Weekly Meal Plan 6/7/15 - 12/7/15

Weekly Meal Plan 6/7/15 – 12/7/15

The sun has got his hat on, hip, hip…well he did have his hat on, but it seems the forecast for this week is mostly rain. It’s still nice and warm at the moment and I’m sat here now with the back door open (and all the flies invading, I definitely need a fly screen), so as far as I’m concerned it’s summer and summer recipes are on the menu still. Fingers crossed for more BBQ weather as we have the ‘burger challenge’ planned!

Weekly Meal Plan 6/7/15 - 12/7/15

How Much Did I spend?

The total bill was £43 and that included beer and extra bits for Saturdays BBQ, so I imagine this weeks actual food bill was probably around £28, which is a big improvement. I’m going to scour the cupboards this week and see what’s lurking in them that needs using up, I know I still have a lot of pasta, lentils, etc, so they’ll be featuring next week.

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This Weeks Meals

A shorter week because I’ll be away Thursday and Friday, though Tom will be at home and will have to feed himself. There’s a few of my own recipes this week that I’ll try to get up on the blog as soon as I can, in particular the chicken tortilla wedges, which are a cinch and great for in this weather. I’ve linked up to a Nasi Goreng recipe, but I make mine slightly differently and will try and get that alternative version up too.
Don’t forget to check back later in the week for the verdicts on the meals I made and further links.

#MeatFreeMonday – Summer Vegetable Quiche with A Lemon, Sun-dried Tomato & Almond Quinoa Salad – Really enjoyed these, I tweeked the salad a little to add a bit more flavour.

Tuesday – Spaghetti & Tuna Frittata with Green Bean, Walnut & Feta Salad – This was an unexpected hit. I was inspired by some recent posts about pasta ‘nests’, and I remembered I’d seen a recipe in a magazine years ago with something similar containing egg. I thought it looked a bit weird and never tried it. I’m so glad I have now as we both loved it, different, but in a good way. I will stick the recipe up soon.

Wednesday – Mother Mands Chicken Tortilla Wedges with Mexican Salad & Lime and Coriander Dip – This is a regular in our house, very quick and easy, but very filling and great for a movie night. The recipe will be added shortly.

Thursday & Friday – I shall be heading to Cheshire to visit friends and family, so Tom will have to fend for himself, I may make him something to reheat…I may not 😉

Saturday – Nasi Goreng – I haven’t made this in ages, we used to have it all the time. I varied the spices a little, you can actually use a nasi goreng paste, which I have tried before and was really good. I also added prawns to ours near the end of cooking, and rolled and sliced a herby omelette for the top, serving with fried onions and peanuts. I will have to make this again and put my version of the recipe up.

Sunday – BBQ?- BBQ was a no go as it was on and off drizzle, then when it did clear up there was quite a breeze. So we had roasted veg and chicken with halloumi and a garlic dip served with pitta bread.

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Recipe Of The Week

Finn Crisp Crusted SalmonLast weeks favourite was of course Arctic Cloudberry’s Finn Crisp Crusted Salmon served with Hasselback Potatoes & Dill Butter, which we dished up with asparagus and peas. We all loved the flavours in this meal and as big salmon fans it was a great new way for us to serve it. Hasselback potatoes will definitely be making a regular appearence now, a lot easier than I imagined and I have already devised a spicy version for Tom to try 😉

Rhubarb & Strawberry Tequila CocktailI have to also mention the fantastic BBQ we had this week. Tom’s cousin Kay made some delicious prawn and chorizo skewers and then served us a refreshing rhubarb and strawberry tequila cocktail. She will have her own blog soon, so I can link up to her recipes and crafts for you to check out 😉

 

 

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If you need more meal planning inspiration, don’t forget to go and check out Mrs M’s #mealplanningmonday link-up and follow all the other meal planners sharing their families food for the week! 😉
You can have a nose at what I’ve been cooking over on instagram and I’m always pinning up inspiration on Pinterest, so go and add me and I’ll add you back so I can rifle through your ‘likes’!

