WEEK 1 – Shopping List and Recipes

Once I had the Menu Plan worked out, I looked at each week’s recipes then did a rough shopping list for ingredients I would need for each meal.

This week I will feature Week 1 – Recipe Plan below


Pork Chops
Chicken Stirfry
Tandoori Chicken
Kentucky Scramble

Ingredients List required for Recipes (to help with shopping list)


Pork Chops:   Pork Chops, pasta sauce packet, veges to steam/cook

Burritos/Tacos:  Chicken/Beef, Burrito/Taco kit with extra Burritos/Tacos if required, cheese, tomato sauce

Chicken Stirfry:  Chicken, stirfry sachet or ingredients for marinade (check recipe), rice, frozen veges

Tandoori Chicken: Chicken, tandoori jar or ingredients for marinade (check recipe), pappadums, rice

Kentucky Scramble:  Eggs, ham/sausage, red capscicum, corn, parsley

Sometimes, if I’m feeling lazy (which can be often) – I just buy the sachets at the supermarkets for stirfrys, or a jar for a curry.  Sometimes I cook from scratch – so I will give you both options in my recipes and ingredients (but generally for these things I will say “see ingredients in the recipe” because there are too many to list).

I’m trialling using Woolies Online for my groceries as it’s another job I have to try and squeeze into my week, which is never fun if you have 3 kids in tow!

So with my list written out (plus other essential items added for the week) – I go online and order my groceries, which will be delivered ready for the next week’s recipes/menu plan.

Now, time for the Recipes


Pork Chops

Pork chops, veges for steaming (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, beans etc)
Continental pasta sauce mix (or cook potato instead)
Marinate pork chops in sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and tomato sauce for at least
one hour.  Cook under the grill, basting continuously until cooked.
Cook pasta sauce mix in the microwave (takes 12 minutes)
Steam chopped veges in a pot.


Burrito Kit & extra packet of burritos (depending on how many your family eats)
or Taco Kit & extra tacos (depending on how many your family eats)
Chicken, 400grams – chopped into small bite sized pieces
or Mince, 400 grams
Lettuce, chopped
Tomatoes, chopped
Cheese, grated
Other veges according to taste:  e.g. red or green capscicum
Cook chicken with spice mix included in burrito packet
Chop lettuce & tomato and grate cheese while chicken is cooking
Make burritos according to instructions on the packet
(everybody does it themselves at our place)

Tandoori Chicken (from Taste website)

4 chicken breasts, on the bone, skin removed
5 Tbsp tandoori paste
1 cup thick plain yoghurt, plus extra to serve
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, thickly sliced
2 cups coriander leaves, picked
Lemon wedges, chutney and naan bread to serve
Method:  Click on link …

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken breast, 400 grams
3 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 Tbsp sherry
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp instant chicken stock
2 tsp cornflour
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 tsp grated root ginger
400g quick cooking vegetables sliced (or use frozen)
Rice or Noodles
Cut chicken meat into slices.  Place in oven bag with 1 Tbsp oil and all ingredients
except vegetables.  Knead bag to mix and leave to marinate.
Slice vegetables into thin slices.
Heat oil in a wok and cook chicken slices until meat is golden brown.
Add vegetables and cook until veges are heated through.
Serve with rice or noodles.

Kentucky Scramble

8 eggs
1 Tbsp butter or oil
2 spring onions, chopped
1 red capscicum
100g mild garlic sausage or luncheon
salt & pepper
chopped parsley, handful
1 cup corn kernels
Melt butter or oil in a frypan and sauce onions, red capscicum and sausage
over moderate heat – approx 8 minutes.
Turn heat to low and pour in eggs, seasoning and parsley.  Scramble until almost set.
Stir in corn.  Leave on heat for 1 minute.
Serve on toast or english muffins with tomato sauce.

It must be said that I’m a fairly conservative cook who likes easy meals.

Perhaps you might like to share some of your favourite recipes and I could make up some new Meal Plans once I’ve finished sharing my 5 weeks worth?

Anyhow – that’s it for Week 1.  I hope some of it might be useful?

Fi x


2 Responses

  1. Hey, you’re my kind of cook. I start to panic when I see long ingredients lists, but these are short. Might have to give your Kentucky Scramble a try, though I can’t abide tomato sauce on eggs. It just tastes wrong!

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