Meal Planning Monday – 3rd August 2015

Meal Planning Monday

This week I am doing a pot luck meal every evening. Both of my freezers are packed full with different tupperware boxes and I haven’t labelled them, so every morning Grim and I will have a look at what is there and decide which box takes our fancy. This could be disastrous, but equally something quite nice about it. This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Here are some of the things I know are in the freezer, that might just make it to the table for either one of us this week:

Ragu – This is a staple in our house, I make a massive batch once a month and we have this weekly, so I know this is definitely in there (somewhere)

Fish pie – I made a Hairy Bikers’ recipe for fish pie after seeing one of their shows recently and you don’t make the sauce the normal thin consistency, after you make it into a roux you ad some milk, but it’s still thick, the fish let’s out some water when cooking and this is what makes it perfect – Who knew?

Lasagne – The boys love this too and I made a big one recently and froze half of it, so we’ll enjoy this one night, I’m sure

Aldi Meatloaf – this is so tasty, so looking forward to that dinner!

Pork in BBQ sauce – This was the end of some Jack Daniels BBQ sauce that I’ve been testing and I made it in the slow cooker and we ended up heading out that day so I froze it – I plan to have this this week so that I can also make my blog live about that – It was amazing!

Chicken & Chorizo stew – I have a confession to make, this is actually just chicken stew as the chorizo is still in the fridge as I forgot to add it – I will reheat this in the oven adding the chorizo to the bottom and then stir half way through to maximise the flavours.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

 

Meal Planning Monday – 27th July 2015

Meal Planning Monday

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Monday – Meatloaf – I did the shopping in Aldi last week and they do a fab frozen meatloaf in tomato sauce.

Tuesday – Chicken in a bag – this sounds so wrong but it’s so tasty. It’s by Maggi and you put in 4 chicken breasts to a bag, put in the seasoning & seal it. We have garlic chicken this week and it’s so tasty.

Wednesday – ragu – this is a staple and I didn’t have any white wine so this time I made it with red and it is so much richer. Love it!

Thursday – Shepherd’s pie – easy weeknight meal that the boys will love too!

Friday – Chicken Curry – We have lots of Chilipapas sachets in the house and they are so easy to make and very tasty. The spice mix is just right!

Weekend – Pork Stir Fry with Green Beans – This is a bit fiddly to make which is why I’ve left it for The weekend. That said the flavour of this dish is amazing even if it does smell like wet dogs when you are
cooking it.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

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Meal Planning Monday – 13th July 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Right, this is it – I have to, have to lose weight. So this week it’s all about portion size and exercise, I will be walking whenever I can and reduced size portions of whatever we are having for dinner with a salad alongside to bulk it out. Let’s do this!!!!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Monday – Baked potatoes and chilli – I’d normally have cheese on this too, but this time it’s just a little chilli

Tuesday – Grilled chicken salad with new potatoes – from the garden – there aren’t many so we can’t go overboard 😉

Wednesday – Ragu – we have this often and usually have with garlic bread, but it’s wholewheat spaghetti tonight with just our ragu sauce.

Thursday – Prawn stir fry – I’m going to make a soy sauce and honey dressing and serve with noodles

Friday – Something with pork mince, but not sure what yet – any suggestions?

Saturday – Chicken Curry – Trying out some other Schwartz curry sauces – the boys love the korma one!

Sunday – Pork Stir Fry with Green Beans – This is a bit fiddly to make which is why I’ve left it for Sunday. That said the flavour of this dish is amazing even if it does smell when you make it.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

 

Meal Planning Monday – 22nd June 2015

Meal Planning Monday

I am so naughty today! I had two Krispy Kreme donuts. In fact I inhaled them. So this week I’m going to have to be extra specially good!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Monday – Chicken Kiev – It’s swimming so we won’t eat til later on so got some chicken kievs for us tonight!

Tuesday – Pork with Jack Daniels BBQ Sauce – I was going to make pulled pork but I decided to use up the pork loin steaks I have in the freezer. We’ll blog about this later in the week!

Wednesday – Chilli baked potatoes – I made some chilli in the slow cooker last week. I was really impressed how it turned out as never used a packet before, but it was so tasty! We’ll have it on top of baked potatoes as this is quick and easy!

