POSTED: Sun, 02/13/2011 - 5:06pm

Weekly Menu Planning

We have a place for daily menu planning but I couldn't find the weekly menu planning - so here it is. I think it helps to write down what you plan to make & eat for the week; that way you are more committed to it. It also helps with food shopping (incl budget), and helps avoid wastage as you can plan to use all your available fresh foods, rather than let them go off unused. Hopefully, we will also inspire one another with our menus and recipes - bon appétit mes amis!
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POSTED: Tue, 09/24/2013 - 12:07pm

Butternut Squash Soup

Grateful to FWDGF for this easy delicious recipe and love beautiful autumnak ingredients...So am ready, set and going to make today this easy and delicious soup for several meals this week.


POSTED: Tue, 09/17/2013 - 2:04pm

Meal Courses

Hello ladies, I am new here and I am wondering how to serve the dinner in “courses” per the book FWDGF? I really like this idea but have been struggling to implement it. How can you cook the next course while you’re eating the first? Particularly when her recipes tend to state: serve immediately. What am I missing?? I see this is an older thread so I may post this in another forum too, but I’m hoping someone can give some insight! In the meantime, my husband also eats much too fast. Eeek. And huge serves of granola cereal in the morning. After I conquer dinners, I plan to influence breakfast and dinner to shave off some of his calories and fat intake. Thank you for any suggestions or input!


POSTED: Tue, 09/17/2013 - 9:33pm

Welcome Aqua!

Great that you have joined us.Your question is a good one.And it got me thought is to do as much as you can ahead and bring each course out...soup,salad,main course and cheese or light dessert course.If you are doing one of those serve immediately courses,then I guess it could finish cooking during the soup/ salad ones.Would that work for you?Good idea to change one meal at a time.Good luck and do keep posting.oxo


POSTED: Sun, 02/13/2011 - 6:20pm

And when ......

should we all arrive for these meals? :) You are inspiring me to make a plan. It is so hard for me to write down a commitment to a menu. What makes it difficult is that the things I eat, my husband will not. Frankly, we are complete opposites and agree on almost nothing (food or otherwise). Essentially I am making two meals a lot of times. I think I could at least make out a menu for myself. I think it leaves less room for messing about, cheating or overindulging.


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 7:08am

I had a similar problem

plus the fact that my OH eats so quickly - it's almost gone by the time I sit down! My solution to the food issue? He gets what I cook! I know that sounds easy to say and it took a while to get him to try 'new' things but he did at least try, and now we have more things that we both like. He hates mushrooms - so I just leave them out and add them to mine when I fancy them - or use portabella mushrooms instead of bread if making egg 'on toast' etc...that way we both get what we want. It isn't any extra fuss to do really.

BTW - you're all welcome to a virtual dinner party!

Perhaps we could decide on some of Mireille's recipes for one night and each of us, cook it in our homes (2 or 3 courses complete with de rigueur table setting, music etc...all chosen...perhaps by a vote of our favourites?), then we can post our evenings and compare dishes. It could be a monthly 'FWDGF forum dinner party'. Any suggestions anyone?


POSTED: Wed, 09/18/2013 - 8:07am

Love it!

A monthly FWDGF forum dinner party sounds like a great idea! We could post photos too and really inspire each other. :)


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 8:19pm

OH yes......

I would love to do this. It would be fun to try the recipes and compare our experiences. I don't have the cookbook but if the recipes are on here or in the FWDGF book then I can do it or if someone shares the recipes with me. It would be fun.


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 1:35pm

Hi Ava

Great idea.When shall we start?


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 6:10pm

Whenever you're all ready!

Jean, would you like to kick off a new forum topic for it?


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 7:06pm


Please you do the honours!OXO Jean


POSTED: Tue, 02/15/2011 - 2:40pm


I'll put it in 'Recipes' so we all know where it is (and if we add recipes, it'll then be in the right place!)


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 6:40am


There is a section in the back of Mireille's cookbook about (effectively) making changes to a loved-one's diet to help them be healthy, without them even noticing. I think it's sort of about introducing fish and veggies in ways that help them 'acclimatise' to them easily. I'm not sure how much it would work in reality, but it's worth a look. I haven't read it properly as it's not a problem for me in my situation, but it might be useful for you and your husband. The book itself, if you haven't got it, would be helpful for menu-planning as it has lots of great healthy meal suggestions. If I were you, I would certainly make a menu for yourself as then you know what you're getting- and maybe he'll see it and want it too, when he notices how lovely it looks (presentation being very important as well, of course)


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 11:33am

Oh yes....

I am all about presentation. I like to present my food in attractive dishes. I don't want to present the wrong impression. My husband will try certain things. I made a vegetable dish I found on here that used leeks. He really commented on it several times. He is just in the typical American group who goes for convenience and not focusing on the flavor. I am slowly bringing him into this lifestyle. I have started insisting on us eating without the tele on in the background. I also encourage him to eat slowly which is difficult. He was in the army for a long time and they always had to eat quickly and move on to the next thing. That was before me. He is pretty easy about dinner but every once in a while he'll say "I really want a hamburger". But on the other hand when he does get one, he says how greasy it tastes and then he is ready for our healthy menus again. I have not gotten the cookbook yet but it is in my plans. I have not read any of the books but I have two of them on their way. I hope to receive them today. I may go looking for the cookbook this weekend.


