Since I live in the land of saints and scholars, and as it was St Patrick’s Day recently, I’ve taken this opportunity to choose traditional Irish meals this week. This meal plan is full of good wholesome food that everyone will enjoy.
If you have a little extra time on Sunday why not cook the Shepherd’s pie and then heat it up Monday evening, easing you into another busy week.
This week’s family meal planner includes Shepherd’s pie, sausages and mustard mash, creamy chicken and mushroom crepe, chowder and vegetable broth. The approximate cost is just £26.03 for a family of four! (price correct at time of publication – supermarket prices and offers may vary – exclusive of some store cupboard staples).
Shepherd’s pie with cabbage and grated carrot: A typical Irish meals start off with meat and with lamb being one of the favourites it’s a great way to start the meal plan. Minced lamb is always delicious and made into this family comfort pie, is a warm welcome on a Monday evening. Approx price: £5.18 or £1.30 per portion.
Pan fried sausages served with mustard mash and steamed green beans: Ireland has some of the best butchers in the world and they know a thing or two about sausages. Most of the cows and pigs are grass fed and butcher sausages contain up to 80% meat. I’m getting the Guinness and beef sausages for today’s meal. Check out what flavour sausages are available in your local butchers. Approx price: £4.74 or £1.18 per portion.
Creamy chicken and mushroom crepe with steamed broccoli: Delicious light pancakes with a creamy chicken and mushroom filling. Approx price: £5.46 or £1.37 per portion.
Chowder (mixed fish): Surrounded by water its no wonder fish is used to make some really delicious meals in Ireland. Although Chowder doesn’t originate from Ireland it has been adopted by the Irish and features in pub menus and in homes all over this isle. Serve with yummy and truly Irish soda bread. Approx price: £4.72 or £1.18 per portion.
Vegetable broth: Vegetable broth served with a hunk of cheese and homemade bread continues to be served in many a home in Ireland throughout the year. Local vegetables make up the broth with a handful of lentils or pearl barley for good measure. Approx price: £5.93 or £1.98 per portion.
All the meals included in our weekly family meal planners are child-friendly and provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals).
There is plenty of variety throughout the week, and each recipe is specially designed with a family and busy lifestyle in mind. None of the meals will take you long to prepare, and they will be ready for hungry tums to enjoy in no time.
Quite simply a yummy family meal planner that includes quick and easy recipes so you can plan ahead, use leftovers, get the nutrients you need and save money in the process.