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Weekly Meal Plan

My meal plan, a photo of a plate of colourful food

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Monday – BBQ
  • Tuesday – lasagne
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean fish
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – chicken and chips
  • Saturday – Take out
  • Sunday – Pies

Last week’s meal plan went okay, apart from not having the Mediterranean fish, so I’ve put that again this week.

We may have a move around of meals this week as we’ve been promised warmer weather and I’ve a freezer full of BBQ food. I guess we’ll have to wait for the right day though. I’ve also got a new garden table that I’m itching to use…so please weather, be kind this week.

Also, we won’t be home on Friday and Saturday. My plan is to treat the older two left behind to a take out. Hopefully it won’t cost too much for just the two of them. Friday they can stick in some chicken and chips from the freezer, or have whatever they can find. They are old enough to fend for themselves.

Shopping last week was a bit of a nightmare as I had a ‘funny turn’ while doing the online shop and had to give up. I wasn’t even sure if I’d been through the payment page, but I did and the shopping arrived on Monday…well, about three quarters of it did. We still managed up until the weekend though, then I had to do a quick top up shop at Iceland. Total shopping this week works out at £160, plus little extras for milk, bread etc. As there are seven of us, I call that a good week.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do next week as I will be away the weekend. I may have to forward plan and get the shop done early but still to arrive on Monday. I just hope I don’t forget!

Linking up with Katy’s Meal Planning Linky.

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Weekly Meal Plan

Meal Planning

I haven’t done a meal plan here in a little while because I was doing it on Monday after the shopping had arrived and it seemed disadvantageous. I do my weekly shop online on Sunday, so now I’m planning earlier so I know what I want to buy, rather than what I’m going to cook with what I’ve bought. It’s not rocket science really is it!

This Weeks Plan

  • Monday – Mediterranean fish and new potatoes
  • Tuesday – Turkey Meatballs and spaghetti
  • Wednesday – Hot Dog Rolls and fries
  • Thursday – Pasta bake
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – Chicken roast

The fish on Monday is a pre-prepared one. Graham will need a chicken alternative due to his fish and seafood allergy

The Turkey meatballs we buy ready made and I make a lovely tomato based sauce for them. I don’t eat spaghetti (yes, even I’m a pain sometimes) so I’ll have mine with pasta instead.

Quick recipe – Hot Dog Rolls

Hot Dog rolls are surprisingly delicious. I buy frankfurter sausages and ready made puff pastry. Roll out the pastry and cut it into strips just a little longer and just over twice as wide as the sausages. The put the sausage in the middle and smear with mustard and tomato ketchup (or whatever relish you prefer.) Then I slit the pasty on either side of the sausage at slight angles kind of like wings on each side. Then brush with egg wash and fold the sides alternately. Or you can just wrap them up like sausage rolls. Brush the tops with egg wash and bake until puffed and golden (About 15 to 20 minutes.)

Young’s Frozen fish is our favourite brand. We have found that beer battered fish is less soggy when baked. If you want a fish without a soggy bottom then I’ve found getting it out of the freezer 10 minutes before cooking works best.

Curry on Saturday will be from a jar, we are currently trying all brands to find our favourite.

The Sunday Roast is not a family favourite, so I’ll provide some pasta dishes for those that complain.

Shopping

We actually went to the supermarket last week, and still have some food left that will help with this weeks shop. I will be back to shopping online this week though.

One thing I picked up which I wouldn’t normally buy is cold teabags. Now I have to drink a lot of water because of my treatment and I get fed up of plain water. So, I thought I’d try something different. These are okay, a little less stronger than squash and they gave you the sort of flavour you’d expect from a bottle of still flavoured water. They were a bit more expensive but I found I could leave the ‘teabag’ in and keep refilling my bottle and the flavour lasted for about four 500ml bottles, so better value in the end.

Fingers crossed it all goes to plan this week.

Katykicker

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Meal Planning Monday



  • Monday – Tacos
  • Tuesday – Lasagne
  • Wednesday – scallops/chicken and pasta
  • Thursday – Pies
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – lamb roast dinner

Last week didn’t go exactly to plan. We didn’t have the fajita pasta bake we had pizza instead. Also we didn’t have the scallops so we are having them this week.

On Friday we ended up having a Chinese take out as Graham went out and I can’t cook alone. And on Saturday I can’t even tell you what we had because I was so ill, so everyone took care of themselves.

