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all the Pinterest-worthy menu planning genes in our family.
I generally only choose five or six dinners, because (due to laziness) we usually aim to cook enough to leave leftovers for a second night, though as the Little Monkey scales up his eating we're constantly adjusting quantities and sometimes get this wrong.
The main selection criteria is that there's variety. We like to have a couple of vegetarian options because we're not hardened carnivores, but red meat is (especially) good for the Little Monkey for its iron, and we usually try to weave in a fish meal, though we sometimes struggle with sourcing the fish (we have an awesome local butcher but no fishmonger).
Here's our menu for this week and next (oops, no fish):
- Mushroom and refried bean wraps
- Pork roast with broccoli and cauliflower cheese bake and roast spuds
- Kumara, cauliflower and feta frittata
- Pork and fennel meatballs with penne and brussels sprouts
- Pumpkin and feta felafels with poached egg
I like to do my grocery shopping (except the meat) online to avoid temptations, and also because I can do it from the sofa and nip to the pantry to check if we're running low on anything at regular intervals.
I'd love to get a vegie garden up and running so we're less reliant on the supermarket (and so the veg stays in the garden until it's needed), but that's a wee way off yet - there's some landscaping that needs to happen first.
So basically we pretend to be a bit organised but it's all a show... At least compared to the Pinterest-worthy families of the world.
Do you plan your meals out in advance or do you prefer to cook on a flight of fancy?