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Meal Planning Monday #5

2 Apr

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve managed to get it together enough to write a menu plan.  Well, most of a menu plan!

M: Chocolate chilli, sweet potato fries and sauteed Brussels sprouts

T: Pad Thai, Asian cucumber salad on the side

W: Moroccan meatballs, cauliflower pilaf

T: Chicken risotto (with some roasted chunks of butternut squash tossed in as it (a) needs to be used up and (b) I am apparently out of frozen peas and I refuse to go back to the shops again!!)

F: Leftover (and much improved by a day or two in the fridge) Moroccan meatballs, cauliflower pilaf

I haven’t thought much about food for the Easter weekend.  I did spot some large lumps of lamb in the freezer but I haven’t the faintest clue what cuts they are, so I might slow-roast the biggest lump with loads of garlic and rosemary for Sunday.  I guess it depends on whether we’re descending upon the in-laws or not!  If we are… I am baking a paleo chocolate cake!!  I miss baking and it’s so much safer for me to bake when I have a willing horde of locusts to polish everything off for me.


Meal Planning Monday #4 (5 March)

5 Mar

Last week I didn’t bother doing a meal plan as Dave was away, and my plan was to just cook up a big pot of chilli or ragu and eat that all week.  Which worked out quite well, as it turns out, but it did get a little boring!

This week is a little bit more exciting for my tastebuds.

M: Bora-bora fireballs (spicy pork meatballs covered in shredded coconut), sunshine sauce (almond butter satay sauce), cauliflower rice.  Recipes from Well Fed by The Clothes Make The Girl
T: Leftover fireballs for me as Dave is out to dinner
W: Chicken katsu curry, cauliflower rice
T: Sausages, cauliflower mash, braised red cabbage
F: Chocolate chilli, sweet potato fries, maybe some guacamole?
S: Aloo gobi with chicken
S: Swedish meatballs, mustard gravy and swede/cauliflower mash

I am also contemplating making a paleo (or primal) key lime pie.  I am in the mood for dessert… However, this would require going back to the supermarket and I’d rather not!!

What are you eating this week?  Head over to Mrs M’s for inspiration.

Meal Planning Monday #3 (20 Feb)

20 Feb

Hello, Monday!

Half-term is over and Lucas (and I) are very excited about the first day of school.  He’s looking forward to seeing his friends again and I’m looking forward to some peace and quiet.  And maybe a nap.  Hey, naps are totally primal!

This week I am fearsomely organised.  I actually made my meal plan on Saturday night, added the resulting shopping list to my second brain iPhone, and then hit the supermarket first thing on Sunday morning.  After I played Fridge Tetris, I made some salsa egg muffins for Dave’s breakfasts this week, followed by an Italian turkey meafloaf and a batch of cauliflower mash for his work lunches. So, he’s all set for the week and my halo is shining as brightly as any angel’s.

We’re off to London this weekend for the London Super Comic Convention which promises to be lots of fun.  I love London and going there is always a blast!  It’ll be good to see some of our old friends and make some new ones!  Eating properly will be challenging, but I’ll do the best I can and hopefully all the walking around Excel and the riverside will help with whatever damage does get done.

M: Moroccan Meatballs with cauliflower pilaf

T: BBQ chicken pizza (cauliflower crust!), sweet potato fries

W: Pork tenderloin wrapped in pancetta with sage, onion and apple; roasted sweet potatoes or carrot-cauliflower mash. Haven’t decided yet.

T: Leftover Moroccan Meatballs.  Mmmm… meatballs.

F: Out for dinner

S: Out for dinner

S: Chocolate chilli, cauliflower rice, sprinkle of cheddar cheese

I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday again.  Always fun to see what other people are cooking!

Meal Planning Monday #2 (13 Feb)

13 Feb

Another Monday… I swear that weekends go by on fast-forward.  Last week’s meal-planning was a success.  I swapped a couple of days around when I found myself feeling worn-out one evening and needed a fast (and super-easy) meal.  I love being able to just pull a bag of chilli out of the freezer!  My little boy also surprised me by going mad for the Pork & Fennel Meatballs, so I’ll be making those again for sure.

M: Chicken and pea ‘risotto’ with crispy pancetta on top

T: Cottage pie, spring greens

W: Fried rice (probably with roast chicken thighs rather than diced ham)

T: Cottage pie, roasted Brussels sprouts

F: Caribbean chicken curry with cauliflower rice

S: Cheesy pork burgers, sweet potato fries, roasted green beans

S: Chocolate chilli with cauliflower rice, salsa and guacamole

I’m linking up with the Meal Planning Monday meme with At Home With Mrs M.

Meal Planning Monday (6 Feb ’12)

6 Feb


As I am sometimes a Bear of Little Brain and prone to standing in the middle of the kitchen wondering what I planned to cook for dinner, I have taken to planning out my meals for the week.  This allows me to pretend to be terrifically organised and some sort of uber-mum.  Shh!  In theory this lets me shop once for the week and not have to battle my way round the supermarket mid-week.  (There was a point last year when I realised I’d been to the supermarket every day for ten days straight.  I blushed all the way home when one of the staff commented on it.)

Here’s my menu for the week.  All primal/low-carb/grain-free/whatever you want to call it.

M: Roast pork belly, carrot-cauliflower puree, roasted Brussels sprouts

T: Pad Thai (with zero-carb Miracle Noodles)

W: Chocolate chilli with cauliflower rice

T: Pork & fennel meatballs on courgette spaghetti

F: Sausages, cauliflower mash, braised red cabbage

S: Chocolate chilli with sweet potato fries and green beans

S: Chicken, bacon and butternut squash cauliflower ‘risotto’

In case anyone is interested, I actually have a laminated menu-plan adorning my fridge.  I am so mean… I moved all of Lucas’s beloved fridge magnets to the dishwasher so that I could use the fridge.  I use this gorgeous saucepan one from Ollie Bird and had it printed (A2 size) and laminated at a local print shop for about £3 and picked up some dry-erase pens at Tesco (£1.50 for two plus eraser).  Sadly laminated things don’t photograph well, but on the plus side you are all saved from squinting at my dreadful writing!