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?