Cook At Home Recipe Planner (January 2024)

Ease the pressure of feeding your busy family with our delicious Dolce recipes!

Our latest meal planner is designed to:

  • Remove the effort needed to think of interesting recipes after the whirlwind of the Christmas season.
  • Sneak those important nutrients into tasty meals following the joy of festive eating.
  • Give quick recipe instructions so that you can concentrate on getting back into the swing of things.
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Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Gratin Recipe
Broccoli & Cauliflower Cheese Gratin Recipe

180 g / 6 oz Grated Cheese
400 g / 14 oz Broccoli Florets
400 g / 14 oz Cauliflower
600 ml / 21.1 fl oz Boiling Water
140 g / 5 oz Béchamel Sauce Mix
8 g / 0.3 oz Grated Cheese for topping


  1. To make the cheese sauce, place the Béchamel sauce mix in a bowl and whisk in the boiling water until it thickens.
  2. Season and add the grated cheese, remembering to save some for the top.
  3. Cut up the cauliflower & broccoli into bite size pieces.
  4. Place the vegetables in a pan with water and boil until cooked.
  5. Drain the cauliflower and broccoli, then place in an oven proof dish.
  6. Cover everything with the cheese sauce and sprinkle on some reserved cheese.
  7. Heat in the oven till the cheese is golden brown.
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Chicken Dhansak with Lemon & Coriander Rice Recipe
Chicken Dhansak with Lemon & Coriander Rice Recipe

600 g / 1 lb 5 oz Diced Chicken Thigh
120 g / 4 oz Onions
120 g / 4 oz Mixed Peppers
16 ml / 0.6 fl oz Vegetable Oil
600 g / 1 lb 5 oz Chopped Tomatoes
80 g / 3 oz Tomato Puree
80 g / 3 oz Red Lentils

20 ml / 0.7 fl oz Malt Vinegar
12 g / 0.4 oz Curry Powder
4 g / 0.1 oz Chilli Powder
8 g / 0.3 oz White Sugar
20 g / 0.7 oz Coriander
440 g / 16 oz Basmati Rice
4 g / 0.1 oz Garlic Purée
1 Lemon


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan and sweat down the diced onions until softened but without colour.
  2. Add the chicken, garlic and spices, then continue to cook until the chicken is sealed off.
  3. Add the diced peppers to the pan for a few minutes, before adding the tomato puree and chopped tomatoes.
  4. Bring to the boil, stirring continuously so that the pan doesn’t burn.
  5. Add the lentils, sugar and vinegar, then bring back to the boil and simmer until the lentils and chicken are cooked.
  6. Finish with the chopped stalks from the coriander – these have a lot more flavour than the leaves.
  7. Cook the rice and drain. Fold through the juice and zest from the lemon as well as the chopped coriander leaves.
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Beef Pie with Flaky Pastry Recipe
Beef Pie with Flaky Pastry Recipe

480 g / 1 lb 1 oz Minced Beef
80 g / 3 oz Onions
160 g / 6 oz Carrots
10 g / 0.4 oz Vegetable Bouillon Paste
335 ml / 11.8 fl oz Water
24 g / 0.8 oz Gravy Granules
320 g / 11 oz Puff Pastry


  1. Begin by browning off minced beef but do not add extra oil.
  2. Add the chopped onion, stock and water, then bring to boil for a moment before simmering for approximately 1 hour.
  3. Drain off the excess fat.
  4. Thicken the mixture with gravy granules and adjust seasoning to taste.
  5. To complete the recipe, place the beef mix into a suitable tray and roll the puff pastry out to cover the size of the pie, the pastry should be around the thickness of a £1 coin.
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Mushroom Carbonara Recipe
Mushroom Carbonara Recipe

75 g / 3 oz Margarine
215 g / 8 oz Button Mushrooms
55 g / 2 oz Plain Flour
625 ml / 22.1 fl oz Milk
90 g / 3 oz Grated Cheese
35 g / 1 oz Garden Peas
375 g / 13 oz Penne Pasta (Or preferred shape of choice)
One pinch of salt


  1. Melt a quarter of the margarine in pan, then fry the mushrooms until they are slightly browned.
  2. Store the mushrooms to one side.
  3. Melt the remaining margarine and then add in the flour stirring continually, cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the milk, a little at a time, and beat well, then bring everything to the boil to thicken.
  5. Stir in the mushrooms and cheese and mix well. Season with salt to taste.
  6. Cook the pasta to your preferred style.
  7. Place the pasta in base of the dishes and then pour the sauce on top to serve.
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Salmon, Tomato & Sweetcorn Quiche Recipe
Salmon, Tomato & Sweetcorn Quiche Recipe

80 g / 3 oz Plain Flour
80 g / 3 oz Wholemeal Flour
28 ml / 1.0 fl oz Water
320 ml / 11.3 fl oz Milk
80 g / 3 oz Margarine
3 Eggs
400 g / 14 oz Salmon
72 g / 3 oz Sweetcorn
72 g / 3 oz Tomatoes
8 g 0.3 oz Fresh Parsley


  1. To make the pastry, start by placing the flour in a mixing bowl. Add margarine and rub in until it becomes a fine breadcrumb consistency.
  2. Add the water and mix into a soft dough. Allow the mixture to rest before rolling.
  3. To complete the recipe, line a flan dish with the pastry.
  4. Beat the eggs together then add milk and season.
  5. Drain the salmon (if needed) and flake. Add flaked salmon and sweetcorn to the dish then pour over the egg/milk mixture.
  6. Bake in a moderate oven for approximately 45 minutes until filling is set.
  7. Top/garnish with tomatoes and parsley before serving.

We hope you enjoy this meal planner and use this to inspire your January meals. Please check out our Dolce Hive for more recipe ideas.