With the evenings closing in, I feel like I have less time. It’s like my brain sees that it’s dark out so automatically assumes that it’s far later than it is. So whilst I’m happy to be cooking and dishing up dinner at 6:30 in summer, it feels like I’m preparing a midnight feast in winter…
This means I need to carefully plan our meals. I’m a huge fan of convenience, within reason; our slow cooker gets a hammering and the freezer is groaning with an excess of products.
Friday was a glorious end to our week off – we went to a gig so we grabbed a take away. Totally decadent, but we were short of time and it WAS the weekend plus I think I danced the calories off.
Saturday morning we went to see Munchkin play football (Friday night might have been amazing – but an early alarm the following morning was NOT amazing). It was cold and we were all shattered and needed an easy ‘tea’ of comfort food that night, so did a freezer forage: sometimes known as a buffet, sometimes known as ‘best of themes’, but great for making space in the freezer and using up part bags of things
On Sunday we went out for lunch with family and by the time we got home Mr Six and I were too full for dinner so I made Munchkin a sandwich and a juice (2 apples, 2 oranges, 2 carrots and a huge handful of spinach).
On Monday we had veggie carbonara. Naked without the Oink bacon and mushrooms make a delicious alternative to meat, paired with salad and garlic bread.
Tuesday was a long day for us all. Teen 1 had major commuting issues and finally walked in 11 hours after leaving home. We were all exhausted so it was a cop out of battered fish and oven chips with peas.
Wednesday was football training for Munchkin so he had to eat early and did beans on toast for himself (with supervision). I made butternut squash pasta for me, Mr Six and Teen 1 because we didn’t mind a little wait for food and it was lovely to sit down and have a catch up with Teen 1.
On Thursday we were treated to a delicious dinner by Teen 1 as he had the day off work – pesto pizza (as we call it). A sheet of ready rolled puff pastry, topped with pesto, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella. Teen 1 is a very accomplished cook and added lots of extra veg and a side salad which elevated it from my usual quick meal to something that was incredibly tasty – and it was pretty much on the table as I walked through the front door. Top class service!
Munchkin is at a sleepover tonight and is playing football in the morning which will give me time to draw up a new menu plan and shopping list – however, all recipes and tips are greatly received!