This week’s Real Food Meal Plan has simple pan-fried seafood meals, a pressure cooker mushroom risotto, and roast chicken; handy for leftovers.
My menu plan was slightly tricky to work out this week. The oven was still out of commission, and The Princess went off on school camp. She dictated that the few meals she ate before she left were not to include pasta or rice in anticipation of these being her primary foods over the next ten days. The upside to her being away is that I could cook foods for Mr Grumpy & I that I knew she would just moan about.
This week we ate:
Pan-fried fish with leftover potato salad and green salad.
We had a family BBQ for lunch, and potato salad was my contribution. As we weren’t that hungry after a huge, late lunch, a simple dinner of fish with the leftover potato salad suited us all perfectly.
Roast Chicken, with Slow-fried Potatoes with Thyme and Taleggio from Nigel Slater’s Real Food. Served with a green salad.
With no working oven, and an Easter long weekend to take advantage of, I had Mr Grumpy roast the chicken in the BBQ. We had enough leftover chicken and potatoes for lunches for both of us over the next few days. I had intended to make a frittata with the leftover potatoes, however as I neglected to communicate this to Mr Grumpy he took them for lunch instead.
Scallops & Chorizo, served with Chickpeas with Rocket & Sherry. Both recipes from Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express.
I had some scallops from a bulk buy opportunity taking up valuable freezer space. I knew I would never get them past The Princess, so her absence was the perfect time to pull out this dish. We enjoyed it, even moreso as it was not accompanied by a soundtrack of complaints.
Another dish that The Princess eats under much sufferance. I ran out of time to make this conventionally on the stove, so made it in the pressure cooker instead. Mr Grumpy was extremely skeptical, however later admitted that it was very good. Dinner in seven minutes. You cannot complain about that.
Goats cheese & sun-dried ravioli pasta bake. Served with green salad.
Yes, you read that correctly. The oven was fixed today, so I wasted little time cooking dinner in it. This dish is one of my favourite lazy meals. Ready made ravioli, tossed with Slow Cooked Tomato Pasta Sauce, scattered with cheese and baked. Yum.
I restocked my canned bean supplies this week, but rather over-estimated the amount of beans I would need for the amount of jars I had. Beans freeze very well, so I cooked the remainder of the beans, divided them into one cup portions, and froze them in zip lock bags. These beans are great for making quick lunchbox salads for The Princess.
The chicken carcass from our dinner also went into the freezer. When I have a couple more I will make another batch of chicken stock.
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