Showing posts with label meal plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label meal plan. Show all posts

Monday, 13 March 2017

Meal Planning Monday: 13th March

It's FRIDAY and I'm Meal Planning. I know! Who knew I could ever be this organised? Blog wise anyway - if you know me in real life, you'll be familiar with my Planners, calendars, and lists: colour-coded, monochrome, stickered... all the lists.

This week's meal plan is another fairly standard week - M has been poorly this week (I confess, to my shame I'm not the world's most sympathetic nurse), so I'm hoping he feels better but aside from that it's business as usual.

Breakfasts have been a mixture of crumpets and shreddies (well Aldi's own brand which are lovely) with a banana. As an aside, is anyone actually managing 10 portions of fruit and veg a day? I am struggling.

Lunches - I'm feel a bit tired of sandwiches, so am planning on making a batch of carrot, chilli and lentil soup.

Suppers -

Saturday: Gammon, egg, Slimming World chips and peas

Sunday: Chicken & winter veg casserole, possibly with herby dumplings

Monday: Leftover casserole with baked potatoes

Tuesday: Vegan Shepherd's pie

Wednesday: Leftover Shepherd's pie

Thursday: Parsnip pasta

Friday: Emergency pizza night

No baking planned, although I'm thinking of a Dairy free hot cross bun pudding as that'd be lovely in packed lunch boxes next week - based on this recipe, but using Flora freedom spread and Oatly. So that's planned now, isn't it!

What're you up to this week? Anything exciting? Inspiring? Why not let me know in the comments below


Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Meal Planning Monday on Tuesday: 7th March


Yes, I know. I know! Oddly enough I wrote the meal plan on Friday, but completely blanked on actually blogging it until today. 

Another busy week, with the sun making an appearance to brighten our days (if not yet warming us up). 

In a shocking change to proceedings I actually don't have sausage hotpot on the meal plan this week - thanks to the lovely root veg selection of Aldi's Super 6 this week, it's been replaced by another comforting favourite: Super slow roast brisket. 

Breakfasts - I keep sayng I'm going to have porridge and then having crumpets and marmite instead. So this week I'm beng upfront and planning to have crumpets in the hope that in a typically contrary fashion, I'll have porridge.

Lunches - it's been a ham sandwich kind of time these last few weeks, but I'm going to try to get around to defrosting a lovely carrot soup I made and froze recently. 

Suppers

Monday: My cheat's Pasta puttanesca

Tuesday: Leftover brisket cottage pie

Wednesday: Leftover leftovers

Thursday: Gammon, slimming world chips, peas and sweetcorn

Friday: Was gong to be Emergency pizza night, but I've just noticed that I picked up a pizza that's gone out of date already. I must remember to wear my glasses when I go shopping. 

Saturday: I have a piece of Christmas gammon nestled in the freezer so I think I'll defrost that for a ham in coca cola. 

Sunday: Leftover gammon. Hurrah! 

As always that's our week, what does yours look like? If you're in need of some inspiration, why not pop on over to some of our meal planners? 





Monday, 27 February 2017

Meal Planning Monday: 27th February



How on earth did that come around so soon? Last week's meal plan was a bit of a disaster, the meat we bought from Aldi was (despite being well in date)off, disgustingly so - as was, randomly a butternut squash. Necessity being the mother of invention; the Squash and Spring green curry ended up being Sweet potato and Spring green curry, and Shepherdess pie (a vegan Shepherd's pie) made it's first ever appearance. Both were warmly received and will definitely be reappearing on the meal plan and (if I can ever work out how to make a brown meal even vaguely attractive in a photo) on the blog.

My attention was caught last week by recommendations that you should aim for 10 portions of fruit and veg a day. Even I feel a bit daunted by that, but am going to make a real effort to see how many portions I can realistically - bearing in mind our budget - a day. Once more I shall bemoan the fact that the staff in our local Asda are convinced their wonky veg boxes don't exist and be grateful for Aldi's Super 6.

This week then... As normal a week as it ever gets here in the Pantry. Of course it's Shrove Tuesday this week so we'll be flipping our pancakes this week. However, Pancake day, as always, is a Guides night so I'll be pancaking with them. Harry is convinced he loves pancakes, asking for them often, but when made, rarely goes near them, so we'll see.

Breakfasts: Porridge for me, topped with banana

Lunches: Tomato soup

Suppers:

Monday - Sausage casserole, with steamed Spring Greens. I keep making this and find it impossple to photograph. I may just put the recipe up instead.

Tuesday - Leftovers with extra veggies agan.

