Back to meal planning this week. I have had a couple of weeks of shopping from the cupboards, buying bits and pieces and eating home grown food donated by friends and family. Now it is time to get organised, restock and get back to The Plan. This is to eat light and healthily, easy in our current heatwave.
Meal planning saves me a lot of time and money. It is worth the effort so, if you struggle with a tight budget for food, or find you end up throwing food away, I urge you to give it a try. It seems that this week we will be eating a lot of fish dishes! I will buy a couple of large bags of prawns from Iceland.
Meal planning for hot weather
My daughter visited a Vietnamese restaurant in Colchester, which seems to be getting a great name for itself. She had a dish called Pho – a kind of noodle soup and loved it. Since then, she has made it for all of us and it really is delicious. I am going to give this recipe a go.
Salad Nicoise. In case you have never had it, there is a recipe here. I will probably do something along those lines but won’t stick rigidly to a recipe. Probably won’t bother with the anchovies. I like them, but not everyone does.
Vegetable and prawn stir fry. This will be a mixture of whatever veg we have. I don’t tend to buy the ready made packs, although I do quite enjoy an Aldi stir fry sauce if I am feeling lazy! It’s easy enough to make from scratch though.
Mediterranean fish stew with rice. I will make this up and it will contain white fish, prawns (hopefully we will have some left), peppers, garlic, tomatoes and possibly a courgette or two.
Vegetable risotto. I don’t always use risotto rice and will probably go with basmati, as we have a large bag of that.
Leftovers from the risotto or the fish stew. There are bound to be some….
Spanish omelettes, using some of the leftover new potatoes from the nicoise salad, accompanied by a salad of whatever needs using up.
So, that is our week in food. Are you meal planning? If so, what are you going for and how is the weather where you are?