Showing posts with label Roast chicken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Roast chicken. Show all posts

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 23rd March 2016


In a hitherto unheard of fit of organisation I'm typing this up on a Sunday afternoon sat in the garden. Harry is sleeping, I've done both the shopping list and meal plan and am now ready to head off to Aldi once the grumpy one awakes. 

This week is fairly normal - about a 7 on the hectic scale. I've got a bake sale at Guides on Tuesday to raise money for our local campsite so a couple of local Brownie units are coming for campfire fun and to spend their pocket money. 

I'm planning to bite the bullet and head back to Slimming World this week - I'm just feeling a bit bleurgh and suspect eating fewer fruit and veggies and much much more chocolate is to blame. Plus I didn't fit into my size 14 jeans that I wanted to wear for Blogcamp yesterday. 

Onto the meal plan. 

Breakfasts - baked porridge/ overnight oats. I picked up some reduced raspberries in Waitrose on Friday and Harry seems to have gone off blueberries (Shock. Horror!) so I'll use those up too. 

Lunches - couscous salad - with smoked salmon or leftover roast chicken. 

We're having a roast chicken tonight - mainly for the leftovers I must admit as I'm actually craving steak, but chicken goes so much further. 

Suppers

Monday - leftover roast chicken, baked potatoes, corn on the cob and carrots

Tuesday - Chicken, broad bean and mushroom risotto (my challenge is to get a decent picture of this!) 

Wednesday - Leftover risotto or Tomato, lentil and veg pasta sauce as I made an enormous batch last week and have portioned it up nicely in the freezer

Thursday - If we don't have it the night before the pasta. If we have the pasta then leftover sauce as a pasta bake I think

Friday - Pizza night! With sweet potato wedges and salad. 

Saturday - baked gammon with egg and syn free chips, peas and sweetcorn

Sunday - Roast something, either pork or beef, to give us leftovers for the week ahead. 

That all feels very organised. Especially for me of late, but I've taken up journalling/ planning in a big to help keep on top of the varying levels of chaos that make up our lives. Whilst I'm not particularly artistic, I am incredibly visual and a huge fan of colour and stickers to keep me focussed. 

That's us for this week - busy as always. You'll notice I'm not cooking too much for the freezer at the moment as the one we use for stocking up died a death a few weeks back and we can't really stretch to a new one at the moment. It doesn't seem to be affecting us too badly, but has made me much better at using up our leftovers rather than just chucking them in the freezer for another day. 

Have a good, healthy week all - and be sure to hop on over to Mrs M's linky to see what all our other planners are up to. 



Monday, 24 August 2015

Meal Planning Monday



I've kind of lost my meal planning mojo over the summer. My tendency in the warm has been to pick up a chicken from the Supermarket and roast it, mainly to provide cold meat for the week. Baked potatoes, and salad from the garden have featured heavily. That said, even M looked sad when I said "Roast chicken?" this week, so I thought it was time to get back on it. Please note we've got roast chicken on the plan still - I listened, it just works! 

I've changed how Harry's eating a little bit of late as he's in the midst of dropping a nap, so supper is a bit of a race against his drooping eyelids. I was bringing it earlier and earlier and then decided to switch up lunch and supper - making the latter more of a picky, light meal and swapping the main meal to lunchtime. As regular readers will know I'm always conscious about maintaining Harry's weight so for me I'm really happy that for him this has worked so well. 

I'm still doing Slimming World (although I suspect I'm the worst slimmer in our group) the combination of a restricted diet and mummy hood really don't always leave me particularly motivated. But I've kicked myself into touch of late and seem to be doing a little bit better. 

Breakfasts - I'm in the midst of a shocking cough and cold (that we've all had, I just got it last) so am mainly breakfasting on toast, marmite and fruit. Once I'm feeling better I'll be back onto my overnight oats, but right now I need something that's dryer. 

Lunches - I've been making up a bowl of something like a quinoa, couscous or pasta salad and having that for my lunches. It keeps me from grabbing a sarnie (bread is my downfall) and as it's ready and in the fridge I do actually eat. Funnily enough, when I'm disorganised and skip meals I seem to lose even less weight! 

Suppers

Monday - Pulled pork, with baked sweet potatoes, corn on the cob and salad

Tuesday - Leftovers in a wrap with rice and sweet potato wedges for M, with salad and sweet potato wedges for me

Wednesday - Roast chicken, potatoes, broccoli and carrots 

Thursday - Leftover roast chicken, baked potatoes and salad 

Friday - Much to M's dismay I've completely gone off risotto (perhaps because when it's cheese and butter free it's just rice and stuff) so either a soy sauce free chicken chow mien, or a stir fried chicken and broccoli. 

Saturday - we're at CarFest for M's birthday so I'm hoping for something fab and dairy free. We'll take Harry a Yumbox and I'm going to hope that there's going to be dairy and soya free fare on offer *fingers crossed* 

Sunday - My super speedy chilli I think - as it'll provide us with lots of leftovers in the week ahead. 

I'm not planning on baking this week as I'm trying to be good, and also I just don't fancy anything! 

Be sure to hop on over to At Home with Mrs M and see what everyone else is up to as the summer holidays come to a close. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

Meal Planning Monday


You may (or may not) have noticed that I gave myself a week off last week - M was in Le Mans, Harry and I went to visit my sister in Lincolnshire and catching up with the mountains of washing, and a family of coldified beings just wiped us all out for a few days.

