Daily Archives: 23 February, 2020

Emma’s Bites / meal plans and stuffed pasta

Hey everyone! So here we are again! It’s Sunday which means it’s time for another Emma’s Bites blog! 

For those of you that are new, there are lots more of these in my archive on my blog. Both Slimming World friendly and none. 

Anyway, I’ve lots to write this week so less random chat and more food chat eh?!

First half of this will be the meal plan. Then the latter half is a recipe from one of the meals made this week. 

Hope you enjoy it, let me know if you create any of these and if your on Instagram then please please tag me. You can find me @mrs_shep_unplugged.

Monday 

After finding some large pasta in Aldi recently I couldn’t wait to make something from this! It’s something I keep my eye out for this pasta. Anyway we had stuffed pasta with a tomato sauce and cheese. This is actually the recipe I am sharing with you this week and I’m so excited! It’s meat free, not many ingredients and super super tasty.

Tuesday 

Today was a bit like a cheeky mid week roast. We had pork chops, roasties and veg. Super super tasty and the sauce was syn free. I think I just did balsamic vinegar and some herbs and sweetner. Really really good.

 

Wednesday

Now as you probably know from last weeks blog, it’s the day we have swimming so I decide on a meal based on not having to do much or something that Ste can heat up quick after work for us all. 

Anyway, today was braised steak veg and dumplings. 

Erm, I love beef stew but I don’t think I use my slow cooker enough to practise with though as I just didn’t enjoy it. It wasn’t for me but it filled a hole and it was hot. 

Thursday 

Thursdays are the day I get weighed at Slimming World, so today I made us a lasagne as a ‘treat’! Don’t ask me why I think of it as a treat lol! Anyway, as usual it was delicious! 

Friday

OH MY GOD! 

Now, if you don’t believe me then believe the rest of my family. But today’s meal was absolutely incredible! There wasn’t a scrap of food left! In fact, my father in law actually wants to come back again for tea soon to have this again! 

We had paella! I wanted to do something that was easy and where I could add meat in easily. My mother in law is vegetarian the rest of us eat meat. Also with 6 of us for tea that night I was trying to keep the cost down and still have a super tasty enjoyable meal! I served the meat separate and those that wanted meat added it to our plate easily. The paella itself was left in the large pan and placed on the table for everyone to help themselves.  A massive hit and a definite to have again.

Saturday 

Last nights meal was chilli, normally something I enjoy but Ste made it and unfortunately it was far too spicy for me & Alfie so we literally just had rice for tea while Ste had the chilli lol! 

Sunday 

Which leaves us with today! 

Today we are having a roast beef dinner. It’s honestly one of my absolute favourite roasts. Ste makes the best Yorkshire puddings as well! 

Here’s a throw back photo to another day when Ste made his Yorkshire puddings.

So that’s our week in meals! 

Below is the recipe for the stuffed pasta. Then if you follow me on Instagram I (@mrs_shep_unplugged) am uploading a video of my food shop hail for this week if you fancy a nosy. Where you can see all the food I bought for this weeks meals, lunches and breakfasts. 

If your stopping reading here then thank you for reading! Hope you have some great meals this week. 

Stuffed pasta. 

So for this you will need;

Passata 

Bag of spinach 

Soft cheese 

Lumaconi pasta

Parmesan 

Worcestershire sauce

Oregano

Basil 

Black pepper

Smoked paprika

Garlic granules 

Pine nuts


First of all cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. (Just a heads up but I tend to make for four people that way I have leftovers).

While that’s cooking, on the hob in a large pan add your spinach with a little water and wilt. Once it’s wilted add the tub of soft cheese and mix together. Once it has softened and mixed together the leave to one side.

 

Once your pasta is done, drain and cook if you need to. My husband stuffed the pasta and can seem to handle very hot things without noticing lol! I don’t think he’s got feeling in his hands ha ha! 


Anyway, the next step is to basically stuff for spinach mixture into the pasta. Add this to a large baking dish and lay them out next to each other. 

Once that’s done, you need to make your sauce. 

In a jug, mix together the passata, a tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce and a teaspoon of the other herbs and spices. 

When that’s done, pour the sauce over your pasta. Don’t worry if you don’t think there is enough sauce as it will spread a bit when in the oven. 

Finally add some Parmesan and pine nuts and bake in the oven for about 5-10 mins. It doesn’t need long at all.

 

Then serve and enjoy! 


It really was delicious and it’s another dish that we are definitely making again soon! 

Please tag me on Instagram or comment below if you make this or any other meal I have mentioned this week. 

Much love

Emma xx