POSTED: Tue, 02/15/2011 - 10:43am


When he asks for burgers try making your own, they will be much healthier than bought ones (unless you have a butcher that makes his own). I make them with lean minced turkey, finley chopped onions bound together with a little beaten egg, dipped in homemade bread crumbs. Either grill or griddle. Serve with a mixed salad.


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 9:46am


I must be lucky as my OH will eat whatever I put in front of him, in fact sometimes he is more adventurous than I am. Mind you we have been together nearly 34 years so I have had plenty of time to train him!!!!!


POSTED: Sun, 02/13/2011 - 6:57pm

Let's meet

at Heathrow and travel together to Cambridgeshire and knock at Ava's door.


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 7:18am

You know

the door is always open (figuratively speaking!)


POSTED: Sun, 02/13/2011 - 6:04pm

Weekly Menu

Key: Breakfast (B) Morning coffee: (MC) Lunch (L) Afternoon tea (AT) Dinner (D) Supper (S)

(B): Yoghurt & fresh fruits: raspberries; strawberries; blueberries; blackberries; porridge (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Carrot soup (AT): Fruit / nuts (D): Haricot beans & avocado salad with red pepper salsa (S): Fresh fruit: Yoghut & banana & red pear etc or soup if hungry
(B): Yoghurt; scrambled eggs with smoked salmon & dill; (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Cold beetroot soup (AT): Fruit / nuts (D): Grilled seabass with Sautéed vegetables and a tomato & onion salsa (S): Yoghurt & mango & melon etc or soup if hungry
(B): Yoghurt; Champneys museli & fruit; grapefruit (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Lentil soup (At) Fruit / nuts (D): Chargrilled breast of chicken on braised pearl barley with a lemon and thyme yoghurt sauce (S): Yoghut & melon & red pear etc or soup if hungry
(B): Yoghurt; porridge & dried fruit (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Carrot soup (AT): Fruit / nuts (D): Spaghetti with smoked salmon, capers & chilli (S): Yoghurt & mixed fresh fruit berries or soup if hungry
(B): Yoghurt; scrambled eggs with pepper (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Cold beetroot soup (AT): Fruit / nuts (D): Asparagus, Parma ham & mozzarella cheese (S): Yoghurt & apple & banana or soup if hungry
(B): Mushrooms & tomatoes on toast; yoghurt (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Lentil soup (AT): Fruit / nuts (D): Barbecued Provençal salmon cooked en papillote (S): Yoghurt & fresh fruit berries or soup if hungry
(B): Porridge; yogurt; grapefruit (MC): Fruit / nuts (L): Egg on toast (AT): Fruit / nuts (D): Vegetable curry & brown rice (S): Yoghurt & melon & mango or soup if hungry

Drinks: warm lemon water; black & white tea (various varieties); green tea; mint tea; water; Hot choc if needed! I'm also going to start drinking rooibus tea again.

Main meals: served with salad or fresh vegetables.

Desserts: Sometimes, I'll make apple pie; rhubarb compote; apple on puff pastry; rice pudding; pears in wine etc etc for dessert. I haven't included any this week as all depends if I (or we) need something sweet! I have all the basics in the store cupboard, if I fancy making something quickly.

Additional snacks if required (not usually, unless out & about - en cas) Fruit; nuts; dried fruit; water

NB: Sometimes, lunch will be dinner and dinner will be lunch! Depending on whether I have late exercise classes, in which case I find it better to eat more at lunch time. I don't always have 'supper' either - only if I'm (we're) still hungry. Sometimes, I'll have the fruit earlier in the day and am therefore less hungry anyway.


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 6:32am

Ava, you really must be my long lost food-twin ;)

I'll post mine tonight when I have access to my menu-planning book. I planned my evening meals in bed last night as I'll be shopping tonight after work but I can't remember precisely what they all are. I only planned for the next five days as I'm not sure what's happening socially at the weekend. I'm a bit more repetative than you, actually, Ava, in that I find it cheaper and easier to have the same breakfast (plus, I'm addicted to it) and similar lunches; although the latter change each week as I buy a week's worth of lunch ingredients at a time. Dinners are different each evening as for some reason I get bored of the same thing two days in a row, but only at dinner-time, never at breakfast or lunch! I find that menu planning gives me a sense of composure and control and makes me feel all smug and organised ;) Plus, it's fun :D


POSTED: Mon, 02/14/2011 - 6:56am

Repetitive is ok!

I was quite repetitive too (porridge every day because it's soooo delicious!) However, I think I needed to be a bit more adventurous and give my body some additional nutrients! You'll notice when I make batches of soup - we'll have it a couple of times a week (one week, I made a huge batch of ratatouille and loved it so much (plus it's really cheap to make and very filling), I had it every day for 5 days running! The garlic was pretty intense though...according to my OH LOL.)


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