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Weekly Meal Plan – Mapo Curry Recipe

I’ve not written a meal plan for a couple of weeks, but this week I’m back with a recipe too. Mapo Curry is a Japanese dish that is popular in china! This recipe is my daughter’s version which we find delicious.

Mapo Curry

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g minced pork
  • 350g firm tofu
  • 250 ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbs Red Miso paste
  • 1 tbs Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp of harissa paste
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • boiled rice to serve

METHOD:

Prepare the sauce by mixing the cornflour soy sauce, harissa paste, oyster sauce, miso paste, chicken stock in a bowl.

Prepare the tofu by slicing into 1 inch squares

put the sesame oil in the pan and gently fry the garlic and ginger for about 1 minute then add the mince, stirring until brown.

Add the sauce and mix well, bringing to the boil. 

Turn down the heat and add the tofu, stirring gently to coat without breaking it up.

Serve with boiled rice and sprinkle with the spring onion pieces.

Mapo Tofu curry
The Japanese version of the Sichuan classic pork and tofu dish.

I know the ingredient list sounds long, but most of it can be used more than once. It’s been one of our favourite dishes for a long time. My husband is allergic to sea food so the oyster sauce is replaced with plum sauce and we make his up seperately. All ingredients can be found in most supermarkets. I always buy from Sainsburys.

The curry can be cooked in the time it takes to boil the rice, so remember to get that on first 🙂

We had Mapo Curry last week, so it’s not on our menu this week.

Weekly Meal Plan

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  • Saturday – Quiche and salad
  • Sunday – Pies and mash
  • Monday – I’m in hospital so it will probably be a take out
  • Tuesday – Lasagne
  • Wednesday – Paella
  • Thursday – curry (From a jar)
  • Friday – Fish and chips

See my last weekly meal plan here.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Eggy Bread &Cheese Recipe

Welcome to my meal plan for this week. I’m including one of my kid’s favourite lunch time recipes of Eggy Bread Cheese Sandwhiches too.

I haven’t done a meal plan for the last couple of weeks. We had a holiday that sort of went through two weeks messing things up a bit. You would have been proud of me this last week though. Before we went away I arranged for a shop to come on the day we got home and I only spent £125. We got home rather late so the kids had nuggets and chips (quick and easy) and the adults had a take out. BUT, I didn’t spend any more money all week!!

This Weeks Meal Plan

This week we are not going to be so frugal as it’s my Daughter’s birthday so we are starting with a meal out (Which I know is going to cost a bomb!) Thankfully, it’s the last birthday this summer.

  • Saturday – Pizza Hut for birthday meal
  • Sunday – Toad-in-the hole
  • Monday – Paella
  • Tuesday – Chicken and chips
  • Wednesday – Lasagne
  • Thursday Peri Peri pork strips with ratatouille
  • Friday – Fish or chicken meal

I found out on holiday that Boo likes Scampi! I love it too but no-one else is keen. It’s good to add an extra meal to the kids menu though.

I have to say, the kids have been fantastic at cooking their own lunch nearly every day during the school holidays. It’s been a big relief for me as I find it very tiring cooking. They look for what they feel like eating and cook it mostly themselves with me standing by. It’s not a lot, but they have made sausage sandwiches, pasta and sauce, turkey dinosaurs and oven fries, quesadillas, and eggy bread cheese sandwhiches.

Here’s a quick recipe for Eggy Bread Cheese Sandwhiches.

ingredients:

  • Enough bread and cheese to make a cheese sandwhich for each person.
  • eggs (1 per person)
  • a little cooking oil
  • First make your cheese sandwhiches and cut them into four squares. Then squash them so they are quite flat.
  • whisk up your eggs in a bowl
  • put the cooking oil in a frying pan and allow it to get hot.
  • when the oil is hot start dipping your sandwhiches into the egg mixture and put them straight into the pan. (tip: it’s best to cook one sandwhich at a time, so four squares.)
  • Turn them over to see if they are brown on one side, and leave to brown the other side. They should be golden brown when you take them out of the pan.
  • Leave one a piece of kitchen paper towel to dry off excess grease.

We like to eat ours either on their own or with a little ketchup or brown sauce.

Linking up with Katy Kickers Meal Planning Linky

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Weekly Meal Plan – Vouchers

Last week we started with a party, this week we started with a take out. It wasn’t too bad as we had already cooked the kid’s dinner but then the adults didn’t want anything that was on offer so I ordered Chinese take out.

