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Meal Planning (and Lunch Meal Plan!)

July 16th, 2016 at 08:18 am

When we got back from our holiday, the refrigerator was empty. There were a few things in the pantry. I did a quick shopping trip to restock and get items for Wednesday through Saturday. Tomorrow is the regular shopping for the coming week.

I am going to try a new recipe that I saw on Eat Well for Less (this is one of our favorite tv shows). http://thehappyfoodie.co.uk/recipes/puy-lentil-bolognese-with-pasta

We don't eat red meat (pork, lamb, beef), but we do eat chicken, turkey and fish. I am trying to cut down, though, and eat more vegetarian meals. It's partly for health and partly for savings. So that recipe replaces the turkey burger we'd use with lentils. Have you tried using lentils in place of mince?

Here is the menu plan for this week:

S - baked potatoes, salad
S - fish, rice, broccoli with lemon/garlic/mayo sauce
M - mexican eggs with salsa, sour cream, green onion
T - spagbol with lentils
W - something from the freezer (I think it's chili) with salad
T - roasted vegetables (red onion, courgettes, cauliflower) and rice
F - tuna melts with corn on the cob
S - out with friends (pizza?)

Lunches are:
- goat cheese on chips, carrots, fruit
- turkey sandwich, fruit, tortilla chips
- avocado toast with radishes, fruit
- fried egg, veggies with dip, piece of cheese
- corkscrew hot dog with fries (at the pool!)

I don't really plan lunches, but I like to have a list of things I can make so that we don't have to think about it too much. It also helps when I'm buying groceries.

10 Responses to “Meal Planning (and Lunch Meal Plan!)”

  1. scottish girl Says:

    I want to try that too! I just watched the episode the other day.

  2. Buendia Says:

    Don't you love that show? I get tons of great ideas... The other one that I never think of is fried rice. That is a pretty easy dinner.

  3. scottish girl Says:

    I do love it! "We could cut her shopping bill in half by giving her a knife" I never think of making friced rice either

  4. scottish girl Says:

    I'm trying to eat more avocados for the calories, do you just serve radishes at the side?

  5. Buendia Says:

    Oh I love avocados! I have a really great guacamole recipe (easy!) if you want it... and on the avocado toast I mix the avocado with lemon juice and red pepper/salt/pepper and thinly slice the radishes and put them on top (I saw Nigella do this). I have an avocado salad dressing, too.

  6. snafu Says:

    Rice is a staple here, incredibly versatile for appetizer, soup, salad, main or dessert. Try Allrecipes.com or cooks.com with 'rice' in the search bar. Thai and brown [Texas] long grain are wonderful. Rice is the base to use up any leftover veggies and protein as casserole, fried rice, Pilaf, Paella, Spanish, all modified for what your family likes to eat or at hand.

  7. ceejay74 Says:

    Mashed avocado as a sandwich spread is awesome--think of it like healthy mayo. I also love slices of it in burritos.

  8. scottish girl Says:

    I'd love your guacamole recipe! I bought in some radishes today and some more avocados.

  9. Buendia Says:

    This is a recipe from Gabriel's here in New Mexico http://www.gabrielsofsantafe.com/... They make guacamole at your table and I copied down the recipe while they made it!!

    - 2 or 3 avocados
    - 1 clove garlic
    - couple of tablespoons of diced white onion (but if I don't have that on hand, I use red or yellow onions or just leave them out completely)
    - couple of tablespoons of chopped tomatoes (but I don't like tomatoes, so I leave these out)
    - handful of chopped cilantro (coriander in the UK)
    - juice of 1 or 2 limes depending on how much juice you can get out of them
    - salt (I use about a teaspoon)

    Mash it all up with a potato masher until it's at a consistency you like.

    To store if you have leftovers - put in a container with a piece of clingfilm pushed down into the guacamole and and it won't get brown as quickly.

  10. scottish girl Says:


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