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Have we spoken before about my slight (ha!) control-freakish tendencies? If you've been following for a while, you will know I hate leaving things to chance or the last minute (recall me packing my labour bags at 34 weeks pregnant?) Also, I loves me a good list. So it probably comes as no surprise that I am a long-time devotee of the great Weekly Meal Plan.
I remember, in the pre-baby days, when the weekly meal plan involved elaborate 3 course dinners (I kid you not), meticulously devised over a cup of tea and the latest Donna Hay, and jotted down in my Kikki-k journal. Now it's more a 15-minute effort between bebe-wrangling, and involves less haute cuisine, more slow-cooked and one-pan, but still an essential weekly task!
I usually hit up my local weekly produce markets every Friday and stock up on the fresh goodies, meat usually from the butcher, and yes, non-perishables from good old online shopping - love having someone carry all the heavy stuff upstairs to the apartment for me!
I find if I slack off in the meal planning, I tend to go a little crazy (I adore food shopping!), and just generally get carried away, then end up overspending on food that doesn't get eaten - wasteful, not to mention a waste of money! If I have that little list in hand, I can stick to what we need, plus Evelyn's fruit and veges of course (I can barely keep up with the kiddo's appetite these days!)
I used to find we would feel somewhat stuck in a rut from planning too rigidly - what if we felt like fish on the night we had jotted down chicken? So now I prefer to plan a weeks' worth of dinners, then decide on one the night before. Easy!
For those of you interested in the real nitty gritty, this weeks' meal options include:
• Goats cheese and mushroom tarts with micro herbs
• Chicken cacciatore
• Slow cooker chicken and vegetable noodle soup
• Baked spicy meatballs w/ heirloom tomatoes and goats cheese
• Home made pizza
• Slow cooker vegetable curry with rice, sliced cucumber, red onion relish
• Chicken polpette brodo
As you can see, it's fairly simple stuff that can be prepped in advance in the morning or, better yet, chucked in the slow cooker and left for the day!
Do you meal plan? Or are you more the "winging it" type? For the mums out there, have things changed in your kitchen since the kiddo arrived?