We also ate out a couple of times last week too, just with the younger kids, but at least we got out of the house. On Thursday we took them to Mc Donalds, I had a sharp realisation that my kids are growing up as not one them wanted a Happy Meals…it’s the end of an era, Happy Meal days are over! On Friday we were out by 9am and come lunch time the kid’s were starving. Okay, they were starving by 11.30 am I guess that’s what fresh air does for you. I’d considered taking a picnic but I wasn’t sure the weather was going to hold out, so we opted for the cafe instead. As it happened we had a lovely sunny day and the rain only arrived thirty minutes after we got home.

This Weeks Meal Plan with Vouchers

I’ve reigned in the spending this week with some great vouchers. On Friday I received a voucher in the post for Amazon Prime Now. They deliver food from Morrisons in around 2 hours. I generally do a weekend shop at Morrison’s anyway so why not give it a try. Especially as they were giving me a £10 voucher off a £50 spend. I ordered at 4pm and my shopping arrived at 6pm!

I also had some vouchers in the post from Sainsburys, offering me £15 off a £100 spend for the next four weeks. (Well it started last week but I’d not received the letter in the post then. I always check my available vouchers though and was surprised at finding £15 off on there.

So, saving a total of £25, my shopping this week has come to £146.

This weeks meal plan with vouchers
  • Saturday – Take Out
  • Sunday – breaded chicken fillets with pasta
  • Monday – burgers and fries
  • Tuesday – fajita
  • Wednesday – pork noodle ramen
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – curry

I won’t be doing a Meal Planning post next week as we are off on holiday. I’ll still have to shop for the big kids who will be staying home. But I’m thinking it’s not going to cost too much for just the two of them? (She says hopefully)

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Weekly Meal Plan and a Party

Last weeks meal plan went fairly well, just a few changes and one take out! This week started with a party meal for my daughter’s 12th birthday.

I was supposed have been in hospital on Monday but I had to delay my treatment until Thursday. The pizzas we had planned because of the appointment were still eaten though. And because my treatment was at a later time and I didn’t get home until after 6pm we decided to get a chip shop meal. At least it was a little cheaper than our usual Chinese meal or Dominoes. (Why are Dominoes so expensive, our local pizza shop does lovely pizzas but the family insist on Dominoes, generally I get them to pay for it though so I can’t complain.)

This weeks shopping came to less than £200 including lunches.

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Boo’s Party meal
  • Sunday – pie and mash
  • Monday – lasagna
  • Tuesday – fish/chicken and chips
  • Wednesday – pasta bake
  • Thursday – Paella
  • Friday – curry, rice and poppadoms

The Peri Peri Chicken meal we had in the degustabox was very tasty. The Chicken was coated with a little pot of glaze which went all sticky when cooked in the oven and it was just the right amount of spiciness. The wedges were delicious, so tasty, but also a little spicy. I think that’s why the sweetcorn aioli was the part which would have added the coolness but as I’m the only person who likes sweetcorn I didn’t bother making it. I wish I had just for me though.

The kit costs £1.50 and it just contains the spice mix, you need to add the main ingredients like chicken and potatoes (and sweetcorn and mayonnaise if you make the aioli.) It’s probably worth it for the convenience, but I’m sure I’d be able to make it from scratch anyway, especially as I already have a huge spice cupboard. Anyway, they don’t sell it in my supermarket.

The Party!

I’ll leave you with a little photo of the kids enjoying the party food on Saturday.

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Weekly Meal Plan

Last Weeks Plan and what was Eaten

Last weeks meal plan went okay although we may have swapped the days around. Thats not a problem though, so long as the meals get eaten and I don’t have to fork out on Take Outs…Yay, we managed no take out’s last week. With our holiday looming closer I’m looking to saving as much as possible and take outs for 7 are not cheap!

This week I have to budget in kids lunches, we’ve had a talk about this and some of the things we have come up with are, chicken dippers, fish fingers, pasta, noodles, enchiladas and savoury pancakes. Not a bad start, I’ll see how we get on. I’m treating them to a chip shop lunch tomorrow as I will be in hospital all day and their Dad is taking them to visit his mum. Our evening meal will have to be quick and easy because I can’t do much when I get home from hospital, so it’s probably going to be pizza.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Curry, rice and poppadoms
  • Sunday – Meatballs and spaghetti
  • Monday – Pizza
  • Tuesday – Peri Peri Chicken (from a kit in our Degustabox)
  • Wednesday – Tacos
  • Thursday – pasta bake
  • Friday – Fish and Chips

The Peri Peri Chicken is a 3 stage cooking kit from Simply Cook which we had in last weeks Degustabox. It looks quite interesting but I doubt I would buy it again unless it became available in my regular supermarkets. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I do like the Nando’s peri per sauce though.

