Monday Menu




I wonder what you are cooking this week.

Sometimes I look in the fridge and the pantry and I just struggle to figure out what to put on the table every night.

And some weeks I'm super organised and I have a menu plan designed to use up what's in the fridge and I buy only what we're going to need. No mouldy zucchini. 

I always ask friends what they're cooking for dinner. It intrigues me. I have one friend who feeds her children (six and five years old) fresh mussels, curries, fabulous fish layered creations, all sorts of things. It boosts me. Inspires me to try a bit harder.

So I thought I might tell you what we think we're having this week and see if you want to join in. Some weeks around here we're all adventurous and trying new recipes and some weeks (this week) it's a market week, there's lots of hours in the commercial kitchen, and I'm throwing things into a slow cooker and wondering if there's baked beans in the freezer if we need a back up one night.


Here's the week:

Monday: Pumpkin soup with flatbread. (Note: didn't get to the flatbread.)

Tuesday: Pasta bake with tomatoes and zucchini

Wednesday: Slow cooked chicken with lentils and barley

Thursday: Zucchini slice with corn cobs and roast sweet potato

Friday: Crumbed chicken with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes

Saturday: Homemade pizza

Sunday: Ham and herb quiche


I'd love to know what's on your table. If you have a blog and feel like blogging it, please use the linky tool below, include the url of your post and then link back here if you could.

Or you could just share in the comments.

Even if it's incomplete, or simple, or completely fabulous (i.e. you're not feeding three children seven and under?), it'll probably inspire all of us. 

(And this is my first go at publishing a linky tool – hope it works!)

Happy dinner times.




18 Comments on “Monday Menu

February 14, 2012 at 11:09 am

Very very tempted to join in…I’m obsessed wth meal planning…This week i’m actually serving the same meal four different ways. but have no blogging time over the next few days (sneaking a peak during work time at the moment). Will see if I can find a few moments but if not will come back and share my meal plan here in the comments.

Also – am so excited about you moving over to the family farm. Good luck with the move. x t.

February 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

Re: TypePad: [inner pickle] Tricia submitted a comment on Monday Menu

Thanks lovely, and you know where we are next time youre driving through xx

February 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

In our house (consisting of 4 kids under 8. A hubby on night shift, a wife on Weight Watchers and the previously mentioned hubby on Tony Ferguson)
We will be having…
Monday – Garlic roasted Chicken thighs with home made chips and salad
Tuesday – Beef and Vege stew
Wednesday – “Sticky chicken” (Drumstick with Honey soy marinade and sesame seeds) and salad
Thursday – Good question as I have to take four kids to cheerleading practice on my own at 5pm! Possibly take-away.
Friday – Grandma and Poppy will be here so need to think that one through
Sat – Ditto
Sun – Roast pork and lots of yummy steamed veg.

February 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

I love the sound of sticky chicken! When you roast pork, which bit of pork do you buy? We are having our first 2 pigs butchered next week and as we dont really eat much pork Im running at a guess as to how to get the butcher to process our animals!! xx

February 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

Hi Fi! This is my first week “back at school” (although that actually means teaching at home) properly since the boys, so everything is quick this week!
Monday: Nigella’s “Exceptional Salmon” salad for us, modified with rice and fresh beans instead of salad leaves for the littlies
Tuesday: pelmeni (Russian tortellini type thingies) and home grown salad
Wednesday: Tamil egg curry (using left over frozen curry sauce with fresh eggs thrown in) and Indonesian stir fried beans
Thursday: bucatini with cherry toms, garlic and chilli (all our own except the pasta – SO very satisfying!!)
Friday: pork and cavalo nero with roasted potatoes
Sat: TBA
Sun: Sunday night home-made pizzas, as per usual!

The littlest is eating your tuna mornay a few times as well, plus some ocean trout and tomato quiches when what we have is a bit adventurous for him (or there’ll be no left-overs!)