This week is business as usual - we popped to Aldi in the middle of a downpour yesterday and stocked up on lots of fruit and veggies for the week ahead.

Breakfasts - overnight oats for me, with apple and banana. Or melon. Harry's been having porridge and crumpets as well as the mandatory banana

Lunches - I've found what looks to be a really nice Slimming World recipe for a Spring vegetable orzo 'risotto' I'm going to switch out the asparagus for some finely chopped brocolli, and am obviously leaving out the parmesan (although I have heard intriguing things about something called nutritional yeast?) I thought it'd make for some lovely fresh lunches this week. I've also got some Basics smoked salmon and tinned tuna for some salads at the end of the week.

Suppers -

Monday: Roast chicken, roast potatoes and veggies

Tuesday: Leftover roast chicken, baked potatoes and veggies

Wednesday: Chicken and mushroom risotto

Thursday: Tomato pasta

Friday: Sausages, baked potatoes and veggies

Next weekend is fairly up in the air as we're spending some time with M's parents.

Be sure to join in the linky over at At home with Mrs M

Monday, 1 June 2015

Meal Planning Monday



The baby is nearly one. I mean... how in the name of God did that happen? This time last year he wasn't even here! I am befuddled. Confused. Bewildered. I've been someone's mummy for a year! Holy hell.

This week we have the loveliness that occurs when M takes some time off mideweek to spend at home, so we get a couple of extra family days.

Breakfasts - I'm having conceptual difficulties in remembering to make overnight oats the night before and Harry has started reacting quite strongly to eggs if I eat them too now. Porridge it is.

Lunches - Spicy pepper and tomato soup for me, Harry is having homemade fishfingers and veggies

Suppers -

Monday: Leftover roast chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, carrots and brocolli

Tuesday: Hoi sin Chicken, mushroom and brocolli with rice

Wednesday: Pulled pork, baked sweet potatoes and sweetcorn

Thursday: Leftover pork in burritos with peppers and rice

Friday: Sausages, baked potatoes and veggies

Saturday: Harry's birthday party so ham, chicken, bread, salad, strawberries, cake...

Sunday: Leftovers of above!

 That's our week - please note we're not mentioning Slimming World as I've eaten a large quantity of vegan chocolate ice cream today and weigh in tomrorow may not be happening!

Monday, 16 February 2015

Meal Planning Monday - our Aldi switch




My maternity leave (and pay) comes to an end at the end of this month. Truth be told, I'm not sure what the future holds, part-time positions at my level in my field are like gold dust. We have a lot to think about, but it's meaning a tightening of our belts. For a while, I've been doing our fruit and veg shopping at Aldi, making use of their Super 6, and planning our meals around it. However since Christmas 'Ive noticed our weekly, main shop creeping up. Even using My Supermarket I couldnt reduce it any more. So, Friday evening saw the three of us head to Aldi and in one fell swoop reduce our shopping bill by 33% - desite the fact that we bought meat, and randomly Swarfega (it's for M).  The only thing I couldnt get was my almond milk, and I can pick that up during the week.

It's half term this week, so there's no Hartbeeps or swimming, but there is Stay and Play on Monday which we're going to go to as Harry loved it last week. I think we'll try and organise an NCT meet up later in the week, and I'm excited to see my sister and nephew on Thursday. I think it's Thursday anyway.

Breakfasts - porridge with cinammon, ginger, apple and blueberries for me. Porridge fingers, fruit toast or a bagel for Harry

Lunches - I need to make a new batch of split pea and veg soup so that I can have something hot at lunchtime. I made Harry sweet potato and salmon fishcakes last week, and some chicken and veg casserole - baby portions of which I froze and he can have for lunches this week.

Dinners -

Monday - Leftover roast chicken with baked potatoes and veggies

Tuesday: Sausages, baked potatoes and beans

Wednesday: Freezer surprise (bolognaise I think)

Thursday: Gammon and wedges - is it bad that I really want pineapple on mine?

Friday:Breakfast for tea

Saturday:I think a casserole of some sort - perhaps my chicken, butternut squash and leek (let's see if I can make it Slimming World friendly)

Sunday: Leftover casserole

That's our week, 33% cheaper, and looking hardly any different... Have you had to trade down for your shopping? What are your money saving tips?

As always be sure to head on over to At Home with Mrs M to see what everyone else is up to.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Meal Planning Monday - how is it that time again?






Just call me the white rabbit today - I've been late for everything and my meal plan is no exception. To be fair I realised at 5am whilst feeding Harry that I hadn't written up my plan but as I haven't yet worked out how to simultaneously blog, sleep and breastfeed that got promptly forgotten. Anyway, I'm typing up now - it's not Tuesday yet.


This week is a funny old time - we were talking about it today at Slimming world (it's going well, thank you) Apparently today is 'Blue Monday' the most depressing day of the year, and last Thursday was the day that all our New Year's Resolutions got chucked out of the window. I don't know about either of those being true, I am a bit down at the moment, I know I'm not getting enough daylight despite trying to get out everyday as sometimes it's just too cold. M is working crazy hours, and Harry is still teething. I think once the weather changes and M and I see each other a bit more I'll start to feel a bit brighter.

Food wise, this week is mainly roast chicken orientated. It's in the oven at the moment (smelling wonderful) and I'm hoping the leftovers will keep us going until Thursday.

