#25 Meal Plan Monday

This week we have a few different things on. Thursday is my Poppy’s Birthday, so we will be having dinner with the family. Then this weekend one of my best friends is coming down and we are taking our boys to the Lismore Lantern Parade. Fingers crossed the rain stays away! We’ve decided to go out for pizza before hand so this week I have moved Pizza Party Friday Night to Saturday. Crazy I know!

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Monday – Tuna Pasta Bake
Tuesday – Teriyaki Chicken
Wednesday – Beef Stroganoff
Thursday – Dinner for Poppy’s Birthday
Friday – Mexican Lasagna
Saturday – Pizza Party Saturday Night!
Sunday – Honey Soy Chicken

What’s on your menu this week?

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Basic Fritter Recipe

I’ve written about different things you can make with leftover roast meat before but one of my favourite things to make with left over corned beef is fritters.  Fritters is one of those simple recipes that is great because you can add whatever you’d like to them to mix it up. I’m quite fond of corn and zucchini fritters but my son’s favourite are what he likes to call “Meat Pikelets”.

Basic Fritter Recipe

You will need:
1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt & Pepper

You can add to this whatever mix-ins you would like. To make these “Meat Pikelets” I added:
1/2 cup grated cheese
Leftover corned beef

  1. Whisk eggs and milk together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add flour and stir to combine.
  3. Mix in any add-ins.
  4. Heat olive oil in fry pan over a medium heat.
  5. Once the pan is hot, add spoonfuls of mixture and spread out slightly with the spoon.
  6. Flip after 3-4 minutes. They are ready to turn when bubbles appear on the surface.
  7. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

basic fritter recipe 2

You can serve them immediately with a salad or veggies. Any leftovers are great cold. My son likes to take 1 or 2 for lunch the next day.

So there you have my basic fritter recipe. What type of fritters are your favourite? I’d love to hear about them in the comments 🙂


#20 Meal Plan Monday

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Monday – Savoury mince
Tuesday – Chicken Carbonara
Wednesday – Corned Beef
Thursday – Fritters
Friday – Pizza Party Friday Night!
Saturday – Fried rice and dumplings
Sunday – Roast Pork

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5 Ways to Use Up Leftover Roast Meat

Now that the weather is cooling down, baked dinners start to feature more often in our weekly meal plans. While not always the cheapest meal there’s just something so lovely about a delicious weekend roast I just can’t resist and they come with the added bonus of… Leftovers! Not one to let things (Food especially!) go to waste, I love to come up with different ways to use up leftovers so this week I’ve put together 5 ways to use up leftover roast meat.

  1. Sandwiches – Leftover roast meat is great to use as sandwiches fillings for lunch. Use a few slices of your favourite bread, add some sauce or pickles, and salad if you swing that way and Voila! You have a cheap, delicious lunch.
  2. Curry – This is probably my favourite thing to do with leftover roast meat. Curry is an easy, delicious meal to add to your weekly meal plan and using leftover roast meat makes it a super cheap dinner as well. I think I am going to write a separate post on how I make my curries so keep your eye out for that.
  3. Pasta – Another cheap, easy meal to make with leftover meat is a simple pasta dish. Boil some pasta, whatever you have in the cupboard will do. Heat up the meat and add it to the pasta. Stir through some sauce and top with a bit of grated cheese. Simple and delicious!
  4. Stock – Save (freeze if you have to) any meat bones and use them to make homemade stock.
  5. Pizza – Those of you who follow my Meal Plan Monday posts will know we have Pizza Party Friday Night every week. Leftover roast meat and vegetables make awesome toppings for homemade pizzas. If you’d like a post on how we make our pizza’s let me know in the comments.

So there you have 5 ways to use up leftover roast meat. What do you like to do with leftovers? I’d love to hear your ideas in the comments.

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Like Grandma Used To Make

I am lucky to have some pretty awesome women in my family. We are hugely outnumbered by the men, I mentioned in my 5 Things About Me post that I have four brothers, and my Dad was one of three boys, but I like to think that just makes us that bit more fabulous. All of them have their own strengths and talents, and I am so fortunate to have such a wealth of knowledge available to me through them. GG, my Mum’s Mum, is an avid reader who always has a good recommendation to offer. Auntie Lizzie, my Mum’s sister, is a sewing master who makes some amazing outfits. My Mum is a writer who has the quickest wit of anyone I’ve ever met and a way with words I aspire to.

Nanny, my Dad’s Mum, knows about food. Not in like a fancy cooking show type way, although I definitely think she could give some of them a run for their money, but more of a bellies filled with delicious warmth kind of way. If I have a cooking question, she is usually the first person I call. I remember going to my Grandparent’s house for dinner as a child, she always makes the best roasts, and now I am older I love to recreate her recipes for my family.

This week I made Corned Beef using Nanny’s recipe. It’s one of my family’s favourites and who doesn’t love a good corned beef sandwich the next day. These days she tends to email me her recipes, (she’s got this Internet thing down!) but I still treasure the few hand-written versions I have. Even if I can’t always read her writing. I’ve been thinking about sharing some recipes on here, to go in hand with Meal Plan Monday and sharing some of Nanny’s recipes seems to me a good place to start. So keep an eye out in the upcoming weeks for recipes of some of my family’s favourites, including Corned Beef, just like, though not quite as good, as Nanny makes.

I would love to hear in the comments below what have you learnt from the women in your family, or what you hope to pass on to your kids and grandbabies!