Thursday – Sausage & mash – We got sausages as part of our Muscle Food order so we are having sausage & mash with Grim’s homemade onion gravy that I have to say is delicious. I don’t normally like it. But maybe tastes have changed!

Friday – We are out on Friday night so I’m hoping to get something while we are out. Hint hint & not hubster has joined Facebook he might actually see this hint 😜

Saturday – Chicken Curry – We have lots of Chilipapas sachets in the house and they are so easy to make and very tasty. The spice mix is just right!

Sunday – Pork Stir Fry with Green Beans – This is a bit fiddly to make which is why I’ve left it for Sunday. That said the flavour of this dish is amazing even if it does smell when you make it.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

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Meal Planning Monday – 15th June 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Last week was a busy one what with Grim’s 40th and Buddy’s 6th birthdays. So this week is get back on track, healthy(ish) food. No junk! No drinking!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Chilli baked potatoes – Monday is swimming so again something easy. I’ll make some chilli up for the boys to have tomorrow and we’ll have it on top of baked potatoes with sour cream and grated cheese.

Chicken Curry – we took friend’s advice and got ourself a delivery from Muscle Foods. Most of the stuff has been great and the amount of chicken you get for the deal is amazing. So we’re having one of the Schwartz curry sauces.

Steak with mustard mash – Grim did our shopping this week in Aldi. He was really impressed with the quality of the food for the amount he spent. So he got some peppered steaks and we’ll this with asparagus and mustard mash. Absolutely fab!

M&S meal – we had a voucher for M&S so we used it for some lovely food. We got some nice meals for Wednesdays when Grim has band and has to be out the door almost as soon as we get home :)

Chorizo burgers & chips – we got these from M&S recently and will serve them in brioche buns (my new favourite!)

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

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Meal Planning Monday – 18th May 2015

Meal Planning MondayI don’t think our children go to school on any Monday’s in May – Today is Victoria Day so the schools are off. Luckily I have an excellent holiday club who step in and offer childcare on most of the holidays otherwise I would be absolutely snookered.

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Slow cooked pulled pork

Slow cooked pulled pork

Slow Cooked Pulled Pork – I had the pleasure in reviewing and taste testing the slow cooker range from Schwartz and it was so tasty. I do have a few extra tips that I will share later in the week in the blog.

Pork marinated in chilli & lime – We didn’t have this last week, so it’s on the menu this week. I don’t think Grim really fancies it, but we’ll see.

Ragu – This is a staple in our house, everyone loves it and we have it weekly – here is my recipe from the lovely Nonno Guiseppe.

Chicken Curry – We have a choice of curry sauces this week. We have ChilliPappas and Schwartz to choose from, I’m thinking we will have the chicken balti and the boys will have the mild tikka marsala.

Gorgonzola pasta – When we were in Italy a number of years ago, G chose a pasta in one of Mom’s favourite restaurants and ever since then it’s an easy week night meal to pull together. We have adapted it over time and find that fresh pasta works so much better and only takes minutes from easy prep to eating :)

Baked Salmon – G likes sweet chilli sauce over the top of his salmon and I like just some spices, then we package them up in foil and bake in the oven for 15 minutes and serve with boiled new potatoes and green beans. So versatile and again an easy weeknight meal.

Garlic Beef Stir Fry – I am lucky where I work as there is a butcher in the foodhall. He is fabulous, there are lots of things we have tried and have rarely been disappointed. This stir fry is just fillet beef in a garlic marinade which we always fry up with a little onion and green pepper and it is absolutely delicious.

And that’s us for this week. We aren’t trying anything new this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

Meal Planning Monday – 11th May 2015

Meal Planning MondayI can’t quite believe it’s Monday again! The weeks are passing by so quickly and the weekends even faster. I need to get in a better routine with the meal plans as I’ve got out of the way of batch cooking. I WILL start this again this week as I have a few slow cooking blogs that need written.

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

M&S ready meal – as I said I’ve been lazy and not been batch cooking and as Monday’s are all about work then swimming & home by 7.30. It’s all a bit hectic. So I am rewarding myself with a healthy dinner from M&S

Chicken Balti – we have been sent loads of Schwartz sauces so we’re going to have chicken balti one night & let you know how we get on

Pork marinated in chilli & lime – a Tesco BBQ product that I got a few weeks ago when we had friends round. We’ll just have it with peas & new potatoes with this. Hoping that it’s good, it looks really nice. G isn’t so sure.

