What’s for Tea? Meal Plan 11.01.2021

by | Jan 11, 2021 | Life | 0 comments

So, my first actual meal plan blog, this has been in my brain for so long and I’m still figuring out the best format for them so here goes.. 

Also, a quick bit of background, I’m starting this little food blog series as a breakout for myself; cooking to me is a mindful activity, I love cooking and baking for other people, food makes us happy. So, this year my resolution is to cook one NEW meal a week, to be more inspired and to use my recipe books (I have loads) to keep us trying new meals, and hopefully stop me getting into a rut, cooking the same meals every week and then getting bored of cooking – repeat. 

I run our meal plans Monday – Friday, and weekends are flexible … sometimes we dip out by Thursday and have a takeaway. Sometimes I manage to hold it together and cook everyday but y’know we’ll see.

I’m going to share my meal plan for the week and where I’ve got the inspiration or the recipe from, and then a highlight teatime from the previous week.

Illustrative Image of Recipe Books

Meal Plan 11th – 17th January

This weekend I didn’t do a food shop, crazy, wild I know but I did a good shop last Saturday (2nd Jan) so we’ve managed to last a little longer. 

Monday we’re having Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta, this is from the new Pinch of Nom recipe book. I’m tweaking it slightly because I don’t have all the ingredients and I’m only making it to use up some chicken. I’ve also halved the recipe because there’s only 2 of us and we have homemade soup for dinners this week. 

Tuesday, is a basic bitch cottage pie with a sweet pot mash topping.. serving it with a big hunk of broccoli each. This again, was a use up the rest of the mince situation so I’m packing it with veg and that’ll set us up for the food shop on Wed. 

Wednesday, I’ve planned cheesy broccoli stuffed chicken which is also from the new Pinch of Nom book, I’m going to serve it with garlic roasted new potatoes (to use them up) and maybe some sweetcorn, haven’t had sweetcorn for ages. 

Then, curve ball we never ever have fish, so I’ve planned Joe Wicks Tomato, Chilli & Cumin Cod which I’ll serve with veggies. I’m really looking forward to this but I’m nervous for a few reasons, I’ve never cooked fish really apart from salmon fillets so, we’ll see how I get on… ALSO, please please don’t stink the house out or I’ll never return to fish again. I mainly want to try it so we have some more diversity in our meals each week. Jamie’s unfortunately allergic to shellfish so prawns and mussels are a no go.. you know I don’t want to kill him. Sometimes if I have salmon, I’ll cook Jamie chicken, but it’s just a bit of a pain in the arse, it’s easier to cook one tea. 

Friday is always an easy treat tea in our house, we’ve got steak and M&S Bao Buns in the freezer. I marinate the steaks in the slow cooker on low with M&S Korean BBQ paste and then it falls to bits like shreds really easy. I pack the steak into the bao buns and I might add some spring onions (maybe). We’ll have them with some frozen chips cooked with that Home Bargains Salt & Pepper Seasoning everyone raved about – it’s worth the hype.. we sometimes have a little mayflower curry sauce too for dipping chips. It’s a bloody great tea – sometimes use chicken goujons and chop them up for a variation in the bao buns. 

I don’t have anything planned this weekend yet but I do want to try Midnight Chicken from the namesake book by Ella Risabriger and also, definitely trying the Imperfect Pikelets from the same book for weekend breakfast.  

Also on the menu this week, I mentioned soup for dinners, I’ve made The Hangry Lasses Chorizo & Red Lentil Soup, it was a steady slow cooker make, but I fried off most of the main veg and chorizo in a frying pan for about 10 mins before I started it all off in the slow cooker.

Food snapshots of pancakes and tapas

Last weeks highlights, 100% Harissa & Honey Chicken from the new PoN book.. it’s a new recipe to us but it’ll be moving into our regulars I would think. Served with roasted veggies and garlic seasoned sliced potatoes, roasted. 

Or actually, if you’re from around here, the chef from The Quay Taphouse at North Shields Fish Quay wrote his own cookbook last year and it has some of his best tapas recipes in there so I cooked us a little tapas on Sunday. 

Our home cooked tapas menu was an easy flatbread recipe I found on google, they worked amazing I suggest using a dry griddle pan to cook them. Meatballs in a tomato sauce, honey mustard & soy beer battered chicken and patatas bravas. It was actually amazing. The book is called The World is Your Oyster by Leslie Johnson. 

Well, I hope this was fun.. maybe it’s inspired you for your meal plans. I’m going to link the books I’m using here (we’ve bought them all, but I have started with Amazon Affiliates so the links with * are affiliate links).

Pinch of Nom Quick & Easy*

Lean in 15 – The Shape Plan*

The World is Your Oyster – you’ll need to buy this through The Quay Taphouse, if you’re local you can collect and pay at the door, even in lockdown. 

Midnight Chicken* – I asked for this for my birthday and my sister bought me it. It is THE best bloody recipe book I’ve ever read, Ella is a genius I love it. It’s like a heart warming hug in a recipe book filled with lovely recipes, I’m loving reading it. ❤️

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