Saturday, June 4, 2016

Menu plan - 2 to 8 June 2016

I've changed the way we do dinners around here.

Instead of dishing up dinner onto the kids' plates, I now serve everything in the middle of the table and the kids get to dish it up themselves - whatever and however much they want.

I reached breaking point a couple of weeks back when I served up a delicious lamb tagine and everybody cried. Not happy tears. Bitter, complaining tears.

Now if the kids only want to eat rice, they dish themselves rice. And I try not to worry about whether they're getting the full range of nutrients they need. So far it has made for much more harmonious dinner times, and the kids have eaten suprisingly well.

You may see lamb coming up a lot in my menu plans over the coming weeks. We just bought half a lamb from my sister's parents-in-law, so our freezer is stocked full of it. (It's delicious.)

Here's this week's menu plan, running from Thursday to Wednesday, since I do my grocery shopping on a Thursday.

Baking - Chocolate chip cookies for Emma (from the Trim Healthy Mama cookbook) and Thermomix chocolate chip cookies for the kids

Dinner - Honey soy chicken drumsticks, Broccoli and Cheese Mini Egg Omelettes, tomato and apple slices.

Baking - Dana's Chocolate Cake (from Destitute Gourmet cookbook)

Dinner - Herb Roasted (mid-loin) Lamb Chops, pasta spirals and butter peas

Dinner - Mini lasagnes (freeze leftovers for lunchboxes)

Baking - Cry No More Brownies for Emma (from the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook)

Dinner - Chicken barley soup and dinner rolls

Baking - Banana chocolate chip muffins for the kids (everybody is digging these at the moment)

Dinner - Roast lamb studded with rosemary and garlic, broccoli and buttered almonds with rice cooked in chicken stock

Baking - Strawberry jelly (for lunchbox fillers)

Dinner - Teryaki Chicken Sushi (homemade)

Dinner - Leftovers. (Empty out the fridge and serve all the leftovers to use them up before tomorrow's shopping day.)

What's on your menu plan this week?


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