Weekly Meal Plan: Moroccan & Middle Eastern Magic
This week for my Weekly Meal Plan I thought I’d go all out with some bright, bold, Middle Eastern colours and flavours. Summer may officially be over, but that does not mean you can’t make a whole load of dishes (that are still comforting for the cooler evenings) from warmer climes to brighten up your weeknights.
Monday: Courgette & Potato Fritters with Sumac Sauce
This week for #MeatFreeMonday these fritters are a great way to use up the end of the summer courgettes and capture a bit more of that sunshine before it vanishes altogether for another year! The recipe makes double the yogurt sumac lemon sauce you need; it would be delicious served with any of the weeknight dishes below!
Tuesday: Syrian Baked Lamb & Aubergine
I love this really comforting lamb dish where all the delicious cooking juices and spices are absorbed into the aubergine. A big bowlful is great on its own, but perhaps serve it with some flatbreads or a green salad.
Wednesday: One Pan Merguez with Red Peppers & Crispy Chickpeas
Lamb again tonight, but this time in the form of some delicious Merguez sausages in this Moroccan-inspired sheet pan supper that really does not need any more additions to make a meal. However, if you’re feeding hungry boys (who always seem to think portions are too small!) again some flatbreads on the side would not go amiss!
Thursday: Oven-roasted Chicken with Sumac, Pomegranate Molasses, Chilli & Sesame Seeds
Chicken thighs are one of my all time favourite weeknight go-tos, and here they’re roasted in a tangy, Turkish marinade that is really more-ish. Serve with your favourite salad, veggies, grains – whatever you fancy!
Friday: Spicy Middle Eastern Lamb Nachos
You know me, I think Fridays are for fun foods (usually because I don’t drink during the week and I’m also opening a bottle of wine!) This week why not join me in some Middle Eastern lamb (yes again – it is my favourite way to eat lamb!) pitta nachos as a bit of a sharing dish in front of a Netflix binge! (Though, actually I’m on Criminal Minds from Sky box sets right now, how is it I never watched it before?!)
A few autumn baking ideas and preserving projects for the weekend: How To Make Raspberry Gin, Easy Apple & Cinnamon Hand Pies, Chocolate Cake with Lazy Piped Matcha Frosting, How To Make Damson & Sloe Gin, How To Make A Sourdough Starter, Homemade Honeycomb, A Cheap & Easy Classic Tea Bread.