Quick, What’s for Dinner Tonight? Link Up # 4


Here we are again, hump day and April Fool’s Day (hope there were no nasty tricks played on you?).  Not long until the Easter holidays and personally I’m looking forward to a break in the day to day school routine.  One thing that still needs to happen though is dinner …. as you know this weekly linky party is to help us all get through the pain of the mundane “What’s for dinner tonight?” question.  Last week we had some truly delicious dinners linked up and, for some reason, (?) with mostly a vegetarian focus, great for “Meatless Mondays” (or any day really).

As it’s suddenly turned a bit cooler here I’m going to be trying out this Lentil & Potato Curry by A Travelling Cook very soon.   You can go back anytime to the past links ups to check out recipes by just clicking on the “What’s for Dinner Tonight?” , it’s great for inspiration and changing up your regular repertoire.


 Just looks belly warming doesn’t it, yum!  Photo by A Travelling Cook 

My contribution for this week is Chicken & Pumpkin Stir Fry.  It’s quick (slides in bang on 30 minutes), cheap and cheerful and mild enough in flavour for the whole family to enjoy. I serve it up with brown rice (to keep it quick I do cheat with the partially cooked packet stuff sometimes but take it out of the packet and into a bowl to microwave, not sure about that plastic stuff) but noodles or your favourite rice will all go well.



Chicken & Pumpkin Stir Fry

10 minutes

20 minutes

30 minutes

Serves 4


  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 400 g pumpkin (my fave is butternut but whatever you like) cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 1 cm piece of ginger grated
  • 1 garlic clove crushed
  • 500 g chicken stir fry strips or tenderloins
  • 1/2 red capsicum
  • 1 zucchini, cut into thin strips
  • 1/2 head broccoli cut into small florets
  • 1/2 C fresh basil leaves
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp raw caster sugar or brown sugar
  • 2 limes


  1. Prepare rice (or noodles) as per packet instructions
  2. In a wok or large frying pan heat half the oil and add the pumpkin and cook for about 5 minutes until just tender.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, capsicum, zucchini and broccoli. Stir fry for 5 minutes (until tender) and transfer to a bowl (cover to keep warm).
  4. Add the remaining oil and then add the chicken cooking for 4 - 5 minutes until browned. Add half the basil and stir fry 1 minute then put the vegetables back in.
  5. Add the soy, fish sauce, sugar and juice of 1 lime and toss through to coat.
  6. Serve in bowls over the bed of rice or noodles and scatter with remaining basil leaves.

If you like a bit of spice you could add a thinly sliced long red chilli when you cook the chicken but it's optional


So will you give it a go?  Will your kids eat this one?  Mine do but pick out the basil (and one won’t eat the capsicum!)

Now to the link up I can’t wait to see what comes in this week, I challenge you to try out something new.

(If you are a blogger scroll down past the link up for the housekeeping “rules”).


The housekeeping “rules” of the party;

  • Please make sure your recipes can be made in 30 minutes or under,
  • please link a maximum of 2 recipes per week
  • don’t be a wallflower! To make it a socialible party please pop over and comment on fellow linkers and show some support
  • share the linky love and let everyone know about the party
  • “Follow BE&S” if you like, by either subscribing to the newsletter, FB, Instagram or Pinterest so you don’t miss out each week on what’s new OR at least try out a new recipe this week and give your taste buds a thrill!. Thank you!
  • By linking up you are agreeing for Boiled Eggs & Soldiers to possibly post one photo from your post with a link back to the full recipe for party features and future roundups on the blog and/or share your image and link on social media.



14 comments on “Quick, What’s for Dinner Tonight? Link Up # 4

  1. Kat - The Organised Housewife
    April 1, 2015 at 9:11 am

    YUM your chicken and pumpkin stir fry looks so good, and healthy too.:)

    • Vicki
      April 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks so much Kat, it is a good one to have up your sleeve! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    April 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I love pumpkin and it’s so cheap right now. I like to make it in as many meals as possible. This looks super yum!

    • Vicki
      April 1, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      I love pumpkin too but not with the skin on, I don’t know why people do that! Thanks so much for linking up too that bean stew looks delish. x

  3. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    April 1, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Super health burst right there V!

    • Vicki
      April 2, 2015 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks Karin x

  4. Jen
    April 2, 2015 at 11:17 am

    this looks fabulous. I think my mom would love it. Unfortunately my husband wouldn’t eat it so I don’t know when I could make it. 🙁

    • Vicki
      April 2, 2015 at 7:42 pm

      Thank you. Ha, Maybe you could have it for lunch when he was out or something?

  5. Cate
    April 2, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    aww that looks delish! I have seen pumpkin for the first time in months and I can’t wait to buy some! It’s very much a seasonal veggie here unless imported.

    • Vicki
      April 3, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Yes pumpkin doesn’t get as good a rap as it deserves in Europe does it? I love it. Thanks for stopping by.

  6. peregrinationgourmande
    April 4, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Hey! It’s interesting to notice that we seem to have the same tips to be quick with diner! haha! xx cathy

    • Vicki
      April 4, 2015 at 1:27 pm

      Tips in French though I’m sure sound much better! Thanks so much for linking up that yummy recipe and I hope you have a lovely Easter. xx

  7. Fleur - Our Urban Box
    April 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Your stir fry looks so yummy and healthy! I am going to add it to “to try” list! Loving your link up, so many great meal ideas! x

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you Fleur. I like to try out new things on the family with the hope that something goes down well, not always the case unfortunately but this one was a success!

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