What do you eat every week / regularly?

(48 Posts)
daisydalrymple Wed 20-Mar-13 14:27:09

Looking for inspiration really and to pinch ideas grin

I meal plan every week but seem to end up relying on the same old things most weeks. Namely:
roast chicken (or sometimes other roast)
leftovers next day, usually stir fry/curry/ casserole/risotto type thing
veg pasta & salad - mushroom/courgette/pepper/toms type combo
jkt pot & salad - various fillings
fish with pots & veg (sometimes fillets, sometimes home made fishfingers, sometimes fish pie...)
mince or sausage based dish (bolognese, shep pie, cott pie, saus cass, saus with rice...)
something else usually another fish thing...

Fed up cooking / meal planning / eating it all. Sometimes I'd much rather have a bowl of cereal. I make a big pot of soup most weeks which i freeze in portions and have for lunch, so there's usually a few varieties in freezer of that.

Any suggestions for straight-forward evening meals gratefully received.

rottenscoundrel Wed 20-Mar-13 14:37:31

chilli con carne or spag bol (1 packet of mince)
chicken stir fry (1 packet of chicken)
pasta dish normally with bacon and mushrooms (1/2 pack of bacon)
breaded chicken (normally on special at Sainsburys 2 packs for £5, 1 pack now)
scotch eggs, humus, plus salady bits
1 major meal on the weekend (usually a roast or a home made lasagne etc.), other meal the rest of the breaded chicken, then bits and bobs like baked beans etc.

think mine as simple as yours lol smile

TobyLerone Wed 20-Mar-13 14:49:34

Most weeks we'll have a roast, some sort of homemade pie, a pasta bake (cheesy veg or tuna) or risotto, salmon or chicken with couscous or quinoa or baked potato...
I don't really stick to regular things that much, though. Everything is always made from scratch so it depends how lazy creative I feel when I plan grin

This week's meal plan was:

Mon: homemade meatloaf, mash, broccoli, gravy
Tues: butternut squash and chorizo risotto
Weds: tuna pasta bake, salad
Thurs: homemade quiche, salad
Fri: salmon, roasted vegetable quinoa
Sat: dirty rice
Sun: bean and chorizo casserole, sweet potato wedges.

I am a massive loser and love meal-planning grin

sponkle Wed 20-Mar-13 14:50:38

*harrissa lamb - lamb mince cooked with tin tomatoes, onion, garlic and a spoonful of harissa paste served with cous cous or rice and coriander leaves, maybe a little feta too crumbled over the top.

*cheesy leek and bacon pie - bacon fried off with leeks then covered in cheese sauce, mash on top, bung in oven for a bit, served with peas/sweetcorn... my kids love this.

*homemade Cornish/chicken and leek pasties and salad.

*Bombay potatoes and/or curry served with chapatis and salads/relishes etc makes a nice change and v economical.

*chicken breasts stuffed with boursin, baked for half an hour on a bed of sliced tomatoes served with buttery tagliatelle and green salad. Dead easy and yum!

TobyLerone Wed 20-Mar-13 14:54:20

Oooh, that harissa lamb might go on next week's plan grin

daisydalrymple Wed 20-Mar-13 15:30:23

thanks. I get all inspired to do a new plan, I write lists and lists of combinations which could go over a 4 week period, then each week think, oh I'll just have these again this week to keep things simple...
Need to start making home made quiche I think, that would add an extra option instead of omelette...
nice ideas above smile

AmberSocks Wed 20-Mar-13 16:42:15

we dont have roasts as we dont like them,so theres not much we eat every week without fail.

Chilli con carne we have quite regularly,theres a recipe on good food which is good,kids love it too.

Nigellas fajitas are good as they have flavour but aret too hot so you can all eat them and those who like them spicy can add chilli sauce!

Pasta norma is a winner,thats another good food recipe,actually at one point we ate that every weekend for about 2 yrs!

duchesse Wed 20-Mar-13 16:54:48

Sturdy soups are a staple in our diet. You can make them with all sorts of leftovers so they're really good way of using leftovers. And if there's soup left it can be part of a pasta sauce/ stew broth later.

Fish pie is another firm favourite here, usually on Fridays.

