What We Ate | The Meal Diaries 5/52

I feel like this week’s ‘What We Ate’ is probably my least inspiring yet. I don’t feel like we’ve stuck to our plan at all, it’s been fairly plain and I’ve forgotten to take pictures for most of them. Brilliant. Nonetheless I would feel awful if I didn’t tell you what we’d been eating for the last week just in case there is a little flash of brilliance in here somewhere.

Monday – Cottage Pie

So we were actually meant to eat this on Sunday last week, but I got back late from an event in London and so we actually ended up just eating some filled pasta and chicken. We all got to eat it although we got the normal “I not like dis” from Toby and Teddy wasn’t a huge fan either – maybe it’s the texture of mince they’re not particular fans of. Who knows? Anyway, this was one of my infamous throw it all together cottage pies but it was one of the nicest yet!

Tuesday – Baked Cod, Roasted New Potatoes and Vegetables

In a bid to eat some more fish, I thought I’d use up the cod we had in the freezer. The boys loved it and it’s one of those meals you can just, more or less, prep in about 10 minutes. Super easy, pretty lean and really tasty!

Wednesday – Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya

Obviously we had to revisit the jambalaya as it’s one of our favourites. A slight disaster this time in that I forgot to add the Cajun spice, which has happened once or twice before but it was still really tasty as the chorizo is enough to flavour it! Don’t forget you can find the recipe for this here. 

Thursday – Gammon, Egg and Chips

A totally classic combination and an easy one at that. Jamie and I had home made sweet potato fries with ours while the boys just had normal crinkle cut chips. The boys also had a dippy egg while ours were dry fried. It was lovely, again, to not have to make two different meals this week. I’m phasing this out a lot more at the moment and both Toby and Teddy are being offered exactly what we eat, like we used to when they were being weaned. It’s not going down particularly well with Toby but Teddy has (touch wood!) never been a particularly fussy eater.

Friday – Beef Stroganoff With Broccoli and New Potatoes


This is a Lean In 15 recipe and I’m not sure if it’s been in the ‘What We Ate’ diaries already, but either way this is super nice. I always try and opt for a fillet tail of beef because I find that it’s much more tender and easier to make this dish with. I used up the remaining new potatoes from earlier in the week and just did it with some broccoli.

Saturday – Sausage, Spinach and Mushroom Lasagne

Horrendously calorific but so, so good is Mary Berry’s Express Lasagne. It’s an absolute gem of a recipe and something I could eat for days. It’s even nice when it’s cold! We didn’t give this to the boys as it can be quite spicy with the chilli so they had something else, but this is really lovely served with chips, a baked potato or just vegetables.

Sunday – Tarragon Chicken

Admittedly, I was going to make a roast pork Sunday lunch today but forgot to get the joint of meat out of the freezer! Since we already have some defrosted chicken I thought we’d just go with the easy option of tarragon chicken. I really want to get my recipe up on the blog for you guys so hopefully the next time you see this in the ‘What We Ate’ series there’ll be a step by step guide to making it yourself.

If there are any other recipes that you’d like me to do for you then let me know! I also don’t know what I’ll be putting up for the next two weeks as we are away skiing from Friday so it might just be full of pizzas, ice cream and chocolat chaud! I haven’t even planned what we’re having for the next few days before we go. Better get cracking. What’s been your best meal this week?

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  1. February 10, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    I love reading this kind of posts. It gives me some inspiration and ideas to be a bit more creative on a day-to-day basis. You get stuck in a rut, don’t you? I love tarragon chicken as well, and I haven’t made that in years! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to check your Chicken and Chorizo Jambalaya recipe! xx

  2. February 8, 2017 / 10:08 am

    I love reading posts like this, I am always so stuck in a rut so think they are inspiring.
    I feel like I want to cook a Strogonaff now.

    Would love some images though to see the food as bet it looks yummy xxx

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