Spring at last! I much prefer the warmer months and although the change in season by the calendar, doesn’t see the temperatures changes automatically, for me it is still a happy passing and very symbolic!
The following fruits and vegetables listed below are at their best and cheapest this month. These lists are for Australia, but if you live in the UK you can see what’s in season at Eat the Seasons UK and for North America Eat the Seasons US.
apple – lady williams, cumquat, grapefruit, lemon, mandarins -ellendale – murcot, oranges – blood – seville, papaya, pawpaw, pineapple – smooth leaf, tangelo.
artichoke, asian greens – bok choy – choy sum – gai laan – wonga bok, asparagus – green – purple, avocados – fuerte – hass – sharwill, beans – broad – green, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower garlic, ginger, leek, lettuce, mushrooms – morel, onions – salad – spring, peas, potato, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach.
Now on to the plan!
Baking: Rice Bubble Treat
Tuesday: Satay Chicken With Cous Cous
Wednesday: Moroccan Minted Beef
Thursday: Spaghetti Bolganaise
Friday: Left Overs
Sunday: Hamburgers and Salad
I have included the shopping list for this week’s menu plan as an excel file. The below paragraphs explain what is in the attached excel file below.
Family Menu Plan and Shopping List
It contains three separate spreadsheets. The first is named “Complete Grocery’ and it lists by supermarket aisle all the ingredients that are needed to cook the family meals for this week.
The second spreadsheet is named “Ingredient By Meal’ and it lists the ingredients that are required for the family by each individual meal this week. I have also left on the aisle and aisle subsection in this spreadsheet for reference, but if you want to print that out you will need to alter the print area.
The third spreadsheet is named “Menu Plan” and is a modified version of the menu plan that I print and place on the fridge. I have a notes section, that I like to populate with any activities that are likely to impact the evening meal routine.
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