Tacos are a big favourite and we haven’t had them for a while. We love the Heinz creations Mexican beans pouches for the vegetarian option. They are so simple to make.

Lets see if we can stick to the plan this week!

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Meal Planning Monday

Meal plaaning monday image with a plate of food in the middle

This week I am joining in with Katy Kicker and her Meal Planning Linky. I’m hoping to make this a regular thing as I’m hopeless at sticking to making meal plans and often end up stressing each day about what to cook. Not only that but my shopping habits have become a mess. I’m spending more than £200 a week on food and we are still turning to take outs at least once a week. I NEED HELP!

So, I’m giving this a lot of thought and writing down my plan before I do my online shop. Then I’ll revisit next week and see if it has helped. I’m not expecting miracles straight away, but hopefully I’ll get there eventually.

  • Monday: fajita pasta bake
  • Tuesday: lasagne for boys, scallop tagliatelle for girls
  • Wednesday: Chicken and Chorizo Paella
  • Thursday: quiche
  • Friday: fish and chips (chicken)
  • Saturday: Curry
  • Sunday: roast dinner

The fajita pasta bake is a fairly new discovery that we love. I can’t remember where I first saw it now. It’s just like making fajitas but instead of putting the filling into wraps you put them into cooked pasta.

The Chicken and chorizo paella is a big favourite too. My husband is allergic to fish and sea food so it’s a paella he can enjoy. It’s my husband who will have chicken instead of fish on Friday too.

chicken and chorizo paella on a plate
Chicken and Chorizo Paella

We haven’t had quiche for a while, the boys are easy and will share any shop bought one. I generally make one from scratch for the girls, but I’ve found a ‘free from’ one that we like.

I may change the curry on Saturday as we seem to have it a lot and we’re getting a bit bored. But hopefully the rest of the week will go to plan.

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Sit Down and Have a Cup of Tea

I love tea! I like coffee too, but tea is my go to drink and I find it so much more refreshing.

Tea is so versatile as you can find so many delicious flavours and drink it hot or cold. My personal favourite is Earl Gray but I love a good Breakfast Tea in the morning.

Twinings

Twinings have such a wide variety of tea it’s hard to choose once you visit their site. Strong, weak, fruity, hot or cold you’ll definitely find something to tickle your taste buds.

Twinings also have some fabulous offers on for February, for instance you can get 10% if you are a New Customer with code NEW10

Why not give yourself a boost with some of their new Superblends. for example:
Defence. A Citrus and Ginger Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Green Tea, Echinacea Root and added Vitamin C.

Energise. A Mandarin and Apple Flavoured Green Tea with Guarana and added Vitamin B6.

Turmeric. An Orange Flavoured Infusion with Turmeric and Star Anise.

Focus. Mango and Pineapple Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Ginseng Root and added Vitamin B6.

Digest. Apple Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Spearmint, Rooibos and Baobab.

Cold Infusions

Twinings Cold Infuse gives you a delicious taste to liven up your water without any of the hassle. The infusers are easy to use: just drop one of the infusion bags into a water bottle (500ml), wait for 5 minutes – stirring or shaking occasionally – and enjoy!

Want to liven up your water? Why not try dropping a cold infusion bag into sparkling water for a healthy, sugar-free alternative to fizzy drinks.

Designed to drop into your reusable water bottle, Cold Infuse is the perfect aid to helping you drink more water throughout the day, wherever you are. Simply drop, leave, shake and enjoy! 

Gifts

Valentines day is February 14th and Twinings have some fabulous gifts to choose from.

gift bag wiht breakfast tea, chocolate truffles, a keep warm cup and teabag tidy

The Roses Are Red giftbag is the perfect gift for any tea lover and is packed full of flavour from strong breakfast tea to the decadent truffles packed with fun popping candy, delighting your taste buds. There is also a keep cup, perfect for re-filling on the go and a stylish tea tidy.

box of tea bags, marmalade, shortbread biscuits, black gift bag

Breakfast in Bed.

Who wouldn’t love to be woken up with a cup of exquisite breakfast tea – lovingly made and accompanied by a little sweet treat.

This gift box includes:

If you are tempted I have one more offer for you, Free Delivery when you spend over £25 with code FDEL219

Enjoy!

