Remember when I was good, and I published my meal plans every week? Well, I stopped, because I was over complicating things and trying to schedule them in advance and I found that I was getting really confused and never really knew what I’d eaten.
I’ve still been writing meal plans, they’re on my kitchen cupboard, I use them for shopping lists, and honestly, we stick to them most of the time. I find meal planning is a great way to save time and money, but also a fab way to try new things.
But, there’s no need to be complicated. So, I’ve decided to start sharing what we’ve been eating again, to help give my readers some meal ideas and force myself to keep up with my meal plans. So, without further ado, here’s what we’ve been eating this week!
Monday (24/9) – Spaghetti Bolognese
Mondays are pretty busy for me. I work at home, and Robyn’s home with me on Mondays now, so with work, school runs and keeping a two-year-old happy, there’s not much time to cook. Spaghetti Bolognese is perfect for these days. The kids love it, it doesn’t take long to cook, and it’s filled with healthy veg. My Bolognese is super simple, mince, mushrooms, peppers and onions with chopped tomatoes and some herbs, but the kids love it.
Tuesday – Chicken Stir-Fry
Tuesday is another busy day, but I do get a little time on my own. That said, this week, I didn’t fancy cooking, so we had a chicken stir-fry with hoisin sauce, using noodles, a pack of veg and a sauce from Asda. It takes 10 minutes to cook if you use precooked chicken, tastes great, and the kids love it because they like to pretend that the noodles are worms.
Wednesday – Blue Cheese Pasta
Chicken and mushrooms in a creamy blue cheese sauce, with tagliatelle and salad (oh alright, there was a cheesy garlic bread too!) is one of our date night favourites. We had a lovely day out in Leeds this Wednesday, we went to the armouries, on the water taxi and around town for a little window shopping. An almost free day out (only paid for parking, petrol and a meal deal sandwich) which deserved a yummy date night dinner. Robyn enjoyed some left-over Bolognese. It was all finished off with a yummy lemon cheesecake.
Thursday – Chicken, Salad and Couscous
After such an indulgent Wednesday, I was shattered on Thursday. Me and Robyn went to see our friends new house, so we were out most of the day, and I had to work when we got back. We usually like to eat together, but Thursday was all over the place, so Robyn had a pizza, Jim had beans on toast, and I had some chicken bits with salad and couscous. Not the most adventurous meal, but we were all happy.
Friday – Turkey Chilli
Friday tends to be the day that I work on new recipes and meals, or make something that I’m going to post the recipe for on my blog. I’ve got more time on Fridays, so I can take my time in the kitchen a little more. This week I made a chilli with shredded turkey leg, which was fantastic. The lumps of turkey were yummy and so different from beef mince.
Saturday – Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is a proper family favourite in our house. I make a huge batch, and then two pies. I top one with cheese and bake it to eat that day; the other goes in the freezer for a Monday when I don’t have time to cook.
Sunday – Roast Pork
We don’t have a Sunday roast every week. Sometimes, it’s a bit much when husband is at work all day, the kids have driven me mad, and I can’t handle the idea of cooking for hours for it all to be gone within 5 minutes. I do enjoy it though, and I’m really lucky that the kids eat everything. They even ask for more sprouts! This week we had roast pork with roast potatoes and carrots, Yorkshire puddings and homemade applesauce. Gorgeous.