When I originally took the plunge to start this blog, I spent some time thinking about what I could contribute to the blogging world. I had some general ideas of course, but one thing that came to mind was creating and sharing a weekly meal plan. I try and plan out my weekly menu every Thursday and do the shopping on Sunday. Sometimes I really lack inspiration though, so recently I went looking for blogs that could help me out with my weekly meal planning. I am sure there are more out there than what I found, but the ones I did come across didn’t really suit my lifestyle (the meals were often too fancy or would take too long to cook)
For me I need quick and easy meals, I am talking 3o minute weeknight meals that don’t require fancy ingredients. I should note here that I do sometimes cook meals that take longer than 30 minutes but they will usually be meals I can just leave to simmer or cook in the oven. Little R gets her cranky pants on if she doesn’t eat by 6pm, so I generally start cooking around 5.30pm which co-incidently is about the same time she decides she can’t be anywhere else but in my arms (sigh, eye roll, sigh).
I cook for a family of three, which includes Little R, who is 20 months old. Mostly, I use recipes for four people and use the leftovers for lunch.
I like to think I eat healthy most of the time, but I am not a health nut, so I make no guarantees in that area! Also I don’t really make my own recipes, there are lots of great food bloggers out there already. So I will provide the links to the original receipe and make notes of any substitutions I usually make!
So if your lifestyle matches the one that I have described, check out this weeks meal plan and grocery list to match! I hope you enjoy it!
Sunday: Pancakes – add in some vanilla for extra flavour!
Monday: Peanut butter baked oatmeal – I exclude nutmeg so add it in if your a lover! I am not gluten of vegan, so you will see on the shopping list I have replaced gluten free rolled oats with rolled oats and almond milk with regular milk. MAKE ENOUGH FOR WEDNESDAYS BREAKFAST!
Tuesday: Scrambled eggs – I LOVE scrambled eggs and keep it pretty simple. For 2 people, whisk together 3 eggs with a dash of milk and salt and pepper to taste. Heat up the fry pan with a dash of olive oil, add the egg mixture, stir frequently add in the cheese (optional). While the eggs are cooking, make your toast! Voila!
Wednesday: Peanut butter baked oatmeal – Leftovers from Monday!
Thursday: Favourite cereal
Friday: Overnight oats – this is such a good make ahead breakfast and super simple. In a container add 1 cup of oats, add enough milk to just cover the oats, stir in a tablespoon or two of greek yoghurt, a teaspoon of honey mix, cover and place in fridge overnight. In the morning simply dish up, add extra milk and yoghurt as needed and top with blueberries! There are heaps of variations on this dish, so be creative or keep it simple like the above!
Saturday: Scrambled eggs – same as Tuesday!
Sunday: Tomato basil chicken with mixed salad – It’s Valentines day ya’ll! So I am keeping it simple with this scrumptious, easy and light dinner. The only change I make is that I like to season chicken with some Italian seasoning. Serve with mixed salad, drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I should disclose I WILL be making these delicious sounding red velvet trifles for desert but it is not included on the plan or shopping list!
Monday: Asparagus & ricotta fritters and salad – This one is super easy, first off chop up the asparagus into little chunks, gently steam/cook them and then simply mix all ingredients in bowl. Shape into patties (approx. 15). Lightly fry them in olive oil and then bake for further 5 minutes in 180 deg celsius oven. Recipe from instagram account of @myhungrytoddler via @babyfooduniverse
Tuesday: Honey glazed salmon, with sweet potato wedges and steamed mixed veggies – You can use a number of spices with the sweet potato, my choice is paprika! Note: to save time make enough wedges and veggies for dinner tomorrow as well!
Wednesday: Healthy chicken fingers, sweet potato wedges, steamed mixed veggies.
Thursday: Grilled sandwich and salad – I tend to switch off from cooking on Thursdays so tonight is grilled ham and chese sandwiches. Spread butter on outside of bread, add ham and cheese to the middle, cook on medium heat in fry pan until each side of bread is brown and cheese is melted!
Saturday: Leftovers from the week or whatever is left in the fridge!
Again here they are for the week starting the 14th February!
Weekly meal plan
Weekly shopping list
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