I'm calling that a success. The week looked something like this:
Sunday - homemade fish pie
Monday - homemade veggie curry (I altered this recipe lots - added korma paste from the cupboard as well as the spices, and coconut milk instead of stock and almonds) and daal with rice
Tuesday - jacket potatoes with tuna mayo (hey, I did cook the potatoes all by myself)
Wednesday - homemade lamb burgers with naan bread and tomato sauce (lamb burgers made with some moroccan lamb burger spice mix found in the back of the cupboard, tomato sauce consisted of fried garlic and onions and tinned tomatoes, simmered together for ages)
Thursday - beans on toast (let's gloss over this one)
Friday - homemade leek risotto
Breakfasts have included the legendary baked oatmeal (I'm pleased to see on instagram that I've converted lots of others to the cause) with yoghurt, pancakes, porridge and, yes, cereal (which most healthy eaters would have us believe is the devil's own breakfast food, but frankly it's fast and everyone eats it). Snacks have been fruit, Susan's amazing chocolate flapjacks, and I'm intending to whip up a batch of sweet potato scones today, just as soon as I find a decent recipe. I suspect I will also give in and make the cinnamon roll cake recipe that Susan also sent me. She is on a one woman mission to drive me to obesity, I swear.
Alongside eating some actual real food, the best bit of this week has been regrouping as a family every evening to sit and eat together (even on beans on toast night) and catching up with everyone's day. The boys have been nicer to each other as they muck around over dinner, we've all been able to laugh together at the baby's attempts at feeding herself, and everyone's been feeling a little bit more together, I think. Unsurprisingly, the success of even just one week of this has had me looking at other areas of our lives that need a bit of attention at the moment - making our house more homely, decluttering some of our most used spaces (I'm looking at you, sewing area. And you, dining-room-bookshelves-of-random-junk), making our daily routines work a little more smoothly. Maybe I should change the name from Operation: Feed the Family to Operation: Save the Family.
In other news, I'm currently menu planning for week two so any recipe ideas are much appreciated, especially slow cooker ones - I always get the urge to crack out the slow cooker when the weather gets more crisp.