Monday – Picnic tea
What about some mini muffin pizzas, these can be eaten cold too so you can make in advance and then pop into your lunchbox. Simply cut the english muffin into two, grill one side, then turn over and add some tomato puree, cheese and any other favourite toppings and pop under the grill again until cheese is just browning. What about tying some cooked green beans with some turkey slices cut into ribbons?? Or you could do the same with cucumber batons or carrot batons? Why not pop in some frozen fruit, mixed berries and some frozen mango, this will help to keep the other things you have chilled and fresh too!
Tuesday -Chicken patties with butternut squash crinkle chips.
In a food processor add 4 chicken boneless and skinless chicken thighs with a handful of grated parmesan, 1 tsp thyme, some mild chilli powder, chilli explosion (as per the pic) and 1tsp garlic powder and whizz! Then form the mixture into separate patties. If you have time pop these in the fridge for half an hour or so just to firm up a bit. Then when ready gently fry on either side until cooked through. Of course you can leave the chilli out of this! Serve with these crinkle chips and some veg. If you can’t find the crinkle chips then you could try serving with some potato wedges or some butternut squash cubes, which you should be able to find already diced in most supermarkets! Sweet potato wedges would also work!
Wednesday – Cod and pea bites. These went down so well in my house. Alfie asked for seconds which is practically unheard of! So definitely a success. Make a big batch and whack some in your freezer for those days when you don’t have the energy to cook or have nothing in your cupboards!!
Thursday – Lamb Kofta’s. So for this one you don’t need too many ingredients. Simply the following:
500g lamb mince, 2 tbsp mango chutney, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 2tbsp fresh chopped mint and 40g of cooked rice.
Cool the rice first or use leftover rice if you have this in the fridge! Mix all the ingredients together and then shape into flat sausages. Grill or BBQ for 15 mins, turning so that they don’t catch. You can substitute the rice for breadcrumbs if you prefer. Easy! Serve with some flatbread and broccoli or some fresh tomato, cucumber and red onion salad and some added mango chutney. Yum!
Friday – Lemon and garlic chicken skewers. My kids seem to love anything on a skewer! These are really tasty and like most of my dishes they are really easy!
Saturday – Curried mince. We cook this quite a bit in our house. You can of course leave the chilli’s out if your kids aren’t a fan of spicy food, our kids seem to have developed an immunity to chilli’s!!…the peas really add a sweetness to this meal and the fresh coriander really lifts the dish. I know some kids may not be a massive fan of coriander so again this can be left out for them..
Sunday – Smoky chicken and chorizo traybake. Don’t get me wrong i absolutely love a proper Sunday roast with all the trimmings but life with kids gets pretty busy and traybakes are so quick and easy to do. This must be the simplest one yet!! I love the added chorizo in this one too, delicious! Just simply add some smoked paprika to some olive oil and season. Then add the chicken thighs and mix well. Transfer to a baking tray and then scatter the sweet potato, some sliced chorizo and broccoli florets around the chicken and then pop in the oven for 25-30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. Serve with some green peas! Easy, peasy! x
See you next time!!! xx