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22/01/2013 at 12:01
What do you buy every week in your food shopping?
I lack inspiration for different meals we seem to have the same ones all the time.
Fish and veg
These are always eaten weekly so our food shopping if normally a case of me just re-clicking add to basket.
22/01/2013 at 12:04
We always buy the same but I'm not bored of anything.
H goes 2 weekly to farm foods & buys 4 bags of chicken breasts, a bag of chicken drumsticks, a bag of chicken dippers & pitta breads. Our dinners mainly involve chicken He makes curries, or salads, or wraps. I then have veg soups or stir fries.
Our weekly shop is lunch stuff for K, bread & rolls, pasta, tuna, veg & salad, fruit, cereals and drinks. Every couple of weeks it's loo rolls and washing powders / comfort if my mum hasn't bought me any from Aldi.
Liam has gotten soooooo fussy lately, he will only eat pasta with cream cheese, macaroni cheese, cheese on toast, chips, mash, ham, chicken, sausages, burgers, all fruit, all veg, sweets, cake, ice-cream, raisins, yoghurts, beans, pasta shapes, crisps, cereal.
It makes it really hard to cook a meal, I have been trying to sort out different things as well. Looking at your list above, I wouldn't eat the fish, chilli or lasagne because I don't like mince. I made a turkey mince pasta bake on Sunday, a WW recipe, but it was lovely. What about ommelettes?
22/01/2013 at 12:05
Oh and cheese, we always need cheese, milk and yoghurts.
22/01/2013 at 12:09
Ours tends to be meat or fish which I'll season, or maybe do a sauce with them, and then decide on the day what I'm going to put with it (fries, rice, pasta, veg, noodles, cous cous etc.), don't often make the sorts of dinners you do, apart from the meatballs, ours are even more boring that yours.
This week we bought lamb steaks (having tonight with veg and new potatoes), chicken breasts, cod pieces (had last night with stir fry veg), also often by salmon (I love it, wrapped in foil with some fish seasoning and few slice toms on top), steak or joint of meat.
My dinners always seem so dull, but don't really have time to do anything particularly adventurous.
22/01/2013 at 12:12
I am trying to mix up our food a bit at the moment and am trying some more oriental dishes as those go down pretty well in the sparkles house.
This weeks meal plan is:
Beef massamam curry (Batch cooked weeks ago and pulled out of freezer)
Chicken chowmein (we get a big bag of chicken breasts from Ocado so always have these in) with onions, peppers, chillies, carrots, ketjap manis
Moroccan chicken (again batched cooked and pulled out of freezer) - serve this with couscous, pitta and greek yoghurt with Harissa (chicken kebabs for eldest daughter)
Noodle soup (more chicken and veggies)
Pasta bake and salad
Southern fried chicken (from m&s - again from freezer), jackets, homemade coleslaw, sweet corn fritters for kids.
We used to downloads of chillis, spag bols but got so, so bored of them.
22/01/2013 at 12:53
We generally eat the same as you, sometimes there's a roast at a weekend depending on what H is working. Things that go into the shop every week are yoghurts, it amazes me how many the kids get through a week. Cheese, bread, milk, beans.
How about fajitas? They always go down well in our house, but i eat too much when i do them, as i tend to do all the extras as well, dips, nachos etc.
22/01/2013 at 12:54
Yum the moroccan chicken and beef thing sounds delish Robin!
Belle - How can you not get bored?
I want to cook more, rather than just eat ready made stuff.
22/01/2013 at 12:58
Something i love but rarely make is, bunging some chicken in a oven dish, cover in tinned shopped tomatos, mushrooms, peppers, onions all sliced. Cook until the chicken is cooked, then serve with jacket potato. I sometimes grate a bit of cheese on the top too. In fact, i think i might cook this for my tea. It's dead easy and cheap to do, and you don't have to use breasts, you could use thighs. I usually throw a bit of chilli power, and paprika in too, to give it a bit of a kick.
22/01/2013 at 12:59
I'm the same as you 1stbaby soooo bored of the meals we eat!! Everything tends to be meat, veg, potato of some kind it drives me mad. We like all the different mince meals like spag bol, chilli etc but only eat one of those a week. Sausage & mash once a week. chicken kiev with new potatoes & veg once a week. That kind of thing, I'm not a natural cook although enjoy experimenting but it's hard with 3 young children under your feet.
22/01/2013 at 13:04
Robin can you please share your beef massaman recipe?
1stBaby - what about chicken in a bag with something? We do tandoori chicken with salad, paprika chicken with potatoes, chilli chicken with wedges.
22/01/2013 at 13:13
belle - i copied this earlier from robin
beef massamam curry is also popular here too. I make this one but cook it loads longer than it says in the oven:
I tend to double up on quantities and make huge vats of stuff for the freezer. All of these freeze really well. I always think the thing with beef is to cook it for about an hour longer than the recipe says and it then goes all melty and yummy even if you are using the cheap cuts.
I have done the chicken in bags but find them a bit bland.
chids that sounds nice but h wouldnt eat it but i would maybe with the kids
22/01/2013 at 13:15
We don't use the maggi bags, we bag and spice ourselves. H has shares in the Indian store in town he's in there so often!
22/01/2013 at 13:27
Moroccan chicken is one i have adapted from a Tana Ramsey recipe. It uses chicken thighs so cheap as chips too.
2kg chicken thighs (skin on or off doesn't matter)
1 heaped teaspoon of each of ground cinnamon, ground ginger, ground cumin
1/2 heaped teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 large onion - chopped
3 cloves garlic
2 red peppers chopped
12 cherry tomatoes
1 pint chicken stock
15-20 stoned prunes - chop in half
3 tablespoons runny honey
- Make marinade - grate zest of one lemon, add juice and spices and bit of salt. Rub into chicken (I can't stand touching raw meat so bung it into a lunchbox and shake it all up). I rinse the lunchbox out with the stock to make sure i get all the flavours from the spices.
- Tip into casserole dish and brown meat on hob. Add onions and peppers and brown slightly. Add garlic. Add stock and tomatoes. Simmer for 10 mins.
- Add honey, prunes, 8 slices of lemon and take off hob and pop in oven for 90 mins to 2 hours at about 170 degrees (fan assisted).
- When done i strip the chicken off the bone and take out all the nasty bits of the thighs so it kind of falls apart. Discard the bones and the skin and then suitable for freezing. This is the worst bit but if you aren't bothered about the skin and bones etc (my daughter eats this but would turn her nose up at the bones etc) then you could just serve as is.
From the freezer (again, this is why I always take the bones out), defrost thoroughly and then just zap in microwave.
Nice with couscous (I add finely diced chilli, coriander and finely sliced onion and a squeeze of lemon to couscous) and/ or griddled pitta. To make Harissa dip put a couple of big tablespoons of Greek yoghurt in a bowl, add a teaspoon of Harissa paste and stir.
22/01/2013 at 13:39
Weekly we always buy fruit and veg, yoghurts, snacks for Lunches, cold meat
I bulk buy meat fish and bread
22/01/2013 at 14:08
Tonight we are having chicken and ham pie, tomorrow is lasagne as I'm working and have one I made a few weeks ago in freezer, Thursday is beef goulash again from freezer, Friday is haggis neeps and tatties since it's Burns night. Wraps for Saturday, maybe a roast chicken on Sunday. We try to eat different things too, I get bored like you. How about fishcakes instead of just fish, use the mince to make homemade burgers,
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