Breakfasts: Porridge or scrambled eggs, mushrooms and tomatoes. Harry's still having his porridge fingers or scrambled eggs too.

Lunches: I made a root veg and pearl barley soup for this week. Then I can supplement that with chicken sandwiches.

Dinners:

Monday - Roast chicken, roast potatoes (does everyone else know how to make syn free roasties or should I blog them?) stuffing, lots of veggies

Tuesday - Leftover roast chicken with baked potatoes and veggies

Wednesday - Chicken and mushroom risotto (I'm going to try using a puree of cannelini beans to replace the butter and cheese at the end)

Thursday - Leftover risotto

Friday - Meatball pasta I think.

We're with family this weekend, so have a couple of days off meal planning. Which is always nice.

What are your favourite - make your chicken go further recipes? 

Be sure to pop on over to At Home with Mrs M and see what everyone else is up to this week.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Meal Planning Monday: not just the grown ups?!


This week our meal plan is fairly simple, our budget and belt are a bit tighter than previously owing to the wildly generous* SMP payments from the government. No, really. The other reason for this simplicity is my new reading matter which all centres around weaning. For lots of reasons - post to follow - we're going to be weaning Harry early and I'm at once wildly terrified and excited. How on earth can a baby born six weeks early be ready for actual food seventeen weeks later?

Anyway, nerves and learning about Baby led versus purees aside here's this weeks meal plan

Breakfasts - I'm having grape nuts and banana for me, along with tea and a slice of toast that M brings me while I'm doing my first feed of the day (usually around 5.30)

Lunches - either pate and ryvita or houmous and ryvita with cherry tomatoes - that craving from pregnancy has not gone away.

Dinners - I roasted a chicken yesterday so that kicks the week off for me both easily and thriftily

Monday: Leftover roast chicken with baked potatoes, corn on the cob, peas and carrots

Tuesday: Chicken, mushroom and pea risotto

Wednesday: Leftover risotto

Thursday: Chilli and rice bowls (chilli and rice in a bowl with avocado, cheese and natural yoghurt)

Friday: We're out for the day for M's birthday treat from a good friend, so leftover chilli in burritos with sweet potato wedges.

We've got a wedding to attend next weekend, so I'm leaving meals fairly free and easy for then and then the big weaning experiment begins. Stay tuned...


Monday, 12 May 2014

Meal Planning Monday: So near and yet so far



In my first trimester I couldn't imagine being more tired. I could sleep anywhere: tubes, trains, buses, Brownie pack holiday... the list could go on. It's slightly ironic that at week 32 a combination of stress and utter exhaustion combined with 3am insomnia are wiping me out now - let's not even consider what bump has in store for me when they arrive. One of the things I've always been conscious of is the balance of living my life as I want to with having chronic conditions, and now I'm balancing both of those things alongisde a pregnancy.

Last week was an insanely easy week in the kitchen, that if you don't know me, might prompt you to question my validity as a foodie. The next couple of weeks won't be, can't be much different as I'm concentrating on completing everything I need to do at work, trying to help M finish the nursery alongside absolute exhaustion, and an unhealthy dose of stress.  I'm fighting the urge/ need to retire to bed for a few days and channelling my inner Dory.



So where are we this week? A good question indeed - to which the answer 'all over the place' is quite literally true: Birmingham, North London, Croydon, Poole, NCT, Guides, Brownies and Archery - are just the tip of the iceberg! Next weekend we have M's parents visiting (if you hear sobbing, it's me trying to make the spare bedroom accessible as it's being used as our dumping ground since we started the nursery) and my favourite part of the week ahead is that I'm going to The making of Harry Potter!

Breakfasts: I've really got a taste for Weetabix of late, which is odd as I'm rarely a cereal person.

Lunches: I've still got that salad bug - with feta or halloumi depending on if I'm wfh or out and about.

Dinners: I'm roasting a chicken this afternoon which will make next week easier.

Monday: Leftover roast chicken with baked potatoes and veggies

Tuesday: Chicken and mushroom risotto

Wednesday: Leftover risotto

Thursday: Pizza

Friday: Chicken kiev, homemade chips and veggies

I have baked today - Peanut butter and jam bars which will top up lunch boxes for us both.

I'm hoping for a bit more energy as the week goes on, but otherwise will just be trundling along.



Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Making your food go further - roast chicken 3 ways



This was our fabulous roast dinner on Sunday, free range chicken, crispy skin, eaten with roasties, stuffing, veggies and gravy. But what do you do after that first lovely meal?



For me, one of the best parts of a roast is the leftovers, and working out what to do with them. I'm clearly my mother's daughter in that the first night of leftovers always feature an oven baked potato, more veggies and pickles if we have them (I love pickles - throw me the cornichons and pickled onions and I'm a happy camper). I often tart the potatoes up, by after an hour in the oven, splitting them in half, scooping out the middle and mixing it up with boursin and a splash of milk before putting the filling back into the crispy skins and topping with some finely chopped leeks and cheddar. Another 20 minutes in the oven and you have fabulously yummy middles and my favourites the crispy skin and leeks.


Then we have the dilemma - I've probably at this stage got enough chicken left on the carcass for 4 more portions of a meal. Over the years I've come up with a few options for what to do at this stage, mostly developed with the unashamed aim of saving money and making my food go further.

