Meal plan 27th July - 2nd August 2015

This week, my partner starts a new job, working 1 hour 20 minutes away, which means early starts and late home for him - AHHHH, not looking forward to two to three months of this... 

So the 'great' plan is to have simple meals, and to utilise my slow cooker/crockpot! 

This weeks meal plan... 

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Mexican Beef 

For this meal, I want to serve it with celery sticks, to be used like spoons when eating, for a bit of fun for my three year old; will be interesting to see if he uses it or not!
I wont be buying already prepared potatoes, like the recipe calls for; I will roast up some kumara wedges instead.

Caramelised onion frittata

Oh my gosh - doesn't this look amazing!!  (Click on the title, to be sent to the recipe from My darling lemon thyme).

Thai Beef & Sweet Potato Curry
(This recipe comes from a newspaper clipping from years ago, that shows it is a goodie as I have kept it for so long, just cant reference it properly sorry!)

1-1.5kg quality mark diced beef
1 tsp each salt & ground black pepper

onions, peeled & diced
3 Tbsp thai-style red curry paste
2 tsp minced garlic
2 medium, orange kumara, peeled & diced
400g can coconut milk
1 1/2 cups beef stock
1-1 1/2 cups frozen peas
2 Tbsp chopped fresh coriander
shredded coconut

1 Season diced beef with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in a dash of oil in a hot frying pan; this is best done in 2-3 batches. With the last batch of meat, add onions & curry paste and cook until fragant. 

2 Put the beef mixture into the slow cooker with garlic, kumara, coconut milk and stock, and cover with the lid.
3 Cook on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. Stir in peas and coriander, re-cover and continue cooking on high for a further 15-20 minutes. 

4 Serve in bowls garnished with shredded coconut and accompany with steamed rice.

I am planning on serving this with cauliflower rice. 

Spicy Peri Peri Smoked Chicken 
(click on the title to be sent to the recipe)

Balsamic Roast Beef
I found this recipe ages ago, and have been waiting to use it, sounds amazing! Excited to try this!

I will serve this with Chelsea's amazing roast potatoes!
I hope you enjoy this week!

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