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Meal Plan 2nd - 8th January 2012

I get quite a few emails and tweets from people asking how I go about planning my family's meals. So, I've decided to start documenting my weekly meal plans on the blog....if nothing else you can be a bit nosey and see what I will be getting up to in the kitchen. Hopefully though you will be able to see how I go about using up leftovers (making the pennies stretch that little bit further), you can see what I do with all the fantastic local produce I get my hands on both from my Mother in Laws allotment and local markets and you can also see what healthy snacks and treats I rustle up for lunchboxes.

Before I give you this weeks run down it's worth mentioning a very useful website that I use to help plan my weekly menu's. Eat Your Books is a great resource for finding specific recipes in your cookbook collection (mine is rather large so it saves a lot of time thumbing through all the indexes) and it's also useful for getting inspiration for leftover ingredients. 

Onto this weeks meals.

Monday 2nd January
Lunch: Tuna and Cucumber Pitta Pockets.
Dinner: Leftover Mughlai Chicken (recipe from Nigella Feast), Rice and Naans. Plum and Walnut Crumble for Pudding (I have some crumble topping in my freezer to use).

Tuesday 3rd January
Lunch: Leftover Festive Salad for me, lunchboxes for the rest of the family who are back to work/school/nursery.
Dinner: Cheeseboard and Red Onion Frittata and Salad (hubby and kids will have oven chips with theirs too)

Wednesday 4th January
Lunch: Ham and Tomato Sandwiches
Dinner: Smoked Haddock Risotto (I will replace the leeks for an onion)

Thursday 5th January
Lunch: Onion Soup
Dinner: Chilli Con Carne (I always use this recipe from BBC Good Food)

Friday 6th January
Lunch: Onion Soup
Dinner: Chilli Cheese Pasta Bake (using the leftover chilli)

Saturday 7th January
Lunch: Small Pasties from village bakery
Dinner: Homemade Margherita Pizza's (I make the pizza dough in my breadmaker on the pasta program so it only takes 15 minutes)

Sunday 8th January
Lunch: Pot Roasted Brisket served with Roast Garlic Sweet Potato Mash and Cauliflower Cheese. Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream (which I make in my Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker) for dessert.

Breakfast is usually cereal for the kids and hubby (Bran Flakes are in favour at the moment) and I will have yogurt or stewed fruit. In terms of baking, I want to make some healthy cereal bars for lunchboxes (I don't go back to the 'day' job until the 10th) so will probably make a batch of these Muesli and Honey Bars later in the week.

What are you cooking this week?


  1. Well done on the plan. Mine tends to be rather more boring so I won't be publishing it!

  2. Due to the last few months being all over the place, I've given up full meal planning for the time being, preferring to buy a few things in I know I like and go from there! This week I have a mixture of early and night shifts, a meal out, and a nasty dentist appointment and a trip to Devon towards the end of the week. Oh and packing as I move house, again the week after. And I'm also back to college this week.

    This week I predict a lot of porridge!!

  3. Thank you for your food plan,I like looking at other weekly plans and picking up new ideas.
    I must try the dark chocolate in the chilli,unfortunately my bread maker doesn't have a pasta option otherwise I would have tried this too!i

  4. I've been posting my weekly dinner menu for a couple of years now & I have to say doing it has really helped me to stay organized & shop.

  5. Thanks for the 'Eat Your Books' link, sounds really interesting. Must check it out.

  6. I'm glad everyone is finding it useful! I've been meal planning since Lowen was born (nearly 5 years ago) so don't know why I only just decided to start publishing on the blog

  7. I've been nosey and read your menu. I never plan for a week ahead, as I am often cooking dinner on impulse, depending on what I fancy in the shop. I have a list of usual products to buy, as my older son has autism and tends to eat the same food every day, a sad fact of life for me, as he does not care if it is his birthday or Christmas, he is not tempted into eating anything else beyond his usual food. As for my hubby, he is happy to eat pasta every day. My admiration is for anyone who is so organised. I don't think I could stick to a week menu though. :)

  8. Thanks for linking up.

    What did you think about the Mughlai Chicken? I've been meaning to try this for a while.


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