I’m not sure what kind of pasta bake I will do yet. I need to finish my shopping first so I’ll be looking for inspiration.

Next Saturday is Boo’s birthday and she’s having some friends over for a tea party. I’m hoping to extend the food into something we can all have for dinner. My older kid’s complain about party food, just like they do about BBQs saying it’s not enough and doesn’t feel like a real meal! I believe we eat twice as much as we normally would. I mean when would you ever dish up a burger meal with more than two burgers, a hot dog, a kebab stick, corn on the cob and salad? (which is the average amount eaten by them at a BBQ)

I can’t wait to read what everyone else is cooking this week on Katy’s link up.

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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went okay, we had to swap the pork meatballs and spaghetti because they didn’t arrive in the shopping, so we had another lasagna.

On Friday we had the carpet fitted and although I’d pre-prepared dinner, the kitchen was a mess. A lot of the stuff from the living had been stored in the kitchen during the day and it was just too untidy to do any cooking. I could have cleaned it up I guess but Graham was out taking his brother home who’d come to help to move furniture, and I was completely out of spoons. So we had a take out instead.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Peri peri Pork strips with lime and chilli rice and ratatouille
  • Sunday – Pie and mash
  • Monday – fish/ chicken and chips
  • Tuesday- pasta bake (either chicken or sausages)
  • Wednesday – fajitas
  • Thursday – Paella
  • Friday – curry

As I’m writing this on Sunday, I can already show you pic of Saturday’s meal. It was really yummy, although eldest daughter didn’t enjoy it.

Peri Peri Pork Strips with Ratatouille, lime and chilli rice and a side salad

Peri Peri Pork strips on a plate with rice salad and ratatouille

It was so simple to make. I bought the pork in boneless steaks and cut them in strips. Then I marinaded them in a bought sauce; Nando’s Peri Peri sauce. I left them overnight for extra flavour. The rice was also a cheat, a packet of microwave chilli and lime rice that we’d had in a degustabox a couple of months ago and not used. The ratatouile was a selection of chopped vegetables, I put in courgettes, aubergine and green peppers. Then I covered it with a slightly spicy tomato sauce from a packet which had also arrived in a degustabox. I popped them in the oven to bake until soft. The Pork I grilled until just cooked, the rice I popped in the microwave, and the salad was just lettuce, cucumber and grated carrot. Those of the family that are not keen on rice had straight to wok noodles with soy sauce.

I’m not a pork lover but I did pork as my eldest daughter doesn’t each chicken. She hated the meal anyway, so next time I will do it with chicken 🙂

The kids break up on Friday so I best get checking out some simple lunch ideas for them. They love to cook their own lunch at weekends so I’m going to be researching some real easy recipes for them to cook themselves. We are also going to do some taste testing, trying new tastes each week. Fingers crossed they will be eating more than chicken nuggets by the end of the holidays. I can only hope.

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This Weeks Meal Plan – Food for Thought

I missed last week’s meal plan post. I was far too busy with other thing and the food kind of suffered too. We ate out on Sunday Night for my Daughter’s birthday (bang went the budget £150 for 3 of us!!) I have just winged the rest of the week which has not been good. Last night we had a take out!! (Another £40, am I made of money.)

We had a BBQ, thankfully we already had a lot of burgers and sausages in the freezer. I’d seen some kebabs in the supermarket which were £4.50 for 4. So I put them back and made my own. I spent about £10, but made about 18 so much better value, probably nicer too because I could choose the veg and flavouring for each one, and we had a mixture of chicken and pork.

We did manage the slow cooker lamb curry which was delicious, but my daughter complained about the house smelling of curry all day. Then I realised that’s why I don’t use my slow cooker so much, I have three children with sensory issues and the smell of cooking all day bothers them. I guess I could use it on school days but then the holidays are coming up! Argh! At least they like the smell of bread cooking so maybe I’ll make more bread instead and we can try some different kind of sandwiches.

I managed to defrost my freezer!! The husband helped by removing a lot of the ice. When I get my new freezer I’m going to make sure it’s self defrosting like our other one. We haven’t had to defrost that one in 8 years.

This weeks Food

This week I really need to be more frugal, and I’m dreading the kids being off school in a couple of weeks. I’m going to have to search out some lunch time ideas for them. I might try introducing them to some new foods each week, maybe a fruit or vegetable?

