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This Weeks Menu and we have a Boring Food Alert

I hate boring food. I want to cook new recipes and enjoy new things, but my family are so stuck in their ways. I really look forward to our Mindful Chef boxes as I know it means we are going to try something new, but I can only afford them fortnightly and there is only me and my eldest son that are willing to try them. Last week we had a Madras fish curry which was a little too spicy for my liking. I guess having Madras in the title should have given me a hint. The other recipe, Chicken and quinoa with slaw was really nice though.

So here we are onto a non Mindful Chef week and it’s going to be boring.

This Weeks Menu Boring Food

weekly menu poster
  • Monday – Pizza and garlic bread (Monday Staple)
  • Tuesday – Apple and Pork sausages and mash
  • Wednesday – Lasagne
  • Thursday – Burgers (selection of vegetarian, chicken and fancy beef burgers)
  • Friday – Maybe chip shop dinner…or chicken and chips
  • Saturday – home made curry and rice with naan bread
  • Sunday – Roast Chicken dinner

Has anyone else noticed the spike in food shopping? I try to be frugal but even just buying the basics seems to cost so much. We may have to resort to beans on toast. I have cut down on take outs but we still end up having one a week. Chip shop is the cheapest closely followed by a party bucket from KFC, but they don’t do enough fries so we have to pop some oven chips in.

If you are looking to save money on your shopping you can check out Katy’s 7 Fantastic Tips to Help You Save Money on Your Food Shopping.

Next week I hope to have less boring food on our menu

Lunch Times

The kids are (supposedly) back at school this week. My Little Man has decided he wants packed lunches rather than school dinners. I asked him what he wanted and he said, sandwich, crisps and chocolate cake…ah yes, very healthy!! I have persuaded him to have a bread roll, Quavers, a banana or pear, and a fruit bar. I hope that’s a bit better for him. He doesn’t like yoghurts or fromage frais. He really wanted crisps so the Quavers are a compromise although I’m not sure how much healthier they are.

The girls will be having lunch at home for a few more weeks as they are not back full time yet.

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Weekly Meal Plan, Back in the Oven!

Guess what? We have our oven fixed…over two weeks without an oven and I can honestly say it’s not been good. I was so pleased when the technician turned up this morning and fixed it. I can finally start cooking things in my oven again.

Last week went okay. We didn’t get our toad-in-the-hole thanks to not having an oven. We did have our lamb roast but we had to cook the joint in the slow cooker.

This Weeks Meal Plan with an Oven

weekly meal plan

This is possibly the last week of doing the kids lunches for a while. I certainly won’t miss that. It’s not so bad when they are on holiday but when we are doing home school I have to get lunch done at a particular time.

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles
  • quesadillas
  • chicken burgers

Now we have the oven working again we can hopefully start thinking about some different foods. Possibly use up our load in the freezer. It’s amazing how much we’ve not been able to cook because it needs oven cooking.

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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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Weekly Meal Plan Getting My Mojo Back

Last week I missed my meal plan and it was a bit of a nightmare. This week, I wrote a shopping list…go me I have my mojo back! I have worked out a meal plan and I shopped along with it. Hopefully this will mean that I won’t be adding to my six bags of frozen sausages and buying yet another cucumber which is not getting eaten. Fingers crossed! Although, we may have to have one take out this week seeing as it’s my birthday.

Weekly Meal Plan – Mojo is Back

  • Monday – pizza and garlic bread
  • Tuesday – fish paella (chicken for Graham)
  • Wednesday – Enchiladas
  • Thursday – My choice of take out…not decided yet
  • Friday – meatballs and pasta
  • Saturday – Salmon twirls (homemade curry for Graham)
  • Sunday – Sausages and Mash

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Last weeks menu

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Weekly Meal Plan – Back on Track

Oops I did it again!…no this is not another musical themed menu..I just forgot to plan last week. I think I was in a bit of a slump at the weekend and the shopping was done in a daze. I’m back on track this week though. And we have our Mindful Chef delivery which always adds to my inspiration.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Back on Track

The girls are having lunch at home for the time being so I’m back on lunch time duties. We seem to be stuck on sandwiches at the moment though, so I’m going to try some different bread to change it up a little. The only thing they will eat on their sandwiches is cheese or ham!

