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Meal Plan Friday 8th November 2019

Well the fiber increase went pretty well, though the butternut squash and sweet potato soup was not enjoyed. However, the wholemeal pasta was a huge hit as was the change to wholemeal bread and sandwich thins. Lots of little changes have made a big difference.

Friday - Jacket potatoes with omelets filled with cheese

Saturday - Cola Gammon with roast potatoes, carrots, kale and broccoli

Sunday - Chicken Curry - based on this one but coconut milk not double cream

Monday - Harissa Salmon with zesty couscous. Tomato soup with wholemeal toast for the boys.

Harissa salmon zesty couscous

Tuesday - Pizza and Salad

Wednesday - Spanish meatballs with butter beans. Meatballs with spaghetti for the boys.

Spanish meatball butter bean stew

Thursday - Tuna slices for the boys. Mr MC&W and I will have goats cheese and Mediterranean slices with salad.

Please join us in food bank advent as well, have a little look at the post here

Food bank advent 2019

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Quick and Easy Thai Style Rice

This is a very quick, easy and tasty meal that the whole family love. The other great thing about this meal is you can have a good old fridge clear out. I have put down all the bits we have used in this meal. 

This takes around 10 mins to prep and 15 to 20 mins to cook


Chicken breast cut into bite size pieces or quorn pieces
Microwave Rice we use 2 packs for 5 of us two adults and 3 kids (1 toddler)
Thai Curry paste red or green, I use the smaller pots as no waste.
Coconut milk
Chicken or vegetable stock around 200ml
Examples of veggies you can add red onions, peppers, sweetcorn, peas, broccoli, mushrooms, carrors - add what ever the kids or you like. I cook one version for the kids after school and one for us a little later on.


Cut the chicken breast  and all the veggies you are choosing that need to be cut up into bite size pieces.

Add the chicken or quorn and veggies that need a little longer to cook for exapmle onions, peppers, broccoli, carrots to the pan add around 200ml…

Friday 1st November 2019

The meal plan is late as I just could not get it right. This week we have my mum coming to stay for a couple of days and could I get my head around what to feed her.

We also have one word going round our household at the moment and that is fiber, our youngest is terribly fussy with all textures which means we are constantly battling food. We are trying to find little ways to increase fiber into his diet as he likes so few foods.

Friday - Quorn burgers for the boys we had birds eye southern style crispy chicken with avocado and salad

Saturday - We were meant to have Charlie Bighams Lasagna but we had a power cut so had reduced priced sushi

Sunday - Charlie Bighams Lasagna the boys are having pasta

Monday - Gnocchi with mushrooms and broccoli form Madhouse Cookbook by Jo Pratt

Tuesday - Sausage Pasta. We will be trying wholemeal pasta!!! not sure how that will go down.

Wednesday - Chicken in red wine that we were meant ti have on Sunday 

Chicken and red wine casserole

Thursday - Smoked mackerel …

Food Bank Advent 2019

It is the end of October and my thoughts are turning to Christmas not just for us but for the food bank. Last year I did food bank advent in December, this year I have decided to do it in November. I decided to do November as December can be busy and expensive this way I can make sure I think about the items and spread the cost.

I contacted our local food bank to chat through what they would like, they let me know they were doing special boxes on Christmas eve and would I think of the following items

Gravy Mix
Cranberry Sauce
Tin Foil
Selection boxes
Special Biscuits

All need to be in date for 25th December and lets be honest a few days after and nothing that needs refrigeration.

Last year some friends and I clubbed together and we did 6 items each. A good way to join together and we had lots of chats about who was getting what. We had a lovely big box of bits for the food bank by mid December.

So each week I will be adding a few extra items to my basket and hope that this helps…

Meal Plan 25th October 2019

We have nearly made it to half term, only one day to go. We have shattered children who need some time to rest and relax.

Friday - Hot dogs vegetarian ones for the boys, slightly posher version for us

Mapleglazed hot-dogs-with-mustardy onions

Saturday - Chinese chicken this is new and in the comments someone had served this with noodles and this is how we are going to do it

Chinese chicken pancakes

Sunday - Roast pork, Mr MC&W did a butchery course so this is the leg of pork will have it with roast potatoes, carrots and spinach and v

Monday - Lentil Mustard Salmon. Salmon with mash and peas for the boys.

Mustardy salmon beetroot and lentils

Tuesday -  Cauliflower cheese and spinach pasta bake. I can only do this with time so perfect meal for the holidays.

Cauliflower cheese and spinach pasta bakes

Wednesday - Thai Chicken - I am doing this as I need to write it up for a school cookbook and get some photos.

Thursday - Using up the pork for Paprika Pork served with linguine 


GYO Review 2019

This is our second year of GYO in the planters we brought for the front garden. This year really has not been as good as last year, which was a real disappointment. Shall we see where it all went wrong.

Trough style planters really need some thinking about and planning, far better than how I planted them this year. This is a little annoying as I thought I had already learnt this lesson last year but it looks like I had not. 

I planted Swiss Card next to Fennel and the Swiss chard took over and the poor fennel had not light and did very badly. To make matters worse we did not really eat the Swiss chard.  Which meant wasted food and space. This was pure bad planning and planting.

The courgettes did OK but not very well, last summer we had them none stop for weeks. This time they did not grow properly or went mouldy at the bottom. I am not really sure why this happened. They were planted in the same position as last time but a different variety.

The carrots and the beetroot and peas all got …

Meal Plan Friday 18th October 2019

Some how I managed to cobble a meal plan together, I really must get more organised but the kids are full of cold and shattered and we have so much homework to do that is the whole family. It is very hard to fit it all in.

Also this constant rain just does not help anything.

Friday - Pizza easy easy easy

Saturday - Quorn Burgers and salad again easy

Sunday - My favourite meal and so easy French Style Chicken this I do with mini roasts

French style chicken with peas and bacon

Monday - Neapolitan Rice Salad from Gino Healthy Italian for me and Mr MC&W he had had the weekend playing golf. Boys will have tuna mayo loaded waffles with salad

Tuesday - Chicken Tagine from Mary berry with couscous. I am going to try this with the boys and see how we go.

Chicken tagine recipe by mary berry

Wednesday - Fish in sauce with new potatoes and roasted Mediterranean veg. Fish goujons, mash and peas.

Thursday - Super Smokey Bacon and tomato spaghetti

super smoky bacon tomato spaghetti