This is my first Meal Planning Monday and it makes a huge change from me wandering into the kitchen late afternoon and rifling through the fridge to fling something together. Somehow it normally works out but it makes my shopping chaotic and inefficient (pretty much a description of me, so no surprise really...) and late afternoon can be a trying time with the babe so a bit of forward thinking would do us all good.
Kev (husband) tends to panic if I'm not sure what food will be available (okay that's a slight exaggeration, but he is a 'what's on the menu' kind of guy and likes to know in advance what he's getting to fully enjoy the anticipation phase).
For those of you who don't know, we are plant based in our food so no meat or dairy, but we do eat eggs. I've already done the shopping for Monday and Tuesday (hmmm...may not have the black eyed beans yet) and I do a big veg shop on a Wednesday when the market is on and we have better choice. Small town, small choice.
Here goes! Except for the Bo Kho, the babe will eat all of this.
Monday: Roast (roasted potatoes, root veg and cauliflower, leeks & broccoli in white sauce, yorkshire puds, stirfry greens and nuts, gravy)
Tuesday: Mushroom & black eyed bean Bolognese
Wednesday: Curry (something potatoey, something lentilly, plus lots of veg - work in progress!)
Thursday: Mushroom and root veg pie (fingers crossed, will work it out as I go along but hubby pleaded for a pie) with mash and greens.
Friday: Roast veg, salad and quinoa
Saturday: Bo Kho style veg stew (red pepers, carrots, greens, green lentils, um...) with bulgar wheat
Sunday: Leftovers flung together in an inspired fashion. Honest.
extras: polenta breakfast slices for, well, breakfast.
veg muffins for the babe
something sweet cos I'm feeling cake like.
p.s. In case you're thinking it's weird to have a roast on a Monday, we run a pub and that is our day off. Sunday is Friday night (but not until we shut so our 'us' time depends on how early the babe woke up and how soon I fall asleep on the sofa!) and Monday is Saturday and Sunday rolled into one. Odd existence really.
p.p.s. if you've never had roasted cauliflower please, please try it. Divine!
p.p.p.s. Bo Kho is a kickass Vietnamese stew with lots of chilli, fish sauce (not for us but works really well) and lemon grass. Not one for the babe just yet.
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