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Old 05-08-2006, 2:13 PM
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Hummus and Garlic Pitta Breads

2 garlic cloves
2 red chillies deseeded
bunch fresh coriander
2 x cans chickpeas drained
Juice of one lime
4 tbsp of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Place garlic, chillies and coriander into a food processor and whizz until finely chopped, add chickpeas and whizz again. Add lime juice and olive oil whilst the processor is running until the mixture is a paste. Season to taste.

3 tbsp olive oil
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
4 white pitta breads

Mix the garlic, oil and parsley and season well. Grill one side of the pitta bread for about 40 seconds and then turn over and lightly score the other side. Spread with parsley, garlic and oil and grill for another minute.

Serve with hummus and salad.
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:17 PM
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Pork Burgers with Salad

500g Minced Pork
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
4 rashers streaky bacon
Lettuce and tomatoes
Mayonnaise
Burger Buns
Salt and Pepper

Season the meat and add worcestershire sauce, mix well and shape into 4 burger shapes. Grill for about 8 minutes on each side. Add bacon for last 8 minutes.

Put tomato and lettuce on burger buns, add pork burger, a dollop of mayonnaise and bacon on top.
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:24 PM
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Salmon and Dill Fishcakes

700g Potatoes cut into chunks
2 tbsp Milk
Tinned Salmon (drained)
Knob of Butter
Onion finely chopped
2 Tbsp creamed horseradish
1 Tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 Egg
225g Breadcrumbs

Cook the potatoes for about 15 minutes until tender. Drain and mash.
Heat the butter in a pan and cook the onion for 4 minutes, mix into the mashed potatoes with 2 tbsp of milk, the horseradish and dill. Stir in salmon.
Shape into eight cakes and dip into egg, then breadcrumbs. Heat the oil in a frying pan and lightly fry for 6 minutes, turning half way.
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:30 PM
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Bacon and Cheese Fritatta with Tomato Salsa

8 rashers of back bacon
spring onions chopped
8 eggs
85g cheddar cheese cut into chunks
2 tbsp milk
knob of butter
4 tomatoes
red chilli
bunch fresh coriander
juice of 1 lime
red onion chopped

Cut the bacon into small pieces and fry for 5 minutes. Add spring onions and cook for further 5 minutes.
Beat the eggs and milk and season. Mix in nearly all the bacon with the spring onions and cheese.
Melt the butter in a frying pan and add mixture. Cook gently for 6-8 minutes until lightly set. Sprinkle left over bacon on top and finish under grill to brown.

Chop the chilli, onion, coriander and tomatoes into small pieces, add a squeeze of lime juice.

Serve the frittata with the salsa and crusty bread.
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:33 PM
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thanks for all that. i have printed everything out and gonna give it a try. it all sounds so yummy yum yum.
Very proud mummy to 4 wonderful children aged 8,7 and 4 and 1 months. And our beautiful little angel in heaven she will never be forgotten .My children and Husband are my world.I'm a sahm and enjoying every minute to the full even if sometimes it can seem a bit tough x
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:34 PM
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Chilli Bean Tortillas

500g mince beef
onion chopped
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cumin
tin chopped tomatoes
200g can drained kidney beans
8 tortillas
lettuce shredded
grated cheddar, soured cream and lemon to serve.

Brown mince and drain fat, add onion and cook for 8 minutes. Add chilli powder and cumin and cook through for a minute. Add tomatoes and beans and bring to the boil.
Reduce heat and cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Warm the tortillas in the microwave.
Serve and let everyone help themselves!
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:39 PM
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Chicken with Cannellini Beans

2tbsp olive oil
4 chicken breasts
1/2 tsp paprika
onion chopped
100g bacon chopped
tin tomatoes
can cannellini beans
150ml chicken stock
lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh parsley

Heat oil in large frying pan. Season the chicken and sprinkle with paprika. Fry for 8 minutes and turn for a further 6 minutes until cooked. remove and keep warm.
Fry onion and bacon for 5 minutes until bacon is crispy. Add the tomatoes, beans and chicken stock.
Add chicken and bring to the boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes. Season and add a squeeze of lemon juice. Sprinkle over the parsley before serving.
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:46 PM
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Lamb Hotpot

Ok I have to say being a lancashire lass this is not an authentic hotpot! But it does taste lovely

