Monday, 24 February 2014

Menu planning 24 February - 2 March

Well last week went to plan, our main problem during holidays it that everything is later, so we don't eat until maybe 7.30pm, so the whole evening is shunted.

Back to normal this week though, 8am school buses and all...

Monday Baked tuna

Tuesday Pork burgers

Wednesday Coconut chicken curry

Thursday Pineapple chili

Friday Paleo fish pie (recipe to follow)

Saturday Frozen beef burgers from Aldi!

Sunday Pulled pork from Civilised Caveman

Sharing as usual with Mrs M - look there for other ideas

Sunday, 23 February 2014

'Poached' salmon

We have this probably once  a month.  It is quick and the only messy bit is lifting it out of the foil.

Tesco and Aldi sell frozen blocks of salmon individually wrapped, so you only need to take out those you need.

For each salmon fillet, prepare a piece of foil (go for decent stuff, rather that you use to wrap the kids' sandwiches!) about a foot square.

Cut off the plastic wrapping and place the salmon in the middle of the foil square.

Add one tablespoon of water and one tablespoon of olive oil, and wrap the salmon up well.
Place on a baking tray and cook for the stated time, we go for 24 minutes.

Once the time is up, take the tray out of the oven and unwrap one piece at a time.  Using a fish slice lift the fish carefully onto a plate - beware it is likely to drip.
I tend to throw the foil into the sink until we have eaten, and this is one time we just throw the foil away.
You can serve it will hollandaise sauce,but I haven't had time to experiment with that yet.

Monday, 17 February 2014

Menu planning 17 - 23 February

Well it's half term this week, but it doesn't make a lot of difference.  The boy will have a bacon or sausage sandwich for breakfast instead of egg on toast, and will eat from the cupboard rather than a packed lunch, but apart from that we carry on as normal.

I still have photos to add to various historic recipes, but that has to wait until we have that meal again. I also hope to add some recipes to the blog that have disappeared from the original sources, but life has a knack of getting in the way!

So this week looks like this:

Monday Salmon - hopefully it will come out like this! Recipe to follow...

Tuesday Caramel pork chops

Wednesday Chicken not pie

Thursday Bacon wrapped meatloaf

Friday Curried fish chowder

Saturday Meatza - grain free pizza

Sunday Honey ginger apple pork

Sharing as usual with Mrs M - go over there is you need some othe meal planning ideas!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Menu planning 10 - 16 February

Well, it's Monday evening again!
I have supported our (fulltime) post office, pub (for lunch), mobile library and church coffee shop today, but although this is good for the local community, it means I haven't been home for most of the day!

Last week did almost go to plan, apart from Thursday.  I had offered to help at Messy Church, which runs from 3pm to 5.30pm, and my husband discovered that it was one of his days at the heritage railway, but he also had a meeting at 7pm.  No problem, I thought - I can make a meatloaf, put it into the fridge and the boy can take it out and put it into the oven when he gets in from school to ensure a quick turnaround.  Then it turns out he needs to stay at school until 5pm to complete his practical project for Resistance Materials (Design & Technology - what use to be called woodwork and metalwork) - and then needed to collected.  At that point, we decided that frozen burgers were a better option.  He phoned at 1pm, to say that there were no teachers to supervise and he would get the school bus home!  Arrgggh!

This week seems to be getting busier as I watch, and the slow cooker meals are going to be needed at the weekend.

Monday - Tuna

Tuesday - Citrus pork chops

Wednesday - Coconut turkey stew

Thursday - Shepherd's pie

Friday - Curried coconut pollack

Saturday - Pulled pork

Sunday - Beef stew

Sharing as usual with Meal Planning Monday with Mrs M

Monday, 3 February 2014

Menu planning 3 - 10 February

How come it is so late, when I had this menu plan ready at 9.30am this morning?

A slightly challenging weekend just gone, so it is good to get home and be in control on what we buy and what we eat.

We spent the weekend at a catered weekend, where everything is done on a shoestring, and I felt that maybe if you have dietary issues, it may be better to provide all your own food (I am gluten sensitive, and try to avoid all grains).  I had taken a cool bag with two portions of soup, a portion of beef stew instead of the traditional takeaway, one cooked sausage for breakfast, two pieces of cake I could eat, packs of nuts and seeds, salad dressing and even an emergency tin of tuna - and apart from the tuna, I used all of them!  On both lunches, I jumped the queue and heated my soup and made up my salad before everyone else came through, and on Saturday evening, I waited until they started to call people to queue for the takeaway.

Anyway onto this week!

Monday - Spice it up salmon

Tuesday - Not stuffed mushrooms

Wednesday - Honey, apricot & raisin chicken

Thursday - Hungarian meatloaf

Friday - Cheesy fish fillets

Saturday - Coconut curry pork

Sunday - Mozzarella meatballs

I am sharing as usual with Mrs M