Monday, October 26, 2009

Monday .........Menu Planning

If you start the week getting organised it minimises the whole "6pm, what are we having for dinner tonight?" saga that many families get caught up in. A quick flick through the recipe book for inspiration (ask your children to pick something that takes their fancy- if you have 4 or 5 kiddies you are almost sorted for the week!). Master J loves Burritos and Miss R is fond of the pasta dish, I like a curry and my husband is a BBQ fish fan so there's at least 4 of our 7. Being organised means you can give the pantry and fridge a quick check at breakfast time to make sure you have everything for dinner.
Having an idea of your weekly meals also mean you can maintain variety, budget well and let your children who may be a little fussy , warm up to the idea of dinner during the day (surprise tactics generally don't work well for these kids).

I will leave you with my sons favourite dish that he makes himself 9great for encouraging the independent boy)
happy Monday

Kate x

Mexican Burrito wraps
400 g can refried beans
400 g can baked beans
400 g can crushed tomatoes
Taco seasoning or burrito simmer sauce
Shredded lettuce
Sliced tomato
Grated cheese
Salsa or tomato sauce
Burrito tortillas
Brown mince and add baked beans and can tomatoes. Taco or simmer sauce to taste.
Place 3 table spoon mixture in centre of tortilla. Add lettuce, tomato, cheese and sauce
Wrap and secure with a tie
(Makes ~ 6 burritos)
*kids love to put their own together (use a rubber band or ribbon to hold them together for little hands

** Add spicy salsa before wrapping burrito to add a zing
Freeze individual serves of the mix for emergencies
You can use 400 g mince or chicken instead of the refried beans for an alternative

1 comment:

A-M said...

Just did our weekly meal plan over breakfast this morning. Little one wrote out the shopping list ... 'brockerley, brockerlini... love it. Yep 'bert-ritos' feature on our menu plan too.. a staple, they love making a big mess! Must try the Master J beans version though! I do add grated carrot and zucchini to the mince to 'fibre' it up a bit but the beans will really pack a punch! Loving your posts Miss K! A-M xx