Each week I publish my seven day simple meal plan. I love meal planning because it saves money, helps me manage my time and prevents food waste. All good when you are on a budget.
I don’t always stick slavishly to the plan. Sometimes life gets in the way and some meals don’t get cooked. Other times I swap them around. But on the whole, I find it hugely helpful to meal plan and write my shopping list from it so that I only buy what is needed.
I recently picked up a book in the charity shop called the The Ultimate FODMAP Cookbook: 150 deliciously easy recipes to soothe your gut and nourish your body, but haven’t tried many recipes yet. Although I can’t say I follow low FODMAP eating strictly, if I veer too far off the principles my digestive system suffers.
I didn’t spot it when I picked up the book, but it is written by my old boss from when I worked in publishing eons ago. How funny!
I thought I would try her lemony chicken souvlaki, which sounds really tasty.
If you don’t know, a low FODMAP diet is beneficial to IBS sufferers. There are certain foods, such as onions, brassica, lactose, beans, etc that really aggravate the condition. I know what bothers me but sometimes I eat them anyway, which is silly really as I pay the price.
I have been bad lately, so I am reining it in this week. Mostly I adapt recipes – for example, I always replace onions with celery. If I eat chick peas or lentils I can only manage a small quantity and I use lactose free dairy products.
I am going to try another recipe from my Simply Cook subscription – jambalaya (which I am sure is a song by the Carpenters!). My daughter has had this and says it is delicious.
It is a rice dish with chicken and chorizo and looks right up my street. I will leave out the onions though. We will either have salad or some form of green vegetable with this one.
Simply Cook dishes are so easy and quick to prepare – just the thing for a simple meal plan for the week. Cooking doesn’t have to be time consuming and complicated.
Eggs benedict with sweet potato chips and chopped chard. I know it is really lazy, but I picked up some cheese sauce mixes really cheaply in Home Bargains a while back. As Monday is always a busy work day, this will be a reasonably easy dinner.
Tortillas with loads of spicy roasted vegetables (the last of the courgettes – I found two small ones in the garden yesterday) and grated cheese. We will probably have home-made chips with these and salad if there is any left.
Home-made tuna penne with black olives. We will have the remaining chard with this and some garlic bread from the freezer (no, I shouldn’t eat garlic….).
Nut cutlets (shop bought from Tesco) with whatever veg needs eating first and maybe some roasties done in the VonShef air fryer. I really like these!
So that’s my simple meal plan for the week. What are you having for dinner?
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