I am noticing a pattern with my meal plans. We seem to start off well, and stick with them in the early part of the week, but then as we get towards the end of the week everything goes to pot a little. There’s always a good reason for this, and in fact last week I had the fantastic reason of my Mum inviting us to Sunday lunch, which I’ll abandon my meal plan for every time!
I’m trying to make my meal plans as balanced and healthy as possible, with a good variety of different meats, but I feel like I have very little rhyme or reason for choosing the dishes that I do. I still feel like my repertoire is quite small and limited, so I’m trying to introduce at least one new recipe per week. I have a large selection of recipe books, but I’m much better at buying them than I am at reading them! I’m happy to take it slow and steady though, and work through my books one at a time.
I hadn’t realised until I was in Waitrose last week that it’s Valentines Day tomorrow. The geekdaddy and I don’t celebrate Valentines Day very much – it’s usually just a card and maybe a small token present – we think our wedding anniversary and the anniversary of our first “date” are more significant romantic dates for us. However I did like the look of the Waitrose “Valentines meal for two” deal which allowed me to get a starter, main course, two side dishes, dessert and a bottle of wine for £20, so we’re going to have a quiet night in with a nice meal as our concession to the day.
So here’s our meal plan for the week:
Meals for the geekdaddy and me (Monday – Thursday):
- Gammon steak with vegetables
- Wensleydale and cranberry cheesecakes, followed by steak and ale pie with cheddar mash and over-roasted vegetables, followed by passion fruit soufflé (that’s our Valentine’s day meal for two!)
- Chicken and spinach curry (my new recipe for this week – from My Daddy Cooks again)
- Soy-glazed tuna steaks
Meals for the family (Friday – Sunday):
- Another one of those “what veg needs using up?” spaghetti bologneses (which I was planning for last week but never made)
- Sausages, mash and beans
On Friday we have some friends visiting, which justifies a takeaway meal in the evening for the adults, so I’ll probably do fish fingers for the kids for lunch – this one can be flexible.
You can find more Meal Planning Monday posts over at At Home with Mrs M – why not head over there and see what other people are eating this week?