Pasta with pesto & rocket – we love this and I’ve got some wholemeal pasta that I got from work and it’s really tasty. We quite often have this for lunch too.

Slow cooked pulled pork – slow cooked pulled pork & salad. This is a favourite of mine & I can’t wait to try it :) This is another Schwartz product, so far we’ve liked everything we have tried from them.

And that’s us for this week. We aren’t trying anything new this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

Meal Planning Monday – 27th April 2015

Meal Planning Monday

This year is going in so fast, it’s already nearly May and I only just feel that we had New Year – Still at least we are busy, the boys start new swimming lessons this evening, can’t wait to hear how they have got on. I’m presently stuck in a airport returning from my Grandad’s funeral.

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week

Chicken Curry – we are having another chilli papas curry this week, the balti one we had was brilliant, so looking forward to this.

Chilli Baked Potatoes – A couple of weeks ago I made a really hot chilli so we’ll be having this in baked potatoes with cheese, so tasty.

Arbroath Smokie risotto – I’m going to make this recipe up this week as I have arbroath smokies in the freezer and they need eaten up, so I’m going to experiment – if Grim asks, I’ll tell him I’m following a recipe, he doesn’t like inventive cooking!

Shepherd’s Pie – When I was coming back from Tae Kwon Do last week, we took a detour into Tesco and picked up loads of cheap cuts of meat for 20p – 50p so we are having shepherd’s pie as one of our meals this week.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

 

Meal Planning Monday – 6th April 2015

Meal Planning Monday

Nearly back to normality, have had to take time out today to look after Buddy as the school holiday club is closed and it works out just fine because Bubbles finishes at 3pm so would have had to have picked him up regardless. It’s gorgeous weather as we start our Easter mini heatwave.

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week

Chicken Curry – We have lots of Chilli Papas sauces and they are fab and really easy to use so we’ll be having this one night this week. They even have a non chilli vindaloo so anyone can try it!

Chilli Baked Potatoes – I’m using my slow cooker to make the Hairy Dieters version of chilli, there will be enough for the boys and two meals for us, so we’ll have the salad and tortilla baskets as per the Hairy Dieters recipe next week.

Mushroom pasta – We are making this with a small tub of double cream as the recipe states it’s better, so we’ll see. It’s dead easy to make and we will use mushrooms that are on offer rather than wild ones. I serve it with pappardelle pasta, so tasty

cheesy beanos – Anyone who went to school with me will recall making this at high school, it’s basically beans on toast with melted cheese on the top. G is at boot camp on Monday and doesn’t want anything too heavy so not only is a budget meal, it’s also quick and easy to make and pretty light after his exercise.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.

 

Meal Planning Monday – 30th March 2015

Meal Planning Monday

So today sees me off with Bubbles, he was sent home from nursery along with 15 of his friends with chicken pox. Apart from the spots, you would think he was fine. He is hyper as anything, the only thing that’s suffering right now is me, I’ve had two nights no sleep due to him wanting me to be with him and him tossing and turning and itching all night. Still some have crusted over this am so hopefully we are on the mend!

This week as our meal plan for part of the Meal Planning Monday linky, here is our plan:

Ragu – This is a staple that we make monthly and then have once a week

Chicken pieThis is a simple weeknight meal, I got the idea from a Jamie Oliver recipe and you don’t even need to make a white sauce for it, you just add some flour then creme fraiche and use spring onions instead of white onion and it’s super easy and using up whatever I have in the fridge.

Crispy Chicken A hairy dieters recipe that I love – Grim is away on business this week so I’m having things that I love, this is so simple, chicken dipped in natural yoghurt then parmesan breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. I have it with salad, so super healthy and delicious to boot!

Mushroom pastaI always have this the same week we are doing our chicken pie as between the two recipes we use all of the mushrooms and creme fraiche.

And that’s us for this week. If you have any suggestions on other things we should try, comment below and let us know, I love hearing what other people have it gives me real inspiration.