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How does this sound for a week?

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MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 13:42:18

Dinners for week family of four;
Sunday, roast with veg and potatoes,
Monday pork stroganoff with rice,
Tuesday baked pots with cheese, tuna, beans,
Wednesday wholemeal pasta and tomato and basil sauce,
Thursday chicken stir fry with sweet corn, peppers, sugar snap peas & noodles,
Friday fishfingers and spaghetti hoops,
Saturday toad in the hole with carrots and broccoli.

Does it sound reasonable?

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 14:02:37


LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:05:01

You need more oily fish.

If you're cooking a roast on Sunday you can use the leftover chicken for your stir fry, I'd change the dates though, so have the stir fry on Wednesday? Otherwise, it sounds good. Where's the cake fruit?

coffeetofunction Tue 13-May-14 14:08:46

I'd change fish fingers for home made fish cakes, there one of my health cheap meals. You can use tinned fish, tuna/mackerel/sardines/salmon, then just mash, an egg & some herbs if you have some wink

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 14:10:18

So two lots of oily fish a week?

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:11:31

Rainbow trout is cheap! Use tweezers to pull out the bones, wrap it in greaseproof paper, pop a little butter and peppercorns on the top and roast for 20 minutes. or there's fishcakes wink

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:12:38

Fish fingers are not oily fish, cod is white fish. Oily fish is salmon/tuna/mackerel/sardines. Great for omega 3 or something and packed with vitamin D.

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:28:59

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 14:30:21

I mean if I swap the fishfingers for tuna fish cakes for example is there a amount of oily fish recommended a week for children?

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:33:08

Yes. You can also swap one of the other meals for fish fingers if your budget is tight too smile Meat's expensive, I think.

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 14:37:45

Meat is expensive but I find lidl very reasonable and great quality.

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 14:39:08

Oh fruit is grapes, bananas, blueberries or apples and puddings are very dull yogurts after lunch and dinner.

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:42:18

It looks like a great week's menu. I'd stick the fish fingers with the pasta though as pasta and tomato sauce feels as though there's something missing. Oily fish with some left over veg should be good smile

I keep buying blueberries but they don't make it off the bus blush

coffeetofunction Tue 13-May-14 14:50:00

I save chicken for our pasta...

My friends are always amazed at how well we eat yet we spend about £25 a week for a family of 4...

For puddings I do fruit & yogurts, fruit & custard, crumbles....

You'd be amazed at what you can freeze wink

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:52:41

We're having left over chicken tonight (not the jar grin) I'm having chicken curry, ds is having chicken and left over roast potatoes and veg as he doesn't like curry.

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 14:56:47

Wednesday night has to be a quickly as after school clubs, I may stick with the fishfingers on Friday at times as they see that as treat night blush

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 14:59:28

Jacket potatoes are quick. Cook them on the Sunday with the roast, then nuke them on the Wednesday. It will take 6 minutes and you can cook the beans/grate the cheese while they are in the microwave. On Tuesday evening you can do something with the left over meat from Sunday.

MegCleary Tue 13-May-14 16:16:26

Interesting ideas on the baked pots but would the skins be crunchy after two days on the fridge?

LadySybilLikesCake Tue 13-May-14 16:55:41

Not unless you heat them in the oven. They don't taste too bad when reheated though.

JamNan Wed 14-May-14 11:51:06

There isn't a lot of whole grain, pulses or green leafy vegetables in that menu. White rice, noodles and pasta have little nutritional value. Have a look on Yotam Ottolenghi's website for interesting things to do with veg, grains etc.

What about fish pie instead of fish fingers (serve with steamed spinach)? Most fishmongers and supermarkets do a mixed fish tray.

Also smoked mackerel (which is not expensive) makes nice fish cakes and can be made in advance and reheated in the oven or under the grill. Or fish burgers and homemade chips if it's treat night.

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