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Menu Planning - I Take It All Back

As I mentioned last month over the summer I haven't been menu planning and it had worked really well. This month, everything has fallen apart and I haven't had a clue where I am. It started when we had guests at the start of the month, but I can't use that as an excuse, as last week we ended up with a fridge full of half eaten things and I had no idea how long some of it had been there. To be honest, I've been neglecting things at home as I've been at the shop quite a lot. Because I'm rushing to get food on the table I keep forgetting to take pictures, or make a note of what we've been eating so I won't be able to look back for inspiration. 

I've done a plan to cover the rest of this month and hopefully I can start next month without a plan, but for now I need to use up some of the masses of food we have in the fridge and pantry. We have been eating well though 

shepherdess pie with a pie of vegetables

spiced vegetable soup and toasties
Here's the plan for the rest of October - 

16. spicy rice
17. lentil bol w. spaghetti squash
18. cauliflower casserole w. quinoa crust
19. curry w. rice
20. chow mein
21. l/o
22. thanksgiving pot pie

23. plaki
24. dhal
25. l/o
26. chilli bean hotpot
27. l/o
28. falafel w. wedges
29. beans on toast

30. puy lentil stuffed mushrooms
31. puy lentil pasta


  1. All sounds delicious, what is a thanksgiving pot pie?

    1. Thanks. It's a mushroom pie, recipe here

  2. I have three days dedicated to trying to get my home to rights including a though fridge, freezer,and pantry clean out. It is hard to stay on top of things when you don't have dedicated time at home.

    1. I think you're right. I don't think I realised how adding another two shifts would make such an impact.

  3. Mmmm, toasties! I haven't used our sandwich toaster for years, likely because no one likes cleaning it!

    Oh yes, I gave vegan Yorkshire puddings a whirl yesterday, using a recipe I found on-line. Thankfully I had success first time, so now I'm obsessing over Yorkshire puds and want them all the time!

    1. Ha! I know, it's a nightmare to clean them. We have a new machine with removable plates which makes things very easy. It also means I could buy some waffle plates for it and we can have waffles too!

      Glad the puddings were a success.

  4. Like the look of the sheperdess pie although I try to use sweet potatoes where I can. My DH isn't keen on mash but will eat sweet potatoes happily in any form. We're trying to pack n more veggies now that autumn is here and I've been roasting them to make them very tasty. Also made 14 portins of lenti/veggie soup yesterday with the addition of kale. Hope the weather hasn't been too bad down your way. Catriona

    1. I sometimes make it with sweet potatoes (with orange and sage oil drizzle) but I didn't have any on this occasion.

      Thanks. The wind wasn't too bad, it was windy but as far as I can see we've suffered no damage. I will still be avoiding the beach today as it's still more windy than I'd like.

  5. I had to smile at your list it reminded me of a Chinese menu - number 28 please! I like your shorthand but I am curious - what is no 21, 25 and 27? I hope you know or else you are going to go hungry that day LOL!! It all sounds very appetising though and glad you have everything back in hand - such is life the ups and downs of menu planning or the lack of it.

  6. Your menus for the rest of the month look wonderful. You should be through your backlog of fridge findings before you can snap your fingers.

    I love the looks of the shepherdess pie.

    God bless.

    1. Thanks Jackie. I've used up much of the fridge stuff already which is great.

      Shepherdess pie is so delicious, and one of the few recipes I know by heart so it's always easy to make.


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