This week has been a long one for me, I decided I wanted to share with you what we eat during the week as a family. What we eat is usually a mixture of good ol’ fashioned home cookin’ and some simple easy meals that are tried and tested. I always try and make sure that I cook from fresh every day, however sometimes finding whatever is in the freezer is the way to go for the busy life.
In this post I am going to share with you what we eat this week, I might turn it into a series but I am not sure yet, a test the waters kind of post. Perhaps it will inspire you to try some new recipes as well. Almost all the recipes I will share here have been found on the wonderful Pinterest and have been cooked before.
W H Y P I N T E R E S T ?
I mean, why not? Pinterest as you know is a wonderful website that, at its core, is almost like a microblog. content creators use it to share crafts, food and inspirational ideas for homes on it. I use it almost every day to find ideas for meals and simple photography tips. I always tell people the best place to go for ideas is pinterest.
You are able to have multiple boards which are named to save the pins you find, I probably have far to many for one person but its helped me organize wedding ideas, home styling and is my go to place to get some much needed autumnal fix i crave in the middle of summer.
Pinterest for me is a wonderful tool, and thanks to this website I have found some delicious meals that I have cooked for my family and have expanded my recipe book for the future.
W H A T W E A T E
My son loves pesto, I have done many meals that include pesto simply because it adds so much to the meal. This recipe is from Yellow Bliss Road, Kristin is a self taught cook who shares some delightfully stunning meals on her blog, I found her recipe and blog while i was looking for pesto meals that my son would enjoy. I sourced all the ingredients from my local sainsburys and it was a pretty cheap and filling meal that went down a treat, we had so much left over as well so its a perfect meal for larger families.
Ham and Chicken Pie with Creamy Mash and Peas
This meal was one of our ‘lazy’ meals of the week, as I am a single parent I do struggle on occasion to do practically everything on my own so I will often have what I will describe as ‘Lazy’ dinners. The meals that dont require a lot of care or attention but can equally be perfectly filling and delicious, I got the pies from from Sainsburys and the came in a two pack which is perfect for us, I ordered 2 boxes and served them up with some buttery mash which if I do say so myself was amazing and some beautiful pea.
Ham and Pea Gnocchi
I have made this yummy meal before, from Love as Food and found while looking for gnocchi meals which are my favorite, this dish looked amazing and of course it is. Whitney has created some stunning looking meals that I am going to try. She also has a cookbook if you are interested in reading up. Made with Gruyere cheese, which I really didn’t expect to find in the shops, its a creamy and frankly naughty little dish to have for meals, perfect for those cold days which Tuesday was.
Sausage Meatballs and Linguine
This one is one of my own creations, Originally I was going to make something completely different for a meal one day which was a fish dish, but sadly when I had opened my salmon it had gone off, so I found in my fridge some sausage meat and decided to make some little meatballs, fried them off and made up my own tomato based sauce. It was as you can imagine a real hit with the children as they loved the tiny meatballs with ‘wormies’
My Nanny’s Stew
My Nanny, Jean used to make the best stews, although the one I make today is very different to the one she used to make me when I was a child, it will always been a stew inspired by my Nan, really simple and easy to make, I have in fact shared the recipe for my nans stew for you to also make it yourself if you want too. I adore stews, they are so simple and easy and at the end of it when its cooked you have this yummy meal that has made the whole house smell amazing. We have ours with some dumplings and creamy mash potatoes. It makes me so happy that a little piece of my nan is still with us and filling up tummies.
And that’s it, what we eat for the week, the meals I cooked and created this week for my children, on Fridays they go over their dads house and my meal making time stops, I feed my children amazing things but when it comes to my own diet I am content with a tomato soup and bread, Plus Neil is a fantastic cook and will often make me dinners when I visit him after work.
What we eat after a busy school day is always important, they come out of school hungry for dinner and knowing that I am feeding them meals they love makes me one happy mummy.
If you think i should make this into a weekly thing, or by weekly please let me know, I have enjoyed creating these meals and this post as well. Food is family to me and nothing compares to home cooking.