Meal Planning Monday – 12 January 2015

It’s so long since I’ve done a blog post – nevermind an #MPM one – that WordPress virtually said “and YOU are?” as I logged in. That’s not to say I haven’t been meal planning, just that I haven’t made time to blog them.  (I have, however, been Instagramming the crap out of my meals).  No New Year’s crash diet for me, just a commitment to improve what my family and I are eating.

This week’s dinners are:

Peach Balsamic Rosemary Chicken

Curried Chicken

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork

Sweet Potato Spinach Quiche

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

Breakfast for Dinner (aka Brinner)

Left overs

I’m even organised enough to plan lunches, which will either be left overs from the previous night’s dinner with salad, caprese salad with ham, curried chicken salad, or chicken and avocado salad. Breakfasts will be a super shake (including things like protein powder, spinach, chia seeds, flax, and frozen berries), leftovers, or scrambled egg with spinach, peppers and sweet potato.

What will you be eating this week? Why not share over on Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky.


Meal Planning Monday – 23 June 2014


Hooray! It’s Monday again. Gee, that day simply can’t come fast enough for me. Here is my clean eating weekly meal plan. I’ve had a lot going on and the quality of my meals has suffered as a result. This week is all about eating regular, healthy balanced meals, and drinking plenty of water. I’ll be scoffing:

Chicken Citrus Quinoa

Turkey Chilli

Oven Baked Mexican Fajitas

Pork Stir Fry with Courgette & Carrot ribbons

Chicken with Coriander Lime Pesto

Fridge Frittata (that old staple)


Breakfasts will mainly be yoghurt, fruit and chopped nuts, or a shake made with coconut water, protein powder, and frozen berries, while lunch and snacks will be a mix of houmous and veg, or leftovers from last night’s dinner.

What is on your menu this week? Leave me a comment, and if you include a link to a pin or a recipe, even better!

Meal Planning Monday – 2 June 2014


New week and a new meal plan. I haven’t planned for the past few weeks and, surprise surprise, really missed it. Why do I get lazy? It always costs me time and money as a result. This week’s meals are:

Chicken and mushrooms with polenta

One dish roast chicken, potatoes & veg

Homemade beef burgers with salad

Fridge frittata (that reliable staple!)

Cheesy beans and toast

Vegetable and quinoa soup

… and leftovers

Remember to check out Mrs M for more Meal Planning Monday inspiration

Meal Planning Monday – 28 October 2013

Right, confession time. This post should have actually been for last Monday but although I meal planned, I never got around to writing about it. This is what we had:

Chicken curry with spinach and naan
toad in the hole with gravy
Pizza tortillas
chicken crepes
slow cooked lamb shanks in red wine
We also went out for dinner as a midweek “mum can’t be bothered cooking” treat. 
This week I have a Halloween party for 20-30 six-year-olds so sweets will be on the menu. It’s also half term so I haven’t meal planned for this week as I plan to use up a lot of what I have languishing in the freezer and pantry.
Remember to check out Mrs M’s for more Meal Planning Monday inspiration. 

Meal Planning Monday – 16 September 2013

16 September! How on earth did that happen? I am sure I was only preparing for the summer holidays a few minutes ago and now here we are staring down the barrel towards Christmas (99 days people, 99 days). This week is one of those that I have been dreading. Everyone’s column on the calendar is full and it’s going to take a time turner to help me make it through the week with my sanity unscathed.

Just in case you didn’t get the Harry Potter reference

This week we shall be eating:

Meatloaf, smashed potatoes and veg
Slow cooker gammon roast
Brinner (aka: breakfast for dinner)
Chicken burgers
I can bet that at least one of these won’t get made but I’ve given myself every advantage of getting through the week by using my slow cooker and/or preparing as much as possible yesterday. My life would be so much easier if my family ate soup, my husband ate pasta, my eldest son ate sauce of any kind, and my youngest wasn’t so fickle. See what I am up against?
What have you planned for this week? Head over to Mrs M’s if you’re looking for more Meal Planning Monday inspiration

Meal Planning Monday – 18 February 2013

Phew, bit late in the day to be posting considering I’ve already eaten dinner but Monday night is better than Tuesday, right?

Last week’s meal plan was a success and I really enjoying trying the new recipes people have pinned on the shared Pinterest board. I even made pasta for the first time and it though it was hard work it wasn’t difficult.

This week’s menu is a little easier to plan because I am Bzzing Maggi So Juicy products at thee moment. It’s the first campaign I’ve done and I was a little sceptical since I am not a big one for packaged spice mixes (with the exception of taco/fajita seasoning). So far I have tried Tuscan Sausage one (with a tin of tomatoes and some water in the slow cooker), Mexican Chicken which was a even with my “no sauce” eating oldest (served with Mexican rice and wraps), and Sticky BBQ which I cooked with pork because even I can’t eat chicken every night of the week. So yes, I would buy these to keep in the cupboard for those nights when you can’t be bothered but don’t want takeaway. 
This week’s meal plan is
Sausage Casserole (see above)
Quorn Shepherds Pie with Sweet Potato and cheese Topping
Maggi So Juicy Mixed Herbs for Chicken with Smashed Potatoes
Sweet and Sour Chicken with boiled rice
Savoury Mince and Veg in Giant Yorkshire Pudding
Sweet Chilli Burgers
There was a special on Quorn mince this week so between that, the Maggi sachets and the chicken breast I had in the freezer I am pretty much covered this week.
I have been busy pinning to my Sweet Tooth board. I was hoping to attend my first Clandestine Cake Club meeting but the dates have changed and I’ll be away (in Paris, so I’m not complaining!) and it’s my birthday next month so I am searching for something really decadent and birthday-worthy to make.

Fudge is one of my favourite things to eat but the one time I tried to make it I failed dismally. It didn’t set and I ended up up warming it and serving over ice cream. This time I definitely simmered and stirred for 15 minutes but it’s still kind of soft. Does anyone have any tips for successful fudge?

Remember to check out Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky for more meal planning posts and let me know if you have any special cake/pudding suggestions. 
Have a great week.

Meal Planning Monday – 28 January 2013

Woo hoo, check it out – Monday again! That means the weekend’s almost here, right? Actually I don’t want to wish my week away because I have my fingers firmly crossed the kids will be in school for ALL FIVE DAYS (yes snow, I’m talking to you!) and I can do exciting things like finish a cup of tea in peace.

The most exciting news this week is that I have created a shared board for putting tried and tested family favourites to aid in weekly meal planning. You can follow it here and if you want to be able to Pin your favourite recipes to to it just leave me a message on one of the more recent pins, or add your Pinterest name in the comments here and I will send you an invite.

So, onto the good stuff. Only 5 meals to plan this week so I am going with

Boursin chicken with wilted spinach, carrots and new potatoes
Fridge frittata
to use up some goat’s cheese, fresh herbs and other bits
Double crunch honey garlic pork chops
 (only had these a fortnight ago but they are so tasty and have been requested)
Roast Chicken 
with all the trimmings, and Yorkshire pud
Chicken and vegetable pie 
which will probably turn into stew with dumplings since I have no pastry in the freezer and probably will forget I need to make it until it’s too late.
Don’t forget about the new board – leave your Pinterest name below if you want to join in the fun. Remember to check out Mrs M for more Meal Planning Monday inspiration.
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