Our daily routines have changed a little since The Father Figure stopped doing night shifts. For the first time in a very, very long time his days of work will coincide with the rest of the world’s working week, which means I can make some simplifications to our menu plan (you can print my monthly and weekly and fortnightly menu planning grids)! For the first time I am allocating meals to specific days of the week! Yay! (I know, it’s a little sad that I am excited by the idea of ‘pasta night’… such is my life)
With the colder weather and shorter days it’s also time to change over a few of our dinner staples from meals that are salad heavy to meals that use vegetables that are in season now. So here’s a run down of our current winter dinner menu…
Monday – Bake Night (because we are at ballet till 6pm)
Mexi Bake (from the famous Planning Queen, I can’t blog about this enough)
Tuesday – Meat and Veg Night
Sausages or rissoles with seasonal veggies
Meatloaf with a cheesy mashed potato top
Wednesday – Pasta Night
Chicken and Mushroom Pasta (family fav that never goes off the menu)
Porcupine Meat Balls.
Thursday – Cook in the Pan Night
Chicken and Fried Rice
Chile with rice and cheesy bread.
Friday – I can’t be bothered to cook night
Saturday and Sunday – Comfort Food
Home made Pizza
Chicken Noodle Soup
Indian Chicken with Naan bread.
As you can see I’ve decided to keep it simple and just cook the same things that I know almost everyone will eat over and over. I know it might get a bit boring, but I’m sick of trying to come up with new ideas that everyone will eat and I’m going for easy, easy for me! My menu plans are never set in stone, so we’ll likely throw in different things here and there as the budget and inspiration hits…. but this is my fall back plan!
Adding to the list of dinners, I’m also putting together a list of sweets and snacks.
We made the cinnamon swirl bread (image above) on the weekend and it turned out great, And so versatile, made a great dessert warm from the oven and a fabulous afternoon tea toasted and slathered in butter the next day too. I think my fussy breakfast eaters would also go for a slice or two in the mornings!
I’m going to try out Little Eco Footprints Pita bread recipe as my kids are always hungry for flat bread filled with anything!
So what’s cooking at your house? Share with me your favourite winter dinners, sweets and snacks!