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!