Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Monthly Menu Plan - February
I've had a few emails recently asking if I would share my monthly menu plan, and I'm most happy to oblige!
Just a note, though, if you are a hard-core meat eater who needs to consume a bloody 600 gram steak at breakfast - the menu plan is mostly vegetarian. We do eat a little meat, but that's it - only a little. We're sort of the opposite of what Paul McCartney is trying to achieve: instead of Meat Free Mondays, we have Meat On Mondays. Well, not always Mondays, but you know what I mean! I have no personable objection to eating meat, but as an environmentalist I am very aware of the impact that meat production has on our environment, so try to limit the amount we consume as part of my ongoing commitment to reducing my footprint. However, I do also have a growing child, so I also don't want her to miss out on any vital nutrients that meat does so readily provide. I feel that by eating meat only once a week it's the best happy medium I can come up with at this time.
(And for anybody who is going to have major issues with this, I will take the opportunity to remind you that we don't own a car, we only fly once every 10 years, and we try to be as plastic free as possible. If you still have issues with all that, then there are plenty of other blogs to read. You are most welcome to leave this one and engage with them instead. There, that's said!)
Anyway, enough of the blather, let's get to the menus!
I'll provide links to recipes if I use them directly from a website. If they are from a recipe book, then I'll link to the book. If the recipe has no link, then the recipe is one of my own that I have invented over the years. Hope you like it, and that it inspires your own menu planning.
Monday - Vegetable curry with paneer and saffron rice
Tuesday - Carrot fritters with avocado salad
Wednesday - Roasted vegetable tart with rocket salad
Thursday - Spaghetti with zucchini and cherry tomatoes, with garden salad
Friday - Vegetarian sausages with potato salad and corn on the cob
Saturday - Tacos, with beany tomato mix and coleslaw
Sunday - Macaroni and cheese (with peas, broccoli and zucchini)
Monday - Spring vegetable soup with garlic bread (from Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson)
Tuesday - Spaghetti and meatballs
Wednesday - Tofu and vegetable noodle stir fry
Thursday - Cauliflower and lentil pilaf with minted yoghurt
Friday - Cheese, tomato, mushroom and spinach omelets with salad
Saturday - Pizza (toppings vary, but probably mushroom and capsicum, and roasted veg and feta, with rocket)
Sunday - Lentil spaghetti bolognaise with feta, and salad
Monday - Roast chicken with salads (roast chicken a la Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef)
Tuesday - Sweet potato and zucchini risotto (any left of chicken will be sprinkled on top before serving)
Wednesday - Spicy Mexican bean soup
Thursday - Creamy mushroom parpadelle with rocket salad
Friday - Tofu burgers with sweet potato wedges
Saturday - Picnic cob with salad (like this recipe but without meat)
Sunday - Silverbeet spanakopita with roasted tomatoes
Monday - Lentil and ricotta cannelloni with garden salad
Tuesday - Chilli lime and tomato risotto
Wednesday - Spicy beef stir fry with noodles
Thursday - Spiced carrot and lentil soup with garlic bread
Friday - Zucchini and smoked salmon pasta with salad
Saturday - Bean burgers with coleslaw
Sunday - Falafels with all the trimmings
So, whaddya think? Let me know if you want me to write out each monthly menu plan as I do them. Whew, all this food talk has made me hungry. Time for lunch!