Meal plan : Week 9.

25th February 2019

Wow. How long have I left this? A whole FOUR weeks, how bad is that? I blame my laptop. You see my trusted Chromebook decided to give up the ghost. At first I didn’t want to believe it, four weeks on I have finally accepted that it just isn’t going to magically come back to life and have ordered another (definitely not the same) laptop due to be delivered tomorrow! So yes, that’s the ever so insightful look into my life.

Last week was half term and the whole meal plan went out the window. Since I last posted our weekly meal plan a lot has changed, and by a lot all I really mean is Shaniah now eats vegetables without a fuss! She will actually try everything except cooked carrot, apparently they are slimy, I do hope that it’s just her exaggerating and that I don’t actually cook my carrots to the point they grow slime… I wish I could say that this is all down to my amazing parenting skills but really it’s down to the VegPower – eat them to defeat them campaign that is currently being advertised on ITV. I’ve linked in the website as there are some amazing recipes and print outs for the children.

Anyway, enough about my exciting week *insert sarcasm here*  Here’s what we are going to have this week. I think after last weeks trip to Kaspas we are all going to be laying off the chocolate for a while.

Monday: Fakeaway Kebabs.

Doner kebab meat with shredded lettuce, cucumber and tomatoes.

It’s certainly not he healthiest way to start the week, but then it has salad and that’s healthy and well, life is all about balance right? as well as being one of the less healthier options this week it is also one of the favourites. Coincidence? I think not. We usually get the kebab meat from Iceland however, on our weekend trip to Morrisons we actually stumbled across it there and cheaper too! Anyway, despite the unhealthiest of starts it is a meal that Shaniah can build herself, which is something that she loves to do.

Tuesday: Sausage and Mash with onion gravy and peas.

Something nice and simple. Despite it’s simplicity it sure tastes good, although Shaniah doesn’t think so I cannot for the life of me get mashed potato anywhere near her mouth. This week however, I plan to do it with sweet potatoes and see if that makes any difference, it probably won’t but I tried!

Wednesday: paprika chicken breasts with Mediterranean rice and Salad.

Shocker – we all love this dish. Shaniah is obsessed with Birds Eye Mediterranean Vegetable Rice, which like it states is full of vegetables, the only thing that she will leave behind in this dish is the aubergine which I think is a rather big win.  Again, it’ so easy and tasty too.

Thursday: Braised steaks with Gravy.

beef in a crock pot covered in gravy ith a bowl of chips beside it.
Image via BBC Food. ( recipe link below)

Ahh, every time I look at this dish it leaves my mouth watering. We have tried this meal before and surprisingly Shaniah loved it, despite me picking up the wrong type of steak, standard. The gravy really compliments the steak and all in all it’s just an all round great dish. Fancy giving it a go? You can find the recipe here.

Friday: Baked potatoes with Chilli Con Carne.

Again, a meal that Shaniah will turn her nose up at. Like the mashed potato, she will not entertain the idea of a baked potato –  I mean one has never gone near her lips, in fact she will not let it touch her plate either.  Ryan is the same so they will both just have boiled rice and tortillas. I usually serve my jacket potato with a side salad.

Saturday: Veggie burgers with sweet potato fries and a side salad.

a veggie burger on a wooden board with a side salad and a pot of homemade chips.

Queue the moans of a child that thinks they’re getting juicy beef burgers but get served a veggie quinoa one instead. On a serious note, these burgers are delicious, I mean I’d happily eat them and not a beef burger I serve them on a bead of lettuce within a brioche bun. Absolutely gorgeous.

Sunday: Roast beef.

finally, something we can all agree on. Now Shaniah is a lover (somewhat) of vegetables I am taking full advantage. This week I have decided to serve the roast beef with cauliflower cheese, pigs in blankets (they’re not just for Christmas guys), mange tout and carrots (sorry Shaniah) and not forgetting Yorkshire puddings. I may well be nice and serve Shaniah’s with uncooked carrots…

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