Saturday lunchtime is "leftovers lunch" where we get everything out of the fridge that's been there since Sunday, and serve it in a serve yourself kind of arrangement. Since we're all busy on Saturday mornings it's nice not to have to think about what we're eating at lunchtime.

smoothieooo Wed 20-Mar-13 17:01:22

Sausages, every Friday.

Good ones mind you! DS1 come home from school and puts them in a pre-heated oven and when I get home I cook potato wedges (which I mix with olive oil and paprika) and tomato salsa (onions, garlic, tinned toms, herbs and a pinch of cayenne pepper). I love my Friday dinners!

I always do a midweek chicken slow cooker dish - Spanish chicken or similar (with herbs, spices, small potato chunks, tomatoes and green beans).

If I do roast chicken on Sunday, we'll have chicken pasta bake during the week or if it's beef, a Thai green curry (or a cheats curry with a jar of paste).

I do lots of risottos and soups, whether on the plan or not, one or tother always crops up

chorizo and egg wraps are a weekly lunch.

Pork belly and chotizo stew.

jamies chicken pie.

ThePavlovianCat Wed 20-Mar-13 17:10:12

Risottos - butternut squash, rosemary and chilli or seafood. Would do cheese risotto but DH won't eat cheese (weirdo)
Fajitas or tacos - my sister has a fab recipe for chicken in honey with mango salsa to go in tacos
Something with mash (pork belly, gammon, sausages). Leftover gammon is either made into ham and pea soup or used in sandwiches.
Curry - Indian or Thai with either chicken, prawns or vegetarian
Peppers stuffed with rice, chicken, chorizo, lime juice, chilli

sponkle Wed 20-Mar-13 19:01:04

I forgot to add the red peppers to the harissa lamb recipe. Originally the recipe was for a sauce to stuff red peppers with but I found it a pfaff so usually chop up said peppers and add to the sauce with the onions. Sounds a bit meh but is actually very good.

rottenscoundrel Wed 20-Mar-13 21:05:07

Forgot to add kedgeree - tinned mackerel, rice, curry powder, bit of stock... V quick and easy. I normally add peas too as the dcs don't like egg in it (cheap meal too)

OldBeanbagz Wed 20-Mar-13 21:14:28

We have veggie chilli & mushroom risotto every week. Every other day i make up as i go along but it generally include a pasta dish and a curry.

Today we had pheasant breast (which i cooked with a mushroom & wine sauce) & roasted veg with choc fudge cake for afters because that's what i discovered in the fridge/freezer smile

notso Wed 20-Mar-13 21:25:44

We eat meatballs a lot, but in different ways. I usually make loads of them with pork and beef mince, finely chopped onion, breadcrumbs soaked in milk or left over cream and parsley.
I freeze them in individual portions they don't take long to defrost.
We have them with;
onion gravy, mash and veg,
goulash sauce and rice,
tomato sauce and pasta,
Ikea packet sauce and chips,
in pittas with salad,
cold in breadcakes for lunches,
for breakfast instead of sausages,
thread on skewers and barbeque.

sharond101 Wed 20-Mar-13 21:45:19

turkey enchiladas
chicken tikka/curry
pasta with pesto & veg
fish topped with pesto and breadcrumbs
chicke salad with crusty bread & coleslaw

snoworneahva Thu 21-Mar-13 06:53:16

Steak with lardy chips, fried mushrooms and fried onions is our only constant at present. Quick and easy, everyone loves it. It's our Saturday night treat - its expensive but still cheaper than a take away.
Kids have Spag Bol a lot, fish with mustard dressing and a celeriac mash. Curry.

I use an app called Evernote to grab recipes whenever I spot them, even just creating a page to note a meal idea - the recipe is always easy to find later, it makes meal planning a lot easier as you can categorise food in a multitude of ways by attaching numerous tags. Then when it comes to meal planning ask for a search on all the tags that are family friendly, quick and chicken for example.

It has completely overhauled the way I plan - I even have a place now to keep all my self catering recipes, I take pics of recipes, cut and paste some, link to others.... I note modifications, ideas to try next time, comments from the kids!!! The possibilities are endless. You can also use Evenote on your phone or pc....love it - can you tell?!

