I haven’t posted my meal plan for a few weeks as it’s been a bit samey samey lately! In fact, most weeks I could just copy and paste the previous weeks plan and change the days around a bit.
I’m not making excuses but I leave for work at 7.20 in the morning, dropping the kids off at breakfast club for 7.30. I then finish work at 2.30 and rush to get them from school and get in about 3.15, so by the time I get home, I just want to cook something easy that I know everyone will enjoy which is why I stick to the same meals.
But, I’m not only bored with cooking the same meals now, I suspect the rest of the family are just as bored eating them (they’re just too nice to tell me) I’m going to make an effort to introduce some new life into our meal plans.
Monday – Lemon Turkey Pappadelle Pasta
Tuesday – Cajun chicken subs with curly fries and salad
Wednesday – Goats Cheese Pizza (recipe to follow)
Thursday – Salmon with sweet chilli cous cous
Friday – Homemade lamb and mint burgers with salad, corn on the cob and homemade potato wedges
Saturday – Chicken and egg fried rice
Sunday – You can’t mess with sunday dinner can you? Chicken, roasties, mash, Yorkshire puddings and veg.
Lemon Turkey Pappadelle Pasta
You might remember that I took part in a challenge from Lean on Turkey not so long ago when I made turkey and apple meatballs. I’d never cooked much with Turkey before and wasn’t expecting to enjoy it to much but we’ve started to incorporate it more and more in our weekly meal plans – often just as a straight swap for chicken.
Tonight in the spirit of mixing up the meal plan a little, we had lemon turkey pappadelle pasta which tasted lovely and Summery – perfect after a long weekend of BBQs.
What you need:
Turkey (leftovers, cooked, uncooked – whatever you have) (cost – £3.50 for the pack but I only used about two thirds as I saved some for a mini stir fry for Miss Frugal tomorrow so I would say £2.50 for this recipe)
Pasta (we used Pappadelle because I thought it would look pretty but taglietelle or any others would work just as well) (cost – 1.59)
Pancetta (cost £ 1.60)
3 tablespoons of lemon mayonnaise (either shop bought or home made – see below) (Cost £1.00 max)
Chives (Cost – 45p)
- If you’re using raw turkey, cut into small chucks and gently fry in some olive oil, add the pancetta cubes and continue cooking until the turkey is cooked and the pancetta is crispy. If you’re using cooked turkey, add that to the pan shortly after the pancetta and cook until the pancetta is crispy and the turkey has been properly heated through.
- In a large pan of salted boiling water, add your chosen pasta and cook according to the instructions.
- While the pasta is cooking, you can make your homemade lemon mayonnaise if you’re using homemade. Mix together the juice of half a lemon, half a teaspoon of lemon zest, some chopped fresh chives and 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise (you didn’t think I meant homemade from scratch did you?).
- When the pasta is cooked, mix everything together in a large bowl and you’re ready to go.
You can find more turkey recipes at Lean on Turkey .
This post is in association with Lean on Turkey who paid for the ingredients for this recipe.