I’m a health conscious, protein-fanatic wife and mom to an 8-month old. I work from home, which means I can happily eat all the leftovers, and my husband is known to call me the breakfast Nazi – I NEED to eat within an hour or so of waking up or I become incredibly cranky. With my little one starting solids, I’m even more aware of the food we eat, making sure to cut out as much junk as possible.
How do you decide what to eat each night? Do you do a weekly meal plan, monthly meal plan or do you just wing it?
We mostly just wing it. I generally have an idea of things we might like, but I need the freedom to decide on a menu change if I’m just not in the mood for mince/pasta/chicken. I usually pull our meat out of the freezer in the morning so it’s defrosted for dinner time, so it’s at six or seven in the morning that I’m asking my husband the awful question, “what do you feel like eating tonight?”
Do you do a monthly shop or weekly?
I try to do a monthly shop for meat online – it all gets delivered and then I don’t need to think about it. Then I do weekly shops for fruit, veg and other fresh essentials. Panty goods are usually restocked every month or two as needed – we try to buy pasta, canned tomatoes and other long-life items in bulk.
What does your menu look like for a typical week?
Varies a lot. Usually at least one braaied meal, whether it’s a pot, chops on the fire, etc. Otherwise, I tend to go with the seasons. In winter, I make a lot of slow cooked recipes – curries, stews or roasts. In summer, we tend towards more salads. I like a lot of strong flavors, so we will often do Enchiladas or hot wings. But we also rely on the cheap and easy standards – pasta with mince, meatloaf (which is surprisingly delicious) and meat with two veg.
What are your favourite dishes to make?
I really like making enchiladas, and I love when my husband makes chicken breasts stuff with cheese and wrapped in bacon. I also really enjoy making chicken pate and pulled pork – easy and cheap recipes that are always a huge hit at parties.
What are your kids favourite meals?
Harley is still a bit too young to really have a favorite meal. She does enjoy pork chops and bangers, and she loves her veggies.
What is always in your fridge?
Fruit, roasting veggies, cheese.
What are your top 3 favourite products to use? (can be spices/herbs/sauces/meats etc)
Garlic and herb spices make everything tastier, Frank’s hot sauce to bring the heat for our hot wings, and Korean BBQ marinade for meat – I swear I could drink that stuff out of the bottle!