Planning my weekly meals is one of my least favourite things to do. I spend ages trolling the internet looking for inspiration for child-friendly recipes. However, I do find that planning our weekly meals saves us time, money, waste and ensures we eat a little better.
I recently asked a rather large group of local mums for some inspiration for meal ideas. If I’m honest, I was rather humbled by the things they’re cooking their kids and it put my efforts to shame. Below, I have compiled a list of their favourite meal ideas with suggested recipes.
Homemade chicken and apple burgers with sweet potato mash
Chicken and vegetable couscous
Baked Spanish risotto
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Spanish Chicken tonight and rice
Rice with chicken in cinnamon and Bechamel sauce
Chicken and veg stir fry
Surprise chicken (tomato, courgette, pepper, chicken stew) with rice
Lemon marinated chicken grilled with sweet potato mash/chips and veg
Chicken with a korma curry sauce and noodles
Chicken and Chorizo cooked with Passata
Sausages with mash potato cheese bake
Sausage and bean casserole
Bacon and veg pasta bake
Toad in the hole gravy and a dollop of cheesy mash with broccoli or peas
Easy Sausage casserole
Pasta with bacon and a tomato sauce
Autumn Sausage Bake
Speedy Meatball stew
Beef stew and dumplings
South African Bobotie
Shepherd’s pie with baked beans
Grated Apple Lamb Burgers
No-Fuss Shepherd’s pie
Spaghetti with shredded surimi
Tuna Pasta Bake
Steamed salmon with sweet potato mash
Sweet chilli noodles with salmon
Teriyaki salmon and new pots
Creamy pasta with broccoli, salmon and peas
Jamie Oliver’s Salmon on Lentil and Spinach
Butternut Squash Risotto
Simple pasta with peas, butter and grated parmesan
Jamie Oliver’s ‘Hungover Noodles’
Thank you to all the SAMS for your suggestions. If you have any other meal ideas you would like to share please do add them in the comments.
I do find meal planning a bit of a slog. I usually sit down on a Sunday with my Slow Cooker Books and start trawling for recipes and making my shopping list. Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who had a set menu every week but always keen to try new recipes.
But one thing that helps a bit is that I have a couple ‘themes’ to help me focus. On a Monday it’s always #meatfreemonday and on Fridays we try to have fish. So this just leaves 3 weekdays to sort out.
However, I do find that planning each week saves us time and money. A couple of weeks ago I tried online shopping again and found I could do my shop for around £50. However, on the weekend I went to Morrison’s, it’s usually cheap but found myself spending twice as much. Think I will do it online again next week, it stops me from impulse buying.
This week my Slow Cooker will be busy cooking:
Monday – Aubergine Massamman Curry
Tuesday – Tomato, Lentil and Chorizo Soup
Wednesday – American Diner Style Chili
Thursday – Lamb Tagine
Friday – Smoked Cod with Bean Mash
Roll on Bank Holiday Weekend!
I’m stuck in this limbo between Winter and Spring. I know it’s supposed to be Spring but I kept finding myself still choosing winter comfort food when planning my meals this week; Two Bean Chilli, Sausage and Puy Lentils and Spaghetti Bolognaise.
I’ve never made the Salt Cod before and in truth I’m using up a selection of white fish from the freezer so it may not actually be cod.
I’m reviewing the spices, hence the Spicy Chicken and Rice recipe, but I’m not convinced about Chicken and Cinnamon and not sure how it will work.
I’m out at my networking group, An Afternoon in the Pub on Friday, so I will pop Spag Bol in the Slow Cooker for Hubby and Madame as it’s their favourite.
As always, these are all Slow Cooker Recipes and if I have any joy, you will find them on my other blog, slowcookerqueen.com.
Have a great week.
My daughter has now been off school for 18 days! 18 WHOLE DAYS! I’m gagging for her to get back to school tomorrow and a semblance of a routine restored. Her school had an inset today (just what we needed after two weeks off), but she was still supposed to go to child-care but threw a wobbly and as I was home, I decided to spare the childminder the pain and keep her home with me.
However, I did explain I had work to do and I’ve already planned the meals for the week so she’s going to have to eat Cannellini Risotto. It’s not going to happen is it??? And for the record, I’ve got very little done.
Anyhow, all of the recipes this week are new so I don’t have any links to the recipes but if they turn out okay, you will eventually find them on The Slow Cooker Queen.
Have a great week and I hope you enjoyed a bit of sunshine.
Week two of school holidays! I’m on my knees but have ordered in a case of wine so I should survive. As always, the majority of our meals this week will be done in a slow cooker. Well, actually they all will be.
On Mondays we do #meatfree, but no chance I will convince our 5 year old to eat a veggie curry so I’ve opted for Lasagna which hopefully she will eat. Fingers firmly crossed. I will leave you guys to debate my spelling of Lasagna and for the record that is an ‘e’ in Kedgeree and not an ‘a’.
The second new recipe we are trying is the Paprikash – she loves pork, mushrooms and sour cream so hedging my bet on this one.
We will also be having a few tried and tested favorites. The links to the recipes are below.
If anyone is looking for me this week, I will be hiding at the bottom of a bottle of red! :-)
Have a great week!