Menu Plan Monday – Away and Sick

Baked potato with kangaroo chilli

This week was a bit of a mish-mash, since I was in Melbourne for the beginning of the week and then I was sick later in the week. To overcome by cold I whipped up a batch of soup with lots of garlic and ginger and worked from home in pajamas. I’m feeling much better now 🙂

Then on the weekend I discovered a new way to overcome my dislike of beef liver – by mincing it up and adding it to chilli along with kangaroo mince. I made a large batch of it, which I’ve been eating since.

So my menu last week included:

Monday – Dinner out at the pub with friends. I had gluten free barramundi and chips.

Chinese feast

Tuesday – My sister’s boyfriend cooked us a Chinese banquet, which was absolutely delicious 🙂

Whitebait with baked sweet potato

Wednesday – Fried whitebait and zucchini with baked sweet potato (topped with tomato relish), tomato, sauerkraut and lemon.

Cold remedy soup

Thursday – I was sick with a cold, so whipped up some soup with homemade beef stock, garlic, ginger, chilli, turtmeric and zucchini.

Friday – I was still sick, so had the rest of the soup.

Kangaroo chilli with rice

Saturday – Kangaroo, liver and black bean chilli topped with cheese, coriander and lactofermented salsa, with rice, corn chips, tomatoes, spring onions and lime juice.

Sunday – Baked potato topped with leftover chilli, cheese, salsa and lime juice, served with a salad of baby spinach, tomato, red onion and olives (above).

What was on your menu last week?

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  1. Hoping you are feeling better soon!
    I’m blogging about our menu plan for the coming week, here:
    A fairly typical week, albeit a little spinach heavy in an attempt to finish up the HUGE bag of spinach I bought over the weekend (hoping for another zero Food Waste Friday!)

    • Thanks, I’m feeling much better now 🙂 I also have quite a bit of spinach to use up this week since I made it to the health food shop on the weekend. I’ve been enjoying it in salads and with eggs.

  2. You’re still not going to get me to try liver!!! LOL! But I’m glad you’ve found a way to enjoy it. So sorry you were sick. What a lousy way to return to real life, after a trip. That happens to us often too. We’re fine the whole trip, then we get home and catch colds.

    You have some of the most interesting meals. The Chinese banquet sounds yummy. Interesting way you eat baked sweet potatoes. Americans tend to just add sugary stuff to sweet potatoes. I’ll check out your recipe for tomato relish in a bit.

    We are on our last days of eating down the freezer stash. It’s been an interesting month, meal wise. We’ve saved a bundle, and cleaned out the freezer! Tonight, we’re having lentil curry, brown rice, and roasted carrots.

    • I think it was all that cold weather in Melbourne, it was a bit of a shock to my system! Luckily I could have the ANZAC day public holiday off and then worked from home (in my pajamas) on Friday.

      I didn’t know that about sweet potatoes, so I guess you treat them like pumpkin then? I’ve seen recipes for sweet potato doughnuts and have been meaning to try one.

      I really need to focus on eating what I have in May because I spent way to much money on food in April and my freezer is so full I can barely close it! That dinner sounds yum 🙂

  3. I’m glad you found a way to like liver. However, I will not be trying it. Liver is something I can live without because it is yucky. 🙂

    • To be honest with you, I won’t be buying it again! I don’t mind lamb or chicken liver but just don’t like beef. Unfortunately I bought quite a bit so still have two portions in the freezer to use up 🙁 But diluting it with other meat and adding lots of seasoning did help.

  4. I too am in the boycott liver camp. It’s been nearly 40 years since my mother last made me choke it down, and I still feel sick to my stomach just thinking about it! Congratulations on finding a way to make it palatable!

    Glad you’re feeling better!

    • Yep, I think I will stick to chicken livers in the future! Unfortunately I bought quite a bit of it, so I’m determined to eat the rest, but after that no more! Maybe I should lure the upstairs cat downstairs and feed it to him 🙂

  5. Oh gosh! You are so dedicated to finish off the liver…you have the most adventurous meal plans. I’m still working up to the kangaroo. I keep eyeing it off each week at the supermarket…!

    Hope you’re feeling much better now!

    • I just really hate the idea of wasting meat, even cheap meat like liver. I’m not dedicated enough to buy it again though! You should try kangaroo – I posted the recipe for the chili today. When it’s minced, you can pretend it’s another type of mince 🙂


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