Happy cooking!

xx J.

February 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

That is a DELICIOUS menu!! What is pork and cavalo nero please? (per above comment re: pigs!!) xx

February 14, 2012 at 12:46 pm

I hate menu planning, I would love to love it, just can’t. I am sure it would make my days easier though! You see, whatever I plan for the week I probably wont want by the time the said day and said plan rolls around the ingredients will be left lonely and potentially moulding in fridge!! I am also compulsive about fresh food, so tend to buy less more frequently. Anyway, last night I minced some chk, stir fry w garlic, chilli, tamari, broc and coriander and ate w brown rice (BIG fav here w the fellas). Tonite is stir fry veg w rice noodles. Tomorrow is lamb, rubbed w cumin and bbq’d. Will have minted yogurt with it. Boys will have steamed veg, I will have tomato, cucumber and mint salad. Then its all downhill! Thurs prob sushi, Fri prob eggs or baked beans, or toasties!!!!

February 14, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Great idea Fi – night help get me organised for the week!

February 14, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I rarely meal plan but have the best intentions. We tend to rotate a few standards which vary a bit, our daughter just eats whatever we do. In the past week we have had
1. Seafood pizza ( my husbands favorite he makes in the weekend)
2. Pasta with lemon, Parmesan, parsley sauce , salad and chorzo sausage ( usually we have salmon with this, a little goes a long way )
3. Rice, cold smoked salmon and salad
4. Beef schnitzel, potatoes and steamed veges
5. Chicken and cashew stir fry on rice
6. Chickpea and bean salad, green salad with bread and corn on the cob
7 takeaway Japanese – sushi last week

In the winter I do more casseroles and steamed Vege etc, this recipe and are 2 favorites I got from Meg at mouse house.

February 14, 2012 at 5:24 pm

I love seeing what other people are eating. Jodies menu looks yummy!
Me –
Sun -Black bean, corn coriander salad (from a blog, huge success)
Mon -Tuna Bake (frozen last week) with steamed asparagus
Tues-Chickpea curry
Wed-Silverbeet, pinenut olive tart from Stephanie Alexander’s book. Haven’t made it before but I have to keep on top of the SB.
Thurs-butter paneer(frozen last week)

And that is as far as I have got.

February 14, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I’ve just started doing meal plans for the week, which is a great idea for using up food in the fridge and not overbuying at the shops. Re. Pork, I LOVE doing roast pork belly, it’s easier to cook than a rolled roast, it makes beautiful crunchy crackling, and if you cook it slowly over a couple of hrs, most of the fat cooks out but leaves the meat wonderfully moist. Bon appetite!

February 15, 2012 at 12:05 am

We had a family meeting the other day and asked – any issues? Gab wanted to choose meals herself. So I said – you choose you cook. So I have now successfully got out of cooking two meals a week because two daughters are cooking. Excellent. So this week we have had – chops and three veg (me with very little inspiration after work), homemade pizzas tonight (Gab made these), probably stirfry with old veges and mystery meat tomorrow (me), Annika wants to make potato fritters on Thursday – then its GYO (get your own) egg based dish for the weekend. Not nearly as cool as everyone else….

February 15, 2012 at 12:32 am

We’ve recently started planning menus in an effort to save a bit of cash (how many tins of borlotti beans is it necessary to have in storage at any one time?!), and it’s really been working! This week’s menu, for two hungry adults (both currently training for half marathongs), one veggie and one omnivore, is:

Monday – Thai green curry with butterbeans and noodles
Tuesday – Spinach and pasta salad for her, salmon and spinach for him
Wednesday – Red lentil dahl with brown rice
Thursday – Vegetable and bean chilli with homemade chips
Friday – Red lentil spaghetti ‘bolognese’
Saturday – Homemade pizzas!
Sunday – Leftovers soup, possibly with homemade bread

Some weeks we’re really adventurous, while others we find ourselves stuck in a food rut. As weeks tend to be busy and need quite quick meals, we try to have something that we can enjoy cooking (such as pizza, lasagne, curry and homemade naan) on a Saturday!