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Weekly Meal Plan – Trying something New

Trying Something New

I’m a bit late with my menu this week. We are trying something new. We’ve been having issues with food, being totally fed up of the regular meals we were having and the cupboards and freezers were stacked up with food we don’t really want to eat. So, I’ve been trying to mix it up a bit. I enjoy a fortnightly box from Mindful Chef, so I decided to buy a cookbook. I am keen to try quite a lot of the recipes which is good. I’ll let you know how we get on. You can read my last weekly menu here.

This Weeks Menu

No Birthdays this week, we have to wait until next Monday. She’s asked for a take away pizza and chocolate cake. I’m not complaining. We normally go out as a family to Pizza Hut, it’s been a tradition for about 6 years. But this year we don’t want to risk a crowded restaurant. So we will be trying something new and recreating a pizza restaurant at home.

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food. This week we are trying something new

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Lunches for the kids, they can choose what they want on each day

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles
  • quesadillas
  • chicken burgers

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Weekly Meal Plan – Another Birthday

We have started the week with another birthday. It is Boo’s 13th and I made her a lovely lunch of pizza, sausage rolls, mini poppadoms, french fries, cheesy biscuits, chicken pops and cake to follow. They had a lovely time. For tonight’s dinner I’m just making them hot dogs and the grown ups are having Thai tofu and noodles.

another birthday, party food.
party food

Last weeks menu went well. We enjoyed the meals from Mindful Chef, the Dukkah pork was really yummy and it was the first time I have cooked lettuce and I loved it. The Salmon with with bubble and squeek was really nice too, but it was way too much cabbage. If you would like to try Mindful Chef you can get £20 off your first box and I can get £20 off too. All you have to do is put my e-mail in the referral box..my email is okesanne@gmail.com, click banner for website.

This Weeks Menu – Another Birthday

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food.
  • Monday – hot dogs for the kids, Thai Tofu and noodles for grown ups
  • Tuesday – spaghetti bolognese
  • Wednesday – Nandos chicken with wedges
  • Thursday – Quiche or pizza
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – curry
  • Sunday – pie and mash.

Lunches for the kids, they can choose what they want on each day

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles

I’m still hoping that one day we will be able to have a BBQ soon. Come on British Summer, when will you come back?

Last week I moved the lamb pasta bake to Sunday because it took hours to cook. It was really yummy though, I was pleasantly surprised. I didn’t think it sounded as good as it tasted. I’ll do it again sometime.

If you have kids and would like to get them interested in cooking, I’ve just become an affiliate for a fabulous kids monthly recipe box called Little Cooks. You can read my post about it here.

Have a lovely tasty week, I’d pass you some birthday cake if I could. Don’t worry, I have two weeks until the next one.

Anne x

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Weekly Meal Plan – Summer Time

Ah, the summer holidays have begun, but we are not going on holiday. It’s kind of setting in now and I feel quite sad about it. At first I just wanted to stay safe, now I just want some freedom! Anyway, it’s summer time and I want my food to reflect that, but I’ve not really worked out how yet.

I didn’t write a meal plan last week. I was quite ill with a bad back and the pain relief I was given just made me feel really tired. In fact the past week has passed in a blur. I have added some new things to my menu this week and it’s also our Mindful Chef delivery, so we have two new recipes from them. If you would like to try Mindful Chef you can get £20 off your first box and I can get £20 off too. All you have to do is put my e-mail in the referral box..my email is okesanne@gmail.com, click banner for website.

This Weeks Menu – Summer Time

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food.
  • Monday – Pizza and garlic bread, plus salad (I’m going to attempt to make a quinoa pizza for myself.
  • Tuesday – Mindful Chef Salmon with basil and pesto Bubble and Squeak, others can have southern fried chicken and salad.
  • Wednesday – lamb pasta bake
  • Thursday – Mindful Chef Dukkah pork with peaches and charred lettuce.
  • Friday – Fry up
  • Saturday – Lamb Pitta Bread
  • Sunday – pie and mash.
Dukkah pork and peaches with charred lettuce from Mindful Chef
Dukkah Pork and peaches with charred lettuce from Mindful Chef.

