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Menu Mondays: Nasi Goreng

May 21, 2012 7:41 am

If you're in the mood for something a little different, then you're definitely in for a treat this week. Nasi Goreng is something we've been having for years - well before the kids arrived - and it has always been a favourite with everyone. It's a popular Indonesian dish, primarily consisting of spicy rice and minced-beef; this is a one-pot meal that goes great with a fresh salad. This week we'll be using Quorn, developed post war as an alternative protein source

(look here if you want to learn more about its interesting history),

which makes a great meat alternative.

We also have a few staple meals on the go, but I think the tikka and black-eyed peas with ham have definitely caught my attention.

If you would like to create a plan for yourself then please check back here soon as I'm currently writing a special report that will be a short, free, ‘How to create your own menu plan - the easy way’.

This Week's Menu

Monday Pasta with homemade tomato sauce, with garlic bread
Tuesday Shepherd's pie
Wednesday Tuna cakes with spring onion salsa and salad
Thursday Quorn and chickpea tikka
Friday Pork with tomatoes and red wine
Saturday Black-eyed peas with ham and rice
Sunday Spicy turkey marrow with rice (or noodles)

Last Week's Family Favourite

(NB: Many of our recipes have been taken from various books throughout the years, as well as created from scratch or passed down within the family. Unfortunately, I have no idea where most have come from, so if you read a recipe that belongs to you, then I'm sorry and please feel free to lay claim)

Sweet and Sour Pork with Noodles

Serves: 4. Preparation & Cooking time: 45 minutes. Freezing: Recommended (ie, cook double and freeze half)


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3 tblsp light soy sauce (you will be using 2 tablespoons separately)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed or 2 tsp garlic purée
  • 1 fresh red chilli, de-seeded and chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, de-seeded and chopped
  • 2 tsp mild curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground paprika
  • 4 salad onions, sliced (keeping 1 separate from the other 3)
  • 200g (7oz) Thai jasmin or basmati rice
  • 600ml (1 pint) hot stock (you choose the flavour)
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Beat the egg together with 2 tsp Soy sauce.
  2. Heat ½tsp of the oil in a small frying-pan and, when hot, add the egg and cook to make a flat, firm omelette.
  3. Remove, pat dry with a paper-towel, then roll up and cut into strips. Set aside for later.
  4. In a large saucepan, heat the remaining oil and brown the mince, stirring well until nice and crumbly.
  5. Stir in the garlic, chilli and green pepper.
  6. Cook for 3 minutes, then mix in the curry powder and paprika.
  7. Cook for 1 minute, then add 3 of the onions, all the rice, stock, tomato purée, remaining soy sauce and seasoning.
  8. Bring to the boil, stirring and then cover and cook very gently for 12 minutes without lifting the lid.
  9. Remove from the heat, still covered and leave to stand for 5 minutes.
  10. Fork the rice gently and pile it up into a mound on a serving platter.
  11. Garnish with the egg strips and remaining onion.

If you would like help creating your own Menu Plan then check back here soon as I'm currently writing a special report that will be a short, free, ‘How to create your own menu plan - the easy way’.

Have you tried this recipe or any of the dishes listed? If so, let us know what you liked or disliked the most... any variations that worked better for you?

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