TobyLerone Thu 21-Mar-13 07:00:25

I use Pinterest in a similar way.

somewherebecomingrain Thu 21-Mar-13 07:20:29

Super quick things I do

Roast veg and fish:

Chop up veg of choice for roasting - inc potato to cover carb element of meal - and toss with balsamic, honey, olive oil, sea salt and herbs. But it could just be oil and salt. Roast for an hour. Put salmon on top for last 20 mins. Or could be cheapo coley.

Slow cooker pork with coke and BBQ sauce (a cliche for a reason!):

Open packaging, pour, leave for 8 hours till meat falling apart. Serve with bread, salad of choice, relishes/condiments.

Stir fried rice:

Boil brown rice if you can bear to wait 25 mins. Basmati if you can only spare ten. Toss in broccoli for last five mins with rice. Fry ready diced chicken breast with frozen blocks of ready crushed garlic and ginger (available from Tesco and sains). Combine when ready. Serve with soy/sweet chili/ lime juice/ oyster sauce for fussy family to add as desired.

smileThanks for oppo to vent my late preggo food obsession.

Emilythornesbff Thu 21-Mar-13 08:54:24

This thread ismy new favounite thing to read
No roast for us this Sunday as we're out so this week:
Delia's greek lamb stew (but made with leftover roast lamb that I found in the freezer)
Chicken cacciatore
Pasta with bottled sauce augmented with some rummaged-for vegetable and homemade dough balls.
Homemade pizza
Delia's salmon fish cakes (from her "frugal food" although not v. Frugal with red salmon at over 4 quid for a 200g can!)
Bean stew

Often have risotto.
I am definitely going to make that harissa lamb sponkle

toomuch2young Thu 21-Mar-13 09:01:55

This weeks fairly typical:
Sunday - roast
Monday - jacket, salad , tuna sweet corn for filling
Tuesday - sausages, mash, veg or beans
Wednesday- chicken and leek pie, dauphinois potatoes, carrot and swede
Thursday - pasta bake with cheese and bacon
Friday - take away
Saturday - lasagne with roasted vegs and garlic bread

Willow36 Thu 21-Mar-13 09:55:21

We're in a food rut at the moment. Weekly meals include:

Sausages - either with mash or in a casserole
Chicken curry
Spag bol or chilli
Chicken fajitas
Fish with veg
Roast chicken

Every bloody week. This thread is great, I'm armed with inspiration already (chicken and leek pie for example, why don't I make that rather than bloody curry with leftover chicken?)

Emilythornesbff Thu 21-Mar-13 10:14:34

Mmmm chicken and leak pie sounds good.
What do you use for the sauce element in the pie toomuch?

Whatalotofpiffle Thu 21-Mar-13 11:07:42

Risotto with whatever meat and veg I have ... Bacon and scallop is divine!
Meat and 2 veg
Pasta bake
Stir fry
Home made crispy chicken - coated in red pesto and couscous

toomuch2young Thu 21-Mar-13 14:47:45

Recently have used this recipe - it would never of occurred to me to use chicken soup before!


But prior to that use white wine/cream/butter/light Philadelphia and thickened with a little flour.

Can't beat a good pie - and life's to short to make pastry yourself i feel!!

fuzzpig Thu 21-Mar-13 14:49:04

Marking place to steal ideas grin

Emilythornesbff Thu 21-Mar-13 18:43:37

Yum. Thanks toomuch

wordfactory Thu 21-Mar-13 19:14:32

It's a rare week in Casa Wordfactory without a roast chicken dinner and a chilli con carne.

These seem non negotiable amongst the troops!

I'm trying to ring the changes the other nights though.

Emilythornesbff Fri 22-Mar-13 08:52:04

Bump. To feed my addiction, sorry blush

Xmasbaby11 Fri 22-Mar-13 10:15:18

chicken: chicken and leek pie with spring greens and mash, chicken and chorizo with peppers in tomato sauce and rice, Thai chicken curry with green beans and spinach and rice

mince: lasagna (made weekend then have again in week), spag bol / chilli con carne

fish: crispy baked salmon with spicy puy lentils, wilted spinach and rice, or Asian style noodle broth with beansprouts and mange tout, fish pie with garlic green beans

fresh pasta (bought) with vegetables and cheese/tomato/pesto and creme fraiche sauce

pork fillet with peppers, paprika, port and creme fraiche with rice / potatoes

risotto with smoked salmon scraps, peas and spinach

fuzzpig Fri 22-Mar-13 18:27:32

Chicken thighs, chopped chorizo, cubed potato (can do sweet potato too), red onion, red pepper. Spread on a tray, roast in oven. Gorgeous. Learnt it on MN!

