Meal Planning Monday, 5:2 Diet Fast Days
and Pesto Pasta with Parmesan Recipe
The Marmalade has been made, for my grand entry into the World’s Original Marmalade Awards, British Farmhouse Breakfast Week is over and January is about to slither out in either an avalanche of snow or a deluge of flooding, and, it is another Meal Planning Monday post – WHERE did last week go? As ever I am chasing my tail and have a pile of work to do, both online and offline, with much of it to do in the kitchen and the garden. But, I DO find that a meal plan helps me, I may veer away from my plan sometimes, and why not, I hate things to be written in stone all the time, but the very fact that I sit down and plan what we will be eating based on what is in the pantry, freezer and store cupboard, does keep me on the straight and narrow for most of the week. It is also an excellent way to use all the perishable goods you may have, as well as plan meals with leftovers too. As I am still following the 5:2 Diet and will be eating 500 calories and less for two days this week, I like to know what I can enjoy on those two days, and planning for them definitely comes in handy then. My daily recipe today is a simple pasta idea, made with leftover pesto and a small end chunk of Parmesan cheese, so thrifty and yet very tasty.
As it is a vegetarian recipe that uses cheese, I am entering this simple supper dish into Jac of Tinned Tomatoes Pasta Please challenge, a new event that highlights Pasta of course! The theme for January is cheese, one of my favourite ingredients when marred with pasta.
My recipe may be simple, but it has been made from scratch, and it will therefore qualify for JW’s (Javelin Warrior) fabulous weekly event of Made with Love Monday, so I am also sending my humble recipe over to his challenge too.
And finally, as ever, I am submitting my Monday Meal Plan into At Home with Mrs M’s weekly link up for Meal Planning Monday, a handy resource of blog meal plans all in one place.
I hope you find my meal plan handy and that some of the recipe ideas may inspire you to make them for you and your family this week. Plus, if you are following the 5:2 Diet, I am hoping that this meal plan for my two fast days may help you, if you are stuck on a culinary rut of what to make. So, with a flourish of knives and forks, I give you the Lavender and Lovage Meal Plan for Monday the 28th January! See you later and have a GREAT week! Karen
The Lavender and Lovage Monday Meal Plan
Monday 28th January:
Cottage Pie made with leftovers from Burns Night
Tuesday 29th January – Fast Day (500 calories):
Breakfast: Boiled Egg with 1 Ryvita = 85 cals
Lunch: New Recipe – Lemon Chicken with Cannellini Beans (275 cals)
Recipe to follow
Tea: Meat-Free Scotch Broth (146 cals)
Total: 506 calories
Wednesday 30th January:
Thursday 31st January – Fast Day (500 calories):
Breakfast: Breakfast Omelette (170 cals)
Lunch: Greek Lunch Box Salad with Feta Cheese and Mint Dressing (200 cals)
Tea: Vegetarian Red Pepper, Lentil and Cheese Pâté (Spread) (120 cals)
Total: 490 Calories
Friday 1st February:
Mediterannean Cod Parcels – New Recipe
Recipe to follow
Sunday is National Yorkshire Pudding Day – so no guesses there!
Pesto Pasta with Parmesan Recipe:
300g dried macaroni or pasta of your choice
4 tablespoons home-made pesto
shaved Parmesan cheese to serve
a little olive oil
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Cook pasta in a saucepan of boiling salted water with a little olive oil, following packet directions until tender. Drain. Return to pan.
Add pesto to pasta, season with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss to combine. Serve with shavings of Parmesan cheese.
How to make the pesto:
Add the pesto ingredients to a food processor and blitz them for a minute, scraping down sides occasionally, until almost smooth. I use an old tea cup to measure my pesto ingredients in, use any cup or glass you have to hand.