Saturday 2 January 2021

What's Cooking At The Madhouse ? menu plan week 1


And here we are back at week 1- time for new beginnings and hopefully a goodbye to coronavirus too. I didn't do a menu plan for the final week as we were eating leftovers and nibbles. Time to get back on track. Sophie is still with us at the moment - she would have gone back normally but with Hastings entering zone 4, I don't even know if she can travel down from London. With Brexit thrown into the mix, we'll work it out next week ! :-/ Here's this week's plan. I'm going back to posting my plans on a Saturday, but this might swap to a Sunday - I can't work out if it's easier to plan then shop (good if they've got everything I need - and as my freezer is back up and running, I'm thinking this will work) or vice versa. Lots of family-friendly dishes from BBC Good Food this week.


lunch- tacos

dinner- pasta with leftover taco sauce


lunchChicken, bacon and potato stew with green beans, mushrooms and carrots added

dinner- big mixed salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, mushrooms, bacon, onions, olives, .... and whatever anyone else can find in the fridge !


lunch- chicken burgers, rice & ratatouille

dinner - Meatball & garlic bread traybake with homemade coleslaw


dinnerSausage & leek mash pie, with extra carrots


lunch- spaghetti bolognese

dinner- Hungarian beef stew with rice


lunch - One pan egg & veg brunch for me & Sophie, leftovers for Pierre


dinner - Twice-baked potatoes with bacon, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes & cheese stuffing


lunch- omelettes (leftovers for Pierre)

dinner- spaghetti carbonara


lunch- roast dinner (chicken maybe?)

dinner- toast (or maybe soup with the leftovers, if it was chicken)

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  1. Planning lots of omlettes this year - healthy nutritious and quick

  2. Last week was lovely eating leftovers and snacky food. We finished the last of it tonight.
    It must be nice having Sophie still with you.
    Hooray that your freezer is back up and running.
    Lovely meal plan. I love the sound of the Chicken, bacon and potato stew. x

    1. It is nice having Sophie back home. Not sure when she'll manage to get back to England now though !

  3. Hope all is well and things are working out for you all esp with the return to college. Your meals as always sound so lovely the meatball and garlic bread bake sounds perfect for these cold days

    1. The meatball and garlic bread dish was a unanimous winner - clean plates all round !

  4. Personally I find that planning then shopping works well, and I just have to make adaptations if needed. If I do it the other way around I end up wasting some bits or buying too much!
    Happy New Year & thanks for linking up!

    1. This is true. If I had the time, I'd sit down and plan two weeks meals in advance but that never seems to happen !

  5. There is a lot of amazing sounding meals this week. We loved the sound of the pie as well as the chicken stew for sure they may be ones added to our meal plan in the future.

  6. The meatball and garlic bread tray bake would be a total winner with my kids. Sounds like a good week of food. Sorry for slight delay in commenting. Lockdown threw me for a loop


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