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Meat-free March Week 3 Review, week 4 Menu

Friday, 19 March 2010  |  Admin

Last weeks menu was generally very successful, although it changed a little because we had unplanned visitors. Yes, I know with 3 kids it's hard to be spontaneous, but we managed it.
We started last Friday with our veggie Pizzas. Following a fun playdate I invited a friend and her 3 kids back for tea. I made the Pizza Dough using a different recipe from last time and it was fantastic. I think it was the added olive oil, but the bases were lovely and thin, but cooked really well. The kids ate 3 (almost 4) Pizza's between 6 of them and we polished off another 2, leaving two to go in the freezer for a quick mid-week supper. Toppings were homemade Pizza sauce (passata and herbs, seasoning, garlic), mozzarella, chillies (for the adults), goats cheese, pineapple and any combination of those.
We had such fun that I invited my friend and husband back for dinner on Saturday. So the falafel burgers went out the window (making a reappearance on this weeks menu). Instead we had anti-pasti (inspired by the trip to Jamie's Italy in Brighton), with Butternut squash risotto. It was lovely, unctuous and filling but very tasty.
Sunday was rice again (poor planning on my part) but Paella this time. The Paella was really easy to cook, taking less than 30 mins start to finish. I included jumbo prawns rather than any other shellfish and amazingly everyone, kids included just loved it. I added a good squeeze of lemon and my OH added some extra cayenne pepper but this was a definite winner and something I'll make again for sure.
Monday I tried Couscous with Pomegranate Molasses (similar recipe here). This was another easy to prepare meal, taking just 30 mins start to finish, so again perfect for a mid-week supper. I loved the sour tang of the pomegranate molasses and could have added more to give a real kick but unfortunately the kids weren't keen on it. It has made a fantastic packed lunch for my OH though, so never mind!
Tuesday night we tried stuffed peppers with rice and goats cheese. These were fine (although eldest son point blank refused to eat them) but I slightly overcooked them. They were OK, nothing to write home about.
Wednesday evening saw another popular meal for the kids (3 out of 5 isn't bad?) with a fresh tomato, olive, rocket and parmesan sauce. It's from Jamie Olivers 2nd book and is delicious, easy to prepare and has that lovely savoury taste from the parmesan and olives, offset by the sweetness of the tomatoes. Another winner, which will be added to my 'cook more regularly' pile.
Thursday we're having freezer surprise and the surprise is that it's vegetable tagine rather than Thai Fishcakes!
All in all, this week has been my favourite week to date with all the fresh mediterranean flavours...let's see if next week can beat it.
Friday: Simple, Meaty Garlic Mushroom Baguette (Yum) similar recipe here
As always if you've tried any of the recipes or if you've got any you'd like to share, please let me know!
Saturday: Falafel Burgers
Sunday: Veggie Shepherds Pie
Monday: Greek Pie
Tuesday: Thai Prawn Noodle Soup
Wednesday: Spaghetti Puttanesca
Thursday: Freezer Surprise (Thai Fishcakes)

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