We’re in a routine here at Chez Wright.
Meal-planning is a must.
Meal planning tends to happen Thursday night or Friday morning as part of my No Waste Tastes Great routine.
The meal plan is displayed for all to see on the kitchen board.
Rarely do I plan the same meals each week (although I concede this may make life easier) but we do typically stick to homemade pizza on a Saturday. This is a little bit of a tradition. I do like my traditions.
Although since I have discovered fresh pizza dough in Aldi, I’ve been a bit of a shortcut-queen. Watch my YouTube video where I express my love here 🙂
This Saturday, the usual pizza was sidelined for a smoked salmon salad.
Salad was never a meal I used to prepare or enjoy. I’m not a massive green leaf fan. But then I discovered balsamic vinegar. Vinegar has always saved the day. As a child I would not eat my Sunday roast until my Mom had a Eureka moment and poured mint sauce all over it. I still have mint sauce with every roast.
My appreciation of salads has grown and grown.
This is because they are:
1. Generally no-cook
3. Healthy (well mostly)
4. Great for keeping waste down
5. A fantastic emergency meal
In my Fridge each week I keep some baby leaf salad (and store it in pyrex with kitchen towel to absorb moisture – this seems to be keeping it fresher longer).
I also buy pre-cooked fish (purchased from Aldi usually) – salmon or mackerel. And keep tinned tuna in the cupboard.
In my storecupboard I also keep unsalted cashews and balsamic vinegar.
Just these 4 items can rustle up a meal. By adding in extra salad such as peppers, cucumber, fruit or olives, and maybe a little pasta – it makes a substantial meal. Served with wholemeal pitta bread (which I always keep in the freezer) there’s a tasty nutritious simple meal on the table in less than 5 minutes. With no pots and pans to wash and dry.
Salad makes a great save when it comes to potential food waste. Unsure what to do with the extra chicken, leftover from dinner, that was planned for fajitas?
Make a salad, for lunch, the next day!