Weezl and friends Phase 2 -giving it a whirl for Shirl! Testing meal plan for a month

edited 5 April 2010 at 6:54AM in How much have you saved?
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  • artybearartybear Forumite
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    I'v added a measuring jug, more tupperware-I havent got a mixing bowl will add those.

    Thank you Frankiexxxx

    Oh and I havent got cake tins should a get a few of those??
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  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Pasta Carbonara

    90g cheddar
    10g grana padano
    400g pasta penne
    100g bacon cut into tiny pieces
    garlic
    50ml veg oil

    cook pasta until al dente.

    whilst it boils fry tiny pieces of bacon in another pan, using thir own fat to stop them burning.

    drain pasta reserving 100ml of the cooking water

    add the water back to the bacon pan, stirring to dissolve the bacon juices. Add the pasta to this, and then the melted cheese and garlic. Stir until all the penne is coated with cheesy bacony sauce.

    Serve with 3 slices HM bread to mop up the juices. :)

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  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    arty yes, I would. You'll need something to cook the carrot cake in. I would personally get square or rectangular ones. As it's then easier to portion out the cake.
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    arty- baking sheet (s) for your pizza bases, a fish slice for serving your omelette and flipping your veggie burgers with. Have you got a sharp knife for vegetable prepping?

    xxx

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  • artybearartybear Forumite
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    Yup iv got all those weezl-think its just cake tins now-what size would you suggest?xx
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  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    weezl I only got 20 pieces from my carrot cake. I think I cut it badly but I can't imagine getting more than 24 pieces out of that recipe.
    Just thought I'd mention it.
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    arty I would go for the larger the better. Especially if you're doing weezl's full recipes. I guess if you're doing less then a medium size would work ok.
  • artybearartybear Forumite
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    ok thanks iv got one-also added the carbonara-looks nicexxx
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  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    FrankieM wrote: »
    weezl I only got 20 pieces from my carrot cake. I think I cut it badly but I can't imagine getting more than 24 pieces out of that recipe.
    Just thought I'd mention it.

    good mention :)

    our squares were approx. 2 ins by 2 ins by about 1 inch high. They are about 125 cals per piece.

    I'm totally up for people having bigger pieces less often IYSWIM? It was more about spreading it out over each day month in my head. DH has a 3 times the size piece after tea as his pudding, but is not a big snacker, so I guess that's how it evens out for him. We're only 45 cals per person per day under our theoretical target, so fingers crossed no-one should go hungry...

    Though, I wonder if people are wondering if hunger will be a problem because the snacks are a concern.

    Please be brutally honest, did people look at the planner and think 'oh boy! W're going to be starving!' it's totally fine with me to say so if you did :)

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  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    weezl I didn't think that when I saw it.
    I think it looks like 3 decent meals a day and I have something to give people when they get in from school and also something for after dinner.
    My children aren't big eaters at lunch time, usually a sandwich and a piece of cake, sometimes some fruit.
    Of course DH and I have been used to eating more so I think it's going to be more of a shock for us.

    My main thing when looking at the planner is the repetitiveness of some of the meals and similar meals being close together. That's not a problem, though, just an observation.
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