How’s it all going? We have had some amazing weather this past week! The make shift water-slides and sprinklers have most definitely been out!..not to mention BBQ’s, smoothie lollies and cooling drinks, including the adult variety!
I hope there will be lots more of the same next week!!!
So on to the planner..here goes!
Monday – Picnic tea
Some of you may have seen my insta-stories and post on the mini pizza’s? These were inspired by a lovely lady I follow (@whatben8 ) The mini pizza’s are so simple and perfect for lunchboxes and picnics…seeing as it’s that sort of weather at the moment. Even if you’re reading this across the other side of the world, mini pizza’s are also good on a cold day too!!
I simply bought a ready made base, added some tomato puree and then with a cookie cutter I cut out some small rounds. I then added my toppings. You can get the kids to do this part! We had courgette and ham on some and then ham and cheese on the others. Nice and simple!
Tuesday – Turkey sausage traybake
Turkey sausages have way less fat in them, they are so much better for you and the ones I buy taste just like pork sausages! My kids didn’t really notice the difference! As ever traybakes are so simple to do, require minimal washing up and are great for a mid week fuss free meal. Throw in any veg you have in the fridge! Here we have potatoes, carrots, sweet potato, mushrooms and courgettes…Simply pop everything onto a tray, drizzle with some olive oil and a drizzle of honey and pop in the oven for around 30 mins at 180…turning the sausages half way through…potatoes, meat and veg…DONE!
Wednesday – Mince stuffed courgettes
If you’re ‘making a bolognaise style dish then make lots! That way you can freeze the extra mince and keep for a day when you have less energy to cook for a quick spaghetti bolognaise, cottage pie, lasagne…
Thursday – Chicken and chips!
The chicken in the pic below was a traybake too so again very simple. My kids love roasted chicken thighs! Put some boned thighs with skin on, onto a baking tray, add some veg, here I have brussell sprouts and carrots. Drizzle with olive oil and perhaps some cajun spice and then roast for about 30 minutes.
At the same time cut some potatoes up into long fingers, you can leave the skin on..making it even easier!…then add these onto a baking tray and cook in the bottom shelf. I use both sweet potato and Maris piper. DONE!
Friday – Asian inspired Salmon parcels
This is a really quick and healthy meal. My kids love the flavours of the soy sauce in this..they typically pick the ginger and spring onion off the top but the flavours are still there which they really enjoy! We have this a lot in our house and I love that it’s full of flavour, quick and healthy and actually again minimal washing up!
Saturday – Honey and mustard chicken skewers
Perfect for the BBQ but can easily be done under the grill too!
If using wooden skewers don’t forget to soak these first for at least 30 minutes to avoid burning! So for the marinade: It’s very simply: crushed garlic, juice and rind of a lemon, 1tbsp honey and some olive oil. Pop these ingredients into a sip lock bag and then add some chicken mini fillets or chicken pieces and then put this into the fridge to marinade for about 30 mins…or longer if you have time! Then thread the chicken fillets onto some skewers and put straight onto the BBQ or under the grill under cooked through. You can use the remaining marinade to brush over the chicken whilst cooking.
Sunday – Lamb curry with naan dumplings.
I got this recipe from Good Housekeeping Lamb curry with naan dumplings It was pretty tasty! The dumplings are really simple to do and the kids really like them as well, just a slight change for your standard naan!! If your kids aren’t very good with spice then a balti may not be the best option but you could try this with maybe a lamb bhuna paste or even a korma would work with the dumplings…
Enjoy, enjoy lovely people! Thank you so much for signing up and following. I hope you’ve found some inspiration this week!