M's favourite is my chicken and mushroom risotto although he and I have a soft spot for my chicken and sweet leek pie

With some judicious freezing, both of those recipes mean another 4 portions. If I'm feeling particularly on the ball I sometimes extend that even further by turning the carcass into stock and the stock straight into soup.

What are your favourite ways to make your food go further?

With thanks to Sainsbury's for the voucher that went towards our roast dinner.   

Monday, 3 February 2014

Meal planning Monday

I'm afraid it's a bit of a dull week here in the Pantry. I've got a hospital appointment, 2 trips out with work as well as Brownies and with that it'll easily be the weekend before I know it. which is no bad thing, but it does mean that I've needed to be organised and meals are some of our go-to favourites that I can prep in my sleep (and may just do that).

In my bid to be organised I've already done the weekly shop - M has been dispatched to collect it and our meal plan is as follows.

Breakfasts - for the first time in years I'm all about the cereal. I'm trying to ensure I get enough milk at the moment, so it's no bad thing. I'm adding a banana to start my daily bid for my 5 a day too. Scarily I've entirely gone off tea as well as coffee now so it's fruit juice all the way.

Lunches - fairly dull this week - cuppa soup and a sandwich. This is mainly owing to the amount of around and about-ing I'm doing. I have some lentil dhaal in the freezer for when I'm working from home on Friday though.

Suppers:

Monday - Leftover roast chicken, stuffing, veggies and baked potatoes

Tuesday - Chicken and mushroom risotto

Wednesday - leftover risotto

Thursday - Pizza

Friday - Chicken kiev, sweet potato chips and peas/ sweetcorn

Saturday - as yet unplanned. Perhaps a chilli or a curry depending on how we're feeling.

Sunday - with that in mind probably leftover chilli or curry. 

As I said, not a thrilling week but in better news a relatively cheap one, full of reliable standbys.

What does your plan look like when you know you've got little time to prep?


Monday, 27 January 2014

Meal Planning Monday: the quickfire edition



Quickfire mainly because I'm writing this on the train using the blogger app in a hitherto unheard of fit of last-minute organisation as despite the meal plan being written on Friday, there's just been no time to sit and compose a post.

I'm going to do a couple of posts this week about making your food go further with Sainsburys, so on Saturday we treated ourselves to a brisket and pot roasted that to this recipe This has meant that we had leftovers with baked potatoes last night, and tonight and tomorrow there's cottage pie on the menu - taking a 2lb joint of brisket that cost £8 down to a cost per serving of 66p. Score!

Monday: Cottage pie with beans or kale

Tuesday: Leftover cottage pie with beans or kale

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Pasta bake - loosely based on Pantry pasta with added mushrooms

Friday: Leftovers of pasta bake if possible, or similar from the freezer

Saturday: We're out for my Christmas present of a trip to see Book of Mormon so we'll be treating ourselves to something lovely while we're out and about.

Sunday: Roast chicken I think, mainly to set us up for another week of leftovers.

As I said, a bit of a whistlestop one from me today, but be sure to pop on by At Home with Mrs M and see what the people not doing this on a train are up to.

Monday, 12 August 2013

Meal Planning Monday - what goes here?




So yep, Meal Planning Monday. I've not meal planned or blogged for a while and wanted to get back on track. 

I don't know if I've mentioned *ahem* but I had my wisdom teeth out last week - I'd been having pretty much monthly infections so my dentist decided that enough was enough and I was popped on the list to have them out. I deliberately didn't google beforehand but am now beginning to wish I had as OMG the pain.Today (Friday) has been my first day back with tea in my life and dear God I'm so British, I missed it more than I missed eating solids!

I'm back at work next week so need a meal plan to keep my head on track. 

Breakfasts: I'm all about the summer porridge at the moment. I've pulled the recipe from various places on line, so make mine with:

1/4 cup oats
1/3 cup skimmed milk
1/4 cup Total Greek 0%
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp honey/ maple syrup

I then add pretty much whatever fruit I've got in - bananas, blueberries... anything really. I tried peanut butter but couldn't get it to mix in well.  

Lunches: I'm not sure yet - my go-to preference of crudites and houmous or houmous type things is a bit too difficult to crunch at the moment. Maybe I'll make some flatbreads and have them with the leftover chicken instead... did I mention my River Cottage Bread course? Watch this space!

Dinners

Monday: Roast chicken, new potatoes and vegetables/ salad

Tuesday: Leftover roast chicken with baked potatoes and salad

Wednesday: Chicken and broad bean risotto

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: M's night... 

Saturday: We're at a working day for our campsite all day so I'm going to go off budget and suggest takeaway, maybe pizza

Sunday: We're going out for a belated anniversary dinner as this week it's been ruled out owing to the necessity I have for soft foods. 

Baking - I've just made vegan chocolate courgette brownies (with very un-vegan icing) as a belated birthday cake for M. Post should be up later this week. 

That's it for me, don't forget to pop on over to At Home with Mrs M to see what everyone else is up to. 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Meal planning Monday - ships that pass in the night



Well it's that time again *blithely ignores the lack of planning the last few weeks* Ahem. This week is at best annoying and at worst upsetting. As M proceeds home tomorrow, I head off for my week working away. Which I love - I get to be on the South coast and the weather forecast is good. But I haven't seen M for a week now. Still, there's no use complaining, such is life. 

I think I've mentioned previously that M isn't a fan of cooking. Food is fuel to him so I've tried to leave him food for the week that's quick and easy for when he gets distracted by leads, or the cricket, or the rugby. 

