Monday, April 27, 2015

Menu Planning Monday

How are you this chilly morning ? It is hailing in my little corner of Ireland and bitterly cold, I can't believe it was was so warm last week, well that is Irish weather for you. So in the slowcooker is a big vat of Chicken and Butternut Squash soup and I will be very grateful for my warming lunch. Here is the rest of this weeks main dinners on this Menu Planning Monday if you wonder what menu planning is check out my post on how I do it HERE and go over to I am an Organizing Junkie where I first learnt all about it.

This week's menu is a budget conscious one as I have a few bills that need to be paid so I am using my pantry and freezer to the max and fruit and veg that is on special offer. If you want your own Menu planner printable one is available HERE


This recipe is just as it says on the picture Quick and Easy and a huge hit with my pasta loving teenagers , make the pasta wholemeal pasta and you have a filling and nutritious dish too. I have a glut of mushrooms and always have bacon on hand so everything is here in the house no need to head to a shop today - great as it is nasty weather.


Pork Casserole 

I made this last week and it was gorgeous I tweaked a recipe I found in a book to suit my ingredients and made it in a slowcooker and decided I would share it as it was so nice.


  • One Packet diced pork 
  • One Pepper -diced
  • One Chopped and pealed onion 
  • 1/2 packet button mushrooms
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 pint of vegetable stock 
  • 1 tsp Cajun seasoning 
  • 1oz flour
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 2 tbsp Natural yoghurt ( optional) *

1. Heat a dessert spoon of Olive oil in a pan and fry off the onions, pepper and mushroom for 3-5 minutes until soft , transfer them to the slowcooker or a casserole dish.
2. In a large bowl add the Cajun seasoning and salt and pepper to the flour, and coat the pork in the flour mix.
3. Fry the pork in the frying pan you used for the veg for 5-10 minutes then add into the slowcooker or casserole dish.
4. Add in the tin of tomatoes and vegetable stock and cook in the slowcooker on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours . In a casserole dish you would put it in the oven on 160 C or 325 F or gas mark 3 for 1 1/2 hours.
*The natural yoghurt can be stirred in towards the end if you have one person that doesn't like it overly spicy it tones it down and makes it creamy.

Printable Recipe Available HERE 


I am a big fan of the Lou Lou Girls site and this week they have a killer recipe for BBQ Chicken dip which makes me want to lick my screen. I urge you to check it out and all I need to get for this is some nacho chips although I may serve it with home-made wedges.


Bacon and Chorizo Gratin - I really must update the pictures on this post it was when I first started back blogging but that doesn't make the dish any less tasty and in this house you can always find bacon and chorizo. I will have to get some lovely fresh cabbage or kale to go with it.


When trying to keep costs down I try and find dishes that are nutritious and cheap , eggs are a great source of protein and I can get one dozen free range for €1.99 at my local greengrocers and when mixed with vegetables this Courgette and Chard Cheese omelette makes a hearty dinner.


Is leftover day and last week I had some chilli that was in the freezer it was gorgeous.


For those in Ireland there is a special offer in Aldi currently and their Roast pork with stuffing is reduced to €2.99 and I have one in my freezer so that is dinner for Sunday sorted. Another thing on special offer this week was Apples and plums and I am so going to be making this Apple and plum slice it is lovely - the recipe is HERE

Have a great week and I hope it is warmer wherever you are.