Meal Plan #24

A key step in my meal planning process is shopping the fridge, freezer and pantry first. By using what I have on hand, I am immediately able to save money on my groceries as well as discover items I may have forgotten I have, which saves me from buying duplicates. This week’s meal plan has a variety of delicious meals which are easy to make and crowd pleasers like this delicious Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice.

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Comforting and warming chicken soup, just like my Mum makes! This soup produces a rich, wholesome broth with fall-apart chicken. I’ve included instructions for how to cook this recipe in a slow cooker or on the stove. This soup freezes beautifully for a quick midweek meal and is perfect for cold weather and soothing sniffles.

One Pot Creamy Pesto Gnocchi

Perfectly cooked potato gnocchi in a creamy pesto sauce with bacon, spinach leaves, parmesan and garlic. This recipe transforms simple freezer vegetables into something extraordinary. My creamy pesto gnocchi requires minimal preparation and will be on your dinner table in less than 10 minutes. And the best part? You only need one pot, which means less clean-up time and more time to enjoy every bite! 

Meatball Bake

This recipe proves that cooking perfectly juicy, tender meatballs in one pan is possible. This Meatball Bake starts with an easy and flavourful tomato and garlic sauce, and then it’s as simple as submerging the meatballs and allowing them to cook. A golden cheese crust finishes this dish, and it’s delicious, served with fresh bread to mop up the sauce or a bowl of pasta.

Beans with Fried Rice and Dumplings

An absolute family favourite. Beans and pork mince caramelised in a sticky, sweet sauce served with fried rice and dumplings – how can it be anything other than delicious? Many components of this dish can be made in advance. Both the dumplings and fried rice are fantastic freezer staples. It’s the final flourish of chilli oil that does it for me!

Homemade Nachos

Flavourful, fast and tasty homemade nachos are perfect for entertaining or a fun family dinner. Nestled on a bed of crispy corn chips, melted cheese, and a variety of flavorful toppings, this recipe will satisfy your Mexican cravings. And as a bonus – any leftover beef mixture can be refrigerated or frozen and used in other Mexican classics like burritos, tacos or quesadillas. 

Crispy Sesame Chicken and Fried Rice

The perfect mid-week meal, hearty, tasty, easy to make and on the table in under 20 minutes. Skip the takeaway and enjoy homemade crispy chicken coated in a thick, sticky, soy and sesame glaze and served with simple fried rice. Two meals in one, you can serve the sesame chicken with noodles or steamed rice if you prefer, and the fried rice is the perfect accompaniment to your favourite stir-fries.

Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini

Indulge in a bowl of comforting spinach and ricotta tortellini. This one-pot wonder combines the delicate flavour of ricotta cheese and spinach into perfectly formed pillows of pasta. The dish is made even more delectable with a garlic-infused tomato sauce that’s rich, tangy, and savoury. And the best part? It takes less than 15 minutes to make! 



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