Baked sweet potato is absolutely amazing with cubes of feta and chopped spring onion.

We have tacos/nachos/fajitas/quesadillas a lot.

Rice is lovely stir fried with bacon, leek and peppers, especially if you add

fuzzpig Fri 22-Mar-13 18:32:51

Oops! Overenthusiastic thumb blush

...Rice is lovely stir fried with bacon, leek and peppers, especially if you add pine nuts (a rare treat due to price)

We also used to do a rice stew thing - basically make a very juicy (ie lots of extra chopped tomato) ratatouille type sauce and then cook the rice in it slowly.

Today we had a really filling salad - kind of a nicoise although we don't eat olives. Boiled egg, green beans, boiled potato, tuna, salad veg, avocado. You don't even need dressing as the avocado adds a creaminess once you toss it all together.

Tortington Fri 22-Mar-13 18:38:02

I low carb so:

chicken curry - low carb no rice

'no spag bol' bolognese without the spag

tuna mayo and roasted veg

cheese quesedilla

low carb tapas if dh is working late and i cba cooking. this would include cheesy nachos and chili pickles, celeriac chips, cheesy cauli

chicken pie - with cauli mash topping

breaded chicken goujons and celeriac chips ( chicken n chips smile )

Tortington Fri 22-Mar-13 18:38:21

just noticed the image thing - so i was pissing about sorry

Thingymajigs Fri 22-Mar-13 19:09:53

This week we had/will have;
Monday- breaded chicken stuffed with chorizo & mozzarella with veg,
Tuesday- salmon with creme fraiche, mash and veg with spring onion sauce,
Wednesday- pasta covered in pesto, cheese, spicy chorizo and bacon,
Thursday- spaghetti bolognese, (made lots of this to freeze for next week's lasagne),
Friday- leftover bolognese on baked potatoes,
Saturday- chips coated in whatever spices ds1 throws in with breaded cod,
Sunday- homemade beef and ale pie with mash and veg.
Also made banana, raisin and sultana loaf for snacking and will be making some chocolate fudge cupcakes tomorrow.

daisydalrymple Sat 23-Mar-13 15:48:48

Ooh, wow, loads of replies, have not checked back since! thanks, will have a good read now.

Figgyroll Sat 23-Mar-13 16:00:18

This week:

Mon - Sausage and bean casserole with mash
Tue - Chinese pork and noodles (recipe is a MN one)
Wed - Beef in Guinness with mash and green beans
Thurs - Chicken breasts wrapped with bacon, marinated in bbq sauce and topped with grated cheese served with home made wedgies and peas
Friday - fish pie
Tonight - meatballs and pasta
Sunday - roast pork

I also do quiches, curries, chillis, the gammon and brown sugar recipe,

Taffeta Sat 23-Mar-13 16:41:21

I hate routine, but in reality we probably eat similar foods, but not every week. I used to work with a much older guy who used to have the same thing on a given day if the week, eg its Tuesday, it must be chops! This would make me want to die.

So, here are the foods we eat regularly, prob each month:

- fish pie
- ribs
- roast chicken
- soup
- high tea sandwiches crudités etc
- chicken curry
- toad in the hole
- pasta, many varieties incl bolognese
- pizza
- fish and chips or jackets
- jacket potato with fillings
- dhal
- hot roast beef baguettes with onions and salad
- eggs - omelettes, dippy
- Parmesan chicken
- quiche

Less regularly we will have burgers or beef in red wine. In the summer we eat more salad and cold stuff, or a whole fish.