  • Saturday – Chicken and chorizo paella
  • Sunday – Chicken Roast dinner (it’s gone a little cooler!)
  • Monday – meatballs and spaghetti
  • Tuesday – Pizza and garlic bread
  • Wednesday – Steak for the boys, kiev for the girls
  • Thursday – quiche and salad (maybe a few fries)
  • Friday – fish and chips (chicken for Graham)

So that’s this weeks list. The shopping is done £182, including lunches for my daughter who is working three days next week. Of course I have to buy other essentials besides food, like washing liquid, cat food, deodorant etc. The meals will probably be mixed around but I am absolutely not buying any take outs or eating out this week!

I’m Linking up to Katy Kicker for her Meal Planning Linky.

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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went ok, again apart from the slow cooker lamb curry which as I speak is in the slow cooker! I also have some naan bread, although I didn’t make it, I’m being lazy again, but although I love making bread it can be time consuming and you can buy it ready made so cheaply.

Also we swapped our tacos for Chicken Souvlaki which were really tasty. I didn’t make my own pitta bread though, I bought some flat breads from Sainsburys. I have made pitta bread before though.

Instead of the curry we just had burgers and that’s why the curry is on the list today.

Bread

I’m keen to have a go at making some bread in my breadmaker. I bought it a while ago and as with most new kitchen gadgets it got used all the time at first, but now it’s gathering dust. I’m thinking of maybe a nice desert type of bread, chocolate and orange maybe? I’m off to look for a recipe now.

Oh, and the freezer is nearly empty so I’m hoping to defrost it tomorrow 🙂

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Slow cooker lamb curry
  • Sunday – Lasagna
  • Monday – Tacos (because we didn’t have them last week)
  • Tuesday – chicken and chorizo paella
  • Wednesday – chicken and chips
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – Toad-in-the-hole

I hope it goes well. I’m also hoping to do just one shop this week. Last week I did a shop at Sainsburys, but there were some things I could only get from Morrisons, so I split the shop between the two, taking forever to see which items were cheaper. I believe that Sainsburys is cheaper than Morrisons for so much more!

I still spent less than £200 though…and not one single take out. yippee!

We did go out for my brother’s birthday last Saturday and the bill for six of us was £55, which I think is amazing. We didn’t order desert because my brother had his birthday cake (Which I made.)

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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went well, apart from the curry which I didn’t make because I wasn’t well. I will make it this week instead.

No take outs this week, but we did go out for a meal. It wasn’t my fault, it was my brother’s birthday. We all went apart from eldest daughter, and although we ate at around 3.30pm we ate enough to keep us full all day. If you are interested in what we ate, two kids had fish and chips, one had gammon. Graham had a big breakfast (which was HUGE) and my son had a big pizza. I went for the vegan menu and had a gorgeous red pepper and aubergine bake with tomato sauce, it came with salad and garlic bread. Then of course there was birthday cake for desert.

This weeks meal plan

  • Saturday – Eat out
  • Sunday – pies and mash
  • Monday – Pasta based dishes.
  • Tuesday – tacos
  • Wednesday – lamb curry
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – Freezer raid*

On Friday I’m going to raid the freezer for things that need to be eaten to give us some extra space. These will probably be things like chicken dippers, fish fingers, fish cakes, chicken pieces etc. I’ll see what everyone fancies so I’ll probably end up cooking three or four different meals. When they are frozen meals though it’s not much bother. The aim is to empty one of the freezers as it needs defrosting. The other freezer is self defrosting.

Two fridge freezers are a pain but we do have a big family so they are necessary. My hope is to replace both of them with one big double America style freezer, but that would involve moving one of my kitchen cupboards. We’ve already had some great advice on what freezer to get so it’s just a matter of time and money.

What are you cooking this week? Find out what other’s are cooking over on Katy Kickers meal planning linky.

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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. Apart from swapping the days around a little, we had everything on the list…and no take outs!

This week I’m writing this on Sunday despite getting the shopping early and starting it on Saturday. And guess what? I’m starting with a take out! So, annoyed. I was really poorly yesterday, practically comatose from lunch time onward. So when it came to dinner time it was suggested that we had take out so I wouldn’t have to cook. I would much have preferred for someone else to do the cooking, but I was too weak to argue.

  • Saturday – Take Out (silent grrr)
  • Sunday – Salmon en croute (ready made from Sainsburys)
  • Monday – Paella
  • Tuesday -Lasagne
  • Wednesday – fish or Chicken and chips
  • Thursday – Fajita pasta bake
  • Friday Slow cooked lamb with pilau rice from Joleisa

Fingers crossed there will be no more take outs this week. Shopping this week came to £160. Take out cost me £36. Puts it into perspective doesn’t it?

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