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#mealplanningmonday link

24 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan 6/7/15 – 12/7/15

  1. Nom Monster

    The Nasi Goreng looks amazing. Must admit I’ve never heard of it before but I do love rice dishes like that, especially as its so easy to vary what’s in it when supplies are getting low! #mealplanningmondays

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      Yeah you can improvise quite a bit with it! 🙂 Instead of chucking a fried egg on top, I do an omelette with the eggs and some herbs and then roll it up, slice it into thin strips and throw them on top, it looks better and my husband always looks really impressed even though it’s really simple 😀 Thanks for stopping by! 😉

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      Could do better! I’m trying to get the shopping a little lower but still be ‘creative’, it isn’t easy, especially when there is so much tempting seasonal food about at the moment 😉

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  2. Suburban Mum

    Oh wow I am so going to have to try the Nasi Goreng at some point – it looks delicious! Love the sound of the chicken tortilla wedges too. mmm making me hungry! 🙂

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      I haven’t made Nasi Goreng in ages, but we used to have it all the time and it’s really easy to make. The other half loves prawns, and I haven’t really made anything with them in for a while so I thought I’d treat him seeing as I’m abandoning him at the end of the week 😀 Thanks for popping over 😉

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      Would of been a lot cheaper without someone’s beer ‘coughs’ 😀 I’m hoping the rosti thing turns out okay, I’m making it up after seeing something similar (can’t remember where now) of little baked pasta nests. I update the plan at the end of the week to leave feedback 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Kim Carberry

    We have an old curtain hung at the back door to keep the critters out….hehehe
    Everything sounds fantastic! The burger challenge sounds like so much fun! Good luck x

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      I can see the burger challenge ending in tears, a lot of competiveness and chilli streaming eyes! 😀 I should video it, but I imagine the language will be pretty blue…I could do my own *beeps* 😀

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      I’ll have to do a ‘tips’ post 😀 Frozen herbs, frozen veg, buying my meat locally from the farm for the month saves a lot of money. I have built up a large stash of spices over time (they’re probably out of date but who cares if they still taste okay :D). I dunno really, just making practically everything from scratch saves a fortune in general, and not having loads of money for shopping but being a massive foodie Spurs me on! There are people out there who can do it loads cheaper than me, I wish I knew their secrets! 😀

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  4. Hanna @ Arctic Cloudberry

    So chuffed you liked the finn crisp salmon, I was a bit worried it might be one of those things only locals get, like salty licorice or soured milk 🙂

    Your plan for the week looks delicious! Let’s hope for more sun – have a nice week!

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      Oh it really went down well, and will be making reappearances on future meal plans 😉
      Is salty liquorice a real thing?! 😀

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  5. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    Oooh the Lemon, Sun Dried Tomato and Almond Quinoa Salad sounds delicious, in fact it all sounds lovely! It was lovely to have the summer weather last week but today it is back to its usual wet self! x #mealplanningmonday

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      It was very nice, thanks! I added some of the left over green beans in garlic from my quiches to it and sprinkled a little feta in.
      It’s certainly wet now 🙁 at least it’s watering my plants, my courgettes are coming on nicely now 😀

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  6. Honest Mum

    Love this, so inspiring for others to read and great for you, I keep forgetting meals and return to fail safe ones but this is making me reach out of my comfort zone, thanks and loving the new header too x

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      Pinterest has provided me with masses of inspiration! Now I’ve started reading and adding myself to food linkys I get even more ideas, I have to force myself to stop cooking sometimes, because we wouldn’t be able to eat it all, but I want to try so many things 😀
      Thanks for popping over, yeah the new header is a bit more me…literally! Haa! 😉 x

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    1. Mother Mands Post author

      You can learn with me 😀 I’m always learning new stuff, thats why I love cooking so much 🙂 Adventures in fermenting next, I love the idea of making our own pickles, condiments, etc. Hope you are well! x

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