Wednesday - Pasta and meatballs, using my hidden veg tomato sauce

Thursday - Leftovers baked with cheese on top

Friday - Freezer surprise

Saturday - Gammon, egg, chips and veggies

Sunday - All hail the fact that next week's Super 6 at Aldi means I can justify my Super slow roast brisket

I've got no baking planned for the first half of the week as we did bake some blueberry muffins and an Apricot and cherry banana bread over the weekend. Both decidedly light on blueberries and apricots due to my helper.

As always, do pop around our Meal Planning Monday blog hop in case you're in need of some inspiration!


Monday, 20 February 2017

Still here, and still Meal Planning: Monday 20th February 2017


I promise that meal plans have still been happening in the Pantry, It's just since Christmas, between coughs, colds, infections and now Hand, food & mouth I don't think we've had a week where all of us have been healthy at the same point in time. It's ghastly, I do feel like all we need is a holiday, some sunshine and some proper family time. Pipe dreams though.

Breakfasts: I made porridge over the weekend, of late I've been starting the day with crumpets and marmite, and really enjoyed something that felt a bit healthier, so will be attempting to continue with that. I say healthier, it was topped with a hefty spoon of dark, soft brown sugar

Lunches: I've completely fallen off the soup wagon, but have been enjoying pilaffs, noodles and other quick and easy lunches.

Suppers:

Monday - Leftover sausage casserole, with brocolli

Tuesday - Butternut squash and spring green curry with rice

Wednesday - Leftover curry with roti

Thursday -Emergency pizza

Friday - Breakfast for dinner

Saturday - Gammon, egg, Slimming world chips, peas and sweetcorn

Sunday - Tomato pasta bake

I was going to say no baking this week as I've fabulous birthday cake to eat up, but then I remembered that mean I need to bring cake to bible study on Friday, I suspect I'll make my Apricot and Cherry banana bread as it's dairy free so the children at creche can have some too.


Have a good week - it's back to our normal routine after half term for us, so toddler groups aplenty.

As always, I'm joining up with Meal Planning Monday - do be sure to have a look at what everyone else is up to:

Monday, 2 January 2017

Meal Planning Tuesday: 2nd January 2016



A new year. A new sense of vigour in the meal plans? Well, a bit. This week for us is a bit of a transition one - we had our Christmas on the 28th so are still clearing leftovers, but as you'll note at the end of the week, we're hitting our stride with some lighter food, punchier flavours and more than a nod to Vegan-uary. 

I'll be talking more about self-care and food later this week, as I'm trying to change my relationship with something that is so fundamental in my life not just as a fuel, but in my writing too. So instead of joining the queue at Slimming World or Weight Watchers, I'm going to be trying to think myself slimmer. But as I say, more to come later this week. 

We've had a few issues allergy wise over December - having eliminated suspect allergens beef and sesame, we had a much more settled time, until someone mugged another toddler for their biscuit. In the Wendy house at crèche. Great! That reaction seems to have passed, but as it does each time Harry goes through a big reaction, he's limited the foods he'll eat. It's a little like a food aversion - the vomitting, upset stomach and acid from the reflux make him so uncomfortable, in a way to control that he will pretty much only happily eat a very small selection of foods. As the reaction passes, he widens his choices again. If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes I'd doubt a toddler could do that. But he does. 

Anyway, without further ado, on to the Meal Plan: 

Breakfasts: Porridge. All the porridge! With lots of fruit added for me. 

Lunches: Soup. All the soup. I've made some turkey soup, and have frozen all but what we need today - and then I'll make a batch of carrot and lentil soup this afternoon, but I'm procrastinating right now. 

Suppers

Monday: Leftover Turkey, mushroom and leek pie with braised red cabbage and baked potatoes

Tuesday: A dear friend has offered to babysit Harry so that M and I can have our first date night since July which is a huge blessing as we've really missed time together. 

Wednesday: Spaghetti, tomato sauce and meatballs




Friday: Leftover curry

Saturday: Gammon, egg, potato wedges and peas 

Sunday: Freezer surprise, I know there's some smoked haddock in there for Harry and I, but I suspect M will have some of the portioned off chilli that's languishing. 

We've not even cut into the Christmas cake yet, so don't need any baking this week! 


Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Meal planning Tuesday: 29th November




As you can probably tell, things around here have been a little quiet of late, sadly due to nothing more exciting than teeth. Since August I've had a grand total of about three weeks without antibiotics or dental treatment, culminating recently in an abscess - which is as grim as it sounds. However, I've since been referred to the hospital, so aside from looking somewhat like a demented hamster, I'm hoping things are on the up.