Lunches for the kids, they can choose what they want on each day

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles

I didn’t do a meal plan last week and spent most of the week in confusion. But the last one I did worked out pretty well.

I hope we can stick to the plan this week, but if we do make a change I think it will be a BBQ…where is the sunshine? If it comes back we will definitely be eating outside.

If you have kids and would like to get them interested in cooking, I’ve just become an affiliate for a fabulous kids monthly recipe box called Little Cooks. You can read my post about it here.

Have a lovely tasty week and here’s to Summer Time,

Anne x

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Weekly Meal Plan – New Recipes

We are trying out some new recipes lately and it’s helping to spice up mealtimes a little. Last week we had Chimichangas which are basically deep fried enchiladas. We will probably make them again but mix up the fillings a bit. Deep fried wraps are a lot nicer than I expected.

We also had a birthday last week and my daughter decided to go for an Indian curry from our local take out restaurant. The kids had Mc Donald’s because they are not curry fans. I had a chicken tikka masala which was really tasty, but it did give me a bad stomach 🙁

There was also lots of cake!

That’s one birthday down, the next is in 3 weeks, then another 2 weeks later and another 2 weeks after that. Wish me luck!

Weekly Meal Plan with New Recipes

weekly meal plan new recipes

This week is Mindful Chef week so I have two recipes from our box.

  • Monday – Pizza and garlic bread (Monday staple)
  • Tuesday – Sweet and Sour turkey with egg fried rice (Mindful Chef)
  • Wednesday – lamb kebabs (Minted lamb burgers in pitta bread)
  • Thursday – Madras fish curry with brown rice (mindful chef)
  • Friday – Fryday Fry Up
  • Saturday – chicken and chips
  • Sunday – Gammon and potato dauphinois

Lunches for the kids, which they generally make themselves. I’ve added a couple of extra suggestions, I wasn’t able to add any extra days to the week.

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles

Linking up with Katy as usual. Click through to see what everyone else is making this week and most of all, stay safe x

Katykicker
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Weekly Meal Plan – Mindful chef and a Birthday

It’s been a while since I did a meal plan, I’ve had some weird weeks where I just haven’t worked out what we are eating until the last minute. I overstocked the cupboards and freezers and we have had to make an effort to empty them a little. We have also been totally fed up with food and cooking. Do you get like that? One thing that has helped a little has been to go back to Mindful Chef. My eldest son said he wanted to try some healthier meals so we are giving them a go. We have hits and misses but so far it’s been mostly good. Last week’s menu was not exactly what we ordered, so they’ve given us next weeks order for free! If you want to give mindful chef a try you can get £20 off your first box and I can get £20 off too. All you have to do is put my e-mail in the referral box..my email is okesanne@gmail.com

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Recipes From Mindful Chef

This week we had a recipe for pork and lemon meatballs served with parsnip ribbons. They were delicious, but son is a big lad and I had to add some pasta as well.

pork and lemon meatballs from Mindful Chef

This Weeks Meal Plan

We don’t have any Mindful chef deliveries this week, but we do have a birthday take out in the plan.

This weeks meal plan - cookery programs
  • Monday – Pizza, salad and garlic bread
  • Tuesday – Take Out of choice from the Birthday girl
  • Wednesday – scallop risotto with brown butter
  • Thursday – pasta bake
  • Friday – Chimichangas with savoury rice.
  • Saturday – We’ll see what we fancy but it’ll most likely be curry or chicken and chips
  • Sunday – Toad in the Hole with mash and veg.

Lunches for the kids, which they generally make themselves.

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles

I haven’t put days as they can just pick what they want and which day.

I have recently discovered Binging with Babish on You Tube. He makes some really cool stuff based on television and movies. It’s where I got the idea for the Chimchangas (Deadpool from Marvel got upset when someone blew up his favourite Chimichunga restaurant.) You can also find Lars Ube roll from Stephen Universe and a Krabby Patty from Spongebob Square pants. Thankfully, Babish also does some more simple recipes and my daughter has just ordered his cookbook.

Linking up with Katy as usual. Click through to see what everyone else is making this week and most of all, stay safe x

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