april : a monthly meal plan
Yes, we will be eating meals a little more substantial than these cookies. But I’ll bake these a few times during the month because they’re Daniel’s favourites.
I’ve been meal planning for most of the year and it’s true what they say; it really does remove the daily what are we going to have for dinner? dilemma. But lately I’ve been thinking of going one step further and meal planning for the month. It makes complete sense; I can keep the month’s ingredients in mind when I’m grocery shopping (and pick up specials as I go), I can cook double of one meal in the first week (and freeze the remainder for later in the month) and as my pregnancy progresses (and my weariness increases) I can rely on this list when my imagination is kaput.
So, what are we eating for April?
Sat 1st : Restaurant! (not an April Fool’s joke but a weekend in the city for my birthday!)
Sun 2nd : Roast Chicken (then in the slow cooker to make my no-fuss chicken broth)
Mon 3rd : Chicken Pie + Greens
Tue 4th : Broth, Noodles + Vegies
Wed 5th : Spaghetti Bol + Salad
Thu 6th : Bean Tortillas + Corn Salsa
Fri 7th : Lamb Cutlets, Mash + Greens
Sat 8th : Pizza + Salad
Sun 9th : Curry + Rice + Yoghurt & Cucumber
Mon 10th : Tuna Pasta
Tue 11th : Pumpkin Soup + Toasties
Wed 12th : Make-Your-Own Sushi
Thu 13th : Chilli Con Carne
Fri 14th : Potato Bake + Sourdough + Salad
Sat 15th : Tamari Chicken + Vegies + Brown Rice
Sun 16th : Roast Beef + Apple Pie
Mon 17th : Beef Curry
Tue 18th : Broth, Noodles + Vegies
Wed 19th : Avocado + Eggs on Toast
Thu 20th : Pizza + Salad
Fri 21st : Shepherds Pie + Greens
Sat 22nd : Pea + Ham Soup (slow cook + enough to freeze)
Sun 23rd : Tuna Pasta
Mon 24th : Curry
Tue 25th : Noodles + Vegies
Wed 26th : Sausages + Mash + Greens
Thu 27th : Spaghetti Bol + Salad
Fri 28th : Nachos
Sat 29th : Minestrone
Sun 30th : Roast Chicken
We eat pretty simply and I’m not one to slave over the stove for hours a day. Lately I’ve been starting dinner shortly after the kids get home from school (a little trick that sometimes saves the witching hour) and often I’ll chop vegies mid-morning so there’s one less thing I have to do in the afternoon/evening.
As you can see from this list we often have broth + noodles + vegies on a Tuesday night as it’s just three of us (Che stays at my parent’s house on Tuesdays and Daniel is in Sydney). I realise there are also a lot of red meat meals here but right now they’re a necessity as my iron levels are really low. I’m eating lots of greens as well but I find the energy lift from a small portion of red meat is impressive.
Throughout the month I’ll probably do a poached chicken in the slow cooker which will ensure I have enough broth in the freezer too add to meals (I use it in soups, spaghetti bol sauce and pies) and I’ll use the meat for sandwiches and curries.
I’ll also add that I’m more than happy to substitute eggs on toast for any of these meals if I just can’t be bothered cooking. Breakfast for dinner is always a great option, in my opinion. Furthermore, pizza night may become takeaway pizza night more often than not!
I’ll share my recipes for pumpkin soup, bean tortillas + corn salsa and chilli con carne over the next few weeks.
Tell me, do you meal plan? And if so, what do you think of this monthly plan?