Monday, 25 February 2013

Meal Planning by Roz

Since the beginning of the year B and I have sitting down and planning out our meals for the week. We have always cooked dinner most nights from scratch as we don't really eat ready meals at all. A chilled out night might involve a pizza or some fresh pasta, but generally we have always cooked something from scratch as we both enjoy cooking.  Or eaten out.   Now it's the eating out bit that got out of hand!   We are spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out, living in the West End of Glasgow, there are so many great places to eat within a short walk from our flat such as Bibi's - maybe the best Mexican in Glasgow.   It's really small so if you want to go at the weekend you need to book.   The frozen margaritas are ace! - or the Butchershop Bar & Grill - I think this might be one of my favourite restaurants in Glasgow. The food is always great and the staff are lovely too.

But with the new house purchase we have been planning our meals and eating out is generally not a feature. We have honestly only eaten out once since the start of the year. I have an EAT notepad, which you obviously don't need to plan out your meals but it appealed to my love of stationery and list making.  It has a section for each day of the week and lets you plan out what you intend to have for lunch and dinner.

We try to plan out at least 6 days worth of meals and then buy what we need in one shop, it's amazing how much money you end up spending when you just pop into the shop on the way home from work to pick up an item or two. 

We have discovered a number of quick and tasty meals and I wanted to share a few of my favourites, in the hope that you might share yours in the comments below!  I have the epicurious app on my phone and really like it. You can browse for recipe ideas under breakfast, lunch, dinner or for special occasions, but it also has a collection of recipes under mid-week dinners when you are less likely to want to spend a long time prep-ing or waiting on your dinner to cook!  You can also search for recipes based on a particular ingredient, which can be useful to use up leftovers  It also lets you save your favourite recipes and creates you a shopping list if you need it.   We have made this Spicy Orange Chicken for dinner a number of times, I love it as it's really quick to make and nice and healthy.

Source: via Bex on Pinterest

Last week, whilst off work with a few fractured bones in his foot(!), B looked up some new recipes for us and the Chicken Tortilla Bake below was one of my favourites.   We regularly have fajitas for dinner, they are so quick and tasty, we make them with chicken, peppers and onions, and I think they are a pretty healthy dinner as long as you can control how much cheese and sour cream you add!!   We often have a number of tortillas left over and whilst I am happy to make up wraps for lunch or freeze them for next time, this recipe uses them up nicely.

Source: via Bex on Pinterest

The first time we made it we only used two tortillas as that was all we had left, but it still worked and tasted great :)

Do any of you fancy the recipes above or have any good mid-week dinner recipes to share? If so please drop us a comment below.
Roz xx


leigh said...

Jamie oliver's 15 minute meals is great for mid-week suppers......the chorizo carbonara is a favourite in my house!

Lara said...

Only saw this now... I fancy both of those recipes but as the husband is vegetarian, they wouldn't work as a midweek supper for us.
A book that I love at the moment for creative suggestions to use up leftovers and easily adaptable recipes is this one:


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