Family meal plan week 4 – January

family meal plan week 4

Here’s another new meal plan for you – my family meal plan week 4. This is the meal plan my family follow so do know that it works for a frazzled week. As always I make one meal for the whole family, if someone doesn’t like something they pick it out. No drama. Everything works to be re-heated so if adults are eating later than children there is no need to cook twice. And by planning and using my freezer I manage to get a home cooked meal on the table each night, saving us time and money. The dinner may not have always been cooked that night but as long as it has been cooked by me at one stage that it counts in my book! You can find out more about how I use my freezer here.

This week is my 40th so things are a bit out of sorts food-wise. I don’t want to leave you in the lurch so I’ve suggested some recipes to fill the gaps.

Loads of you have been in touch to say how helpful you’ve found the new plans and recipes. So here’s my family meal plan week 4. If you’re new to the gang, here are the last three week’s of plans. For those of you living down under, you may find my meal plans from last summer more suitable at this time of year.

Click on the links for these recipes for the family meal plan week 4

Monday – This is 40

Today is my birthday – don’t worry I wrote this last week, as much as I love you all I need a day off for the big 4-0. I’m out for dinner at one of my favourite spots with my husband, sons and my mum and dad. The bonus of having a birthday in January is that loads of restaurants have discounts. So tonight we’re taking advantage of the 25% off at Evelyn’s in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. I’m sure I’ll come home as ever with loads of new ideas of things to cook at home.

If you need an idea of something to make tonight, take a look at my other meal plans.

Tuesday – Braised Spanish chicken with gnocchi and greens

This braised chicken recipe is pretty-hands off. It is always even better if you make it a day or two before so you could make it on a Sunday and have it mid-week. I always make a double batch and freeze some. That way with one lot of mess you have two or more dinners. On other nights we might stir it through pasta or have it with mash. Tonight we’ll have it with steamed broccoli, dressed with lemon, sea salt, pepper and olive oil. I’ll also pan-fry or roast some bought gnocchi to make these little crunchy mini roast potatoes. Here’s the recipe.

Wednesday – one pan butternut squash, sage and sausage bake

cookalong butternut, sausage, sage bake with apple lemon salsaWednesday is swimming night. So I’m in need of something easy when we get home with a bag full of wet towels.

I’ll make one of my most popular recipes from my site, this one pan tray bake. Everything can be chopped in the morning while I’m making breakfast, before we all head out to work and school, or the evening before. Then it can go in the oven as soon as we get home and will cook while we do homework and crack on with the laundry pile.

Thursday – Italian fish and chips with broccoli pea mash

fish and chipsI’ve made this so many times over the years. Everyone loves it and it is a great way to convince people who aren’t big fish fans to get more fish into their diet. Here’s the recipe.

The broccoli pea mash started life as a puree for my baby a few years ago, when I tasted it I felt like I was missing out so I started making it as a side dish. This meal is great for anyone who is weaning. The fish is soft enough for little gums and the chips are perfect to be held and gnawed in a little fist. Starting babies off eating the same food as the rest of the family really is the best way to avoid fussiness in future.

Friday – one pan pasta

one pan pasta

I’m hotfooting out to celebrate with some of my friends so my husband will make my good old one pan pasta for him and the boys and will be under strict instructions to leave a bowl for me to gobble when I get home late with the munchies. If we have any leftovers from the sausage and butternut bake on Wednesday, they’ll go into the pasta sauce too.

Saturday – Afternoon tea and soup

white bean, kale and Parmesan soup

Loads of our family have January and February birthdays. Today is my great Aunty Joyce’s turn, she will be 92 so we are having an afternoon tea in her honor. My mum will bring cake, we’re on scone and sandwich duty. To go with the scones I’ll make grapefruit curd, the first recipe Aunty Joyce taught me when I was little.

I doubt we’ll need much dinner but I have some of this kale and white bean Parmesan soup in the freezer so we can pull that out if need be.

Sunday – Saltimbocca alla Romana

This isn’t the usual Sunday roast but it is a fast and delicious way to cook chicken. The sauce is amazing with roast potatoes, carrot and swede (rutabaga) mash and greens. Cook extra chicken and you can chop it into noodles, slaw or tacos next week. Here’s the recipe for the chicken.

How I’ll share my meal plans and recipes this year

I hope you’ve found my family meal plan week 4 useful. I’ll share my next meal plan and recipes next week on here so watch out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and be sure to sign up here for my twice-monthly newsletter.

Over the weeks you’ll start to see patterns of how my plans work so that you can start making your own plans with the recipes and meals you love. Some of the recipes will be from my site, others will be going into my book.

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