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A moment of thought and planning

So, Thursday saw the end of my series of posts on cooking methods which was microwave cooking and I didn’t publish a recipe to go with it. This wasn’t an oversight on my behalf, if it wasn’t for my morning laziness I would hardly ever use our microwave.

Quality is not quantity.
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So, what’s next for Not Junk Food?

Well, I had mentioned before that I wanted to do some posts on food hygiene and nutrition but I’m not going to launch into those just yet, part of the reason is that I haven’t even started writing those posts yet, what with the job hunting taking up so much of my focus for the last while and because these can be VERY boring topics if not treated well. So rather than rush into it and risk boring my tiny audience to tears I’m going to work on making those posts as easy to read and digest as possible.

When this site started originally I was posting at least 4 times a week, more recently that has dropped to 2-4 posts a week. This gave me a little extra time to improve the quality of what I was writing, by allowing me to do more research and editing, some of those cooking method posts were like chapters of a book on their first draft and that’s just not cricket. People either don’t read longer posts or lose interest halfway through. I really believe that having an understanding of these basic methods has improved my cooking immensely and I wanted to pass those details along to as many people as possible hence the extra effort.

For the future I intend to continue this trend of lower quantity, higher quality. So here’s the plan, I’m going to commit to publishing a recipe and at least one other post every week, for the foreseeable future.

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.