I don’t know about you, but when it’s time to write my weekly shopping list, I find it easy to think of what we are going to eat for breakfast, lunch and snacks but when it comes to dinner, my mind goes blank! So, I decided to put together a 4 week meal plan so I don’t need to think about it again for ages. I don’t eat meat but the other 3 do, so we tend to eat mostly vegetarian, with fish once a week and a meat option at least once a week too (I don’t mind cooking it). I meal plan for 5 or 6 days as find we eat out or at friends once a week or have leftovers.
- Fantastic Fish pie – I use a recipe from Jamie Oliver’s Naked Chef book, that’s not online, but this Jamie one looks good.
- Sweet potato quesadillas – served with salad and sour cream.
- Homemade pizza – we make dough for the bases in the bread maker than add a mix of passata & tomato paste (half & half), then grated cheese and a choice of toppings (kids can make themselves) including veggies, olives, pineapple and ham.
- Chicken or prawn Thai green curry – a kid friendly recipe from Netmums.
- Macaroni cheese – or Macaroni for Shetland Pony as we call it, after the line in Julia Donaldson’s ‘Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose’. Served with broccoli or peas.
- Sausage, mash & peas – veggie sausages for me and real (good quality) ones for everyone else.
- Smoky bean chilli – something like this (but I don’t do the baked eggs on top) and served with avocado, sour cream and rice.
- Ham in Coca-cola & winter slaw – OK we meant to do this at Christmas but never got round to it so it’s still on my list as a weekend option! Served with fresh bread or roast potatoes. I will probably have a piece of fish instead.
- Salmon kebabs & mango salsa – I thread cubed salmon, chunks of pepper, onion and mushroom onto skewers and pour over a tablespoon of olive oil, juice of a lemon, smoked paprika and a crushed clove of garlic. I make a mango salsa with cubed mango, coriander and a spinkling of rice vinegar. Served with rice or cubed and roasted potatoes.
- Cheese fondue – a winter treat option and fun with the kids to dip their bread and veggies into! We take out cheese sauce from the main pot and put into little dishes for them until it cools down. As well as the suggested accompaniments on the list, we also like boiled pearl potatoes, cornichons and mini pickled onions.
- Shakshuka – a Middle Eastern breakfast dish though we have this as a main meal with pitta or flatbread to dip. I also add feta to this recipe just before serving.
- Fishfingers, oven chips & peas.
- Roast dinner – (I look for a small joint of organic meat, whichever is best priced), roast potatoes, vegetables & Yorkshire pudding (I have veggie sausages).
- Pineapple fried rice – adding in any leftover meat from yesterday for the meat eaters.
- Jacket potatoes with beans, cheese & salad.
- Goan fish curry – with reduced chillis so the kids will eat it!
- Puy Lentil Lasagne – can mostly be made in advance of teatime or put in the freezer,
- Hotdogs & homemade sweet potato fries – using veggie or organic pork hotdogs.
- Nut roast with pistachios and cranberries – we have one left in the freezer from Christmas!
- Beef Stroganoff – I cook a separate pan of mushroom stroganoff at the same time (same recipe just substituting mushrooms for beef).
- Tortellini bake – shop bought tortellini, passata, garlic and baby tomatoes mixed together and baked with cheese on top.
- Fishcakes – with salad.
- 5 Minute Cannellini Bean Stew – served with rice or couscous.
- Homemade pizza again.
PS! 4 Lunches 3 Ways, BLW Adventures Part 1 & Part 2
What’s your favourite winter meal?