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Weekly Meal Plan – Christmas Food

It’s that time of the year when your trolley starts to fill with those little extras that you only buy at Christmas. I remember as a child, that my Mum would order a Christmas hamper full of tins and packets. We would be having soup for lunch every day, and there were staples such as Spam and tins of pate. We would also have a huge jar of Branston Pickle and a packet of biscuits for cheese.

I still carry through some of the Christmas traditional food, I mean, it wouldn’t be the same without a box of Matchmakers or After Eights would it. This week I have a bottle of Bailey’s sneaking in. I love Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur but rarely buy it unless it’s Christmas. It’s so nice in hot chocolate too with loads of squirty cream on top. We never used to buy mince pies as Mum and Nan preferred to make them. But I start buying them as soon as they arrive in the supermarket. I love them so much, even at breakfast!

Anyway, I may have added a few extras this week and last but the big shop is being prepared for next week. The turkey crown is ordered separately, I may order a nice ham too and stick it in the slow cooker.

What is your favourite Christmas food?

Weekly Menu – Christmas Food

weekly menu poster, week before Christmas. Nearly Christmas

  • Monday – Pizza and garlic bread
  • Tuesday – chicken and chorizo paella
  • Wednesday – Curry
  • Thursday – Pasta bake
  • Friday – Brinner
  • Saturday – Jerk Chicken
  • Sunday – stir Fry

Last weeks menu didn’t go entirely to plan. Monday and Tuesday were fine…the duck was sublime. I buy it from Sainsbury’s and you just pop it in the oven. You get so much meat off the duck, which is a surprise, but I guess the price reflects that, I paid £6.50 for two breasts, so £13 for four. We had it with our own special egg fried rice recipe. It was so yummy. We also had the meatballs on Wednesday.

On Thursday we decided to have toad-in-the hole and on Friday Graham had to go out late and I wasn’t well enough to cook so we ended up with a chip shop dinner.

Saturday I was really poorly and I didn’t eat and I think Graham cooked pie and chips for everyone. We had our Sunday roast Chicken though.

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This Weeks Menu – Winter Blues

I feel like I’m winging it again this week. I logged on last week to find that there were no grocery slots until Wednesday so I don’t even have my weekly shop yet!! I’ve booked next weeks shop already, got to get in quick these days. Last week went well though, despite all the pork and tofu. The Winter blues are settling in here and I want to choose food that makes us feel comforted and happier.

We are also under a fair amount of stress with mock exams and worrying about COVID. According the the Mindful Chef cookbook we should be avoiding sugar, caffeine and processed fats and focusing more on fruit and vegetables, brown rice, buckwheat and vitamin C. I’m also taking magnesium supplements which help with leg pain.

I’m not sure my menu this week reflects this well, but I’ve added a fair bit of fruit into the shopping (we’ll pretend I didn’t add the doughnuts!) We have also swapped white rice for brown which has gone down well so far.

This Weeks Menu – Winter Blues

Image shows text Weekly Meal Plan and some bowls of healthy food.
  • Monday – Take Out (we had Chinese food)
  • Tuesday – Pizza for most, duck breasts for me and daughter
  • Wednesday – homemade turkey meatballs in tomato sauce
  • Thursday – Chicken and curly fries
  • Friday – veggie chilli with brown rice
  • Saturday – thai curry
  • Sunday – Toad-in-the-hole with mash

I hope everyone is well and staying happy and coping well in these difficult times. Let’s hope this winter passes as quickly as the summer seemed to go.

Joining in with Katy Kicker and her meal planning linky