We've just had Advent Sunday, so I think I'm safe to use the C word around here now. Like so many people, Christmas is a family time for us - we'll be seeing all parentals, and spending time with both my brother and my sister and her family. This does mean I need to get a wriggle on, so my Bullet journal and planner(post to come) are working overtime with lists, lists of lists, colour coded lists of lists of lists etc... I made the Christmas puddings last weekend, and Harry and I are going to bake the Christmas cake this week some time. Then it's going to be time for my Get-Ahead Christmas.

Despite my blog absence, I've managed to maintain more of a presence on Instagram and will have lots of posts coming up there in the days and weeks to come. Do make sure you're following, if for nothing else than my impressive mug and tea collection.

Meal plans have been a bit more flexible here of late, as life on antibiotics does seem to render me exhausted by about 6pm and feeling wildly sick much of the rest of the time. Much pizza has been eaten.

Breakfasts - Harry and I are both enjoying shreddies with warm milk (oat for him, almond for me) Cereal with warm milk is a real throwback to growing up for me and is incredibly cheering
on these frosty mornings.

Lunches - I've actually taken a leaf out of M's book and am trying to remember to have leftovers for lunch. Normally at this time of year I eat a lot of soup, but I just don't feel inspired by it at the moment, so in order to save me from the dullness of sandwiches, leftovers it is.

Suppers

Monday: Pantry pasta with garlic bread

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Gammon, sweet potato chips, peas, carrots and sweetcorn

Thursday: Bolognaise pasta bake

Friday: Leftover bolognaise with baked potatoes

Saturday: Breakfast for dinner

Sunday: Butternut squash, chicken and barley casserole

Baking wise it's just the Christmas cake on the agenda.

As always, here are our other meal planners - don't forget to pop on over and have a read.









Monday, 24 October 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 25th October 2016



Another week - another meal plan, and this time I'm feeling a bit on the ball for once!

Half term means the opposite for those of us with babies and toddlers to those of you with school age children. All our activities stop and we find ourselves drumming our fingers before capitulating to another trip to the choo-choo park. That said, it will only be a little while before half-term is a wonderful respite from the rigours of school so I can't and shan't complain too much.

The trees here are already dropping these leaves that a mere week or two ago were glorious reds and burnished orange. The air has a distinct chill, and we bought Harry a bobble hat at the weekend - and I'm working on bribes to get him to keep it on his head.

Breakfasts: Baked porridge this week - using this favourite recipe with the apple and cinnamon variation.

Lunches: I've just made a massive pan of Butternut squash and kale curry, which I'll blog as soon as I can get some pictures. I'll be having it with brown basmati rice and steamed broccoli.

Suppers:

Monday: Butternut squash and Kale curry for me. M's at yoga so he's got freezer surprise chilli and rice.

Tuesday: Stuffed pumpkin - normally I'd do it with butternut squash, but picked up some mini pumpkins for 89p each in Aldi and thought this would be al lovely idea

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Tomato pasta bake with dairy free garlic flatbread

Friday: Leftovers

Saturday: I'm out at a Guides event till late so M will be having a pizza night. This means it'll feature pizza with pineapple as I find pineapple on pizza more than a bit peculiar.

Sunday: Chorizo and butternut squash chilli But I'll pop it in the slow cooker before church as we're turfing the back garden and have bouncy church (best invention EVER) in the afternoon.

As always, don't forget the link up:






Monday, 17 October 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 17th October 2016





Again? So soon? How? Just how? It really does feel like I was tapping away at this just yesterday. And nobody mention Christmas. Just don't.

Autumn has most definitely made itself known around these parts - M even checked the heating was working the other day. It's not on yet, but we're primed and ready. The meal plan has swiftly responded those changes with soup already featuring.

Breakfasts generally feature nothing special at the moment. Some significant med changes mean I'm finding it takes much longer to get going in the mornings and so unless I'm organised enough to make overnight oats, Aldi's own take on shreddies is as fancy as it gets.

Lunches are unsurprisingly, given the turn in the weather, quite frequently soup based. I've got the second half of a batch roast tomato and garlic in the freezer. It was a wonderful way to use up the end of our lovely homegrown tomato harvest. I've just been sent a really super recipe book entitled I Love Soup which looks like it'll be keeping my Ikea 365 soup pan in business and doubtlessly featuring on here in the months to come.

