Autumn meal plan

As the weather cools and the family is getting sick of salads and barbeque food you will find yourself looking for meals that are a  little more substantial and filling. You pull on a cardigan and think about everybody staying in for dinner as the days get shorter and you start to settle into your nest. This often means you’ll start to lean toward soups and think about baking nourishing goodies for your family. As the season changes we have more pumpkins, potatoes, plums and apricots in plentiful supply.

Sat Ricotta pancakes are a lovely way to start the weekend. Team them with some honey for a luxurious weekend breakfast. Big golf ball-sized Meatballs in a yummy tomato sauce on a crusty roll gives you delicious meatball sub lunch. This Chicken risottowill become a staple on your weekly meal plan because it a really tasty yet basic to make risotto. This orange cakewith orange icing is so simple and it tastes divine. Slice it and wrap the individual portions for lunch box snacks.
Teddy Bear pancakes are a fun dish to rustle up on a Sunday morning with the kids.
Warm chicken,avocado and mango salad is a lovely Sunday lunch.
The kids will love these sweet and sticky BBQ pork ribswith in season garlic roasted chat potatoes.
Basic muffins with variations can be tailored to suit your family’s taste buds.
Tip: Freeze the leftovers – they’ll keep for up to two months.
Mon As the mornings get colder, Banana and honey porridge hits the spot. Zucchini slice is economical, easy and delicious to make for lunches.Serve it with a garden salad. Got bacon in the fridge? This Simple fettucine carbonaramakes a filling and tasty dinner. Cheese and bacon rolls are a real favourite with kids and these ones have just four ingredients.
Tues Blitz a Banana smoothie in the blender for a quick brekky. Pumpkin is in season now so make a batch of this delicious Pumpkin soup – perfect for when the weather starts to turn a lttle chilly. Stir fry is a great way to use up seasonal veggies. Try this Fast hoisin chicken stir fry. The best thing about this Cake in a mug is that you don’t have to share it! Stand in front of the microwave with your spoon and wait for the beep!
Wed Peaches are still in season so make the most of this sweet fruit by whipping up Peaches with crunchy muesli for breakfast. These Lunch box pasties can be made ahead of time and are filled with seasonal veggies like onion, pumpkin and potatoes. Beef stroganoff is an old favouite and this version will be on the table in a flash. Savoury muffinsare packed full of taste and are a healthy snack, too.
Thurs Boiled eggs are high in protein and when teamed with some wholegrain bread make a low GI brekky. Make these Muffin pizzas for dinner to use up the contents of your fridge. Toast them under the grill or in the oven. Serve up these Salmon cakes with a light salad for a kid-friendly dinner. Jam drop biscuitsare a sweet treat to have with a cuppa. Also, take adavantage of the Autumn plum surplus by making your own Plum jam filling.
Fri Muesli fruit and yoghurt is healthy and filling way to start the day. Have leftovers for lunch today. Either warm up some Pumpkin soup that you made on Tuesday or have leftover Salmon cakes.

Alternately, make these curried egg and ham wraps.

If you like Friday night fish and chips then this Beer batter fish and homestyle chips is for you. It’s takeaway made at home! Corn pikelets tick all the boxes for busy mothers because they are healthy, easy and kids actually eat them.

Tip: Make a double batch. Pikelets can be frozen for up to one month.


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