Menu plan – Thursday 2 February 2012

The Flylady’s Super Fling Boogie for January is now over and I’ve almost finished
using the ‘stuff’ that was cluttering my freezer and storecupboards.  Ready to start with a clean slate! πŸ™‚  I do my shopping ‘on-line’ once
a week and buy everything we eat for breakfast and dinner, the kids
packed lunches for school, and things like wine/washing up liquid/’bog roll’.  This week’s grocery bill came to kr. 925 (around Β£105 or $ 165).  Which is still lower than my usual spend of around kr. 1.100.  And this week’s order even included a couple of expensive cuts of meat for special occasion dinners, so it’s all good…

It’s around -3c (27f) during the day and -12 (10f) here at the moment, so here’s what we’re warming up with at Casa Copenhagen this week:

Chili in Breadbowls. Got the idea last year from the 5$
Dinners website
 and they were a huge hit with the whole family.  I’ll use the breadmachine
Breadbowls recipe as they turned out so well last time (see the photo below).   But I’ll
make my own shortcut Chili which is basically minced beef, a jar of spicy tomato
sauce and kidney beans. A little tip: if your kids are like mine – and aren’t
mad about the beans – then mash or blend the beans before you add them to the
minced beef. That way, you’ll still get the authentic chili taste and
nutrients… ;D


The finished article – who’s hungry? ;D

* Takeaway pizza and icecream on a night that the kids have a babysitter πŸ™‚

* Chicken and vegetable stir fry (I have a readymade bag of it in the freezer) served on top of bulgur wheat/quinoa made in my belovedricecooker πŸ™‚

*  Spaghetti carbonara and a fresh green salad on a night that DH is fending for himself and the kids and I’m out to a birthday party – yay! πŸ˜€

* Oven egg and chips made by DS12 – cut potatoes into chips, boil them for about 10 minutes, leave to dry, toss in olive oil, rosemary and salt, roast in the oven. Five minutes before the end of cooking time, crack eggs into the same baking dish. And, hey presto, you have a one dish dinner! We’ll be serving it with beetroot and veggie sticks.

*  Pork sausages with baked potato wedges and warm red cabbage

* Beef pasta satay (we use wholemeal pasta and add red pepper or green beans) – now a firm family favourite – the recipe is from Leanne Ely a.k.a. The Dinner Diva’s “Saving Dinner” book

Bon appΓ©tit!

Have a thoroughly thrilling Thursday! πŸ™‚