I’m a bit late with my meal plan! In fact, I have been a bit rubbish with meal planning over the past couple of weeks, mainly due to tiredness I think. However, I currently have a French guest staying for the week – a vegetarian to boot – so I need to get a grip on what we are eating. I actually planned and went shopping for this yesterday, but didn’t have time to write this post. Better late than never.
I am keeping it on budget, of course. This is easier than usual when there is no meat or fish at all in our plan.
This week’s budget meal plan
As our guest wasn’t due to arrive until 8.30pm I kept it simple. I needed a meal that could wait in case she was delayed. In fact, the coach arrived more or less on time. We had cheese and onion quiche, new potatoes, salad and coleslaw. I am glad I chose something light as we didn’t sit to eat until 9.30 – a bit late for us Brits!
Jamie Oliver’s vegetable moussaka with salad and baguettes. As his recipe calls for 4 aubergines and I am not a massive fan of too many in one dish, I will replace a couple of them with courgettes. I am sure it will taste nicer.
Stuffed Portobello mushrooms with blue cheese, as recommended by my daughter’s friend Cara. She knows about food ad is a fabulous cook so happy to try her recommendation.
Linda McCartney vegetarian pies with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I am keeping it easy in case Tuesday is too frantic at work!
Quorn spaghetti bolognese with carrot salad. I am not a massive fan of Quorn, but my friend has given me a tip. He says the trick is to defrost the Quorn and let it rest with some herbs and spices for a while before using it. I am going to give it a go.
If you like Quorn, Petra from BeHealthy.co.uk has a good post about it here.
Cheese omelettes with home made air fried chips and corn on the cob.
Macaroni cheese with steamed vegetables and baguettes.
As you can see, I am keeping it reasonably uncomplicated. You never know what people will like to eat.
Other meals and desserts
Desserts will be fruit and yogurt, a Bakewell Tart I bought in Aldi with custard or ice cream. I also need to make our guest a packed lunch so I do a couple of filled rolls each day with fruit, a cake or biscuit, some crisps and water.
At breakfast I offer toast and jam, cereal – Shreddies, Rice Crispies or muesli – and also have orange juice, fruit and yogurt on the table.
Our guest is only staying for a week. She seems very sweet and her English is excellent. As she is the teacher with the group rather than a student this is to be expected! If you want more information on making money hosting language students see this post.
As usual, I am linking up with Katy Kicker. If you want more ideas on meal planning and saving money, take a look at her blog.