Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 31

Real Food Meal Plan Week 31. Includes Stuffed Mushrooms, Ricotta & Silverbeet Stuffed Shells, Panang Beef Curry & Zesty Fish with Crushed Potatoes & Peas

It is the last day of the school term, and two weeks of holiday stretch before me. This possibly means that I have two weeks of The Princess driving me crazy, but I am willing to risk it.  I am going to take a step back from blogging over the next couple of weeks.  I have been struggling to find inspiration recently, and I think taking a break will be good for both me and the blog.  You may have noticed I started my break early as I have posted less this week, and it is already paying off.  My mind is buzzing with new ideas that I intend to road test over the holidays. [Read more…]

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 30

Real Food Meal Plan Week 30. Includes Spaghetti Bolognaise, Thai Style Pumpkin Soup, Crunchy Fish Nuggets, & 4 Cheese Chicken Bake.

I am feeling completely uninspired about cooking at the moment.  We are coming to the end of the school term, so I am hoping that a short break will give me time to recharge and renew my enthusiasm. In the meantime I am resorting to some old favourites I haven’t cooked for a while, and simple meals that require little planning or effort.  I haven’t let my indifference get in the way of our enjoyment of the (relatively) short asparagus season though.

Take-Out, Fake-Out: Homemade Frozen Pizza

Stash Homemade Frozen Pizza in the freezer for a quick and tasty ready meal. Cheaper than take out, and for no extra cost you can choose your own toppings.

We seem to eat a lot of pizza.  I often make Flat bread Pizza and Stovetop Pizza for a quick lunch, whilst a more traditional pizza will usually appear at dinner on Friday nights.  Sometimes though, all I really want to do is open a box and throw a ready made pizza into the oven.  Unfortunately, as most frozen pizzas taste like cardboard, and have a myriad of mystery toppings, pizza from a box is not an option.  With good take-away pizza (my fall-back option) being quite expensive, you can imagine how happy I was to discover Homemade Frozen Pizza.

Lamb & Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

Lamb & Lentil Shepherd's Pie. Loaded with vegetables and earthy lentils, making a little meat go a long way, this Shepherd's Pie freezes brilliantly. Make one for now, freeze one for later.

I am not a fan of a lamb roast.  Never have been.  Any lamb roast has to be well marinated, then so slowly cooked that the meat is falling off the bone, for me to even consider eating it.  As a child,  I would stare resolutely at the slabs of lamb congealing on my plate, wishing they would miraculously disappear.  However, I was never happier at dinnertime than when mum had enough cold lamb left over to make a Shepherd’s Pie.

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 29

Real Food Meal Plan. Includes lemon tuna pasta, roasted fish, broccoli & ricotta souffle, and a green chicken curry.

The weather was all over the place this week, which required some improvisation and juggling in the meal plan.  My original plan for a cheesy cauliflower soup seemed like a great idea when I planned it, and a really bad idea when the temperature hit 32C.

Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas

Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas are a great high fibre, high protein snack that is great for eating on the go.

There was a period, a few years ago now, when The Princess was happy to eat almost anything I made.  Of late though, I feel like we have a toddler back in the house.  She rejects everything I make, then demands I fill the fridge with suitable food.  When I finally asked her if there was anything in particular she would like, she told me “Food!”.  Apparently these Indian Spiced Roasted Chickpeas fit that category, because she is quite happy to eat them by the handful.

Sweet Potato and Feta Tart

This Sweet Potato and Feta Tart, with its hidden layer of caramelised onion, is the perfect vegetarian dish for an easy lunch or a light dinner.

Head bent over her homework, and without lifting her gaze, The Princess says to me “That tart is really yummy!”.  I’m confused.  The remains of the Sweet Potato and Feta Tart I had eaten for lunch appeared to be as I had left them. “Oh, I cut a sliver off the end.”

Our Real Food Meal Plan – Week 28

Real Food Meal Plan Week 28. Includes Macaroni & Cheese, a Quick Fish Curry, Speedy Minestrone Soup, and Sausage & Potato Pie.

Spring is in the air!  Literally, as it is now the first week of spring.  I suppose that is why the heaters have been going full blast, and I have been wearing three layers of clothing whenever I leave the house.  Despite the cold weather, I spied our first asparagus spear in the garden this week.  We transplanted the asparagus over winter, and the first spear is a welcome sight as it means we didn’t kill the plant in the move.