Suppers:

Monday - Breakfast for dinner: Bacon medallions, scrambled eggs, baked beans, mushrooms and hash browns

Tuesday - Vegetable dhal and brown rice

Wednesday - Leftover dhal with homemade flatbreads

Thursday - Chicken kiev, chips and veggies



Friday - Courgetti Spaghetti

Saturday - Pizza night

Sunday - Parsnip pasta

No baking is planned - well, aside from a potential batch of Cherry and almond buns anyway!

Have a lovely week, and as always don't forget to have a look at what the other meal planners are up to.



Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 3rd October 2016



Goodness gracious, where does the time go? How exactly is it October? The chill in the air that descended yesterday has left me shivering, adding extra layers and getting the Autumn duvet out of the wardrobe.

Food-wise that does mean we ring the changes slightly - I gazed fondly at the brisket this morning, but resisted as it wasn't on special yet. But, as with each autumn the meal plan starts to alter with the cooler mornings comes porridge, the evenings bring comfort food - salads become steamed or mashed veggies and lunches become souper soups.

With that, on with the meal plan...

Breakfasts - it had to happen. It's time for porridge. Be it with chopped banana, nut butter stirred in, or drizzled with honey. Porridge is where it's at. I make it with almond milk so that Harry can steal it from me - and will use my original recipe for Baked oats probably with apple and cinnamon this week.

Lunches - I've got a batch of the base of tomato soup in the freezer that I've got out and will add veggie stock to in the morning.

Suppers:

Sunday - Chilli con carne, with rice, avocado and cheese

Monday - Leftovers with Baked potatoes

Tuesday - More leftovers, in wraps - bulked out with some rice, and veggies

Wednesday - Sweet potato and chickpea curry with rice



Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Courgetti spaghetti

Saturday - Sausages, baked potatoes and beans

Sunday... who knows

I've got no baking planned this week, but you never know what will happen as the days progress.

That's our meal plan? Have you rung the changes with the onset of autumn? Don't forget to join up to the linky below to share your autumnal meal plan...


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 4th September 2016



It's that time of the week again - I'm staring hopefully at the screen, hoping for inspiration to strike. The Aldi super 6 webpage is open, my glasses are perched on my nose and somewhere around me is my notebook and pen. Meal planning Monday is go.

I'm admitting defeat this week and rejoining Slimming World - for lots of reasons my focus just has not been there of late, and whilst I can do the programme from home, I need the drive of a weekly weigh in to keep my focus. I just wish it was cheaper!

Breakfasts - I'm going back to yoghurt and fruit - I've got some lovely muesli to sprinkle on top but am aiming to keep the balance with the fruit.

Lunches - we're shopping tomorrow so I'm thinking of making minestrone soup for this week.

Suppers -

Monday: Breakfast for dinner, so bacon medallions with mushrooms, scrambled egg and tomatoes.

Tuesday: Parsnip pasta - I've been promising to blog this for ever, but might just get around to it this week. Stop laughing at the back there.



Wednesday: Chickpea and sweet potato curry

Thursday: Leftovers



Friday: Courgetti spaghetti

Saturday: Sausages, baked potatoes and veggies

Sunday: Possibly a roast? Depending on what's on offer tomorrow really.

Baking wise, I'm using up a veritable hundredweight of overripe bananas so we have Fruited banana bars which are a lovely egg free bake. Recipe is scheduled to go up on Friday. I'm also working my way through our stash of Apple butter so tonight made Harry some dairy free Apple whirls - recipe up next week I think.

That's our week, now to check the cupboards and write that list. No more procrastinating here!


Meal Planning Monday: 4th September 2016



It's that time of the week again - I'm staring hopefully at the screen, hoping for inspiration to strike. The Aldi super 6 webpage is open, my glasses are perched on my nose and somewhere around me is my notebook and pen. Meal planning Monday is go.

I'm admitting defeat this week and rejoining Slimming World - for lots of reasons my focus just has not been there of late, and whilst I can do the programme from home, I need the drive of a weekly weigh in to keep my focus. I just wish it was cheaper!

Breakfasts - I'm going back to yoghurt and fruit - I've got some lovely muesli to sprinkle on top but am aiming to keep the balance with the fruit.

Lunches - we're shopping tomorrow so I'm thinking of making minestrone soup for this week.

Suppers -

Monday: Breakfast for dinner, so bacon medallions with mushrooms, scrambled egg and tomatoes.

Tuesday: Parsnip pasta - I've been promising to blog this for ever, but might just get around to it this week. Stop laughing at the back there.



Wednesday: Chickpea and sweet potato curry

Thursday: Leftovers



Friday: Courgetti spaghetti

Saturday: Sausages, baked potatoes and veggies

Sunday: Possibly a roast? Depending on what's on offer tomorrow really.

