Weekly Meal Planning

I’ve decided I’m going to share how I plan our weekly meals, with you all. There’s no big secret hear, it’s mostly common sense combined with a bit of what ye fancy. Most of the time these days it starts with a few simple questions.

  • Are we out any nights this week? If yes then how many?
  • Are we having guests for any meals this week? If yes then how many?
  • Are there any special food events this week? (Paddies day, Good friday, christmas etc.)
  • Is there anything in particular that we want to eat this week?
  • What’s in the freezer/fridge?
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So, lets say we’re out one night in the week and We’re having 2 guests for Sunday lunch. That’s six evening meals, lunches for me, 2 lunches over the weekend and breakfasts to think about as well.

Breakfast is the easy one, I have Porridge and Elly has whatever the heck she feels like :) and thankfully looks after it herself. So i only have to make sure I have porridge in the press and Bannanas ’cause I like to mash one in with the porridge.

If there’s something in particular that we want to eat, I’ll have to make sure I have a recipe or come up with one.

Finally I’ll have a quick look at what’s in the freezer so I know what’s there and hopefully cross off one or two meals in the week.

During winter, meal planning tends to go along the lines of I’ll do a big pot of stew and that takes care of a couple of days evening meals and lunches, but as we now seem to be heading towards summer (fingers crossed) there’s going to be a lot more salads, so less cooking but more preparation.

I’ll also try to vary the meals during the week and not have the same meals one week to the next, variety is the spice of life and it’s also important to vary what you eat to remain healthy.

Once I’ve got an idea of my meals for the week, I’ll start getting ready to go shopping.

3 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Planning”

  1. This post has brought back memories for me.

    At school My friend would often ask “What day is it?” That way she knew what was on the menu at home. Her mother cooked seven meals in the same order every week. So Wednesday it was chops and Friday fish etc.! It would be the same variety of fish every Friday!

    I went on a self catering holiday with a work mate and her parents to Duncannon in Co Wexford.way back when I was young! Stop laughing George, I was young ONCE! Anyways, as you say, the mother was doing the cooking and she had two recipes! Steak or chops, both cooked the same way in the oven. It was steak, chops… steak, chops right throughout the holiday. Talking about food in general one day when we were back at the office, my friend admitted that that was all her mother ever cooked! That was so strange to me as we never knew until we opened the front door and the aroma (think Bisto Kids advert of old) hit us, what was on the menu! It was always different and scrumptious.

    1. Lol your still only a spring chicken GM 😉

      At home, when I was growing up, from September until March, Mums soup pot seemed to never leave the cooker, everyday when I got in from school it was waiting, with hot fresh home made soup, the same for a starter at Dinner time and everyday it seemed to change just a little.

      1. Yes, Mammy or Nana as we came to call her when Elly’s generation arrived, always had the soup pot going. The pressure cooker was used for boiling the marrow bones (specially asked for at the butchers) or those from chickens to make stock. When the stock was strained and cold it was solid jelly and that made wonderful soup. My father was very fond of telling us “That soup would put hairs on your chest!” I worried for years!

        Nana’s was always a brown soup and many a grandchild who refused soup in their own homes, had bowlful after bowlful at Nana’s table. We had soup before dinner (lunchtime) and often again with the evening meal. Parties in our house back than, especially if drink was consumed (and it always was) ended with the drivers first and then the passengers having a mug of Nana’s soup and some bread before heading out on the road. It was lonnnnng before the drink drive laws were introduced.

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