04 January 2016

Meal Planning Monday

Now that the festivities have come to an end and we return to some form of routine, the buffet dinners and sweet treats are being replaced with properly planned dinners. Much to everyone's disappointment!

Here's what's on the menu this week:




Monday's dish is a family favourite. It's a standard macaroni cheese with mustard, Cajun spices, paprika and a few other bits thrown in too, along with chicken pieces for protein. I usually make a very large dish so a few portions are frozen for another time or popped in the fridge and reheated at work by the Mr for his lunch.

Tuesday and Wednesday's meals will only be eaten by the Mr as the Mini Mes are out for the evenings and I'm concentrating on a low calorie meal replacement plan for the first 6 weeks of the year.

Thursday's dinner is using up some ingredients I have leftover in the cupboard and fridge.

For Friday and Saturday I'm trying two new recipes from Nigella that I discovered in my latest cookbook purchase. These sound delicious (and the pictures look lovely) so I thought it would be a nice way to end the first week of a new year. The book was a bargain too!





What meals are you having this week?

30 comments :

  1. I would love to see the spiced lamb stew recipe. Can it be made in the slow cooker? Meal planning is a great way to vary your diet, save money and plan ahead.

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    1. I will add a photo next week of how it turned out :) x

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  2. That macaroni cheese sounds amazing!
    Your whole week sounds delicious x

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    1. If you would like the recipe just give me a shout and I can email it over or add a blog post about it :)

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  3. It all sounds delicious! I'll be looking up those nigella recipes.

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    1. The desserts in the book are incredible too. Shame my diet says no... For now ;)

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  4. The lamb stew sounds delicious. Hope you have a great week x #mealplanningmonday

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    1. I think that's my favourite this week too x

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  5. I love the sound of the Lamb stew and cobbler. I'll have to look that one up. I wonder if the goats cheese is essential? Have a lovely week

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  6. the lamb stew and goats cheese sounds amazing - recipe please?!

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    1. It's from the cookbook - I will add info next week if it's a success! x

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  7. Ooh I wouldn't be disappointed, those sound like fabulous meals! I'm terrible at planning my cooking, I really should try harder. I hope your meal replacement plan goes well. I was considering doing one of those but have decided to just cut out processed food for the time being but I'll be really interested to read how you get on with yours because it's something I might well do in the future.xx

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    1. I've tried a few plans but this is so far the only one I'm happy to stick with. Review on the way shortly if you want a read :)

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  8. It all sounds so absolutely scrummy. Looking forward to hearing how the Spice Lamb Stew turns out.

    Laura x x x

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  9. The two Nigella recipes are on my list of recipes to try too! Would love to hear how you get on with the lamb cobbler. #mealplanningmonday

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    1. I will add details of how it went next week :) x

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  10. You had me at cajun mac cheese! That sounds flipping delicious!

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    1. That was tonight's and there were clear plates all round x

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  11. Oh they all sound lovely, I would like to try the macaroni cheese one.

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  12. That Mac Cheese sounds tasty! I love Macaroni Cheese but others aren't so keen so may have to look into adding some other flavours :)

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  13. I love the sound of that chicken and wild rice one pot. That sounds like the perfect meal for a winter's night. Warming, filling and comforting. I also think your haddock fish cakes sound yummy. I do love a fish cake. Good luck with your low calorie meal replacement plan. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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  14. The spiced lamb stew sounds amazing!

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  15. Wow, that is an amazing price. I got the book for Christmas because I loved the tv show recipes, but there's quite a few on my list to do.

    Good luck with the diet. I only did it properly for 5 days last time because it just doesn't fit in with my family life (and I have to watch low cal diets with my medication), but I lost 11lb that week, and then did it for 2 meals a day and a normal healthy meal which worked well too. I stopped over Christmas, but as you know back on it.

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  16. Cajun mac and cheese sounds AMAZING! I recently tried BBQ pulled pork mac and cheese and it was ace! x

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  17. This is so helpful I get so lost about what to cook each day and I will definitely be taking these recipes on board Thanku

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  18. au that spiced lamb stew sounds amazing! You'd have to let me know how it turned out. It's nice to get back to normality and back into a routine after a break isnt it xx

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  19. It's so good to meal plan. I really need to get back into this. Your menu sounds delicious. At least once every fortnight I cook a huge batch of pesto pasta and keep bit for lunch the next day. It's so cheap and lasts a few meals xx

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  20. Thanks for joining in - your cajun macaroni sounds really intriguing, I think Mr M would love that! Might have to try something like this.

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