Baking wise, I'm using up a veritable hundredweight of overripe bananas so we have Fruited banana bars which are a lovely egg free bake. Recipe is scheduled to go up on Friday. I'm also working my way through our stash of Apple butter so tonight made Harry some dairy free Apple whirls - recipe up next week I think.

That's our week, now to check the cupboards and write that list. No more procrastinating here!


Meal Planning Monday: 4th September 2016

It's that time of the week again - I'm staring hopefully at the screen, hoping for inspiration to strike. The Aldi super 6 webpage is open, my glasses are perched on my nose and somewhere around me is my notebook and pen. Meal planning Monday is go.

I'm admitting defeat this week and rejoining Slimming World - for lots of reasons my focus just has not been there of late, and whilst I can do the programme from home, I need the drive of a weekly weigh in to keep my focus. I just wish it was cheaper!

Breakfasts - I'm going back to yoghurt and fruit - I've got some lovely muesli to sprinkle on top but am aiming to keep the balance with the fruit.

Lunches - we're shopping tomorrow so I'm thinking of making minestrone soup for this week.

Suppers -

Monday: Breakfast for dinner, so bacon medallions with mushrooms, scrambled egg and tomatoes.

Tuesday: Parsnip pasta - I've been promising to blog this for ever, but might just get around to it this week. Stop laughing at the back there.



Wednesday: Chickpea and sweet potato curry

Thursday: Leftovers



Friday: Courgetti spaghetti

Saturday: Sausages, baked potatoes and veggies

Sunday: Possibly a roast? Depending on what's on offer tomorrow really.

Baking wise, I'm using up a veritable hundredweight of overripe bananas so we have Fruited banana bars which are a lovely egg free bake. Recipe is scheduled to go up on Friday. I'm also working my way through our stash of Apple butter so tonight made Harry some dairy free Apple whirls - recipe up next week I think.

That's our week, now to check the cupboards and write that list. No more procrastinating here!


Sunday, 7 August 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 8th August 2016


Another week, another meal plan. I don't know about other Mummys of pre-schoolers but the summer holidays have hit us hard. I didn't realise just how much our baby groups and classes give a routine to our days and week. Without them, days with a toddler seems longer - and our fall back activities like the park or soft play are wildly busy with all the school age children on their holidays. Of course I don't begrudge them their much needed and longed for time off, but it does make life that bit more tricky. Fortunately this week an impromptu meet up of playgroup mums in a local playground has meant that we're going to do a weekly unofficial mini playgroup in the park. And coffee in the cafe for the grown ups! 

Other than the long days of summer stretching gloriously ahead of us, things in the pantry are relatively quiet so this meal plan has been a nice easy one to pop together. That said, Harry is going through a slightly odd phase with eating at the moment, he's really off his food - even long time favourites like humous and peanut butter aren't working their magic. I've decided to put together a couple of his favourite weaning recipes today and am hoping the gentle flavours and easier textures win him around. 





Breakfasts: I had a lovely Cranachan overnight oats this morning, made from a Stoats cranachan porridge sachet I was sent. I haven't had overnight oats for ages, so am going to restart that lovely habit using my favourite 0% fat Total Greek yoghurt, and some of the wonderful summer fruit that are on Aldi's Super 6 this week.  Harry's been quite keen on porridge, so I might pick up some coconut yoghurt and try him on a mini portion of the same. 


Lunches: I adored the crustless quiche I made last week, so I'm going to make another this week. The resident carnivore enjoyed it too - and even had a few helpful suggestions for next time. Last weeks was bacon, mushroom and tomato - this week I'm thinking of salmon, tomato and possibly broccoli. Mind you this does mean my fish phobic husband won't touch it with a bargepole. All the more for me! I am a bad wife! 

Suppers

Sunday: Tonight is the oft-made and much loved Tomato, vegetable and red lentil pasta. I'm planning on prepping the veggies right after I finish this post! I've got some courgetti to use up so will have that with it while M has some penne. 

Monday: There will be leftover pasta sauce, I'm thinking of baking it - and possibly (to M's delight) adding some sausages if there's some on special in Aldi this afternoon. 

Tuesday: Gammon steaks, topped with a fried egg, and slimming world chips

Wednesday: Chicken stir fry with noodles

Thursday: Leftover stir fry with rice

M's parents are visiting us next weekend so I'm a bit more mindful of their culinary preferences which does mean toning down my liberal use of garlic, chilli and other spices. Mind you M's mum is also doing Slimming World so we bond over syn free cooking. 

