Monday meal planning – my recipe book challenge

One of Joseph’s favourite things is to pull all of my recipe books off of the (admittedly ridiculously low) shelf on our kitchen island and crash them on the floor. Again and again and again.

Recipes, cook books, cookery books

It was only when I picked them up for the billionth time last week that I realised that we haven’t opened many of them for at least a year, if not longer.

So I decided to set myself a challenge. Pick five each week and cook one recipe from each for our Monday – Friday dinners.

We eat fairly low complex carb and high veggie and protein mostly, so using those parameters the recipe decision-making process was actually quite difficult. Especially as James has a list of dislikes longer than his arm which rules out even more dishes!

I asked Emmie to choose five books, and being utterly honest I wasn’t overly thrilled with the ones that she selected! But I stuck to my idea and here’s our Meal Plan for next week:

Jamie Oliver recipe book

Going old school with his one. Vegetable Tempura from Jamie’s original Naked Chef.

Gizzi Erskine recipe book

Japchae by Gizzi Erskine which is a Korean noodle dish. I’ve made it before quite a few times and it’s delish.

Hairy Bikers recipe book

I have both of the Hairy Dieters books and this is the second, not so great one. But chicken satay is a firm favourite here so that’s something to look forward to.

Jamie Oliver recipe book

We already have plans for Thursday so I’ve decided to make home-made peach ice cream instead. I’m almost certain that my family would prefer a bowl of that to a normal dinner!

Martha Stewart recipe book

We have appointments all day on Friday so this one pot turkey chilli will be ideal for making early in the morning so that it’s ready when we all pile home late on Friday night.

So far, so good. I’m a little surprised that the planning wasn’t too much of an ordeal and I’m looking forward to having a slightly different menu to our usual meat and salad next week. I’ll let you know how it works out!