Meal Plan – a Week of Homemade Takeaways
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Who DOESN’T love a great takeaway? Not the Brits! Apparently the average UK citizen buys a takeaway two to three times a week and the accumulative cost is in excess of £20,000 over a life time.
We are definitely not representative of the average UK citizen in this household (in fact I’m the only UK born citizen in this household). Takeaways are our birthday dinner treat which means, with six of us, we have them once every two months – such daring extravagance.
The good news is that it’s not all that difficult to make your own delicious ‘takeaway’ dinners at home, it’s way lighter on the waistline and the wallet, and you know that no weird red colours or dodgy meat was added (without you noticing). The only downside is the washing up but praise God for paper plates.
At Christmas time I was wandering around a local bookshop and my eye fell on a book by Rob Allison called Home Made Takeaways. I was seduced by the 1950’s American Diner styling of the shiny silver cover and also the endorsement by Nigella Lawson (‘A genuinely brilliant idea for a book and beautifully executed to boot’).
I bought it for Nate – my 13 year old son – who is my greatest fan (I mean in my role as his dinner lady). Out of all my kids, he’s the one most willing to try something new and has the most varied palette. He also enjoys cooking and I thought this cool for a teen-aged boy. There aren’t many cook books aimed at his age group.
So now I have the cooking and the washing up sorted.
This week I asked Nate, together with his youngest sister, to help me devise a menu plan based on his book. They picked these yummy dinners:
Tacos – Mexican
Pad Thai – Thai
Pasta Carbonara – Italian
Chicken Chow Mein – Chinese
Fish ‘n Chips – English
Burgers – American
Chicken Tikka Masala- Indian (or British?)
I mentioned in my previous posts that my husband is on a carbohydrate free diet at the moment and that I’ve had to adjust some family dinners accordingly. In lieu of the noodles and pasta we cook extra veggies for him and it’s working well.
- minced beef
- kidney beans
- taco shells spices and herbs (chili, smoked paprika, cumin, thyme, oregano)
- toppings (avo, sour cream, cheddar cheese, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, red onion)
- rice noodles
- tamarind sauce or lime juice
- fish sauce
- tinned anchovies
- coriander leaf
- parmesan cheese
- spaghetti or linguini
- chicken Breasts (for two dinners)
- soy sauce
- egg noodles
- spring onions
- dry sherry or rice wine
- minced beef or burger patties
- burger buns or flour and yeast
- ingredients for coleslaw
- natural Yoghurt
- spices (garlic, ginger, garam masala, coriander seed, cumin, paprika, cloves)
- tinned tomatoes
- tomato puree
- double cream
- flaked almonds
Download your free printable meal plan and shopping list here: Homemade takeaways family meal plan