the great big meal plan // no. 2

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Leftover lasagne for lunch today. #delish

Last week’s meal plan was a huge success, although sadly it yielded few leftovers for lunch.

We swapped Tuesday night’s chicken out for a chicken stir-fry, easy to do with a mix of fresh and frozen veggies and some pantry staples.

The Mr made a delicious homemade lasagne for Friday night which kept us going through the weekend as well.

Thanks @whatkatieate for the dinner inspiration. Steak with lemon, caper & dill butter, potato and sweet potato crisps, and beetroot and blue cheese salad. #vscocam

On Saturday night I tied on the apron and made steaks with lemon, dill and caper butter, salt and vinegar potato and kumera crisps and a beetroot, blue cheese and walnut salad [pictured]. The recipes were by Katie Quinn Davies out of the February issue of delicious magazine and were exactly that, delicious! The perfect weekend meal with a glass of red and a more simple salad for the smalls.

Beetroot crostini with goats cheese to start Sunday night dinner. The Mr's specialty. #vscocam   Main course Camembert and Brussels sprouts quiche for us, ham and cheese for the smalls. With salad. #nom #delish

Last night we had the Mr’s speciality, beetroot crostini with goats cheese using up the leftover beetroot and then I made savoury tarts ~ a brussel sprout one from delicious magazine for us and ham and cheese for the smalls ~ paired with the leftover salads. This also gives us some fodder for lunches this week.

And coming up this week:

Monday: Hitting taste magazine a couple of times this week. First-up for meat-free Monday is roast vegetable and white bean enchiladas. The great part about this recipe is using up some leftover veggies in the crisper.

Tuesday: Chicken always seems to make multiple appearances on the menu and tonight it’s a curry and yoghurt roast chicken from here. Hopefully I can convince the Mr to make some homemade naan to go with it!

Wednesday: The Mr will take the reins tonight and whip up something with beef, most likely some spicy beef wraps.

Thursday: The Mr will be off to football training so I’m trying something a little new with pearl cous cous. This is a chicken and tomato “risotto” made with the grain and is also from taste magazine.

Friday: Leaving this open as the Mr and I will be at the local races and then the youngest has football training. Takeaway or leftovers will be on the menu.

Bon appetit.

 

 

 

the great big meal plan

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Meal planning. You either love it or hate it. It either works for you, or it doesn’t.

I must say, when I’ve “planned” a week or meals, things do run that little bit smoother.

I say “planned” because things don’t always go to plan, particularly at the end of the week, but as long as everyone is fed and happy, then it’s all OK.

So, as part of Life at Lime Lane, I thought I might document our meal plans.

Now we are a family of two adults and two growing boys, that means lots of food.

We also closely watch our oil intake and sugar.

This is my “plan” for this week. I have to work late one day and we have visitors coming Friday so that’s not included this time around.

And I went shopping without a proper list, so it’s a little loose around the edge.

This week’s catch cry: “Make it work!”

Last night we had this roasted capsicum and tomato soup [pictured above ~ it’s a favourite for a couple of us and found via Angie] with some crunchy bread rolls and some fresh corn from the garden! That’s amazing in itself. And really, a great Sunday night meal.

On to this week.

Monday: I’m popping this coconut madras curry in the slow cooker. It will work for the smalls when they are ready and still be warm for when I get home late from work. And it’s delicious. It used to cause much envy around the workplace when I ate it, I’ve shared the recipe many times. Try it, you’ll thank me!

Tuesday:  Chicken. Most likely chicken wraps, possibly chicken schnitzel [we use this recipe, simple and delicious]. This will be the Mr’s night and is liable to surprise.

Wednesday: More chicken. Poor planning ~ this is what happens when you don’t armed with a proper list ~ but the week’s events are determining the menu. I drew a blank at the supermarket and grabbed a whole chicken as well. So a quick roast, some creamy potatoes and some greens. Done. Perfect mid-week meal.

Thursday: I would have preferred to have this on Wednesday to break up the week and a meat-free dish is in order. But if the Mr goes to football training tonight this is the better option. So in the morning I will pop some red kidney beans in the slow cooker with tomatoes, spices and liquid and we will have that with rice and baked tortilla strips.

Friday: We are having guests. The Mr made the invitation so he’s doing the cooking and planning.

Bon appétit.

Got some favourite meals to share? Meal planning, yes or no?

 

And here I thought they wouldn’t like it …

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 Image via taste.com.au

I try a lot of different meals on my children.

The scourge of having shelves filled with cookbooks and food magazines means I rarely cook the same dish twice.

Except when feeding children.

Any parent knows, when you are on to a good thing, stick with it.

And that’s how dahl became a regular feature of our weekly menus.

I had tried dahl once, years ago, which turned out nothing like I had hungrily imagined.

But I stumbled across this recipe and it seemed worth another try.

This recipe is tasty, simple, quick and healthy. Not to mention adaptable.

And the kids love it*.

I’ve tried this recipe two ways ~ the as-is version on the stove or planning ahead by having it in the slow cooker, ready for later. It only take about two to three hours in the slow cooker on high.

I throw in whatever vegetables I have, and pass the smalls’ taste test ~ frozen broccoli and cauliflower are my picks. And it’s a great way of using up all those half-empty jars of curry paste languishing in the fridge!

Make it extra special by serving it with Cat’s naan bread. Remember to start your bread a couple of hours before dinner.

Cook: Lentil and Cauliflower dahl

* Disclaimer: One kid loves it and looks forward to it. The other says “But I hate dahl” then proceeds to have two helpings.