Back to the real world – Menu Plan June 21 – 27

We are back from our trip to the US (more posts on that later), and I am trying to get on top of the chaos in our house.  At this rate, I’ll never get completely unpacked before our next trip! (Not that it hasn’t happened before…noooo…not at this house…)

So, a basic menu to get us through the next week while we try to get back on Irish time, and settled into life here in Dublin.  Most of these recipes are easy, go-to meals.

Menu Plan

Friday – Homemade pizza night – pepperoni, onion, and mushroom.

Saturday – Grilled Polish sausages from our local Polish grocer, with “Green Pancakes” from Plenty.  The pancakes are savory, with spinach, green onions, etc mixed into the batter.  We’ll see how these go over with the kids. Usually they like things that are in patties – we have made zucchini and carrot fritters before, and those were a big hit.

Sunday – Roasted chicken with potatoes, and eggplant tricolore (also from Plenty).  Eggplant tricolore is a salad with roasted eggplant, bell peppers, and tomatoes.  It is a new recipe, so I’ll let you know how it works out.

Monday – it’s back to Meatless Monday.  As much as I love Texas beef, it will be nice to lighten things up a bit on Mondays again.  This Monday we’re having tomato soup with grilled cheese or grilled vegetable sandwiches.  I use the tomato soup recipe from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone that calls for canned tomatoes…because the fresh tomatoes here are nothing to write home about.

Tuesday – Garden-style lasagna from CookingLight.  I have used this recipe for years.  It makes a ton, freezes well, and has a good balance of veggies vs cheesy sauce, so the kids like it as well.  My main alteration to this recipe is using full-fat cottage cheese instead of reduced-fat.  I found that the flavor is much better and the dish is less ‘watery’ than with the reduced fat cottage cheese. (Also, finding low-fat cottage cheese here in Ireland is a bit of a challenge.)

Wednesday – Leftovers Day!

Thursday – Usually frittata day, or maybe quiche or souffle.  It really depends on what we have around at the end of the week, but Thursdays have become our “egg night”.

Lunches – PB&J, white beans on toast (gag – I hate beans, but the kids love them), barley or bulgur salad for me, and something we don’t usually have in Ireland – tuna melts!  Tuna here is mainly sold packed in oil, not water.  I found some today (at Lidl, of all places!) that is packed in water, so I bought a few cans to try it out.

Here’s to a good week, wherever you may be!