I currently feel like our diet is poor. I am struggling to think of new foods for my meal plans and struggling to get enough veg in aswell. Apart from the usual fajitas, lasagne etc we have a lot of chicken/salmon with broccoli/green beans but it's so repetitive and would really love to add some variety to our dinners. Recently I have been getting so fed up with doing the food shop and eating the same thing that I keep buying ready meal/ frozen birds eye chicken type meals which isn't ideal all the time. Any ideas please?
I think having a theme per night and picking a meal within that really helps with planning: A vegetarian night: so Mac and cheese/chickpea curry/risotto/stuffed peppers/falafel and pitta A freezer night: birds eye stuff, leftovers, egg and chips. A pasta night A picky tea night: breads, dips, salads An “eastern” night: noodles, stir fries, fried rice, home made spring rolls, duck pancakes etc
Obvsiously pick the themes that work for you but to give you an idea!
Go and buy on of the food magazines (the BBC Good Food one is good - as is Delicious) go through it and set yourself a challenge to make at least two new things a week - and get your family involved in choosing things too
I meal planned using the new Sainsbury’s magazine this week and all are going down well. We did a brilliant chicken Kiev tray bake which was so quick & simple. Tonight is a one pot sausage, butter bean and kale really looking forward to it already.
Also made an old favourite last night of a veggie cous cous with grilled lamb steaks topped with goats cheese and pesto with steamed asparagus and broccolini
Sweet potato and chorizo enchiladas, I freeze before baking quite often, works very well.
Shakshuka, I often make a batch of the sauce and then all you have to do is defrost, heat and put the eggs in
Pasta with leeks, cabbage and bacon - chop streaky bacon and fry, add shredded leeks and cabbage until soft, stir through some cream cheese and maybe add a bit of pasta water if too thick then stir through spaghetti
Another favourite I saw on FB (I think the page is called tasty) is a fajita pie thing. Basically layer wraps and fajita mix with your meat of choice in a casserole dish then bake in the oven. Oh and another Tastyone is https://www.facebook.com/buzzfeedtasty/videos/1858009234451717/ Creamy chicken bacon pesto pasta