Breakfasts - as I'm away, it'll be poached or scrambled eggs on wholewheat toast

Lunches - a bit of an ongoing battle to remind myself to make time to eat when I'm training. There is a sandwich shop near where I train so I will do my utmost to make myself. 

Snacks - normal fruit and lots of water

Baking - I meant to bake a fruit cake today, but have barely stopped so we are cakeless this week. Sad times. 

Dinners: 

Monday: I normally pick up a salad in M&S for supper on my first night away. M will be nomming en route

Tuesday: Something salady for me. There's courgetti spaghetti in the freezer for M

Wednesday: Freezer surprise for M and maybe I'll push the boat out and go to Pizza Express

Thursday: We'll be home together :-) Something quick and easy as I'm at Brownies first of all

Friday: Chicken enchiladas with salad

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Roast chicken, with either new potatoes and salad - or the works depending on the weather. Either way, plenty of leftovers for the week after. 

So that's us - a bit disjointed, but should see us through until the weekend. What's on your meal plan this week? 

Why not pop over to At Home with Mrs M for some nosing *ahem* inspiration

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

One Chicken many ways: the definitive round up



As I've mentioned previously, I was sent a Farmers Choice meat box recently, and I wanted to work with it in the way I really cook and not succumb to any temptation to try flashy new recipes, but focus on making thrifty, well cooked and loved food. 

One of the things that I mentioned in my original post was that the £72 cost of the meat box would probably have put me off purchasing, however - when I sat down and worked it out, this worked out at approximately £7 per pack of meat, which I had to admit was cheap, especially for good quality, free range meat. I typically spend £10 on a free range chicken, and only do so, probably once a month. So, the meat box is looking so far so good in terms of value for money. 

I decided to approach the value for money idea with the chicken. I love roast chicken - I remember in one of Jamie Oliver's books he mentioned that he cooks it weekly for his family and I really understand why, it's tasty, comforting, good food. Regular readers will know, and can explore the One chicken many ways posts I do - working out how to make a free range bird worth the investment. 

So, we started on Sunday with roast chicken - cooked simply with lemon and garlic, sat on thick slices of red onion. Served with roast potatoes, stuffing, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Gravy made from the meat juices, cooked down red onion and a splash of white wine. We each had a generous portion of this on Sunday. 

On Monday we each had leftovers with baked potatoes and veg. 

On Tuesday, I stripped the chicken, made risotto with about half the meat, some mushrooms, onion and arborio rice (using chicken stock from a previous roast). This did 4 generous portions, so we had it on Tuesday and Wednesday.




On Tuesday I also made stock from the chicken carcass, a carrot, onion, celery, peppercorns and a little salt, 4 litres of water and boiled it up for 2 hours, skimming any scum from the surface. This made 3 pints of stock which I let jellify, and then...

On Thursday I made soup, I softened a finely sliced leek, carrot, some mushrooms, and thyme. To this I added a cup of barley, the shredded chicken and the stock, I let this cook over a gentle heat for about an hour to soften the barley. Then I simply seasoned and served. This made about 6 portions, 4 of which I froze and two we ate for supper. 




We're eating the 4 previously frozen portions at the moment, it's tasty, warming and filling. 

Most excitingly (yes, I know this makes me a nerd) our chicken provided the basis for 8 meals (14 portions). Aside from the roast, they weren't exclusively chicken, and we used lots of veg, rice and pulses as additions - but that works out at less than £1 per meal. Which is clearly good value. Obviously if you were cooking for a family and not just a couple this would be cut down, but I reckon 4 adult portions would easily work for 2 adults and 3 hungry children. I base that on portion sizes on Brownie and Guide holidays - but obviously each child is different. 

Find all the suggestions, recipes and whatnot for all my One chicken many ways posts here

I'm already considering getting another meat box when we've finished this one - and am wondering about Farmers Choice Christmas produce, specifically the turkeys have caught my eye already! 

Monday, 15 October 2012

Meal Planning Monday: Another week at home?

I know! I can't believe it either. Well I can, I'm busy, but just get to come home each night. Such a treat, especially as I'm in the middle of a bout of sinusitis, so expect this week's meals to be overspiced, overcooked and over here. Or something.

The kitchen is pretty much overwhelmed by fruited alcohols in various stages on the bottling process. We bought more bottles and foraged for more sloes today so those are ready to go in the freezer. Once bottled everything's being stored in the spare bedroom. Thank goodness really!

This week is a relatively normal one, M's at Welsh, I'm at Brownies and Guides and then next weekend is hopefully relatively quiet.

Baking - I got distracted from my pumpkin and apple traybake by snickerdoodle blondies which are amazing. I have photos so will blog later this week. They've been lovely with cups of tea, as a pudding with ice cream, and are making an appearance in M's packed lunches this week too. Hopefully the pumpkin and apple will make an appearance this week.

Breakfasts this week are hopefully the last lot of yoghurt, granola and fruit. I was sent the granola to try and whilst it's very nice it's over 400 calories per 100g which seems more than a little excessive when compared to my usual yoghurt topper of grape nuts. Once it's finished I'll be onto porridge and sultanas.

Lunches - well tomorrow I've got a ham and mustard sandwich, fruit, and some almonds - then for the rest of the week it'll either be leftovers or soup.

