Wednesday, August 20, 2014

My 'no brainer' weeknight dinners


Ever since we moved their weekly swim class to a weekday, Saturdays have taken on a more laid back pace for our family. We rise slowly (if the kids are not screaming for us from their bedroom), watch telly, the kids have their breakfast while we (the parents) savour our cups of freshly brewed aromatic coffee to awaken our bleary eyed senses.

The husband and I are not known for sitting around for too long. There are always household chores and our philosophy is to Do-It-Right-Away as this enables us to REALLY sit down and relax when the children go to bed in the early evening. 

For me, the focus of Saturday mornings (for 1.5 hours) is all about cooking for the following week in a bid to minimise stressors after a full day in the office. This works particularly well for us because (1) I don't have to wreck my brain wondering what to cook & having to cook it and (2) the husband knows there's always home-cooked food in the freezer when I am away. 

Our typical weekly dinner looks something like this:

Monday (thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave)
Chicken and vegetables stir fry with noodles or pasta 

Tuesday (thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave)
Beef and pork  / Pork and turkey bolognese with vegetables and lentils served with pasta

Wednesday (thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave)
Butter Chicken / Massaman Chicken with heaps of vegetables served with rice

Thursday (thaw overnight in the fridge and reheat in the microwave)
Chicken and vegetables soup served with rice  / pasta / bread

Friday (whatever is left in the fridge)
Leftovers

Saturday (cooked 'fresh' on the day)
Something different - it all depends on my mood. This is also the meal that I introduce new flavours or make up a meal with leftovers.

Sunday (cooked 'fresh' on the day)
Chinese soup of pork ribs and root vegetables served with rice 


Over to you, what and how do you determine what is being served up at dinner in your home?

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