Monday, 17 November 2014

Meal Planning - Let's Get Going!

Linking today with At Home With Mrs M for Meal Planning Monday and Organizing Junkie for Menu Plan Monday.

Now meal planning, hmmm. One of those things that I always mean to do, but somehow always gets shelved and I end up with the fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kind of meals. And as we all know, this really doesn't work!
I figure if I participate in this link-up, it will be an incentive to actually organise this part of my home life. 
I'm not quite sure why meal planning always falls apart. Normally, I am very organised (I was an accountant in my previous life, for goodness' sake!) Maybe it doesn't seem spontaneous enough, maybe I'm just plain lazy. And I know all the good things that will come from organised meal planning - more time in my day, less stress, less complaining as everyone will know what is coming for the meal and be able to mentally prepare themselves if it something they are less than pleased about!

Not sure this is how I look in the kitchen!

So let's just meal plan already! 

My plan is to choose one or two books a week and try some new recipes from them. I am really over cooking at the moment and I think it is because I am totally bored with serving the same few things that my boys will eat! Maybe if I mix it up a bit, they will have to try something new.

This week's books are Thy Hand Hath Provided and D.I.Y Delicious.

Thy Hand Hath Provided has a fantastic blog and many of the recipes from the book are available over there. 

Monday Pasta with Asparagus, White Beans and Mint and Peach Crumble made with the Peach Pie Filling recipe from this post, that I canned last summer.
Tuesday - Homemade pizza - the boys will have ham and pineapple, I'll make a supreme type one, and Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Feta Pizza.
Wednesday - Frittata (we have lots of eggs at the moment, and lots of chicks coming out of some of them!), potato wedges with sour cream and sweet chilli sauce, and peas, carrots and corn. Peanut Butter Oat Chocolate Brownie Bars.
Thursday - Chicken wraps. Fruit salad
Friday - Mustard and Bourbon Glazed Roast Pork (from DIY Delicious), roast root vegies and creamed spinach.
Saturday - Chicken and vegies in lettuce parcels with Spicy Southeast Asian Peanut Sauce (from DIY Delicious). Chocolate Velvet Ice Cream. I have made this ice cream before - it is to die for! I don't have an ice cream machine, so I just put it in a Tupperware container in the freezer and remember to whisk it every hour until it freezes (probably about 4 times or so). 
Sunday - Leftovers of some sort or toasted sandwiches - that sort of thing!

Well, we see how this goes! 


  1. Peanut butter brownie bars!!! Omg! Those sound divine!!

    The mental Prep made me guffaw!! If I tell them and they don't like it, they canvas friends to invite them for dinner!!

    1. They are divine - but not so healthy! Oh well!
      My bachelor uncle used to do that every weekend. He would ring up the different family members and check out what they were having for dinner before deciding who would be the lucky recipients of his company for the evening!

  2. Oh wow! Your meal plan sounds divine... I wonder how long it would take for me to get to yours!

    What is the recipe for the Peanut butter brownie bars... They sound amazing!

    Beth @

    1. The recipe should have a link to it. Surely it wouldn't take that long to get here - I am only in Australia! But I think I'll come to yours, I have always wanted to go to Wales.

    2. Ooh, it does have a link... Doh!!! I must be tired, I didn't even notice!
      Wales is lovely, if I'm honest though, I've always wanted to visit Australia so perhaps we could take it in turns!

    3. Absolutely - yes! I just want to come and listen to those accents!

  3. I did that for a few months a year or so ago. Need to get back in the swing of it. When our oldest went off to college it became a time for the remaining 3 of us to try new things. Elder was not the pickiest child, but she had an aversion to stir fry. The rest of us loved it. But then we got burnt out on stir fry. So now I need to pull out those cookbooks and just start picking new things. Thanks for the prod.

    1. I have got out of the swing of it too, and I thought if I blogged about it, I would have to do it! I also find if I am organised and have a plan, I have more time for crafting! Otherwise I tend to leave dinner to the last minute (knitting is way more important than food) and then have to stress out thinking of something. Hopefully I will keep it up.

  4. Wow! Everything sounds so good! I really do like the sound of the Peanut Butter bars x