The last couple of week's meal plans have been deliberately quick and easy. January being what January is, I was keen to keep it simple in the hope that straightforward eating would help manage those January blues.
Sadly my January blues have hit full on this week. I was 'off plan' by Tuesday, it took me three days to eat a curry, I've not had a proper night's sleep all week, and my mood has dropped slowly but steadily. Today, I'm in my pyjamas watching Sunday brunch wondering just what I can cook this week to help with that. Or alternatively if I can cocoon myself in my duvet and stay there all week.
I have a few tricks in my arsenal to manage these feelings - high doses of a Vitamin D supplement, lots of fruit and veg, and a determined approach to my running. No one of these will make a difference, but all of them keep me distracted and enable me to keep on keeping on.
So, this week - again, deliberately simple, healthy and hopefully enough to keep me going on.
Breakfasts: Porridge, I've discovered a new fruity topping, which I think is going to make it into this month's favourites.
Lunches: I'm actually out for much of the week, but am going to make a batch of Lifechanging soup today, portion it off and pop it in the freezer. I've got a pretty rubbish flask that I'm going to test out tomorrow and see if it will keep my soup hot till lunchtime. My ongoing search for a half decent flask seems never ending. Quite honestly if anyone knows of one that works would like to tell me, I'd be grateful!
Monday: Sausages with mashed or baked potatoes (depending on when I get back from Birmingham) and braised red cabbage
Tuesday: I'm working away on Tuesday so am being rescued from the perils of the Beefeater by dinner with a friend.
Wednesday: M and I are ships in the night, so he's working away. I think I'll defrost some soup and possibly make some soda bread to go with
Thursday: Brownies, so more soup I think
Friday: we're going to see M's parents this weekend, so sadly no cooking next weekend.
Reading this, I'm pretty sure you can tell how disinterested I am in all things culinary. I'm pretty sure I'll have shrugged it off soon enough - so hopefully normal service will resume shortly.
Don't forget to pop on over to At Home with Mrs M to see what everyone else is up to this week (I'm sure other meal plans will be more exciting than mine. Let's face it, it's not hard)