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Meal Plan Friday 17th November 2017

We have Grandma MC&W down this weekend, so its going to be all rather busy, but lots of fun for us all. The meal plan got rather late and ended up being a bit of a rush.

Friday - Smoked Mackerel Salad with roasted new potatoes and beetroot. Boys will have a picnic dinner as it was fish and chips at school.

Saturday - Ham, Egg and chips for us all

Sunday - Roast Pork

Monday - Puff Pastry Tart topped with aubergine, goats cheese the boys will have one with cheese

Tuesday - Spicy Harissa Chicken. Boys chicken curry.

spicy harissa chicken and lentils

Wednesday - Tuna Pasta Bake

Thursday - Mushroom Risotto
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