Menu Plan Week Beginning Mon 4/1/10

Happy New Year!

I seem to have been very slack in keeping this blog updated. I thought I was organised and ready for the onslaught of Christmas but didn’t factor in how busy we would be with 2 end-of-year school commitments AND organising Amy’s birthday party for before Christmas before one of her friends goes away for 3 months.

The whole school thing was, of course, not without its stresses. Amy’s Presentation Day and Sophie’s Preschool Concert were both on the same day at EXACTLY the same time. Why hasn’t someone developed cloning for parents?

Having Amy’s party before Christmas, I think, worked out well and we may even stick to that idea for future years. Given her birthday is in the first week of January, many people are away at that time and it also means that perhaps, we, too could go away.

Christmas Day was a day of eating here at home – roast pork, ham and turkey – and I cooked my Nana’s Christmas pudding for the first time and it worked brilliantly! Still don’t like pudding though 🙁

So with the New Year, I am determined to keep the planning under control. This is also to help control the weight I seem to have gained through unplanned meals, eating out too often and picking! Greg also has a new job so I should be able to get back to my good routine and not succumb to suggestions of lunch out!!! I think I’ll stick to beans at least once a week though – have been enjoying them.

A few notes about this week:

  • The Mexican beans are canned but they seemed interesting when I saw them in the supermarket.
  • I use 2 types of cheese when cooking – there is always a goat alternative for Sophie. She seems to be intolerant to the casein in cow’s milk and it is not present in goat milk. I’ll be getting her tested further this year.
  • Amy has requested curry for her birthday. 🙂
  • The ham bones are from our Christmas ham – beautiful free range ham that I glazed myself with some success!
  • I stocked up on the mince that was on special at our butcher before Christmas (not knowing if Greg would have a job!) and so there will be a few mince recipes over the next few weeks. They make life a bit easier too since most of the time it will make 2 meals.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Mince & Bean Nachos Chicken Stir-fry Amy’s Birthday Pea & Ham Soup Grilled Fish & Salad Spaghetti Bolognaise Spaghetti Bolognaise
Beef Mince Chicken DINNER OUT Ham Bones White Fish Mince Leftovers
Mexican Beans Snow Peas Annapoorna Oil Lemon Onion
Tomatoes Broccoli Split Peas – yellow Avocado Garlic
Carrot Capsicum Split Peas – Green Tomato Oil
Corn Chips Jasmine rice Cumin Cucumber Dried Herbs
Gruyere Rice Bran Oil Stock Cube (Massel) Shallot Fresh Basil
Goat Cheese Garlic Water Dressing Tin Tomatoes
Olive Oil Ginger Onion Fresh Tomatoes
Tamari Carrot
Goat Cheese