Sunday, March 15, 2020

What we ate, week ending 14 March 2020

Another week, another menu plan. Here's what my family ate this week...

Breakfast - Cereal for the kids; I intermittent fasted this day, so didn't have breakfast.

Lunch - Sandwiches for the kids; leftover lasagne (from last week's What We Ate) for me and Paul.

Snack - Choc Bar Minis. (We were out running errands, so bought a box of these ice creams from the supermarket and shared them out between us.)

Dinner - Paul cooked us a beautiful dinner of lamb racks served over mashed potatoes with a side of peas and carrots (pictured above). My eldest daughter wanted to let you know that she absolutely loved this dinner.

Breakfast - Cereal for the younger two; A salami, cheese, cucumber and tomato sandwich for my eldest child; Bircher Muesli for me.

Lunch - French Toast cooked for us by Paul, who was working from home. (I actually skipped lunch this day as I was still full from my Bircher Muesli.)

Snack - Orchard apples and grapes. (We swung by the local orchard shop and restocked our fruit supply with a case-load of fresh apples and the sweetest grapes I've ever tasted.)

Dinner - Pumpkin and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese served with a side of green beans and peas as well as a raw vegetable platter. This was our third dinner using the same mac and cheese I made a couple of weeks ago. At the time, I had frozen the surplus in a lidded Pyrex container, so all I had to do was set it out to defrost on Sunday night and then bake it in the oven directly in its Pyrex container.

Breakfast - Baked beans on toast for the kids; I was intermittent fasting, so I skipped breakfast.

Lunch - Chicken Chipees and banana smoothies for the kids. I made the smoothies by whizzing together frozen banana, milk kefir, greek yoghurt, milk and vanilla essence. My lunch was Chocolate Bircher Muesli I made the night before by mixing together rolled oats, desiccated coconut, cocoa, vanilla, Greek yoghurt and Natvia in a small lidded Pyrex container and setting it in the fridge to soak overnight.

Snack - Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins, honey roasted peanuts and orchard apples. We met up with friends at Western Springs, so I brought our afternoon tea with me in a backpack.

Dinner - Cashew Chicken on basmati rice cooked in homemade chicken stock (pictured above). This was a box mix of Cashew Chicken that I bought at the discount store, Why Knot. It came with cashews, baby corn and sauce, so I added onion, chicken, carrots, beans and peas from home, as well as a bit of extra fish sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar to make it taste nicer.

Breakfast - Cereal for the kids; Chocolate Bircher Muesli for me (pictured above). (I made two of these on Monday night.)

Lunch - Overnight bread topped with butter, salami, cheese, cucumber and tomato.

Snack - Checkerboard Cookies and apple slices. (We had a friend of my children's come over for afternoon tea, so I baked the cookies as a treat to share with her.)

Dinner - Chicken kebab skewers, fried rice with a yoghurt mint dressing and a homegrown salad. Peach and apricot crumble for dessert. (We went to our friends' house for dinner, so it was cooked by them. I just brought the salad from my garden.)

Breakfast - Cereal for the younger two; A salami, cheese, cucumber and tomato sandwich for my eldest child; Bircher Muesli for me. (I soaked this bircher muesli in milk kefir instead of yoghurt, which I had run out of, and also grated apple into it on a reader's advice. Thanks Jill!)

Lunch and snack - It was a lunch-box day for the kids. They didn't all have the same things, but this is the complete list of food that made it into at least one of their lunch-boxes: Sandwiches, overnight bread with butter, crackers, mini salami sticks, apple slices with peanut butter to dip, checkerboard cookies, chocolate chip and oat cookies, cucumber slices, NZ cranberries and cherry tomatoes from our garden. I bought myself a peanut butter and banana smoothie and some teriyaki sushi, because I didn't get organised enough to pack my own lunch.

Dinner - A mince and cheese pie served with a raw vegetable platter (pictured above). (We had a big day of activities followed by grocery shopping, so I decided on this super simple meal. All I had to do was pop the pie in the oven and let it cook while I unpacked the groceries and washed the dishes from the day.)

Breakfast - Cereal; Pumpkin bread (a friend who has lived in America gave me the idea to make pumpkin bread this week. Apparently it was a favourite of hers when she lived there, and I have a whole lot of pumpkins from my garden I need to find recipes for. It as very delicious. The recipe, which makes two loaves, called for two cups of sugar. That is a lot of sugar, so I subbed in Natvia for some of it.)

Lunch - Random leftovers from the week, like pie and stir-fry.

Snack - Pumpkin bread.

Dinner - Asian mince and cabbage stir-fry. (This was a quick, low-carb, throw-together meal, where I browned the mince and onion, and then added a bunch of different Asian sauces like soy sauce, fish sauce and oyster sauce, as well as ginger and garlic, and then threw in half a cabbage I had shredded. I cooked the cabbage down before adding a cup of homemade chicken stock and further cooking it until it was soft.)

Breakfast - The kids were at a sleepover so I don't know what they ate, but I had leftover Asian mince and cabbage stir-fry.

Snack - I spent the day at a Women's Retreat at my church. For morning tea we were served fresh orchard apples, bliss balls, melting moments and muesli slice. I was on the committee for the Women's Retreat, so I made my favourite bliss balls for it.

Lunch - Still at the Women's Retreat, I got to eat a delicious lunch (pictured above) of bacon-wrapped stuffed chicken breast, artisan sourdough bread, and several different salads.  I made a large Revive Cafe Moroccan Chickpea Salad as my contribution to the lunch. It's always a crowd favourite.

Dinner - Our family had dinner at my sister-in-law's house (where the kids had been staying). My sister-in-law cooked us a delicious meal of roast chicken, roast potatoes and kumara, sweet corn on the cob and broccoli salad. (I brought some of the leftover salad from the retreat, leftover bliss balls and a couple of loaves of garlic bread to share.)

And there you have it. Another week done and dusted.

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