#FoodieFriday- Meal Planning Jar

One of the secrets of both sticking to a budget and minimising food waste is meal planning. There are various apps you can download but none I have found as user friendly as the good, old pen and paper! I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not always great at meal planning and, even when I do, life has a habit of changing our plans but I am trying to get back in the habit.

Looking around for tips I found an image of a menu planning jar, thought what a great idea, bought some lollipop sticks and then promptly did…..well absolutely nothing at all!

I am now intending to go through my recipe file, my books and all those odd magazine cuttings (as well as my Pinterest pins) to write down all the things we cook, pop them in a jar and then use them as inspiration for my meal plans.

For far better instructions than mine, try looking at this Menu Jar idea.

Foodie Friday – Mamá Maggie’s Kitchen

Yes #FoodieFriday is back. I haven’t even looked at food blogs for what seem ages but while I was playing around on Pinterest I stumbled across http://inmamamaggieskitchen.com/

Lots of great recipes but having just been given a slow cooker I might give this Mexican Beef Stew a go. Normally I cook in a casserole on our wood burner top so it will be interesting to see what, if any, difference a slow cooker makes. Feel free to let me know any slow cooker ideas below!

#FoodieFriday – Indian Pav Bhaji

Today’s #FoodieFriday highlight is a curry recipe, originally by Rick Stein, but with some yummy sounding tweaks by Laura@feastwisely.com

http://wp.me/p4dhl1-1gR

Hasselback Chicken

Because I’ve not posted much and because I’m useless I haven’t taken any photos of last night’s dinner but I thought it was about time to jump back on the metaphorical horse.

This recipe was yet another inspired by Pinterest,  and you can find the recipe here.

Here in the UK we had the first of the spring sunshine, plus I am trying (not entirely successfully) to train for a 5k run, so I decided that chicken, salad and potatoes were in order.

Ingredients (to serve 3)

3 chicken breasts
Mozzarella
2 large tomatoes
Pesto (optional)

My other half occasionally reacts to pesto, although we cannot work out why when the individual ingredients all seem to provoke less of an immediate toilet visit, so I left it out but it will make the dish look prettier.

Thinly slice the tomatoes and mozzarella, then spread a little pesto (if using) over one side of the cheese. 

Flatten the chicken breasts slightly,  cut a diagonal slit most of the way through (I put about 3 suits per breast) and then add a slice each of the cheese and tomato. 

I then oven baked for 20 minutes on Gas Mark 5, you may need to add time for larger chicken breasts. Serve with a salad and new potatoes.

Top tricks and tips:

Try adding spinach or basil in between the cheese and tomato
Drizzle pesto over the top
Add a few breadcrumbs on top, mixed with parmesan cheese
Switch the tomatoes for the sun dried variety

February Cheap Eats#FoodieFriday 

This week highlights one of my favourite blogs and I always like cheap but tasty food!

February Cheap Eats… Delicious recipes for under £2 per portion! – http://homemadewithmess.co.uk/2017/02/01/february-cheap-eats-delicious-recipes-for-under-2-per-portion/