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Meal Plan Friday 16th August 2019

Well it has been another cold old week, I had to put the heating on!! I am not sure if it is just me but meal planning is not easy at the moment. We want summer foods but the weather is making me crave autumn slow cooker meals. This week is meant to be a little better so we shall see.

A lot of the meals I link to below the description.

Friday - Chinese sticky chicken. This is based on the link below but I do it in one pot and on the hob

Sticky chinese chicken traybake

Saturday - I have brought in a Charlie Bighmas Lasanga. The boys are having omelette's, chips and salad

Sunday - Paella but its not me cooking it is my sister in law and picnic bits for the boys.

Monday - Ready meal as we are watching Avengers Endgame we have managed to see no spoilers and can not wait. We even have a projector and big screen now. The boys will have quorn nuggets, mash, beans and broccoli

Tuesday - Pasta shells with smoked salmon, Courgette and yellow peppers this is from Gino's Healthy Italian and soun…
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Friday - Smoked mackerel salad we could not have this last week so I have put it on for this week. Boys are having fish, beans and peas

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Sunday - This is one of my favourite meals French Style Chicken

French style chicken with peas and bacon

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I brought a glazed plant saucer from the garden centre and a packet of plant topper stones.

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Meal Plan Friday 12th July 2019

We are edging closer to the summer holidays. We only have 4 days left as a few inset days being taken.

The children are exhausted and not in good moods so its going to be a challenging one for us all.

We did not have the pulled chicken as we had a dominoes instead. The stuffed mushroom and the halloumi burger last week were lovely but the potato and cheese tart was not good.

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Friday - Family favourite Fish and Chips and Peas

Saturday - BBQ

Sunday-  The boys are being treated to a McDonald's and we are having a tesco finest dine in for £10

Monday - Beetroot and Smoked mackerel salad the boys have decided they adore mackerel so they will have a salad minus the beetroot. I have made up my own ideas for this and must write it up.

Tuesday- Chinese style chicken,I have changed this a little to cook on the hob and use microwave rice which makes this a simple one pot meal

Sticky chinese chicken traybake

Wednesday - Pasta, Mozzarella, mint with fresh tomatoes

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