Menu Plan Monday – Boiled Eggs and Keeping Things Simple

Chicken wings with pesto

Every Monday I post my menu from the previous week, as well as the cost for some of my meals. This is to show how easy it is for a real, busy person to eat real food on a budget. 

Last week was busy, so I stuck to fairly simple meals during the week. I finally got my copy of Nom Nom Paleo’s Food for Humans cookbook, which comes with instructions for boiling an egg perfectly, so have been trying it out a lot, since eggs are such a quick and easy meal. You can check out the instructions here.

Monday – Chicken wings with pesto, salad and lacto-fermented kale stalks (above).

Tuesday – I attempted to make Chinese egg foo young from my new cookbook. Because I didn’t have a lot of the ingredients, I made some substitutes like kangaroo mince instead of ham and rice flour instead of coconut flour. They turned out tasty, but didn’t stick together like they were supposed to so, so no picture.

Spaghetti squash with pesto

Wednesday – Spaghetti squash with homemade pesto and blue cheese.

Baked potatoes with tomato relish

Thursday – Baked potatoes topped with cheese, yogurt and tomato relish, with hard boiled eggs and a green salad.

Friday – Leftovers from Thursday.

Turtle themed party food

Saturday – My housemate and I had a reptile-themed housewarming, so I made reptile-themed snacks. I made a pizza snake, a turtle dip (above), date and almond turtles and frog in a pond jelly shots.

Boiled eggs with salad

Sunday – Hard boiled eggs with salad made of greens, red capsicum, tomato and cucumber.

Costs for Sunday’s meal: 2 eggs  ($1), ½ cup Asian greens (15c), ½ red capsicum (15c), 1 tomato (20c), ¼ Lebanese cucumber (25c), ½ Tbsp olive oil (6c), 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (16c) = $1.97 per serve. Most ingredients came from the markets.

What was on your menu last week?

PS. Congratulations to Eric, the winner of the Plan Save Thrive giveaway. I hope you enjoy your prize and thanks to everyone who entered.

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  1. I checked out the instructions of the perfectly boiled egg. Seems a little complicated, but I do basically the same thing without as many details. But then again, I don’t mind the grey ring around the yolk. Also, most of our eggs are not pasteurized here, so we need to worry about them being cooked all of the way. I too had hard boiled eggs last week for snacks and breakfast.

    • To be honest, I don’t follow all of the directions, but I do boil them for a minute and then turn the water off and leave them for ten minutes, and have been very happy with the results so far 🙂

  2. Love the reptile-themed party! Fun! ATK has very simple directions for the perfect hardboiled egg. I tend to forget about making them until Easter and then I wonder why I don’t do it more, as everyone really likes them.

    • Thanks Kris, it was a very fun party, and Toby the turtle enjoyed it too 🙂 I tend to go through phases where I love something, then forget about it. At the moment boiled eggs are the flavour of the week 🙂

  3. EcoCatLady says:

    Had to chuckle when reading the instructions for boiling eggs. Here in Denver (a mile in altitude), it takes significantly longer to cook an egg all the way through. I can get a perfect soft boiled egg in 8.5 minutes at a full boil. Hard boiled takes about 30 minutes using the method they described.

    I can’t remember what I ate last week, but it never looks as good as your meals do! I’m so impressed at the variety of your meals. I tend to cook a big batch and eat “variations on a leftover” for the next week or so.

    • Wow, thirty minutes! I would definitely not have that kind of patience 🙂

      I’ve been cooking big batches more recently, because life is busy and it means I always have food ready to go in the fridge. Plus less washing up 🙂

  4. I recently enjoyed a meal on the 12WBT program I’m doing with boiled eggs as the protein. The BF added bacon, but I was surprised that boiled eggs were enough for me. Hard boiled was 8 minutes (as per what the instructions told me). I actually don’t mind runny eggs, but only just learnt that my dad doesn’t!! Funny how I never knew that, right?!

    • Eggs are such an easy protein, and I also find them filling enough if I eat lots of veggies too. I don’t mind them soft, but I hate it when the whites are still liquidy – yuck!

  5. Nice meals! Eggs are great, I like them in so many ways. 😀

  6. How cute is that turtle dip! Interesting to read EcoCatLady’s comments about the variation in egg-boiling depending on altitude – something I’d never considered!

  7. I like hard-boiled eggs or microwave-baked potatoes as quick meals. Now I am craving spaghetti squash!

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