Surviving Lockdown – Part (ii)

Menu planning

The shops are bare and there are queues outside, so it makes sense to me to plan, plan, plan. I am aiming that everything we buy we eat; there should be no waste and no ‘buying things we do not need’. Our shopping list contains only things that we are actually going to eat!

Our daughter makes a cake almost every day which we all enjoy at 4pm, we have breakfast as individuals but we all sit down together for lunch and supper.

Here is our menu – we are five adults in our home, one is a vegetarian but DOES eat fish, so our meals are very ‘meat-light’: we are all happy  to eat a vegetarian meal and scatter some cubed chorizo or crispy bacon over it. It really works in that it is easy to shop for; achievable to cook and is reasonably varied. I sweated over this I assure you – I know that the same soup two days in a row, twice AND a stir fry for lunch three days in a row could be more inspired but you know what – it’s a lockdown – if you want a more varied menu and you are lucky enough to have plenty of time to come up with one – go for it. If, however, you are a nurse or a teacher and you are home schooling three kids while your partner ‘works from home’ this might be all the complexity you need!

Saturday

Lunch Leek and potato soup Supper Pizza or burgers and salad

Sunday

Lunch  Leek and potato soup Supper seafood spagetti and salad

Monday

Lunch Minestrone soup Supper stir fry

Tuesday

Lunch Minestrone soup Supper sweet potatoe curry

Wednesday

Lunch stir fry Supper vegetable flan, potatoes and vegetables

Thusday

Lunch stir fry Supper macaroni cheese and broccoli or spaghetti carbonara and peas

Friday

Lunch stir fry Supper fish, potatoes and vegetables

I did this once before when our children were little and no one noticed for 6 months and then they did and all announced they were bored by it. I have started again because in this lockdown I do not want to panic buy and I do not want to think about food any more than I have to.

If however, I do feel like going a little ‘off piste’, I just need to click on @theultimatefeeder on Instagram and bang – this girls has ideas coming out of her ears! Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea, snacks, cakes, breads – you name it she does and makes it all seem so effortless – when can I move in Caroline?

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5 thoughts on “Surviving Lockdown – Part (ii)

    1. Of course Belinda – probably should have said above that all the stir fry meals are cooked by Doug and I do the rest. I love cooking but enjoy a wee break occasionally so Doug steps in! He buys the wee plastic pouches of rice that you can microwave. Not very eco – but oh so easy. He uses x2 for five people. He chops a pepper, some mushrooms, some courgette, broccoli and kale and any other veg to hand and fills a wok. He sizzles it on a high heat and stirs in a large tablespoon of curry sauce from a jar at the end, usually korma or jalfrezi, keeping the rest in the fridge for next time. In a small pan he fries up some bacon or little cubes of chicken for meat eaters to add. He serves up over the rice on a plate. It is a great way to get your 5 a day!

  1. I admire that you plan lunch as well as supper. Lunch here is crumpets with cheese or good old baked beans. In fact sometimes due to late lock down breakfast we just pass lunch and go straight to afternoon tea if our resident now furloughed baker has put something nice in the oven! We always have a proper supper but the lack of tinned tomatoes is a bit challenging as we are now 3 out of 4 vegetarian.

    1. Well look carefully at our menu Caroline and you will see that only two of our meals requires a tin of tomatoes: one is the minestrone soup – I use one tin for a big pot of soup that lasts 5 people two days! The other is pizza – if we make homemade, once a fortnight. So we are getting through 1.5 tin of tomatoes per week! All our meals are vegetarian apart from our once a fortnight burgers – meat eaters have to add bits of chorizo or bacon to satisfy their cravings in our house! We are clearly playing the long game!!

  2. Of course Belinda – probably should have said above that all the stir fry meals are cooked by Doug and I do the rest. I love cooking but enjoy a wee break occasionally so Doug steps in! He buys the wee plastic pouches of rice that you can microwave. Not very eco – but oh so easy. He uses x2 for five people. He chops a pepper, some mushrooms, some courgette, broccoli and kale and any other veg to hand and fills a wok. He sizzles it on a high heat and stirs in a large tablespoon of curry sauce from a jar at the end, usually korma or jalfrezi, keeping the rest in the fridge for next time. In a small pan he fries up some bacon or little cubes of chicken for meat eaters to add. He serves up over the rice on a plate. It is a great way to get your 5 a day!

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