January Meal Plans

We always eat well in January. With new cook books to try and a freezer full of left overs we are never short of ideas and foodie treats. We always start the year with good intentions, to eat healthily, eat less cakes and pastries. To buy more from our fabulous local independent shops and grow more veg. Like most busy couples this doesn’t last long enough.

Here’s this month’s list in no particular order. As and when I add a recipe to the blog or review a product used in any of the recipes below I’ll add a link here.

I keep a shopping list on the fridge and after one big monthly shop for all the “essentials”, I supplement with visits to the green grocer and butcher on a Friday morning.

Evening meals

Mashed potato, baked beans and fish fingers  (oh yes, Mr T’s favourite!!)

Sausage stew (we have a freezer full of sausages, so we’ll eat this at least twice)

Savoury bread and butter pudding

Home made pizza (Mr T’s post bike riding treat)

Fish Pie (or maybe it will be fish cakes, the main ingredients are the same)

Pork and ginger stir fry

Chick pea tagine (Rachel Allen’s recipe)

Potato and chick pea curry

Malaysian chicken curry (thanks Miss T for the fabulous spice collection bought for Christmas)

Clam chowder

Cottage pie

Lamb tagine

Sweet and sour chicken

Lasagne

Roast chicken and trimmings (so much goose fat left over, a “must” for crunchy potatoes)

Chilli (Delcicious magazine January 2017 issue)

Butternut squash gratin (Nigel Slater Kitchen Diaries 3)

Beef stew and dumplings

Risotto

Fish and tomato curry (Delicious magazine January issue)

Chicken and leek pie

lentil curry

prawn curry

Lunch ideas

Home made hummous

Broccoli and Stilton soup ( all that left over Christmas Stilton lurking in the fridge)

Veg soup (potato and leek, sweet potato, carrot and coriander – there will be at least one every week)

Eggs (fried, scrambled, baked, omelettes)

Tuna salad

Buckwheat pancakes

Salmon and salad

Dhal

Egg fried rice

Cheesy polenta

Left overs (plenty of those!)

 

 

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