Bring on the celebrations! Coming up we have Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday on 12 February and Valentine’s Day on the 14 February. It looks as if we are going to indulge with two sweet dessert recipes on this week’s meal plan.
All the meals included in our weekly meal planners are child friendly, form part of a daily balanced diet, and will provide nutrients from each of the food groups (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals), says Sian.
Every week, Sian from Siansplan.com puts together five easy recipes for our week’s family meal planner. You can choose to make them on whichever day of the week suits you best. She also puts together a shopping list that you can download for free and print out to take with you to the supermarket.
Roast pork with cider gravy: There is nothing nicer than perfectly cooked roast pork with crackling, apple sauce and stuffing.
I have also made a cider gravy but you can omit the cider and use vegetable or chicken stock instead. Serve with roast potatoes and veg.
Turkey/ham fried rice Chinese style: Turkey slices from the deli counter in the local butcher or supermarket are quite acceptable.
Alternatively for those of you who wrapped the last remaining few slices of the Christmas turkey and placed it in the freezer – now’s the time to use it up.
Easiest beef stew ever: This stew is quick to prepare and because of the paprika has a delicious red rich sauce. Closest stew to the Hungarian Goulash.
Adding extra vegetables like root vegetables at the beginning or spinach or peas towards the end of the cooking time will add extra nutrients and save having to use another saucepan. Try with champ and cabbage and grated carrot.
Pea and onion frittata: This simple economical meal is a great welcome after the few days of indulging. All the ingredients are store cupboard items. Serve with more vegetables from the freezer.
This is a great recipe to use up your store cupboard ingredients. A delicious quick, main meal, lunch or supper dish. A frittata is an Italian flat omelette with fillings of your choice.
Salmon fish cakes: The potatoes have been cooked the day or so before, so there is very little preparing to do for today’s meal. Serve with lots of freshly cooked vegetables and sweet chili sauce.
Remove any skin from the salmon and mash the soft bones into the flesh – excellent cheap source of calcium. Serve with green beans or mushy peas and as a treat a few home made chipped potatoes.
Pancakes: Traditionally pancakes are served on Shrove Tuesday to use up all flour, eggs and sugar before the fasting. Experiment with fillings, although the traditional lemon and sugar is still popular.
Try blueberries, honey, icecream or even opt for a more savoury filling if you prefer.
Warm chocolate surprise cupcakes: How about a warm chocolate cupcake with a delicious surprise for Valentine’s Day – quick to make and bake, alternatively make them on Sunday, store in an airtight tin.
Decorate with the chocolate ganache and indulge in a bit of luxury. Makes 12 cupcakes to enjoy.
Chocolate ganache: A luxury food to be indulged on special occasions like Valentine’s Day.
It’s a delicious topping for your cakes and it’s quick and easy to prepare. All you’ll need is chocolate, double cream and butter. Naughty but nice.
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Sian is a home economist with over 25 years’ experience as a secondary school teacher and now running her own private cookery school with a focus on meal planning. After years of seeing people struggling to provide healthy meals everyday for their families, she created her own meal planning system at Siansplan.com.