For me and our family, good quality and tasty meals are a main part of happy life…mealtimes are not just there for the basic need of actually having to eat, but a time to sit, relax and enjoy something together while talking over the day. However, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen (I don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen!) or lots of money on expensive ingredients so I try to plan and be as creative as possible to ensure what we eat is lovely for less! There will be more posts coming on shopping and how I have saved money so far this year by tweaking my shopping habits, but for now…what are we having this week?
A plan is vital…the stress is gone if you know what you are having and that you have the ingredients for it. This week we will have :
Ready meal (weight watchers pasta for me, pie and cauli cheese for Bruce…its Monday! I go to zumba and B eats alone later)
Belly pork slices (reduced to £2 per pack and been loitering in freezer) in homemade BBQ sauce (ingredients from store cupboard) with brown rice (I batch cook brown rice a whole packet at a time and then freeze in individual portions for quicker teatime)
Gammon, baked pots and veg (kindly supplied and cooker here by my mum and dad as B is away!)
Pasta and red pesto…Plums absolute current favourite
Bumper mac and cheese…I will add a little interest and extra nutrition to this classic with a couple of slices of bacon from the butcher and some sprouts and spinach from the freezer
Pan fried trout (B caught it last week on a fishing trip) with gnocchi (we drizzle them in oil and bake in oven…like lovely tasty roasties…yum!) and green beans
Homemade chunky soup
Then its Monday again!
Our eating patterns vary around the shifts B is working, whether I am going to zumba (1 or 2 nights per week) and Prunella and bedtime…but as a rule we aim to eat as a whole family once a week, I eat with Prunella another 2 times (she eats slightly differently from us and also as requires full assistance to feed it does mean someone ends up with a cold meal as they are helping her and that is not great every night but it is important that we create family mealtimes as much as we can manage!) and the other nights B and I eat together once Plum is down at 7 so I like to have something I can have mostly prepared and is cooking away while I do bath and bed and is ready to tuck into by 7.15ish. Oh, and although B doesn’t work a Monday to Friday pattern I like to mark the weekend by having a nice tea on Saturday and often a kind of roast (not the works but some meat and veg combo!) and wine!!!
So what are you eating this week? What is your eating pattern and are you happy with it? What changes would you make to it? Love to hear what and how you eat….xx