Dinners - well, as a post at the end of the week will show and tell, this is a One Chicken Many ways week, so tonight's supper was roast chicken with lemon and garlic in the cavity, roast potatoes, double podded broad beans, carrots, cauliflower,broccoli, stuffing and proper gravy. Yum. We used the Farmers Choice small chicken and it was indeed small - around 3lb - which is to be fair, perfect for us and a lovely quick roast. Very tasty too.

Monday - leftover roast chicken, with slow cooker baked potatoes, broccoli, carrots and stuffing.

Tuesday - Chicken and mushroom risotto - using some of the porcini I picked up at the Newbury show (and possibly some more of the broad beans from the freezer). Tuesday night I'll also use the slow cooker to make stock. I was hoping the chicken would do soup as well, but I think that might stretch it a bit too far - that said, if it looks like I possibly can, be assured I will.

Wednesday - Leftover risotto

Thursday - I haven't got as far as that yet! Erm... My sister and nephew are coming to help out at Brownies as part of our Disability Awareness badge, so I might do stuffed butternut squash as an antidote to the meat from the rest of the week for us. If I do, I'll be sure to blog the recipe.

Friday - We have leftover sausage pasta bake from this week, so I'll do a quick defrost and we can have that.

So that's this week - busy but hopefully not too chaotic! I'll be linking up with Mrs M, so be sure to hop on over to the linky and see what everyone else is up to.


Monday, 3 September 2012

Meal Planning Monday: Autumn's knocking at the door


Unsurprisingly after a damp summer, August didn't even get to end before the weather started to turn.  Autumn came a-knocking on Thursday night, the first night in many that the windows were shut. On Friday evening full length pyjamas came back out of the drawer, and now on Sunday slippers are on, roast chicken is in the oven and after a small baking session we're ready and prepped for the week ahead. 

I should say Good Luck to everyone (especially my Guides) who starts a new school this week, and for everyone big or small going back to school for the start of the new term. 

It's one of my much beloved weeks at home, so we have a proper meal plan, not meals for one for M, with me despairing of Table Table's ability to cook something, anything without a microwave or deep fat fryer.

So we're having roast chicken with all the trimmings tonight, which naturally makes this week: One chicken many ways 

Breakfasts: A stand off in Tesco meant that I couldn't actually get to my 0% fat Greek yoghurt, so I'm having natural yoghurt instead (I don't like it as much, owing to the natural sourness). Fruit and grape nuts with it too.

Lunches: Salad with cold roast chicken for me, M will have ham sandwiches, crisps, cake, cereal bars and a drink. 

Dinners:

Monday: Leftover roast chicken, baked potatoes, salad/ veg

Monday night is going to herald the chicken being stripped and making stock with the carcass

Tuesday: Chicken and mushroom risotto, using the stock and the leftover chicken.

Wednesday: Leftover risotto for M, I'm out for dinner with the other Guide guiders to plan next term's activities

Thursday: M will be at pinging so something fishy for me

Friday: Baked pasta and meatballs, Lots of parmesan and mozzarella to make this truly diet unfriendly and amazingly tasty. 

So that's our week, mainly poultry orientated but yummy fodder to start our transit in to autumn. Don't forget to head on over to At Home with Mrs M to see what all the other Meal Planners are up to. 

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Monday, 13 August 2012

Meal Planning Monday: The post-Olympic dip



I never thought I'd say it, but I got completely caught up in the Olympics. I'm now a minor expert in so many sports (some, I'd never even heard of before - Modern Pentathlon I'm looking at you) and how they can be done better, providing I can drink coffee whilst watching them and help with the commentary. No really, just ask me anything - mainly about diving, gymnastics and archery I give you that. I also made a red, white and blue pavlova. Oh yes, with softly whipped cream, blueberries (can I just say how much I adore our local Sainsbury's for reducing their fruit) Blogpost on that to come later this week.

So, all in all it's been a bit of a comedown today, the broadband hasn't been connected, I can't put off the housework any longer. However, Londoners are still being friendly to each other and I'm hoping the Paralympics heading over the horizon keeps it that way. That said, I'm working away from home and we all now how cheerful that makes me.

I did a mealplan for this week but left it at home so I'm doing this from memory.

Breakfasts: fruit, yoghurt with a sprinkle of grape nuts.

Lunch: today was leftover salad with avocado and a random piece of leftover mozzarella. Later in teh week, salad with ham.

Dinners:

Monday: M is having leftover steak, wedges, sweetcorn and mushrooms - it's a kind of assemble it yourself dinner. I've just spent the best part of forty minutes picking cheese and weird 'bacon' bits off a chicken breast and moving chips around the plate.

Tuesday: I'm out for dinner with a friend. M has tortellini with home made tomato pasta sauce.

Wednesday: Courgetti spaghetti

Thursday: M is at archery, so poached eggs with asparagus for me

Friday: Sausages, baked potatoes and salad

Saturday or Sunday I'm going to roast chicken - with lots of garlic and lemon, and greek potato salad. Mainly for the leftovers.

So a quiet, relatively uninspired week, hopefully next week will be better as I can't blame the Olympics ending for having no idea what to cook!

Be sure to hop over to At home with Mrs M to see what everyone else is up to.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Meal Planning Monday: It's the final countdown...