MartyrStewart Sat 23-Mar-13 17:00:27

I two a two week meal plan,mostly cook from scratch. things that we eat regularly are

Tagliatelle with creme fraiche, smoked salmon and frozen peas
Paprika chicken with patatas bravas
Pulled pork
Tuna pasta bake
Salmon and broccoli pasta
Jackets with various toppings
Bean burgers/falafel
Soup and pudding night
Toad in the hole
Sausage rissotto
Southern baked chicken and wedges with coleslaw
Hunters chicken
Stir fry
Pasta with pesto, leftover roast chicken and cherry toms
Chickpea enchiladas
Fish fillets with ratatouille

I'm on a strict budget, so most of our meals are fairly cheap

VictorTango Sat 23-Mar-13 17:15:26

ThePavaloviancat - I would love thst mango recipe

minipie Sat 23-Mar-13 17:25:41

roast chicken
halloumi with veggy cous cous
mozzarella and tomato pasta bake
burgers (I just cut up the slab of mince into 4, fry and stuff into toasted pitta)
chorizo, chickpea and butterbean stew
lentil and bacon stew
pearl barley with veg and left over roast chicken
mushroom risotto
leek and cheese risotto
gnocchi with blue cheese cream and spinach
pasta with smoked mackerel, peas and cream
grilled chicken wings

Emilythornesbff Sun 24-Mar-13 17:08:32

Can we make this one of those threads that keeps bumping?

Roast lamb today (change of plan)

VictorTango Sun 24-Mar-13 18:11:01

Roast chicken today so risotto tomorrow with leftover chicken, peas and mint.

Tuesday will be risotto patties which my dds love (made with leftover risotto) served with a poached egg on top and salad.

looseleaf Sun 24-Mar-13 20:16:22

I don't menu plan and have to do lunches too as at home with 20 month old. Lunch is often poached /scrambled egg /baked salmon with broccoli &boiled potatoes, nothing exciting.
Nearly always have a roast chicken as I like slow cooking the carcasd for stock.
We'll then have a soup eg sweet potato with a bit of ginger in, or dahl with chorizo.
Then perhaps rice pasta with pesto (I aim for vegetarian about twice a week &we have to be gluten and dairy free for DD, DS and I)

Nitrate-free Sausages with homemade chips in goose fat

Egg fried rice with spring onion and lots of parsley

Baked salmon with a blended tomato &onion sauce

Rice noodles with beansprouts and crispy seabass and Thai chilli sauce

For puddings it's usually fruit , homemade sponge cake made with olive oil and GF flour (actually popular, and sounds horrible!)

I absolutely crave macaroni cheese and anything else extra cheesy cheese raclette. And a normal sandwich with baguette, avocado, ham, mayonnaise... (Not same on GF bread!)

2kidsintow Sun 24-Mar-13 20:26:35

I went for the 3 packs of meat for a £10 from the butcher, so this week we are having

*Pasta with roasted aubergine pesto stirred through (yum) served with sweetcorn and sprinkled with crispy bacon pieces

*fajitas made with chicken and beef strips (1/2 of the pack of chicken)

*Homemade chicken nuggets with the rest of the chicken, with potato and sweet potato wedges

*Jacket potatoes with tuna mayo

*a freezer meal - probably fishcakes with bread and butter and peas

*tea out one night as it's a school holiday grin

*roast dinner at the weekend (usually Saturday as our Sunday's are busy!)

Boring Simple food.

roughtyping Sun 24-Mar-13 21:11:56

Tonight we had baked salmon, steamed broccoli with butter and cherry tomatoes. Sounds boring but one of my favourite dinners.

Other regulars -
Veg stir fry with noodles
Macaroni cheese
Roast chicken with baby corn, broccoli and wedges
Pasta with (a jar of...) tomato & mascarpone sauce
Spag Bol
Salmon with brown rice and veg
Tuna pasta bake

Anything tomato-y is a hit with me!

Xmasbaby would love the salmon broth recipe.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 24-Mar-13 21:20:10

this week we're having:
chicken, bacon and leek pie with broccoli
goats cheese, tomato and rocket risotto
chickpea, red pepper and chorizo stew twice - once with rice, once with pittas
jacket potatoes, tuna, sweetcorn, coleslaw, salad,
fish fingers, spaghetti hoops and chips
fish pie, carrots and peas

when i make the pies i make one for the freezer as well. we always have Shite Frozen Orangey Breadcrumb Stuff on a Thursday, as it's our busiest night, and I always do at least one one-pot dish where I can double up and serve it the following night as well.

newbiefrugalgal Sun 24-Mar-13 21:56:15


Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now