This Week’s Menu

There are only 6 or maybe 7 weeks of the school term left, and life is only going to get busier as we get nearer and nearer to Christmas, so menu planning is going to become even more vital in our household.  Finding time to sit down and do it however is a different thing, especially when I don’t like to make the same things over and over again.  I like to be spontaneous, and if I see a new recipe I like, I’ll make it for dinner and throw my plan out the window.  This can cause problems with not only my budget, but my time management.  Funny how the kids like to eat BEFORE they fall asleep on the couch waiting for dinner!  So I have to be practical, have a plan and do my best to stick to it, saving spontanaeity for the weekends.  This week I have managed to plan in a few newies (I just made that word up) that are of the chuck it in the oven and wait variety.  New but easy. And, of course, our new family favourite Taco Salad Dippers is going to make an appearance this Friday night.  So, here’s what we’re eating in Sunny Queensland this week:

Week 42

Monday 22nd October – Sunday 28th October 2012

Monday – Nigella’s Spanish Chicken with Chorizo  and Potatoes

Tuesday – Grilled Parmesan and Lemon Chicken, tossed green salad and Hasselback Potatoes with Thyme and Garlic

Wednesday – Shredded Beef  Tacos (using soft tortillas)

Thursday – Portuguese Style Chicken Pieces served with Piri Piri Sauce, Natural Yoghurt, rice and stir-fried veges

Friday – Taco Salad Dippers

Saturday –  BBQ – Rump Steak with Italian Parmesan Paste, Baked Potatoes,  Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions and Cannellini Beans

Sunday – Chicken in a Light Cream Sauce with Rice and Broccoli

Happy Cooking!

About Rebekah

Hi, I'm Rebekah, a happily married mum of six who also happens to be a cooking and baking addict and new accidental blogger. I live in Rural Sout-East Queensland, about an hour and a half from Brisbane . I have a 16 year old son who is itching to learn to drive, a 9 year old daughter with Type 1 Diabetes who loves to play her violin and dance her way from one end of the house to the other, 7 year old twins, a son who loves cars, trucks and bike riding with his dad and his twin sister who loves to paint and draw her life and hang it on mummy's fridge. Then there is Little Miss 5, the happiest child I have ever met, very independent, and she dances and sings everywhere she goes, followed closely by her almost 3 year old sister who thinks she is the boss of everything and is a mixture of all of her siblings put together. To say life can be exhausting is an understatement, but we wouldn't have it any other way. Plate4Eight came about through my need to get organized in the kitchen. I no longer have time to go searching through cookbooks and folders for "that recipe we liked last week", and the more organized I am, the more time I have to spend with my family and experiment in the kitchen, which is my form of relaxation. So, if you're looking for something to have for dinner tonight, or just want to try something new, have a look around. I hope you find something you like.