If you're my age, I know without a doubt that you're now singing along. But it is, 5 days to go people. Five days until we move into Sin, I mean *cough* East Barnet. Together. I should just reassure you of my normalcy and point out I have lived with someone before, but it's been a while and quite frankly he wasn't M. And that's why this is so exciting, we're doing this together, working together and learning to comprimise and share, together. I can share, obviously - but a few years of being able to be relatively selfish have meant that comprimise isn't always my go-to behaviour. And whereas in the past I've allowed people to walk all over me, I don't do that anymore. So it's all new, all scary in the world of Penelope and her Pantry right now.

I'm sat here today, picking at a bowl of grapes and trying to work out what to write, Accu Broadway is on in the background, courtesy of some technical contraption that I can't work, but am growing to adore owing to the fact that it's pre-programmed to the aforementioned internet radio station because I love it. And much like I try to teach and support my Brownies to understand, it's all about thinking about another person before yourself. There's also a car shaped balloon in my peripheral vision (well in the bit of it that still works).

Anyway, so this week's meanderings, seemingly devoid of exclamation marks and excited ramblings still lead on to a meal plan. Quite a clever meal plan, deliberately planned and chosen to make for an easy week. Bin bags and boxes litter the flat, tension headaches are popping up more than I'd like. The wheely bin is filling up fast, as is the box for the Charity shop. Cancer Research, I might not have been able to fit in a Race for Life this year, but have half my belongings. I haven't tackled my under bed storage yet, but the kitchen is on it's way to being done, and I even threw away a bin bag full of old Guide resources that I'm relatively sure I won't need again. The point of this ramble is that I need an easy week. I need to know that supper isn't far away - that I can grap and pack.

Breakfasts: I'm still resolutely on the yoghurt and grape nuts (Sainsbury's don't seem to do their own version of Muller lights. Sad times Sainsburys) with a banana and the ubiquitous tea. M is finishing up cereal left right and centre.

Lunches: Tuna pasta salad at the start of the week - with sweetcorn, peas, peppers, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. Instead of a dressing I add some of the chipotle tabasco that I was proferred at a tube station recently. It's really good, a quick of heat, tempered with a smokey sweetness that I really like. Towards the end of the week, it'll be nasi goreng - which for me, ends up as a similar concoction that's a kind of, sort of brown rice salad, with leftover roast chicken, tofu and egg. It's dressed with soy and has the punchy flavours of chilli garlic and ginger. It's lovely hot as well as cold.

Dinners: Today we're having Roast chicken with all the trimmings, so it's a week of One Chicken Many Ways

Monday: Leftover roast chicken, stuffing, with vegetables. I'll do a baked potato for M

Tuesday: I'm taking the Guides swimming so will probably strip the chicken and make the nasi goreng earlier that day.

Wednesday: Leftover nasi goreng

Thursday: Sausages, baked sweet potato with philly light mixed into the middle, and vegetables. (I'm not being coy with the vegetables, I'm just not sure what'll be in the veg box this week)

Friday: Well Friday night I'm going to cook the pulled pork for the weekend, to keep tummies full and minds on moving, so I'm not sure at the moment. Not sure at all.

Saturday: Pulled pork, soft white rolls and coleslaw. With buckets of tea on the side. If anyone wants to volunteer muscle they are more than welcome.

Hopefully this week means that after today all I need out is my big wok type pan, and a roasting tin. Everything apart from 2 plates, knives and forks can all be packed away. Well that's the plan. Plans are good, plans work, plans stop me feeling quite so chaotic and disorganised. Even if I am. Chaotic and disorganised.

Make sure you pop over to At Home with Mrs M to see what the less chaotic and disorganised meal planners are all up to this week.

Monday, 9 July 2012

Meal Planning Monday: the Moving too fast edition





With thanks to Jason Robert Brown for the inspiration for this week's title. So it's that time of the week again in which I studiously ignore the lack of last week's post and focus on looking forwards. Moving forwards if you will. Did I mention we have a flat? A flat for us! It has a spare bedroom, which will have an actual bed in it - Hi Lauren! And we went to visit it on Saturday in case it had missed us between then and Tuesday, because - you know, it might?


I love it. If I were thirteen I would heart it muchly <3 See, I'm down with the kids. Innit.


Where was I, oh yes, new flats. Sadly there's no reason to buy beautiful curtains as it has blinds. Blinds! I hate cleaning them, and I had my heart set on some pretty curtains. Or material with which to make curtains. Cause I'm crafty and stuff. Also it has carpet, which is odd as I will have no use for my assortment of laminate floor cleaning doodads (that's a technical term I'll have you know) However, prettiness! Cath Kidston! Ditsy florals! And other such exclamations. We're not moving for at least three weeks, so I apologise in advance for increasing levels of both stress and excitement. You would think it couldn't get much worse than this proliferation of exclamation marks, but oh yes it can. And will. I think that's a foregone conclusion.


So, meal planning. Erm well... yes. Let's get on with the matter at hand shall we? Ignoring the fact that I've not done a food shop since? Before holiday I think. Well, it makes sense to clear down the cupboards and freezer (although to be honest I feel like I've been doing that permanently since we decided to move and I have decided that the stuff in there? It's breeding. Just to spite me you understand).


Breakfasts: I'm on a bit of a yoghurt kick at the moment, the Tesco variation on Muller lights to be exact, and although not quite as yummy as my beloved Total Greek, I'm enjoying them nonetheless. I add a sprinkle of grape nuts on top, and stir those through for some added crunch. A banana is thrown into the mix along with my usual tea.


