Monday, 2 January 2012
Menu planner w/c 2nd January
There have been many posts about menu planners and I guess I am feeling that I need to run a more organised ship (so to speak!)
The girls went back to nursery today and so I spent the time with their dad restoring order and then a little self indulgence with Tom Cruise.
Anyway, back to the job in hand. I don't need to worry about lunches as the girls have a hot meal at their nursery and I tend to reply on soup to see me through the day.
The challenge for next week is reduce the carbs but I really need to get back in the saddle before I do that !
Monday: bbq pulled pork and leftover veg. Basically, we are using up as much of the leftovers as we have.
Tuesday: haggis, neeps and tatties. I only ever buy haggis from MacSween's. They used to have a shop just up the road from where I live and I think they are the best. I also tend to buy my neep ready mashed from Mash Direct. It's not the cheapest of options but I find it a real pain to do a turnip and often they are very watery. These guys do a twin pack of neeps and tatties which does the four of us perfectly and makes this a really easy winter meal.
Wednesday: Delia's paprika chicken although probably with less sauce, more paprika cooked in the slow cooker. Served with Spätzle (eggy noodles from Germany. These are difficult to find - try a french deli and look for product from Alsace. We always have some in the cupboard and they are great at this time of year). I like this because it uses chicken on the bone and is therefore tastier than breast and is cheaper into the bargain !
Thursday: smoked haddock and leek risotto (I tend to use this one as a good base and then adjust dependent in what I have in). The smoked haddock comes from Delish Fish in Peterhead and because it comes individually vacum sealed I just put it in the freezer until I need it. Then I take it out in the morning and leave it to defrost naturally.
Friday: Quesadillas, refried beans, soured cream and home made guacamole.
Saturday: Asian style salmon with pak choi and chinese greens (bought from the local Chinese supermarket!)
Sunday: Roast chicken, potatoes and greens from the local veg shop (so whatever looks good) and panettone bread and butter pudding with custard.
I will also try to do a batch of Delia's ragu which is one of my freezer staples and perhaps some flapjacks which might be useful as my breakfast bites.