The Meal Planning Linky – Week 30

Welcome to Week 30 of The Meal Planning Linky. This is a linky hosted by Naomi at The Organised Life Project and Katy at KatykickerAnyone is welcome to join – just check out the rules below.

I know we all need a bit of inspiration and motivation when it comes to meal planning. That’s why we’ve launched The Meal Planning Linky. We’ll share our posts about meal planning, and you can link yours up too. Seeing others’ meal plans – and sharing our own – not only keeps us accountable but also will inspire us.

Our Meal Plans for the Week Ahead

We have a slightly different week this week. We’re heading off on our holidays, so our meal plans are a little more fluid than usual. We’re staying in a self-catering place, so we’ll still be cooking though.

My sister has taken charge of the meal planning, so I thought it would be helpful to make a list of meals that work really well on self catering holidays.

When I was about 12, my family went on holiday to France and stayed in self-catering apartments. My mum – perhaps as a protest about having to cook on holiday – made us Spam and noodles every day until my dad caved in and took us out for burgers and fries! So, to avoid having to eat Spam and noodles every day, it’s worth doing a bit of planning.

Firstly, I find it works really well to book an online shop to arrive an hour or so after you do. This way, all the bulky stuff gets delivered straight to you without you having to cart it halfway across the country.

Secondly, self-catering places can be a bit unpredictable in terms of equipment. It’s usually worth taking the following:

  • sponges/cloths
  • washing up liquid
  • antibac spray
  • tea towels
  • cheese grater
  • peeler
  • sharp knife
  • scissors
  • kitchen roll
  • hand soap
  • chopping board
  • oil

If you have time, you might like to cook a few things ahead of time and freeze them to take with you. Lasagne, cottage pie, steak and mushroom pie etc.

While you’re there, you will probably want to make easy dinners, without lots of ‘ingredients.’ So my list for this includes:

  • Stir-fry with pack of stir fry veg and ready made noodles
  • Chicken with curry sauce and rice pouches
  • Sausages, chips and beans
  • Picnic-type meals – quiche, salad, cold meat, cheese and nice bread
  • Omelettes
  • Pizza
  • Chicken traybake
  • Chicken with sauce (like Chicken Tonight)
  • Pasta carbonara
  • Spaghetti bolognese
  • Filled tortellini with ready made pasta sauce
  • Jacket potatoes – especially if you pop them in the oven before you go out
  • Sausage cassolet – Thinly slice 2 onions, fry slowly in butter in a big pan that can go in the oven, add 2 cans of whatever kind of beans you like (haricot, butter, etc), a can of chopped tomatoes, tomato puree to taste, a sprig of thyme, chopped garlic to taste (we like lots), a chilli if you like. Chuck it all in a pot and put the lid on. Cook sausages separately if you like crispy skins, or in the pot with the rest if you don’t mind soft skins. Roughly 30-40 minutes and it will be dandy. This suggestion and recipe is from Helena at Babyfoote.
  • Burgers and koftas – check out this Turkey Koftas recipe from Mimi Rose and Me.
  • Toasted tortillas with tuna, sweetcorn, onion and mayo
  • Pasta pesto with chicken, bacon and tomato or cherry tomatoes, like this recipe from Daddilife.
  • Steak
  • Hotdogs
  • I really like Falcondale Life‘s suggestion: baguette, meat, apple – repeat! To be honest, this is all you need most of the time!

And of course, don’t forget to see if your cottage has a barbecue, and make the most of the take away options around and local restaurants.

Whatever happens, don’t resort to the Spam and noodles.

Thank you to Toby Goes Bananas, Boo Roo and Tigger Too, My Everything Beautiful, Sophie’s Nursery, Navigating Baby, My Parenting Journey and The Money Saving Mum for all your suggestions too.

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