Friday: Bolognese stuffed peppers, topped with cheese and carrot salad

Saturday: The rest of the bolognaise with pasta, salad and garlic bread

Sunday:  I picked up my Mary Berry cookbook that M got me for Christmas and which I've shamefully cooked nothing from as yet. It's August! I don't know what's come over me. Anyway it has a lovely recipe in it for a Meditarrenean veg and mozzarella galette (or what I call a puff pastry pizza - I'm classy, me!) So I'll do that with salad for a lovely fresh lunch.

Baking wise M has asked for my Sultana and cherry cake again, and who am I to say no (it's lovely). I will blog it, but last week's caught on the top so thought I'd better make it again and not get distracted by the joyful bouncing of toddlers on a trampoline.

As always, have a look through everyone that's joined in on the linky: 


Sunday, 31 July 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 1st August 2016



The first of a new month always feels like turning over a new page - so appropriately as it falls on a Monday this month I thought I'd pop my meal planning hat on and get organised. I've been a bit slack about posting lately, on account of my migraines. Added to that, Harry's last two molars are making their appearance known so the unbroken nights that I thought hoped were the norm now are a distant memory. Sad times with dark circles and all the meds abound.

On a lighter note, we've found a new Aldi (yes, that's just how exciting my life is) which is far less stressful than the branch we've been using thus far, making the weekly shop not only on budget but also, almost pleasant. Who knew? 

As always I'm trying to be healthy - and am going to make a real effort to up my fruit and veg intake as I've been a bit lazy on that front. Ditto water, I've always drunk lots of water, but just lately it's felt beyond me and I'm sure it affects my headaches. 

Breakfasts: Yoghurt and fruit - I've got some bags of frozen berries that I'd hoped to make smoothies with, but my blender just isn't up to the task so I'm repurposing them breakfast style. 

Lunches: Sadly Aldi seem to have discontinued their big packs of Smoked salmon, so I'm making some of my favourite Aubergine and tomato humous to have with avocado and salad for lunches. 

Suppers

Monday: Heck sausages, roast veg, corn on the cob and carrot salad

Tuesday: Crustless quiche, Slimming World chips and salad

Wednesday: Pasta carbonara - on courgetti for me

Thursday: Chicken and veg curry, homemade naan and rice

Friday: Leftover curry and rice

Saturday: Pizza, slimming world chips and salad

Sunday: Lamb leg steaks with garlic and rosemary, roast potatoes and green beans

There's a bit more cooking than usual as there weren't any chickens on offer this week, so there's fewer leftover-y dishes. 

Baking wise I'm going to make a light fruit cake for Mark's lunches - I just use tea soaked sultanas and glace cherries and as we have a week of playdates will be using Michelle's recipe for 4 Ingredient peanut butter cookies for treats. 

As always, we're blog hopping for meal plans so do join in with your plan and add it on the linky - or if you're not a blogger then do have a read of everyone else's. It's a bit like taking a nosy at someone's shopping trolley! 


Sunday, 12 June 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 13th June 2016



No meal plan from us last week - shocking, I know! And it definitely showed in my haphazard approach to the week. We ended up with fish and chips one night, and a pizza night too. Onwards and upwards this week, once Harry wakes up we're off to Aldi to do what will hopefully not be an expensive shop.

I'm doing some baking this week - jam tarts as prep for Brownie holiday which is heading fast towards us. We're Alice in Wonderland themed, and it's just so long since I made jam tarts that I thought I'd better have a trial run. Allergies mean they'll be raspberry jam and dairy free.

My slow cooker is out at the moment for a big batch of my Chorizo and butternut squash chilli - I've not used it for a couple of weeks and have definitely missed the ease of big batch cooks, I think it'll be out three times this week!

Breakfasts: oddly for me I've been really enjoying eggs for breakfast: soft boiled, mashed onto a slice of wholemeal toast with some salt and pepper. I have to eat it stood up in the kitchen so it's not around Harry, but that's what Bing bunny is for, yes?

Lunches: this week is Aldi smoked salmon with salad. And possibly some couscous.

Suppers:

Monday - Chorizo and butternut squash chilli (I'll be having with cauliflower rice)

Tuesday - leftover chilli

Tomato-vegetable and-lentil-pasta


Wednesday - Tomato, veg and lentil pasta (I'll be having with courgetti)

Thursday - leftovers

Super-slow-roast-beef-brisket


Friday - Slow cooked beef brisket (unseasonal I know, but beef is on special at Aldi this week)

So that's our week, wonderful slow cooker to the rescue!


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Meal Planning Monday: Monday 30th May


Well last week was the best ever on the blog - my post on breastfeeding really resonated with readers and I was and am so happy about that. This week is (as always it seems) a busy one - Harry turns 2 next weekend so it's all go.

