January

Can you believe January is pretty much over???  It’s flown by, which is good because I’m not much of a January fan.  One thing I will say about having 2 kids under 2 years old is that the days go by quickly!  I think (touch wood) I’m in the swing of things with day to day life with the two of them now.  Ah, how quickly that may all change.  It’s funny how I can go from feeling at my wits end to feeling complete and fulfilled (in family life, that is).

So I figured I owe you more of a food focussed post.  I’ve been trying to take more photos of my eats, albeit on my iphone, in order to blog about them.  But frequently I fail.  Here’s what i’ve remembered to photograph (no surprise they are my healthier meals!).

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I’ve taken to eating my lunches from tupperware.  This is because a) I try to prepare them in advance, and b) i am either feeding A or she is sleeping on me (the only place she does sleep in the day).

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Pies!  Oh my gosh.  Mr Nice Pie make the best vegan pies!  I bought them last summer from their stall at a local street market when visiting my parents.  I didn’t get around to eating them so I froze them ready for winter comfort food cravings.   They were so flipping good.  And Mr Nice Pie is from my part of Wales, next to my hometown.  I must get hold of some more, somehow.

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These are two of my throw together meals featuring my daily staples of vegetables, rice, tofu and hummus.  Never gets old.

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Finally, I am still loving Dreena Burton’s Chickpea Ratatouille.  Another staple around here.

That concludes some of January’s favourite eats.

I have failed so far with my resolution to try one new recipe a week.  I’m hoping February will bring on more success as I am hoping A will have finished her evening long cluster feeding by then (I’m talking feeding from 6ish – 11/midnight, yuh).

What have been your January highlights?

Meal planning recap

Happy Sunday!

How’s your week been?  This week’s been a mixed bag for us but mostly good.  And the meal planning has gone excellently.  We’ve even saved money this week… by saved I mean I kept comfortably within budget.  Let’s recap.

Sunday – 40 Clove Chickpeas and Broccoli, with brown rice (from Appetite for Reduction) SUCCESS

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Monday – Bean & Veg Stew, with quinoa FAIL (Tom was out, I just had cereal instead)

Tuesday – Pasta & Veg with White Sauce from Fat Free Vegan SUCCESS, though I doubt I’ll make it again.

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Wednesday – Thai Chickpea & Veg Curry SUCCESS

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Thursday – Fajitas SEMI SUCCESS

Friday – Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes FAIL

Thursday I made roast potatoes with salad and veggie sausages since we had potatoes to use up,

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so we had the Fajitas on Friday instead.

IMG_2404Saturday – Wing it. SUCCESS obvo.

Meal planning definitely helped with keeping within our food budget.  And even though I did deviate from it sometimes, I made sure my doing so wasn’t going to cost us any more money.  I also made an effort to walk to our local shops to buy ingredients as and when we needed them.  That way I found it easier to control what I was buying, and I got some exercise in.  Win, win!

Hope you’ve had a good weekend.  I’ll be back some time soon with this week’s meal plan.