Minimalist Monday: Easy Squeezy Tray-Bake Roast Dinner

It's been a while since I wrote either a Minimalist Monday post or a recipe post so I thought I'd combine the two today. As an update, I'm doing well with continuing my effort to keep our grocery budget well below £100 a week for 2 adults and 1-2 teenage boys. Cooking most meals from scratch can get tedious though, so it's quite exciting when we come up with something that suits days when we're feeling lazy but in need of something tasty. This recipe is basically a tray-bake; even the green cabbage gets thrown in the oven. And if everyone gets involved in chopping up the ingredients then the preparation time really is minimal. The salad potatoes I used are from this week's Aldi's Super 6. I keep limes slices/chunks in the freezer but you could use a lemon instead. A perfect recipe for a summer evening giving you plenty of time to enjoy a glass of something chilled in the meantime. 

You will need (serves 4-6)

4 medium chicken breasts (or equivalent weight in thighs) cut into chunks
200g chorizo sausage, cut into chunks (you could use more but this amount is adequate)
1 kg diced salad potatoes (no need to peel)
1kg carrots cut into batons (no need to peel)
2 red onions cut into chunks
1/2 green cabbage shredded
1 chopped chilli (optional)
a good glug of olive oil
a sprinkle of fresh or dried mixed herbs
1 lime cut into chunks - reserve 4 wedges for garnish


Preheat the oven to 200C/gas mark 6/ 400F. Use two large roasting tins and put an equal amount of the chopped ingredients in each with the exception of the green cabbage which will go in later and set aside a wedge of lime per person (the rest of the lime goes in the oven). Season the mixture, add the herbs and drizzle over enough olive oil to coat everything lightly (I like to use my hands to get an even distribution). 

Cook for 45 minutes then scatter over the shredded green cabbage on top. It basically steams on top of the other ingredients and soon wilts down. Cook for a further 15 minutes. Heap plates generously and garnish with one wedge of lime. Easy, squeezy.



  1. That looks lush! I am making this for supper with friends next week.
    Leanne xx

  2. Thanks for this recipe. It looks delicious and simple enough for me to have a try. Would any meat work in it?

  3. I do like the look of you dinner.

  4. That looks lovely and is just the sort of cooking to do on these gorgeous hot days. Chopping for ten minutes and then simply stick it all in the oven, so simple and less washing up too.

  5. That`s my kind of dinner! Love simple meals that can be thrown together without too much efforts.

  6. It sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing. I'm careful about grocery expenses too. If my conversion to US $ is correct, I'm trying to hit the same goal, or less when I can, for my family of four as well.

  7. Perfect timing, I have friends coming over tonight!! Thank you, xx

  8. Made it! Delicious! The lime really adds to the overall flavour, XX

  9. This looks absolutely gorgeous! I am so giving this a go. Are tray bakes the new one-pots? I did chicken with honey and lemon as a tray bake last week and have cut out and kept a recipe with sausages and butternut squash...


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