Menu plan – Feb 26th to March 4th

This week is full on for work, we have my brother visiting one night and a Thermomix demonstration I need to provide a couple of things for on Friday night, so it’s a bit of a mix and I needed easy meals or meals that I prepared on Sunday to eat during the week. I spent $105.86 online and another $33.18 in store. Since I budget $150 a week, this means we have some left. I also had to restock hand soap, toilet paper, cleaning products etc this week so I think I did fairly well.

Breakfast every day: cereal for our kids and protein shakes for my partner and I.
Lunch for my kids: Ham sandwiches, cucumber and carrot sticks, 10 crackers, an apple and orange.
Lunch for my partner: Chili and eggs
Lunch for me: Eggs or leftovers.

“Use up any sad looking veggies in Bolognese” night. 
Bolognese is the perfect meal for hiding vegetables or using vegetables that look like they are about to go off. Here is what was in the version tonight which made enough mince for 2 nights for 4 people:
1 Onion, finely diced
2 Capsicums, finely diced
2 Mushrooms (large), finely diced
1 Carrot, grated (skin on)
500g Turkey mince
1 Jar pasta sauce
1 Tablespoon mixed herbs
125g gluten free pasta

Fry the vegetables in a frying pan for a few minutes, stirring occasionally until they are golden brown, with oil if needed. (I have an expensive stainless steel frying pan which means we never need oil, everything is cooked on a lower heat to retain more nutrients and there is no Teflon, you can’t get them anymore).

Meanwhile, bring some water to the boil and add the pasta to cook until al dente.

Add the mince and cook until golden brown, flipping and stirring it to break the mince up and mixing in the vegetables.

Once the mince is brown, add the pasta sauce and herbs, stirring well to combine.

Drain the pasta and serve with the mince and cheese if desired.

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Turkey burgers – prepared on Sunday night
The turkey burger base is the same as the bolognese base in an effort to use up the vegetables.
1 Onion, finely diced
2 Capsicums, finely diced
2 Mushrooms (large), finely diced
1 Carrot, grated (skin on)
500g Turkey mince
2 eggs
1/2 Cup plain flour (we use gluten-free)
1 Tablespoon herbs
1 Tablespoon oil

Mix all the ingredients together, except the oil.
Take 2 to 3 Tablespoons of the mixture and form ‘patties’ with it for the burgers.
Put a pan on medium heat, add the oil then when ready, add the patties and cook for 5 to 10 minutes either side, until cooked through.
Serve with burger buns and salad such as lettuce, cheese, beetroot, pickles, tomatoes and sauce.

Sausages, vegetables and rice. This is a favourite of my kids, personally, I am not a huge fan but it is an easy dinner. Plus leftover sausages can be turned into other meals like pizza, risotto, sausage rolls, curry etc.

Wednesday – My brother is visiting
Roast Chicken and Veggies
I get chicken pieces and add herbs or dry spice rub mixes. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through.
For vegetables, I cook potato, sweet potato, carrot, onion and sometimes pumpkin or zucchini. This week we won’t be having zucchini (crazy expensive right now!) or pumpkin.

With any leftover chicken, I can turn it into a curry, pie, pasta bake or so many other things. The bones can be used to make a chicken stock for soup or other dishes too.

Dahl – we have a packet that has been sitting in the cupboard for ages which will have some extra lentils, potato and carrot added, with an egg each too.

Friday – Thermomix Night
Being a Thermomix demonstration, it’s a preset menu I needed to provide a couple of ingredients for. It will be a sorbet, cheese puffs and a chicken dish.

Dinner will be a mix of leftovers if we have some, or fried rice or pizza. Depends on how we feel on the night. We have everything in the freezer to make whatever option we want.

What’s on your menu this week? 

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