Recently whilst having supper with the lovely Cat and Steph, Steph mentioned that she rarely ever cooks the same meal twice. WHAT! Despite having an arsenal of recipes floating around my brain, I have about 10 failsafe recipes that I turn to time and time again. Well as part of my New Year’s resolution I am going to try include new recipes into our week, and becoming more organised by coming up with a meal plan for the week ahead. This should save time and money with shopping, and ensure that we get a better balance of meals and ensure that we don’t get bored. I’m also hoping to come up with more recipes and share more of our breakfasts, lunches and suppers with you.
Here’s where I’m going to start when it comes to meal planning;
· Organise our dry store cupboards- throwing out anything that’s out of date, and writing a list of everything I’ve got in there to stick to the doors, that way it’s a quick job to see what we have and need. I’ll then stock up on anything that we’re missing.
· Check through our freezer, throwing out anything that is unlabelled or unidentifiable, then writing a similar list of the freezer’s goodies, adding to it anytime I put something new in there (I do not need 5 bags of soya beans!)
· Clear out the fridge, and ensure that it’s fully cleaned every week or so.
· Work out what balance of meals I want during the week. For me, I assume that we’ll be out at least once a week so I’ll aim to include
1 x veggie
1 x beef or lamb
1 x fish
2 x poultry
1 x pork
I realise for some this is quite meat heavy, but Tom and I both are big meat eaters, although not all recipes will be centred around the meat, and I’m planning on cutting the amount of meat per meal that we’re eating.
· One thing that Tom and I disagree on is very carb heavy meals- I’m just not a huge fan. To keep us both happy I will ensure that one meal a week will include pasta, potato or pizza- something that he likes! I will however be trying to make more nutritious versions of these.
· Save recipes when I see things I like the look of, from magazine, blogs, websites, supermarkets, and note them down for future weeks
· Write down the list of meals on a chalkboard in our kitchen so that we know what we’re having and when (bit like a restaurant!) that way if Tom gets home before me he can start cooking
· Ensure that meals use up leftovers, or create lunches to avoid wastage. Take advantage of having the oven on by roasting extra veggies for salads or soups!
· Use the days/nights where you have a lot of time to prepare ahead for the times where you’re short on time.
· Try to use produce that is in season- it tends to be cheaper, fresher and more delicious! I am thinking about getting a fruit and veg box on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. This is a great starting point when meal planning as you’ll know what goodies you’re getting the week before and can plan accordingly.
· Order food online to ensure no impulse purchases- it can also allow you to see what’s on offer and adjust to fit special offers and discounts.
I’d love to try out some of your favourite recipes in my meal plans this year so please share them with me!! I’m always looking for inspiration! So, what are your go-to meals and failsafe recipes and what recipes do you think I should try out in 2014?