8 Lamb Chops
4 Potatoes
4 Carrots
3 Onions
Sprig fresh rosemary
600 ml Chicken Stock
Oil for frying.

Heat oil in frying pan season the lamb chops before browning.
Add a layer of potatoes to a casserole dish, followed by a layer of carrots, then onions. Next add the lamb chops and rosemary then a layer of onions, carrots and finish with the potatoes. Add the chicken stock, cover and cook in oven gas mark 4 for 2-3 hours. About 30 minutes before serving add a small knob of butter over the potatoes and take the lid of to brown the top.
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Old 05-08-2006, 2:54 PM
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Originally Posted by mummytofour
What about snacks, luch and brekkie? very impressed so far tho!
Breakfast is usually cereal, porridge or toast nothing fancy!
Lunch is usually sandwiches, soup, salad etc
Snacks are fruit, yoghurt, cereal or HM biscuits and cake

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Old 05-08-2006, 2:58 PM
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Jacket Potatoes with Leeks and Mackeral

4 Baking Potatoes
2 Leeks sliced
2 tbsp creamed horseradish
4 smoked mackeral
lemon juice
50g butter

Bake the potatoes in oven.
Heat butter in pan and cook the leeks for about 5 minutes, add the horseradish, flaked fish and lemon juice. Season with pepper.
Halve the potatoes and mash the top with a fork, spread mixture on top and serve.
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Old 05-08-2006, 3:02 PM
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Tagliatelle with Smoked Salmon

250g mushrooms
taglietelle pasta
125g smoked salmon trimmings
3tbsp fresh parsley
1 tbsp oil
200ml creme fraiche
lemon juice from 1/2 lemon

heat the oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms until brown. Cook the taglietelle in a large pan.
Stir the salmon, parlsey, creme fraiche iand lemon juice into the mushrooms and season.
Drain pasta and stir sauce into it. Serve immediately.
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Old 05-08-2006, 3:05 PM
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Parmesan Chicken

4 Chicken breasts
50g parmesan
1 egg
seasoned flour
breadcrumbs
oil for frying.

Put chicken breast between two layers of clingfilm and bash with a rolling pin to flatten!
Add parmesan to breadcrumbs and mix well.
roll into flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs and fry for 4-6 minutes each side.
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Chicken with Red Pepper Crust

4 Chicken breasts
Red Pepper
2 Garlic cloves
Bunch fresh parsley
2 tbsp olive oil

Put garlic, parsley and pepper and oil into food processor and whizz until finely chopped.Spread over chicken breasts and bake in oven for 25 minutes gas mark 6.
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Old 05-08-2006, 3:10 PM
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Pepperoni Pasta

Pasta
Pack Pepperoni
Tin chopped tomatoes
Pinch oregano
Garlic
onion
Parmesan

Chop onion and garlic and soften in a pan with a little oil, add chopped pepperoni. Add chopped tomatoes and oregano. Season well and simmer for 30 minutes.
Cook pasta in a large pan and when cooked mix with sauce, serve with parmesan.
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I am so impressed at your organisation SeeWeed!! I must try harder with meal planning - well done for some great inspiration and ideas!!
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Sausage and Tomato Spaghetti

Olive oil
Onion chopped
8 herby sausages
Can chopped tomatoes
Bay Leaf
Spaghetti
Courgettes x 2 cut into sticks
50 g Parmesan

Heat oil in pan and fry onion until golden brown. Remove the skins from the sausages and add to the pan and cook for 10 minutes breaking them up as
they brown. Add the tomatoes, bay leaf and a pinch of sugar and season. Bring to the boil and cover and simmer for 10 minutes until cooked.
Cook the spaghetti and add the courgette sticks for the last 5 minutes of cooking time.
Drain and stir in the sausage mix and half of the parmesan.Serve with the remainder sprinkled on top.
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Quote:
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I am so impressed at your organisation SeeWeed!! I must try harder with meal planning - well done for some great inspiration and ideas!!
I have to be organised, I work full time as does my OH and I need meals planned in advance so I know when I come home exactly what I am making. Also all the meals I make are ready and on the table within 45 minutes usually.
I also refuse to spend my hard earned free time at the supermarket so this way I know exactly what I need so can plan a big monthly shop and just top up with fresh stuff each week. This I enjoy as I can potter about the local market which is a lot more fun than Tesco!
Also I find I stick to my budget without fail this way.

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Wow! I'm impressed SeeWeed

I'm about to start monthly meal planning and you've really inspired me.
I can't wait to try out some of your recipies.

Thank you for sharing x
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seeweed, you are an angel and a life saver. I'm just starting out on this money saving /OS lark and we were destined for a month of jacket potatoes and beans. You've saved my marriage and my sanity
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Oh this is absolutely brilliant!! thank you so, so much.

I printed out your meal planner today and stuck with my usual mess of scribblings, it's so good to get other people's ideas! And now recipes too!

I'll print them all out too tomorrow.

I made pitta breads for the first time the other day - i was astonished! they were brilliant! and so easy. I had grand plans of making loads and putting them in the freezer but they seem to get used up for dinners and packed lunches so fast.

Thanks again!

Steph x
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