Saturday, 3 January 2015

Meal Planning: Meat Free Meals

Before Lyra was born we made a conscious effort to eat less meat, but now that she is here and eating like a pro we are more conscientious about how balanced our meals are...meaning adding more meat (back) into our diet.  

For a 2 week period I usually buy 500g of minced beef, 400ish g of skinless, boneless chicken thighs, and 450g of stewing beef to make 5 meals. On top of that we will have fish, usually salmon, once over the 2 weeks. Typing it out it seems like a lot of meat, especially compared to what we used to eat, but we are still making an effort to limit the amount of meat we eat.  

After taking the meat and fish meals into account I have 8 meat free dinners to plan each fortnight.  Keeping these 8 meals fresh, exciting and packed with all the good things Lyra needs can be challenging.  I use Pinterest a lot for inspiration, and have a good handful of firm favourites up my sleeve so meal planning doesn't take me too long, most of the time. 

Here are some of my recent finds, and good ol' stand-bys...some with links to recipes.  

mushroom stroganoff
carrot soup with grilled cheese
courgette pasta 
grilled halloumi with greek salad and chick peas 
red lentil dahl
chunky vegetable soup 
broccoli and pepper stir fry 

and of course...

1 comment:

  1. Great variety!!! you're doing a good job of balancing the meals.... And that's not always as easy as it might seem....!!!