I used to be really good at planning our meals for the week ahead, particularly when I was working full time. but in recent months it seems to have lapsed somewhat.
When the new baby arrives time will be in even shorter supply so it is important that I am organised where I can be! I also need to better ensure that Daniel is receiving a good balance of food, his meals are all home cooked but sometimes I find myself wondering what to serve up and I worry that I have become lazy, relying on too many old favourites such as meatballs, cottage pie etc.
So…. With that in mind my 2014 resolution is to try to plan the majority of our meals. This is also in part a bid to reduce our food costs. We don’t waste a huge amount of food, but we do waste some so I want to make better use of the food I am buying and also freeze meals for those lazy days when making a meal from scratch is tough!
So…. My meal plan for the forthcoming week is below, complete with my shopping list.
Monday – chicken breast with red lentil sauce (from Tana Ramsey’s book)
Tuesday – we are at a New Year’s Eve party so will eat there, Daniel will have either pasta or beans on toast.
Wednesday – roast dinner with a sticky gingerbread for dessert (taken from the busy mums cookbook)
Thursday – spicy bean and potato chilli (from the busy mums vegetarian cookbook)
Friday – fish pie (from Tana Ramsey’s book).
I also plan to make a couple of snacky type things over the next fortnight including a banana and apple loaf, oatmeal and cranberry biscuits and some honey, apricot and cranberry flapjacks. These will be great to pop into Damian’s lunch for work and will also act as a few different snack options for Daniel and I in the day.
On Saturday 4th January, we are hosting a mini retirement party for my parents who both retired recently, I plan to make some lasagnes (veg and meat options) and some other bits and pieces too….. I just hope I’m not over stretching myself! Having said that I am looking forward to starting to include Daniel in cooking and baking. Both Damian and I are really keen for our children to grow up with an understanding of how our food is produced and how to cook.
Have you set any New Years resolutions? Do you I plan your meals, and if so have you any tips for me?