Weekly Meal Plan: What’s In Season In February
Hello February! We’re still in the depths of winter food-wise even though some of the spring bulbs are starting to poke their heads out of the soil and the first bunches of £1 daffodils are starting to appear on supermarket shelves so I wanted this weeks Weekly Meal Plan recipes to not just focus on seasonality, but on bringing something bright and vibrant to your dinner table too!
Yes there are some sambal-marinated prawns on there, but these easy rice bowls are perfect for starting the week with a good hit of colourful fruit and veg – especially super seasonal red cabbage which is not just for festive braising – the leftovers are also delicious cold so make double for lunch the next day!
Tuesday: Spanish Lamb Neck Stew
This slow cooked, make-ahead stew thickened with a heady mix of garlic and breadcrumbs just before being brought to the table is perfect to make with seasonal lamb which is just starting to appear!
Wednesday: 15-Minute Chinese Orange & Sesame Prawns
Something speedy to kick off the week, this simple, healthier-than-takeaway prawn recipe is great at any time of the year, but I am a particular fan of it made with blood oranges which are still around in abundance at the moment.
Thursday: Pan Fried Lemon Butter Chicken
Always super popular on Instagram this one and not just during the winter citrus season, best served with steamed tenderstem broccoli (bonus points for new season purple sprouting if you can find it) either with mashed potatoes or lots of crusty bread to soak up those delicious pan juices. Also, if you fancy starting a day early, a nice crisp chilled white wine – something Italian maybe? – would be the perfect pairing.
This is one of my favourite things to make instead of getting a Chinese takeaway, and it saddens me that I can only make it in forced rhubarb season, which is happily finally here! You won’t miss the neon red/orange of takeaway sweet and sour once you realise how good – and similar rhubarb can taste, perfect with fried pork and rice for the ultimate Friday night treat!
A few more forced rhubarb and blood orange recipes to get you through the weekend: Avocado & Blush Orange Salad with Miso Yogurt Dressing, Blood Orange Margaritas, Blood Orange & Avocado Salad with Nam Jim Dressing, Forced Rhubarb & Cardamom Breakfast Compote, Rhubarb & Blush Orange Fizz, and my Rhubarb & Cardamom Cordial.