Week starting 25th January
Back to the world of meal planning after a bit of a break for Christmas (although it’s nearly the end of January, not sure I can blame Christmas anymore – let’s face it, it’s laziness).
Our basic premise remains the same every week – two meat meals (usually not more than one of which is red meat), two veggie meals and two fish meals per week and a wild card day to go out and have a good time. Last week the wild card day was a day out to York on the train and burgers at Byron. So bloody good.
Last week I decided after many months of debating to buy Jamie’s Everyday Superfood book so this week’s menu is heavily influenced by it after I realised it’s actually pretty good when you’re cooking for kids (except the breakfast bit – I still can’t figure out how anyone does anything interesting for breakfast, I’m sure it’s to do with getting up earlier but I don’t want to think too hard about that.
So today (Monday) was Asian crispy beef served with noodles and salad. I was pleasantly surprised about how easy this was to make with two hungry under 5s at my feet and also how bloody tasty the beef was. I’d make this again for sure, it makes a change from the usual stir fry and we also thought the beef would be good in tacos.
Tomorrow it’s going to be a simple meal of baked salmon fillets with creamy mash (using creme fraiche) and peas and Wednesday is also a simple one of crispy jacket potatoes with cheese and salad. We’re having a lot of salad this week because I over-ordered on the iceberg….
On Thursday we’re going to be having a veggie curry with rice. I do like to experiment when making curries but generally find that the thai/coconut milk ones go down best with the kids. I just throw in whatever veg we have around that I know they won’t turn their noses up at. There’s no logic to it as they’ll both eat raw pepper by the handful but if you try to serve it to them cooked they’ll act like you’re trying to poison them.
On Friday it’s going to be Jamie’s skinny carbonara recipe which I hope is kid friendly as we’ve got Max’s best friend over for tea. It’s obviously a variation on a carbonara which involves making a pesto with almonds, peas, basil, parmesan, garlic and lemon juice and a creamy sauce with yoghurt and egg. You get a bit of bacon too, our second meaty meal of the week.
Saturday is our day off, who knows what exciting plans await (for exciting plans read most likely fish and chips and TV on the sofa) and then on Sunday I’m finishing with another Jamie recipe to round off the week although varying it slightly. I’m going to buy some nice big juicy prawns from the fishmongers and make “sizzling moroccan prawn, fluffy couscous and rainbow salsa”. I say a variation as the picture shows the meal covered in pomegranate seeds and I can’t bloody stand the things so mine will be lovely in its pomegranate freeness.
Happy week everyone.