he passed it on. My daughter likes it too. In a pan, quickly add an egg and also some grated tasty cheese, with a fork keep the ingredients together (no egg white to be seen for me) and as it comes together in the pan, it will brown on the bottom making it very tasty. I can eat this on small pieces of buttered toast.

That’s the go-to-meals for me.

However, somewhere along the line “I” have to go-to the shops and buy the ingredients and bring them home. Neither of us can handle take-away foods anymore: portions and high fat. So what we eat, is in most cases, what I cook!

What’s your go-to meal(s) story?


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  1. I didn’t even think of breakfast! Ha! That couldhave been my post….

  2. For once I did actually have something almost on prompt – a 10 minute gnocchi recipe I made during the week… Have a great week Denyse.

    • Excellent. Shall check it out for sure. I hope you are nearly on your way back up the coast. I am coming to Sydney tomorrow for my 4 month cancer check…then to North Kellyville for my grandchild’s school’s Art Exhibition. Big day!

      Denyse x

  3. Congrats on the three years of hosting LTW, Denyse! I greatly appreciate your weekly link up. My quick go to meal is cereal. If I don’t have milk then it’s fruit.

  4. I think I am going to have to buy myself a pie maker. I have always wanted one.
    I don’t cook batch meals often, mainly because we are a family of eight and the kids eat everything in one go.

    Happy 3 years linking!

    • Thanks for your good wishes and for linking up.

      At the price of those pie makers, you could buy two and have the family fed. Sam at The Annoyed Thyroid is a recent convert and has many recipes up already.

      Denyse x

  5. Your dad’s cheese egg recipe sounds like a keeper, Denyse! Will be trying it very soon!

    SSG xxx

    • It IS! I don’t like eggs much at all but like this it’s all cheesy with some protein. I use a mix of tasty cheese and parmesan and let it get a bit brown on the bottom. Lovely on hot buttered toast.

      Enjoy the school hols.

      Denyse x

  6. Congratulations on 3 years of Life This Week – running a link up, especially singlehandedly is hard yakka so thank you for all you do. As you know, I too am a fan of the Kmart pie maker and we always have a stash in the freezer!

    • Thank you Sammie. Your link up was always a busy and popular one. I will continue into 2020 as it gives me a purpose and direction on at least one day of the week!

      I just gave you a shout-out to Jody re your pie maker recipes too.

      Denyse x

  7. I make a pretty ‘mean’ chicken pot pie. We just had one last week. But it is not pie shaped or in individual servings. Have ever heard of a pie maker. Might be something to look into.

    My daughter has gotten me started eating avocado toast with chia seeds. Delish! I like black pepper, so I generously sprinkle my toast with it. Healthy, hearty and yummy.

    Congratulations on your restored health anniversary. May you continue to grow healthier!

    • Oh that sounds delish. Like simple foods which are good for us AND tasty.

      The little pie makers are very cheap and it’s a matter of having some frozen pastry sheets on board (I use shortcrust on the bottom and puff pastry on top) and with the cooked filling going inside, it really is a meal in some minutes.

      I freeze many and my Dad gets a stash for his freezer from time to time.

      Denyse x

  8. Well done on the 3 years Denyse – it’s a big job to host a party every week and I love coming to yours. I didn’t link a go-to meal because I didn’t have a recipe for anything. I think mine would be cereal, toasted cheese, or a frozen pizza with extra topping (often our Saturday night cheat meal in front of a movie – it saves going out to get take-away).

    • Thanks for the kind words. My link up is going on into 2020 as I like the connections and interactions with people who come along to link up as you do!

      I used to enjoy a plainish pizza I could add more cheese to but….It’s really beyond me to crunch into pastry of a pizza these days.

      Denyse x

  9. Definitely with you on batch cooking – I like to have meals prepped for the week or else I end up eating crap. One of the easiest things I make is this lentil dish with black beans, kidney beans, refried beans, jalapenos and Mexican seasoning. I add guac sometimes to it

    • Great minds on the batch cooking. Whilst I like the sound of your ‘easy meal’ not for me…I am so not a pulse eater. But can have small amount in my vege soup.

      Denyse x