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Blueberry Flapjacks

Blueberry flapjacks.

Ingredients:

  • 295g butter
  • 250g Tate and Lyles Golden Syrup
  • 500g porridge oats
  • 200g blueberries

Method:

  • Grease and line an 8″ square tin
  • In a non-stick pan gently heat the golden syrup and butter until melted
  • stir in the porridge oats
  • Stir through the blueberries
  • Pour into tin and press down firmly with the back of a spoon
  • bake for 25 minutes until golden brown
  • leave to cool in the tin
  • turn out and cut into slices

nb, the blueberries tend to make the flapjacks very soft and crumble, but it’s worth it for the burst of juicy flavour.

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Cottage Loaf recipe

I love baking bread, nothing tastes better than a fresh loaf of bread, and nothing smells better than the taste of one baking.

I do have a bread maker which makes things easy, but sometimes you can’t beat a good old knead. And when you are making something like a cottage loaf, then you will need to assemble it before baking.

It can be a family affair making a fresh loaf of bread as the kids love to help with the kneading too

The recipe I used was a basic white loaf recipe.

Ingredients

500g bread flour
25g butter
1tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt
1tsp dried yeast
320 ml of warm water

Method:

rub the butter into the flour
add the sugar, salt and yeast,
mix in the water a little at a time until you have a firm dough
knead the dough for 10 mins and leave in a bowl covered with cling film, or a tea towel for about 1 hour
knead the dough again and shape into two rounds, one slightly bigger than the other
Put the smaller mound on top of the larger one and push two fingers all the way through both rounds from the middle of the top round.
leave to prove, covered lightly, for a further 30 mins.
Bake at 180 C for 40 mins, or until it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

 
cottage loaf
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Chocolate Orange Torte

Chocolate Orange Torte

Chocolate and orange make a delicious combination and both are included in this torte. With a sweet pastry base, a chocolate and orange filling and topped with oranges there is lots to like about this recipe.

Ingredients, serves 8

200g caster sugar
4 tbs water
2 oranges, thinly sliced
475g sweet shortcrust pastry
100g butter, soft
100g ground almonds
2 eggs, lightly beaten
100g of dark chocolate

 

Method:

  • Put half the sugar and the measured water in a saucepan and heat gently until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Add the orange slices and cook over a low heat for 30 minutes until the oranges are tender and most of the syrup has evaporated. let cool.
  • Roll out the pasty on a lightly floured surface until a little larger than a greased 9 1/2 inch fluted loose-bottomed tart tin.
  • line the tin with the pasty and chill for 15 minutes
  • Line the tart with nonstick baking paper, add baking beans and place on a baking sheet.
  • bake in  a preheated oven, 190C gas mark 5 for 10 minutes
  • Remove the paper and beans and bake for a further 5 minutes until golden and crisp.
  • Reduce the oven temperature to 180C, gas mark 4
  • Beat together the butter and the remaining sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy.
    Add the ground almonds, then gradually beat in the eggs until smooth. Set Aside
    Reserve 10 of the best orange slices, then drain and chop the rest.
  • Stir the chocolate into the almond mixture, then mix in the chopped oranges.
  • Spread into the tart case, arrange the reserved orange slices on top and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from the tin.
    Slice and Enjoy!
  • torte
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Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf Recipe

 

 

bananaloaf

You know when you get some over ripe bananas left in your fruit bowl and you don’t want them to go to waste? They would be perfect for this recipe, the riper the bananas the better.

I love a nice tea loaf that is packed with flavour, but the added chopped walnuts also add nice crunch to this loaf, giving it that little bit extra.

Enjoy it on a Sunday evening with a nice cup of tea!

Banana, Honey and Walnut Tea Loaf

Ingredients:

115g butter, softened
115g soft brown sugar
115g thick set honey
2 eggs, beaten
225g self-raising flour
2 large bananas
squeeze of lemon juice
60g crushed walnuts

Method:

Preheat oven to 180C/gas mark 4
Grease and line a 900g loaf tin
In a large bowl place the butter, sugar and honey and beat together until light and fluffy
Gradually beat in the eggs
fold in the flour
mash the bananas with the lemon juice
fold them into the batter along with the crushed walnuts
spoon mixture into tin and level the surface
Bake the loaf for 1 hour until risen, golden brown and firm to the touch.
Serve warm or cold.

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