February 15, 2012 at 8:28 am

I am part of a homeschool group that posts menus each Monday (well, some of us do and the others use us for inspiration)

I also add major commitments like work or meetings and who is responsible for getting it all on the table when I make out my plan. Some days have one or two of the sons tasked with being the dinner helpers or a specific job with that dinner. We feed 6: mom, dad, 27, 26, 16 & 13 year old sons. Gotta have a plan to meet the task of feeding those eating machines!

Oh, and I am the bread-winner as Hub is disabled with fibromyalgia so we share the cooking duties as needed. As an elder care-giver, my schedule can change many times, even within the same day, hence, a lot of question marks on this weeks meal plan.

Monday: Enchiladas, beans, rice
(work 9a-2p) [Tim]
Tuesday: Meatloaf, baked taters, salad, corn
(worship team 6:30p, work?) [R & N helpers]
Wednesday: teriyaki chicken stir fry over rice
(work 9a-12p + ?) [TimtheYounger helper]
Thursday: Chicken linguini ala Anna, broccoli, salad
(work?, Hebrew 5:30) R & N helpers]
Friday: white chili, corn bread, salad
(work 9a-12p + ?, city day?) [James- cornbread]
Saturday: Crock pot stew, biscuits
(work?) [Jenny]
Sunday: Chorizo e huevos, tortillas, pappas, canned fruit
(work?, church 11a) [Tim]

February 15, 2012 at 1:24 pm

In this dish it’s pork chops (steaks can also be used apparently) braised in tomatoes, chopped cavalo nero and garlic. I HATED pork chops from childhood (think grilled, dry, disgusting) but we find ourselves cooking them more now in lovely ways: simmered in blueberries and honey, baked with parsnips and pear etc. Probably my favourite though is pork belly because there are SO many ways to cook it, whether you feel like slow braising Thai or Chinese style or roasting something more European. We also do a bit of shoulder occasionally…. since discovering fabulous bio-dynamic pork locally we eat more of it than we used to, but still not all that frequently. Good luck with the pigs!

PS I’ve been an obsessive menu planner since the shared-house uni days when I used to order the guys to decide a week in advance and we’d all tromp off with our backpacks, on foot, to Indooroopilly every Saturday and do the weekly shopping on our student budget! I’m not sure that they’ve ever all forgiven me…. 🙂

February 15, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Oh, and don’t underestimate pork neck either – can be cooked really nicely.

International Woman of Mystery
February 15, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hang on, I’ll just go and get my list off the fridge. Okay, here goes…

Sun: homemade pizza
Mon: Pumpkin soup and flatbread (oh SNAP!)
Tue(kids): Pasta salad and sausages
Tue(adults having romantic meal): salmon with soba noodle and wakame salad
Wed: chickpea and sweet potato curry + rice
Thu: minestrone soup
Fri: homemade baked beans + rice + steamed broccoli
Sat: tempura fish and chips

February 15, 2012 at 8:38 pm

..looking forward to it 😉

Didnt find the time to blog my menu plan so couldn’t resist popping back in.

Sunday night I made up a big post of mexican four beans.

Monday: Mexican four beans made into a pie topped with Polenta. I think its called Tamale pie.
Tuesday: Four beans nachos with salad
Wed: Whitting sausages (they sound weird but are delicious).
Thur: Four beans with brown rice and veges
Fri: Jacket potato with (you guessed it) four beans and salad.
Sat: fried rice to use up all last weeks veges from the vege box.
Sun: roast of some sort. Whatever looks good at the farmers markets. Last week it was goat. I then use the meat on sandwiches for lunch for the next few days.

Thankfully I manage to get away with serving the same meal four different ways and save on cooking time.


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