With Christmas Day behind us and a New Year coming up this Sunday, I’ve decided to get serious about my meal planning. When I’m not busy then I meal plan for the week but when things are busy, end of year or kids are sick it all falls away. My hope for next year because we have a very busy year and a baby coming in May is to get organised! Here is what we are eating this week, I flicked through a few books and included a few of our favourites.
We generally have a mixture of vegetarian and meat dishes and try to bake once or twice a week for snacks and dessert. I also do some cooking for a local group that provides meals to families in crisis, and I’ll generally double up a recipe and freeze half and take over to the group freezer later on. You can do this for your own freezer or when you have a friend who is having a rough time can drop over a meal that day. It’s so handy and things like uncooked lasagne, bolagnese sauce, meatballs etc freeze really well and you just add garlic bread, salad and a dessert and have a complete meal ready to give.
Homemade sausage rolls & Coleslaw
For a gluten free recipe use gluten free puff pastry which you can find in your freezer section of a big supermarket/health food store and make sure you have enough egg to bind the filling and leave out breadcrumbs if the recipe calls for it. Also check ingredients on sauce bottles to ensure they are gluten free. For a vegetarian roll recipe try these delicious ones which we all love.
I buy a coleslaw bag from the shops because it’s easy but I also love this carrot salad in the thermomix. Super delicious!
We love risotto in the thermomix and I add grated zucchini, carrot and celery and cook for the whole time and then add feta to my thermoserve and leave for a few minutes. Danish feta is the best as its very creamy
My kids love making their own tacos. I saute one onion, add in 500g mince and make my own flavouring. I use smoked paprika, vegetable stock (from my thermomix), salt, pepper and some garlic & herb seasoning and diced tomato. So delicious. We serve ours with shredded iceberg lettuce, salsa, sliced tomato, mashed avocado and sour cream. For vegetarian tacos just replace the mince with kidney beans and smash them with the back of a fork as you cook them. Alternatively these bean nachos are always a hit with the kids and great for summer holidays.
Chicken and salad wraps
We are in the middle of summer and holidays. Grab a hot chicken during the day and keep in fridge for rest of day. At dinner time pull out leftover salad from taco night, shred the chicken and serve together or in wraps.
A favourite of the little ones and my husband. I like mine with salad and they love mashed potato or rice. Super easy and this is a great one to freeze as well.
Homemade pizzas (V option)
We use the dough made in the thermomix (you can make your own dough or buy pizza bases or pita bread) and we top with tomato paste, ham, pineapple or canned tuna, olives, capsicum, fresh tomato and lots of grated cheese on top. Kids make their own and it’s an activity and dinner rolled into one. For vegetarian pizzas go for marinated or fresh vegetables and a good cheese.
Great for Sunday night. Serve with salad and garlic bread. We make 2 pies and any leftovers don’t last long. If you have lots of time and love a good old fashioned chicken pot pie then try Pioneer Woman’s with the homemade pie crust. Absolutely delicious!
I use raw sugar which isn’t as sweet as white or caster so adjust the sugar if you are using white sugar and do 1/2 cup because the sweetened condensed milk is sweet. Some people like a really sweet sugar cookie but I find one cup of raw sugar works nicely. It’s up to you…I like sweet!
This is to use up the last of the Christmas fruit mix in my pantry
You can use up whatever nice fruit you have at your house but I love having a jar of cherries in the pantry to whip up this delicious dessert. It looks much fancier than it is to cook!
If you’re stuck in a dinner rut then I hope that gives you a bit of inspiration. I often find myself in a rut especially over the holidays but did one big shop and am all stocked up for these delicious dinners.