I can (almost) confidently say that meal planning is now a habit for me. I love having a list of what to cook instead of standing in front of the fridge and tying to come up with a balanced meal every day. Besides saving money, this whole process is really saving me time. If you ignore the time it takes to take pics and upload it all to social media that is, haha! Here’s a recap of the weeks meals:
Day 15 – Monday – Lentil & Mushroom Quesadillas
This was the first time I have ever cooked with lentils and I really don’t know why! The Quesadillas were delicious. I told the girls that it was a different type of pizza and they ate it up without a peep! I’ll definitely be adding more lentil meals to our Meat Free Monday’s.
Day 16 -Tuesday – Loaded Mac and Cheese
Some days just don’t go according to plan and this was one of them. My little one was particularly crabby that afternoon and I only started cooking at 5pm when we are usually sitting down to eat at 5! I didn’t have the time to bake this in the oven the way you would a normal mac and cheese so I turned the white sauce into a cheese sauce and everyone was fed and happy.
Day 17 – Wednesday – Homemade Pizza
This was my Guest Recipe for the week from Lize Fourie and I was excited to try it because she had mentioned that her four year old loved making this with her. Well my four year old felt the same! We ended up with two, deep dish, oven tray sized pizzas. Pizza for days!
Day 18 – Thursday – Ginger Pork CousCous
My parents have been staying with us for the week and I think this was my dads favorite meal. The strips of ginger is what makes this Stirfry so yummy.
Day 19 – Friday – Prawn Thai Curry
Food Lovers Market had a prawn special this week and I bought two bags of the largest and juiciest prawns for R150. I made this spicy curry for the adults and the girls ate the same thing (they love prawns) but without the curry sauce. I think all of us overate that night!
Day 20 – Saturday – Chicken Skewers with a Bean Salad
If you want kids to eat their veg, stick it on a skewer! This is such an easy and fun way for kids to eat.
Day 21 – Sunday – Haddock Chutney
I am not a fish fan. It’s something I have never really enjoyed and when I see people ordering fish instead of steak it just baffles my mind. Yet this is one meal that I really enjoy. Haddock has such a rich, smoky flavour. The addition of the eggs are there to make the chutney more creamy once you add the yolks in.
I will be off to Food Lovers tomorrow to get the shopping done for Week 4. Check out my InstaStories tomorrow for the in-store specials that I stumble upon as I shop.
Before I go…
Food Lovers Market is giving away R1,000 in groceries to one lucky person (in South Africa) who is following the challenge!!! All you have to do is join the #LoveFoodMovement group on Facebook and comment with your budget saving tip. That’s it! Goodluck!!