It’s so important to me to make sure I’m putting good food on the table every night. Not just from a weight loss angle, although obviously that’s a big motivation. But I also pride myself in feeding my kids healthy, balanced meals. I can’t always be sure they’re making the best food choices at school, so I like to know that when they’re at home they’re eating well. When I grew up there was always home cooked food on the table, and I learned from that. I hope by doing the same for my boys, it means they’ll grow up to have an interest in cooking for themselves.
I’ve written before about the fact that I’m a meal planning addict. I shared our plan last week, and it got a good reception on social media. It can be hard to think of healthy meals every week, especially if you’re just starting out on a weight loss journey, or feel stuck in a food rut. I’m going to make a point of sharing my plans each week – if you see something you like the sound of please let me know. I’d love to share the recipes for the most popular dishes!
This week’s meal plan
Monday – beef goulash
This is a freezer meal from one I made last week. I love this recipe (you can find it here), and it didn’t let me down. I made it in the slow cooker this time, such an easy meal.
I’ll serve it with brown rice and green beans.
Tuesday – trout with a Mediterranean vegetable bake
We’re having trout because Hubs got a bargain in the supermarket. I actually just tend to just buy frozen fish, so a nice veggie dish is ideal to dress it up. This one has mozzarella in it, so jazz it up even more.
I’ll save some leftovers for lunch.
Wednesday – jacket potatoes with bean chilli
I love a baked potato, especially on a cold day (which we’re meant to have a lot of this week). I made the chilli when I was pregnant, stuffing the freezer full of meals so I didn’t have to cook in the early newborn days. I’ve still got loads of dishes left in there!
I’ll serve it up with salad. And I’ll have enough left for lunch the next day too.
Thursday – chicken chow mein
This was a new recipe I tried last week – a healthy fakeaway! I made double and froze the extras for this week. It’s packed with veggies, so I don’t need to add a side.
Friday – salmon in a tomato sauce
I try to have at least two fish dishes a week, and this is a new one for us. But I doubt you can go wrong with those flavours.
I’ll serve it up with brown rice and veg.
Saturday – sausage, mash and beans
A request by my middle son, and I never say no to a lazy dinner on a Saturday! Plus, we’ll be going out to watch the fireworks, so a nice bit of stodge will keep us cosy.
Sunday – dinner at the in-laws
My favourite way to spend a Sunday evening, I love to see what my father-in-law has cooked up. And it’s always finished with his lush homemade ice cream…naughty, but far too nice to say no!