I rejoined Slimming World last week, and haven't had the best week but have made a concerted effort with my meals and haven't had ANY chocolate which is a huge achievement. I've still eaten biscuits but will do without those this week.

Breakfasts: Harry as always loved the baked porridge so I'll be doing another batch of that. I simply make it up on a Sunday night, roughly to this recipe - last week I added apple, sultanas and a pinch of cinnamon. This week I think I'll so the same.

Lunches: I've been having smoked salmon with either a salad or a couscous salad. I always have lots of cherry tomatoes (my pregnancy craving has never really left me), and am enjoying Aldi's sweet bite peppers too.

Suppers:

Monday: Tomato, lentil and veg sauce with what I've learned are called 'boodles' - Spiralised butternut squash. I'm sure I'm the only food blogger not to have a spiraliser and so discovered these on a trundle around Sainsburys. I also picked up the courgette ones which I had last week with this sauce. Harry and M have this with pasta.




Tuesday: Heck sausages (which are dairy and soya free so Harry will have one too) with baked potatoes, and veggies. This week Aldi had green beans on offer so we've got those and I'll probably do some peas and sweetcorn too.

Wednesday: I think we'll have pizza night, with sweet potato wedges and salad for me.

I recently made Harry a dairy free, puff pastry pizza that I'll blog soon as he loves it. It uses Jus-rol puff pastry which is (possibly accidentally) dairy and soya free, with topped with the sauce from Mondays' dinner, pureed down so it's like a pizza tomato sauce, topped with Violife cheese. I portioned it off and froze the portions separated with squares of greaseproof paper and it defrosts beautifully - I simply reheat it in the oven for 5 minutes at about 200 degrees fan.

Thursday: Courgetti Spaghetti Harry has this with the courgettes, grated Violife, and a couple of dessert spoonfuls of Oatly cream. I leave out the pine nuts for him as I'm not convinced they're not a choking hazard.  I'm going to use up the other half of the packed of Boodles (that name makes me smile - go Sainsburys!)


Friday: We have my inlaws visiting for Harry's birthday weekend so I'm going to do us baked salmon with Lucy's Halloumi and Sweet potato bake that I trialled the other week. It was lovely, full of flavour and super fresh. Harry adores salmon but he'll have it with sweet potato wedges and some peas as he's a huge fan of peas. 

Saturday: We've got a family BBQ at church in the afternoon, so I'll wing it a bit(!) and see what, if anything everyone wants when we get home.  I'll take Harry a packed tea as I can't guarantee there will be safe food for him and I don't want to put anyone to any trouble. 

Sunday: We're having a little tea party/ picnic for Harry so I'll be doing my standard buffet fare - a roast chicken, Ham in coca-cola, French bread, salad and cake. Aside from the bread all is Harry friendly and I'll butter him some of our favourite Waitrose essential brown bread which is dairy and soya free. Please don't EVER change the recipe Waitrose.

That's our week - as always, don't forget to hop on over to At Home with Mrs M to see the other people joining in the linky 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Meal Planning Monday: 9th May 2016


It's been a few weeks since I last published a meal plan - we've all had variations on a sinusitis-y type bug and it hit me much harder than I'm used to. However, I'm back on form so am enjoying the cool of the early morning and tapping away whilst drinking tea.

And yes, you read that right - I can now tolerate tiny quantities of dairy. It seems I'm not producing enough lactase to manage some higher lactose products, but I've successfully got about halfway up the lactose ladder. I'm mainly still dairy free, save for those splashes of milk in my tea but am infinitely less concerned than I was about accidental consumption.

This week is a busy one for us (when isn't?)

Breakfasts: Overnight oats made with almond milk and fruit

Lunches: Coucous salad

Suppers:

Monday: I roasted a chicken yesterday, so we'll be having roast chicken, baked potatoes and lots of veggies

Tuesday: Leftover roast chicken and broad bean risotto

Wednesday: Leftover leftovers of the risotto

Thursday: I'm out for a ladies dinner at Church so M is having pizza

http://www.penelopespantryblog.com/2011/06/suppertime-courgetti-spaghetti.html


Friday: We have a pescatarian friend coming to stay - and M has requested courgetti spaghetti - I must remember to get the veggie version of parmesan in this week's shop.

Saturday: Baked fish, salad, and the Halloumi and sweet potato bake from the lovely BakingQueen74

Sunday: I haven't made fishcakes for Harry and I for ages - so I think I'll do those with potato wedges and lots of veggies/ salad

Baking wise - there's cake to be made for one of the ladies at my Friday class whose birthday it was yesterday, and I'd like to try making some low sugar, dairy and egg free gingerbread/ cinnamon biscuits for Harry.

