Meal Plan 17th - 23rd August 2015

Today was meant to be our first market day for Delights - however due to the ever changing Northland weather, it was postponed! We were rather disheartened by this, as we worked our bums off all week getting ready, but hey that is life and there is always next weekend to try again!Now meal planning, I want ridiculously easy meals so I don't even have to worry about much prep... So I have been on the hunt for either quick or done in the slow cooker - both would be amazing ha!  And... in the end I asked people following my Facebook page... and with their ideas I have developed this....

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Spice Tuna, Rice & Beans 
I asked on my Facebook page for people's 'go-to meals', and I had a response that sounded like something myself and the kids would love. This comes from one of my followers, Jahanna, thank you!

1 cup of uncooked brown rice;
400g canned tuna (I may not add the whole can!)
large handful baby spinach

1 avocado
1 can black beans (or kidney beans)
1 onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ginger

1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp smokey paprika

1 Cook the rice first, following the instructions on the packet. In the last five minutes of cook time, start cooking the rest of the meal. 
Heat a large fry pan on medium heat, fry off the onions and garlic, once softened add the spices and stir for thirty seconds, add the black beans and heat through, once they are warm, add the chopped baby spinach, tuna and cooked brown rice. Stir till the spinach has slightly softened. Transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle over chopped avocado. 
3 This can also be served with a chunky salsa, consisting of red capsicum, tomato, red onion, lemon juice, crushed garlic and coriander.

Chicken with white beans and tomatoes

I found this with the help of google! (Click on the title to be sent to the recipe)

Marinated Beef Wraps
Serves 4


3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp grated fresh root ginger

1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp cracked pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1 tsp oil

400g lean rump steak, thinly sliced
olive or canola oil spray

8 flour tortillas, warmed
2 cups baby spinach leaves

2 small beetroot, grated
1 carrot, grated
1 avocado, sliced
1/4 cup sour cream

2 tbsp sweet chilli sauce

1 Place marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add beef and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour.
2 Spray a non-stick frying pan with oil and heat. Add beef and stir-fry over high heat for 3 minutes or until cooked.
3 To make wraps, top one end of tortillas with spinach leaves, grated beetroot, grated carrot, sliced avocado and beef. Spoon over sour cream and drizzle with sweet chilli sauce. Roll up and serve. 

Stir-fried beef

(Click on the title to be sent to the recipe) I am not planning on serving this with chinese noodles, at this stage I am planning on cauliflower rice (1 cauliflower, red onion (grated), 4 garlic cloves (grated). And if you are wondering what "mangetout" the answer is snap peas! Or maybe that was just me...

Home made fish & chips
This was originally home made pizzas, and then it was recommended to me on my Facebook page to have fish and chips; we haven't had fish in awhile (as there is none in our freezer!) so I think I am going to have to buy some - my partner is not going to be happy hahaha. I will also serve this with a simple salad.

Hoki fillets
2 -3 kumara, cut into wedges
2 handfuls of baby spinach

1/2 red capsicum, chopped
tomato (optional), chopped
1/2 avocado, cubed
sprinkle of sunflower seeds

to serve: apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar

 Preheat the oven to 200C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Toss the kumara wedges in olive oil and sprinkle over salt and pepper. Lie the kumara on the lined baking tray, ensuring none are touching each other. Cook for 20-25 minutes, till cooked through and golden brown.
Prepare the salad,  place all the salad ingredients into a bowl and roughly toss. Pour over a little balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
Heat a griddle over a medium heat, salt and pepper the fish fillets. Cook on the griddle for 3-4 minutes each side, or until cooked through.

I hope you have a great week!!


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