Lunches: You may be pleased to hear that I'm back on the lunch wagon (as it were) Proper lunches; tuna pasta salad, ham salad, cold nasi goreng. The list goes on. I have this, some mini Babybel lights, and fruit along with buckets of water throughout the day and am feeling much better. I have more energy and my get up and gone seems to have returned. It's all very basic, sensible stuff, but making time for lunch and eating it has made a huge difference.


And now for the main event - dinners. This week is one of my away weeks - I'm in Newbury on Monday and Tuesday, so will be sampling the local delights. Recommendations of places to go on foot, within a £15 meal allowance gratefully received.


Wednesday: M has picked to have takeaway and with much muttering (did you hear it? No, me either!) from me, I've capitulated. It's a hard life. I'm hoping he picks Chinese.


Thursday: M's working nights - the reason we're moving in together is so that we do actually see each other when we're awake. We've taken to taking phone pictures of the other one asleep in the mornings to remind us what we look like. And you think I'm joking.  So, devastated as I am that he won't be there (no, really I never sleep well when he's not here) I'm going to indulge myself in something he doesn't like, have a favourite meal of mine, and the first in my Fish and Family series. I'm just going to fillet and cook mackerel with garlic and bay and serve it with a beetroot heavy salad and a let down dressing of horseradish (weather permitting of course). Remind me and I'll take pictures of the filleting - actually if I'm home alone I don't think that's possible, I won't have enough hands. I'll think about it, see what wonders of modern technology I can use. No I'm not videoing it. No-one deserves to have me teach them how to fillet mackerel. Really.


Friday: We actually don't have any plans next weekend. This is unheard of in our house, and will provide (amidst the packing of course) some much needed respite from work, and house moving stresses. So the plan for Friday is a relatively straightforward supper - if we have the weather for it, I may fire up one of the disposable BBQs and do some bratwurst with salady bits for me, and baked potatoes for M.


Saturday: Well, when I say no plans, I mean no plans except... Proms tickets! Squee! I'm thinking I might take M to the Brindisa in South Ken that we went to on one of our first dates. Our first date was actually to a Prom.


Sunday: As it'll be another busy week (when isn't it?) with moving and whatnot, something tells me a lie in, followed by bacon sandwiches and builders' tea will be required. And then roast chicken, with necessary trimmings in order to provide us with an easy week of leftovers.


So there you have it: Meal Planning Monday - Pantry style


In terms of shopping I actually do need to bite the bullet and go - if we're back in time from M's parents on Sunday hopefully we'll hit up Sainsburys. Oh the exciting life we do lead. Sense the tone.


Be sure to pop on over to At Home with Mrs M to see what everyone else is up to this week. You just know they're all going to have neatly typed, budgeted plans with no rambling whatsoever. Oh well, it's service as usual in the Pantry. Rambling, gin, preserves, house moves, musical theatre and now fish. Who says life is dull!

Monday, 25 June 2012

Meal planning Monday: The moving edition



Well it's finally come around, M and I are moving in together; first to my house and then, together to a place of our own. We've been unofficially living together since November 2010, either at my place or his, and these days it's rare to spend more than the odd night for work apart. I think the fact that I've happily given up my oft protected, and much loved personal space is an idictment of how strongly I feel about him and about us. That all sounds lovely but as yet, we've not found a place to live together which is starting to rack up the anxiety for us both.

And so, this week holds many, many boxes, a few days working a way for me, and obviously meals that are quick and easy.

Breakfasts: I've been eating yoghurt with a sprinklying of grape nuts, a banana and the ubiquitous mug of tea. M has and will continue to have cereal and toast.

Lunches: Despite the weather, my lunches have been salad with either ham, chicken or salmon, and fruit. I've been snacking during the day on more fruit and some mini babybels. Not the sort of cheese I usually eat, but incredibly convenient for packed lunches. M has sandwiches, crisps, a cereal bar, mini babybel, and sausage rolls. I've also hugely upped my water intake which has had the most amazing effect on my energy levels. So it's all good.

Dinners:

I'm away Monday and Tuesday nights - and as our training venue has moved will be partaking of dinners at the B&B I'm booked into. I'll be sure to report back.

Monday: M has leftover cheesy pasta with courgettes and broad beans. It was supposed to be a take on courgetti spaghetti with the addition of broad beans, but despite popping to Sainsburys I managed to forget both the chilli and the pine nuts, so adapted it hurriedly.

Tuesday: Is it bad to say I have no idea? There's plenty in the freezer, that M can help himself to and my brain won't extend to Tuesday at the moment.

Wednesday: I'll be just back from Poole, so am going to try the Sharwood's tikka wrap kit with chicken, and lots of veggies. If it's spicy I'll do some raita with it, using my beloved Total 0% fat Greek yoghurt



Thursday: I'm out at a neighbours and Mark is at Welsh so it's a night off for both of us.

Friday: We're finishing off as much of the packing as possible so that we can blitz the cleaning on Saturday. I think we'll admit defeat and get a chinese takeaway.

Saturday: We have M's parents with us to help with the last of the move, so I think I'll do something simple like sausages, baked potatoes and veg

Sunday: If I'm still feeding the family, then it'll be roast chicken with all the trimmings as that gives us (as always) leftovers.

This will actually mean that I don't really need to do a shop this week, which is a huge blessing as I just don't know where I'd find the time!

Be sure to hop over to At home with Mrs M to see what everyone's up to.

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