Have a lovely week - hopefully at least some of the sunshine will stick with us. As always don't forget to hop on over to At Home with Mrs M to see what the other planners are all up to.


Monday, 11 April 2016

Meal Planning Monday


This week where we live is still the Easter holidays, so we're without most of our baby groups but Harry's had a temperature on and off this weekend so I'm thinking another quiet week won't be the end of the world.

Breakfasts: overnight oats with almond milk, apple and banana for me. Although I've seen something online about doing something similar with quinoa which I want to try. That said, we're out of quinoa. Of course we are. And just how middle class does that sound!

Lunches: I've got some carrots and parsnips to make into soup first thing tomorrow that's going on with a handful of red lentils and some veg bouillon.

Suppers:

Monday - Stir fried chicken, veggies and rice noodles

Tuesday - Chickpea and sweet potato curry with rice

Wednesday - Leftover curry

Thursday - Sausages, baked potatoes and veggies

Friday - Steamed salmon and veggies

Saturday - I've seen a lamb and harrissa casserole I'd quite like to try - maybe with cannellini beans and green veggies

Sunday - Hopefully a roast chicken

As always - At home with Mrs M for the other meal plans.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Meal Planning Monday


It's that time of the week again. Sunday evening, feet up - crochet ready to have ends darned in and I thought I'd get ahead of myself and pop this up now. We've got a busy week this week, I'm helping out at our church holiday club which I'm really looking forward to, but will take up most of the week. 

Breakfasts, I've just popped some overnight oats/ baked porridge in the fridge for me and Harry. It's a very simple one, just 100g of porridge oats, a grated eating apple and almond milk to cover. I'll add sultanas to Harrys and a chopped banana to mine. 

Lunches, I was going to make some soup tonight, but I'm absolutely shattered today so I'll pop that on tomorrow at some point. It's just going to be my Spiced root veg soup, with carrots and parsnips as the main veggies.

Suppers:

Monday - leftover pulled pork in burritos with rice and veggies

Tuesday - Sausages, potato wedges and veggies (most likely carrots and brocolli)

Wednesday - a veg packed Spaghetti bolognaise

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Homemade steak burgers, Slimming world chips, peas and sweetcorn

Saturday - Sweet potato, lentil and chicken bake. It's a dairy free concoction I'm currently trying to refine for the blog as it's a bit hit and miss at the moment. Hopefully this week will be more hit than miss!

Sunday - Tomato, veg and red lentil pasta. We're having a bring and share lunch at Church so that's a nice all rounder that should be OK for the more common food allergies. I hope.

I think that's everything - as always, don't forget to pop on over to At home with Mrs M and see what the other planners are up to.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Meal Planning Monday - 14th March


It's been weeks WEEKS since I meal planned, or blogged in any way shape or form. There's some very good and some less good reasons behind the hiatus. But in a nutshell, there has been lots going on and lots of it has been wildly stressful. I'm hoping and praying that the worst is behind us now, and one of my aims for this week is to get at least a couple of blogposts up to try and get myself back in the swing of things, and lets face it, this one is what's known as a quick win. 

Breakfasts: Harry's very much on a Weetabix kick at the moment, I've gone completely off porridge so am dithering around with toast or crumpets at the moment. I do need to find another cereal so that I can get some almond milk in me, but for now - toast, peanut butter and banana does what it needs to.

Lunches: Evidence of the recent stress is clear in the fact that I've been existing on sandwiches. It's unsurprising that my weight loss has completely stalled. That said, I was eyeing up some elderly looking carrots and half a swede in the cupboard yesterday and thinking about a big pan of my Spiced root vegetable soup.

Suppers:

Monday - tonight was a rather hopeless miss mash of leftover roast chicken, baked potatoes and veggies. A usual Monday night supper after a roast, but it really didn't sit well tonight.

Tuesday - Chickpea and sweet potato curry (post to follow at some point, possibly by next January at this rate)

Wednesday - Leftover curry

Thursday - Super speedy bolognaise.

Friday - Leftover bolognaise

Saturday - Sausages, sweet potato wedges and veggies.

Sunday - Chicken and butternut squash stew

Baking wise,  I'm yet to make our Simnel cake so that needs sorting this week and I'm desperate to make a batch of my Cherry and Almond buns

I'm going to pop on over to At Home with Mrs M to try and get myself back in the swing of things. Wish me luck.

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