My meal planner – comments welcome!

Here is a weekly meal planner (evening dinners only) for those who want to give it a go…

Monday: Pasta, pesto (check salt content is not to high) , Asparagus stalks (steamed), toasted Cashew nuts and/or steamed Haddock, spring onions, red onion, Spinach. (Pesto – Asda do a good one in their ‘Extra special’ range it has half the salt that the Bertolli one has).

Tuesday:
Sausages, Steamed leeks n cheese sauce, roasted potatoe with mixed herbs (cut up small to make saute size ones), roasted halved pepper, roasted chestnut mushrooms.

Wednesday: Brown rice with mixed herbs added & some Nandos peri peri!, a pre-cooked chicken, or could be chicken breasts, Corn on the cob.

Thursday: Easy homemade chicken n leek pot-pie with herby scone topping. (Recipie can be found at end of planner).

Friday: Vegetable (and or any meat you like) Curry Balti and Jasmine or Brown basmatti rice.

Sat & Sun – Freestlyle!

Please let us know what you try out!

CHICKEN POT PIE:
What you need: Chicken (we use left overs from our whole chicken from the day before), 1 leek, a few carrots,1 onion, 6 to 7 mushrooms, mixed herbs, seasoning. (you can add bacon to or quorn for veggies.
TOPPING: Chopped fresh parsley, veg stock, 1 mug full of self raising wholemeal flour, quarter 250g bar of butter, milk or water to mix. An oven proof dish.

Start cooking: Fry the chopped onion, leek, carrot, until soft, add bits of chicken (left from yesterdays whole chicken), add mushrooms. Take a heaped tea spoon of flour mix into a little water then add to half a pint of veg stock, pour this into pan and stir in until it thickens a bit, if to thick add a bit more water to pan. Taste test and season to your requirements. Pour into pie dish. Turn on oven to 200/180/gas 7? (guessing as i have electric)

Topping: Chop parsley and add to flour, mix in (can use dried mixed herbs instead), chop butter into cubes, rub into flour with fingers until looks like light bread crumby texture, mix in aprox 60ml of milk or water with a metal spoon or palette knife. Mixture should now be good to hand mix into a dough, (Note: add more fluid if its falling appart, add more flour if its all sticky), knead a little then squish into shape of your pie dish, place onto chicken mixture, you can paint/pour/brush over a bit of milk to help it to brown. Put into oven until you see topping starting to brown (about 15mins).
Serve with peas, green beans, portatoes – the choice is yours…

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A weekly meal plan, good or very boring?

At this time in my life I am on a very tight budget, with not much work around for freelancers and with having to look after my 11 month old son any extra pennies I can save is a grand thing.

My friend told me once that his sister has a weekly meal planner, its up on her fridge. To me at the time this seemed very dull, if not a bit anal. Why would you want to have such structured meals? No room for creativity, fun or spontaneity, just quite b o o o r i n g really. Well thats what I thought I thought, until i came across an article about family meals, it sounds like having a predictable weekly meal plan really could make life on a budget much easier. Well, we are all allowed to change our minds aren’t we…

…i’ll let you know how I get on.
(And please share your own results!)

Links: Family meal planing, easy recipies allrecipes.co.uk, for veggies, Tesco will work it out for you