January 2017 round up

I only made one resolution for 2017.  To clock up 3,650,000 steps by the end of the year.

Neither 2015 and 2016 were particularly good to me, therefore towards the end of last year, I decided to treat the transition to January 2017 not as a brand new year, rather a typical month which followed the end of a previous month.  If that makes sense.

I felt very strongly about using up our pantry staples in January without having to do big weekly Ocado shops.  We managed rather well, I must say.  There were some takeaway meals and we did eat out at the weekends, but by mid last week, our cupboards were almost bare.  I promptly organised an Ocado delivery which drew big cheers from the Bear.

Speaking of whom, we have all been sleep deprived as the Bear struggles with night terrors.  This has given me the added excuse to indulge in coffee.  Far too much, unfortunately.  That, plus I’m an early starter at work.  The coffee band-aid saga continues. I was doing well with packed lunches until last week.  I fell ill and it proved too much of an effort.

A few photos of what we had to eat in the last few days.

Clockwise:  (1) Lamb burgers, mushroom and red onion relish, sweet potato fries, salad (2) The Bear’s bowl of homemade meatballs, cheesy pasta (not pictured – a bowl of salad) (3) Kale, peppers, mushroom stir-fry topped with fried egg and sweet chilli sauce.

Here’s a quick meal plan for the week ahead:

Monday 30/1 – Udon noodle, prawn and veg stir-fry for hubby, egg and prawn fried brown rice for me

Tuesday 31/1 – Salmon, brown rice, veg stir-fry

Wednesday 1/2 – jacket potatoes, beans, salad

Thursday – 2/2 dhall, omelette, fishcakes

Friday – 3/3 leftovers

Did anyone watch Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Show last week? Jamie recreated a River Cafe dish for Michael McIntyre.  Scallops, borlotti beans and tenderstem broccoli.  It looked fab and I’ve been dreaming about it since.  Might be a project for the coming weekend.

The food plan for February is to gradually decrease my sugar intake in preparation for Lent which is only a few weeks away.  The Hubby and I recently discussed reducing our intake of red meat – we have been eating chili con carne and lamb curries recently!  I’m feeling better now and have my work lunches for the next three days prepped (quinoa, bulghur wheat + kale + grated carrots + boiled egg).

Hope everyone has had a decent enough start to the new year.  If anyone is still reading this, do drop me a line to share any food related resolutions you’ve made for the month/year/.



Meal plan w/c 2 January 2017

We have eaten really well over the last few weeks.  Chocolates and other treats aside, having time off work meant more time to cook up decent meals at home.  One of the things I’ve enjoyed most over Christmas sitting down to dinner as a family of three.

It’s back to work and school tomorrow.  The Bear gets breakfast, lunch and tea in nursery so she normally isn’t hungry for much when she gets home.  Just some fruit or a biscuit.  I’ll see what she asks for tomorrow evening.

Here is the our meal plan for the week. A bit of a cheat’s plan as I have some leftovers in the freezer from the weekend.  I’ve also included tonight’s dinner in for the sake of completeness.

  • Monday – lamb rogan josh, okra stir-fry, basmati rice
  • Tuesday –  leftover pasta bake (inspired by a Bill Granger recipe from Bill’s Basics – ricotta, kale, lobster, homemade pistou)
  • Wednesday – jacket potatoes and leftovers (chili con carne, puy lentils casserole)
  • Thursday – meal out (Gramps is visiting)
  • Friday – homemade veggie broth (black-eyed beans, kale, carrots, celery)

My new office is lacking in kitchen amenities, therefore I have been spending far too much on eating lunch out.  I’m not a coeliac but do struggle with bread.  And don’t get me started on Pret coffees.  So easily done first thing in the morning on the way into work, especially if you are an early riser (5.30am) like me.   So, I’ve bought a big box of Special K to bring into work tomorrow.  Lunch packed and in the fridge (quinoa salad).  Three days a week at least.  The closest I’ve come to making a resolution.  Wish me luck.

Suggestions for (non-microwaveable) packed lunches welcome.

Meal plan w/c 8th Feb 2016

We’re all recovering from yet another cycle of colds/the flu.  Take outs were inevitable some days. But we seem to be doing ok generally with our meal plans.  

  • Monday – lamb curry, brown rice, cabbage stir fry 
  • Tuesday – salmon, puy lentils 
  • Wednesday – veggie fajitas 
  • Thursday – dhall, brown rice
  • Friday – leftovers…

Meal plan w/c 18th Jan 2016

January sucks.  We’ve all had it with the miserable weather, dark mornings, long dark evenings.  I caught a cold again, and this time can’t blame the Bear and her nursery.

  • Monday to Wednesday – big pot of chili, a side of broccoli
  • Thursday – Pasta and clams (I didn’t make this last week as intended)
  • Friday – Salmon, broccoli stir-fry, miso soup


Meal plan w/c 11th Jan 16

Last week’s meal plan was a success. I took leftovers to work. The downside was that I was really pushed for time to get dinner ready every evening and do bedtime routine for the Bear. I’ve tried bulk cooking at the weekends previously to free up time during the week, but this was rather time consuming at the weekend when I had very little energy and house-work had to be tackled too. #Conundrum.

We have plenty of salmon to get through in the freezer. Convenience took over good intentions, and I bought ready-made ratatouille from M&S earlier, three for £5. That would go really well with the salmon. I’ve also found some Tilda steamed brown rice on sale on Ocado, and have added them to my shopping basket. The salmon-brown rice-ratatouille should make for quick dinners this week, but not much in terms of leftovers and therefore no packed lunches. #CantWin.

  • Monday – salmon, ratatouille, spring greens
  • Tuesday – salmon, ratatouille, brown rice
  • Wednesday – chicken fajita, peppers, courgettes, mushrooms
  • Thursday – pasta, clams, chilli and tomato sauce
  • Friday – chips and ketchup!