the great big meal plan / no. 3

81/365 ~ so what's for dinner tonight

Sometimes it’s good not to reinvent the wheel when it comes to meal planning every week.

I often fall into the trap of trying new things, flipping through the array of magazines and finding new recipes and filling the week with those.

But this week, we’ve gone back to some basics and some old favourites to pepper the weeknight menu to keep little tummies hungry.

Pearl Cous cous "risotto"

Last week was another success in that we used everything up and, for the most part, it was well received. The pearl cous cous [above] was the loser for the week ~ not quite garnering the praise I thought it would. Although I thought it was quite tasty.

It’s great to be able to keep a list of plans here for easy referral in the weeks ahead and I encourage anyone to do the same ~ not necessarily on a blog but in a folder on your computer or wherever, even Instagram works well for finding meals! When you’re stuck for an idea it’s then easy to go back and find ideas that worked.

On to this week:

Monday: Chicken stir-fry with noodles ~ the Mr makes this up out of his head and always does  a bang-up job. Everyone loves noodles and it’s a great way to get some veggies into the smalls at the start of the week!

Tuesday: Tacos and nachos ~ the two are often confused in our house for the other but a 12-pack of shells doesn’t go far with two hungry boys [and 24 is too many] so some nachos on the side makes it go a little further. This week it will be vegetarian fare with some spicy beans in the slow cooker making it easy to prepare that evening.

Wednesday: This is our free afternoon of the week so there’s a little more time to prepare dinner without the rush of taxiing children around. On the menu is Planning Queen’s Mexibake. This is a delicious and hearty meal loved by the whole family here. If you haven’t tried it yet get on it!

Thursday: This will be a follow-up chicken dish ~ perhaps some schnitzels or burgers. We will be winging it with the leftovers.

Friday: I like to keep this open as the youngest has a late soccer training session which means a later than normal dinner. So we will see how we feel come the end of the week.

Planning Queen also has some great meal planning resources here if you want more ideas and benefits of being organised.

Bon appetit.



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