A Week in Dinners #8

Thanks to everyone who took part in my Week in Dinners linky– I was over the moon with the response. It’s still open if anyone else wants to join in and I will do a roundup of all posts and reader contributions next week (yeah, I know, I said that last week, cut me some slack!)

I’m also a week behind sort of, so this “Week in Dinners” – our first full working week. On work days the kids bring their dinners to their childminder’s house so I cook the day before or send freezer stocks, this means that they don’t always eat the same things on the same days as we do, or they might have different dinners than one another. My priority is to make sure that they eat. Our adult workday dinners can be hit and miss, especially if one of us working late or has had a big lunch.

So, here’s another week in dinners from the Bumbles of Rice House.


Kids: Sausage, beans mash at childminder’s. L had fish pie from freezer batch.
Us: Salad: prawns, peppers, leaves, tomatoes, sweet chili dressing

Kids: Spaghetti Bolognese from the freezer batch
Us: I ate out at lunchtime for a work birthday lunch so just had a sandwich.

Meatballs in homemade tomato sauce with pasta
I was off work on parental leave today so I made today’s and tomorrow’s dinners and some Quick Tomato Soup for lunch.

Meatballs with homemade tomato sauce

Kids: More meatballs and pasta
Us: Vegetable red curry and basmati rice

This is where batchcooking pays off.

Kids: Vegetable red curry and rice (our childminder reported that this was grudgingly eaten)
Us: Toasties.

Do I need to say more? Toasties, hot and tasty.

Penne pasta with chicken, sweetcorn and sour cream– I mentioned this dish before, it’s one from the Paul Flynn Lidl cookbook and is a true 10 minute dinner, but is very tasty and enjoyed by all.

Chicken, Sweetcorn and Sour Cream Penne

Sausage and Spinach Lasagne

Sausage and Spinach Lasagne

I’m delighted to say that the Week in Dinners linky has given me lots of dinner inspiration- once I read about the sausage and spinach lasagne served in the Office Mum house I had to try it. I made this on Sunday morning and did the final cooking slot when we came home, it was very tasty, although the boys looked it at very suspiciously and had to be encouraged to try it. The adults of the house really enjoyed it and I can safely say that we will make it again.

What have you been eating this week?

6 thoughts on “A Week in Dinners #8

  1. Another good week of dinners by the look of it and I have “earmarked” that lasagne dish too ;) I thought that was a very impressive week of meals for a busy working mother. Sounds like you have a freezer full of yummy food, I would hate to tell you what is in mine

  2. Thanks Naomi, they get repetitive! The Freezer currently has lots of Laoise dinners, chili con carne portions, kid size individual shepherd’s pies and some tomato soup, oh and chicken and broccoli, plus some portions of mashed potato for the kids. This week’s plan is to make a huge bolognese and some tomato pasta sauce. Oh and Ciaran has requested fish pie, so I might be busy!

  3. so my week (in dinners) started on Tuesday and I didn’t cook every night.


    Chicken Fajitas
    My own Recipe

    I have been making these for years. Hubby loves them. The Big Brother gave them 10 out of 10 while the Evil Genius eats a modified version with only the Chicken, some Greek Yogurt and Grated Cheese in the Tortilla.


    Pasta with Chorizo, Butternut Squash & Tomato.
    Taken from the BBC Good Food website.

    A firm favourite in this house.


    No Cooking as Hubby and I went out to dinner. So the kids had leftovers from Wednesday.

    In the restaurant Hubby had Chicken Wings for starters while I had a Goat’s Cheese Salad. I had Venison for Mains while he had Pork Belly. And we had Sticky Toffee Pudding and Raspberry Mill Feuille for Dessert.


    Baked Chicken Fillets stuffed with Mascarpone & Pesto wrapped in Prosciutto with Roasted Baby Tomatoes and Mashed Potato
    Adapted from the BBC Good Food website

    followed by Rhubarb Crumble with Ice-Cream (Rhubarb was 49c in Tesco !)

    The Big Brother loved this while the Evil Genius didn’t like the Prosciutto or the Tomatoes.


    Lasagne with Homemade Garlic Bread
    my own Recipe

    followed by Bakewell Cake (a Rachel Allen recipe) & Homemade Custard ( a Delia recipe).

    Lasagne always gets a 10/10 from the Big Brother :) and I am told I don’t make it often enough !


    leftover Lasagne from Saturday !

    So have just done the meal plan for the week now and the plan is:-


    Roast Loin Pork with a Creamy Cider Sauce, Baked Apples & Roast Potatoes
    A Delia Recipe


    leftovers from Monday !


    Chicken Provencale with Mashed Potatoes
    A Rachel Allen Recipe


    Leftovers from Wednesday !


    I am going out to dinner with the girls so will make a Spanakopita (Spinach & Feta Pie ) during the day. Hubby’s father’s recipe.


    Meatballs in a Spicy Tomato Sauce
    My own Recipe


    Greek Lemon Roast Chicken & Potatoes.
    Hubby’s Recipe which he will be cooking !

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