MEAL PLAN 5
It been a while since I've done one of these, life has just gotten in the way! But here is my meal plan for last week. My chickens are laying like crazy again - hence the addition of dippy eggs on the morning breakfast options.
As you can see, there are a few times when I've made sure the left overs have gotten used up the following day - leftover veg from Tuesday dinner went into the veg soup for Weds lunch. Some leftover BBQ chicken on Thursday went onto the top of one of the pizzas on Friday, and there was so much leftover pizza on Friday, we had it for lunch on Saturday! The sausage rolls and veggie pasties were both what i had made previously and frozen, so really quick to just pull out and pop in lunchboxes.
As the weather has improved we've also been eating a lot more salads. It can sometimes be tricky to get the kids to eat traditional salad, but i cut up carrots, cucumber and peppers chunky and serve them alongside the salad which i find they tend to eat in preference. And i really don't mind as long as there is some 'good stuff' going in them!
As you all already know, we have a real mixed bag of eaters in our house of 6. A vegan 16 year old, veggie 12 year old, 10 year old with very limited food choices, and 2 people dairy free, so all the meals i make have to be versatile enough to adapt to everyone's needs. Ordering takeout pizza would just be a nightmare as you can imagine! That's why i LOVE this homemade pizza recipe - and i can make it 4 ways so it suits everyone. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients, its super quick and easy!
PIZZA 4 WAYS
Ingredients for the Pizza Base:
6 Cups Plain Flour (i do a mix of 4 White to 2 Wholemeal just to sneak a bit more goodness in!)
1 sachet fast action dried yeast
2.5 Cups lukewarm water
tablespoon of oil
teaspoon of dried mixed italian herbs (optional)
tablespoon of sugar
Ingredients for tomato sauce base:
1 tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
1 onion chopped
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon sugar
black pepper to taste
Meats/fish/protein - pre-cooked chicken, sausage, pepperoni, bacon,smoked salmon, tuna, quorn pieces, pre-cooked chilli or bolognese.
Veggies - peppers - sweet or spicy, sliced tomato, mushrooms, pre cooked sweetcorn, rocket, sliced courgette.
Cheese - mozzarella, grated cheddar, vegan cheese alternative
Bang everything in your mixer and mix on the dough setting for ten minutes (or combine all ingredients and then knead for ten minutes on a floured surface). Then leave to rest for as long as you have - but at least 45 mins, with a piece of oiled cling film or a clean damp teatowel over for the yeast to do its magic. I often make the dough first thing in the morning while i'm already in the kitchen making breakfast and pack ups because then i can leave it the rest of the day.
To make the tomato sauce - put everything in a pan and cook for about 15 mins. then blend to make a thick sauce. You could leave it chunky if you like, but my kids prefer it smooth.
When it comes time to assemble your pizza, cut your pizza dough into 4, then roll each out and put onto a baking sheet. Add the tomato sauce and then your selection of toppings, and cook on gas mark 7 for about 12 mins until the edges are nice and crispy and the cheese melted (if using).
The toppings i added to the 4 pizzas I made were:
Vegan - peppers, sweetcorn, mushrooms, vegan quorn pieces and vegan cheese
Vegetarian - mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese and tomato
Dairy-free - BBQ chicken, pepperoni, peppers, sweetcorn
Meat-Eater/Everything - BBQ chicken, pepperoni, peppers, sweetcorn, mushrooms, mozzarella and cheddar cheese
I hope you have a try and enjoy your home made pizza! Let me know in the comments how it has gone :)