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Weekly Meal Plan – Panic in the Aisles

Last week’s menu didn’t go too bad but we had some shuffling around. We didn’t have to resort to any panic buying despite the shopping problems. We are having the gammon today as I didn’t check the date on the lamb and It went out of date on Thursday. If I’d realised I’d have put it in the freezer. I’m still roasting it along with the gammon as it looked okay once opened, and there was no smell. But I see how I feel when it’s cooked. I’m so glad I ordered the wrong size now, it’s way too small for us all anyway.

I was determined to stick to my no take out rule but on Friday I was feeling pretty sick and my eldest son suggested a take out. When I said no, he said he would pay for it. So, when it was time to collect it I asked him to pay and he gave me £5 and told me what he wanted!! Cheeky monkey, he meant he was only going to pay for his own take out! I was a bit upset with him as it was already too late to start cooking and he should have made things clearer. So we came to an agreement. I bought his, Graham’s and the kids dinner from the chip shop and he paid for a Pizza for me and his two sisters. I guess it worked out half and half. (he was still a bit upset that we didn’t save him a slice of pizza though, even though we’d saved him a cookie!)

I still managed to save around £20 on shopping last week, including the take out. So, I’m improving.

Panic Buying

I’ve never really bought into the panic buying whenever there is an issue. We do get through a lot of toilet rolls though so I generally have a good stock. (I’ve hidden some to stop overuse just in case.) I’ve ordered more in the shopping delivery tomorrow but if they don’t arrive they still have plenty in my local shop. I don’t buy handwash, we switched to soap ages ago and I buy them in packs of six which last for ages! I’m not that bothered about the gel, my daughter has some because she works in a hospital, but we don’t bother, hand washing is more effective. We generally have a stock of food in the freezer that we can fall back on, so I’m sure we won’t starve if we do end up quarantined. I also have a bread maker and loads of bread flour and yeast 🙂

This weeks Meal Plan

weekly meal plan
  • Monday – Pizza (home cooked)
  • Tuesday – pasta bake
  • Wednesday – Tofu Katsu (Chicken for the men)
  • Thursday – Enchiladas
  • Friday – Fish/Chicken and chips (Which we didn’t have last week)
  • Saturday – Curry (made from scratch not a jar)
  • Sunday – Pies and mash

We had enchiladas last week but they were underwhelming, so I’ve come up with a idea with my daughter. I am going to include more vegetables inside and less sauce on the outside. I am also going to top them with mozzarella slices. We use the packet mixes but usually drown them in sauce before baking, but it makes them too spicy.

Linking up with Katy Kicker for her meal planning linky.

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Meal Plan – Missing Shopping

I had a bad week last week and to be honest, I don’t know how we managed with our missing shopping. but we did. I did my online shop on Sunday like I normally do and fell asleep halfway through. Urgh, it’s something that happens to me frequently. I’ve even been known to continue typing on my laptop after falling asleep. My husband or son will take it away until I wake up.

Anyway, I had managed to save the shop and even check it out before nodding off, I think I knew it was going to happen. So, it was still there and all I had to to was finish it off. Only, despite being awake this time I didn’t complete checkout and was only sent my first half of the order, the rest of my shopping was missing.

It took a day or two to realise that I was missing shopping that I was adamant I’d bought, but as I don’t put the shopping away I hadn’t noticed. So, meal plans went out the window and we managed with what we already had. In fact we managed fairly well and I even stuck to my No Take Away plan.

This week I went to log on to my usual Sainsburys but they had zero spots for Monday delivery. It was the same with Morrisons. So I went to the Asda site and managed to get a slot. Then I booked a slot for Sainsburys for Tuesday. It takes so long to shop somewhere new. And now I’m not sure that I’ve not replicated shopping in both trolleys despite my constant checking. I’m beginning to think that I shouldn’t be allowed to do the shopping at all!

This Weeks Meal Plan – with no missing shopping

  • Monday – lasagne/bolognese
  • Tuesday- fajitas or enchiladas
  • Wednesday – gammon and chips
  • Thursday – pasta bake
  • Friday – fish/chicken and chips
  • Saturday – curry
  • Sunday – lamb roast

I’m currently £50 under budget so that will help if the meals are not welcomed. But it will be a trip to the local supermarket.

I wonder if I can make it through to the end of March without buying a take away…wish me luck! Lining up with Katy Kicker’s meal planning linky See what everyone else is cooking this week

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Meal Planning – Another Birthday

This week we are on to the second birthday of the year, Graham, my husband. We won’t be going out anywhere so we’ll probably have a take out on Wednesday.

Last weeks meal plan went okay. We didn’t have a Brinner (fry up) we just had battered chicken we found in the freezer with chips. The pizza was replaced with my home made puff pastry pizza. The Chorizo and Mozzarella gnocchi bake was really delicious. Well definitely have it again sometime. Although the recipe said it was for 6 and it was barely enough for three of us (the others had pasta bake as they were not keen to try gnocchi.)

gnocchi bake

The Planner

The planner has taken it’s place on the fridge and it’s being used well. I’m getting more suggestions off family members for what they fancy, or if they wish to change something. It’s also good for remembering what we have planned for each day so we can make sure we have all the ingredients. I filled it in this week and then did the shopping. Then I remembered it was Graham’s birthday! So we will have to bake him a cake and swap Wednesdays meal for a take out of his choice (I bet it’s Indian curry!)

This weeks Menu + Birthday Meal

  • Monday – pizza
  • Tuesday – Fry up (Brinner)
  • Wednesday – Birthday Take Out
  • Thursday – spaghetti bolognese (or lasagne)
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – chicken pasta bake
  • Sunday – pie and mash

I will have to get the kids in the kitchen to make our favourite chocolate Cake for their Dad’s birthday…no idea what we’ll decorate it with yet though. Maybe my little chefs can come up with something.

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Getting back on track with a new planner

Avon meal planner

I bought a planner…bit of a plug as I’m an Avon Rep and I got this lovely magnet planner from my Avon Store. It was just what we needed and it also comes with a magnetic pull off shopping list book.

We argue a lot about food in our house, it’s one of our biggest problems. It’s difficult finding food for four adults and three children. Life used to be so much simpler.

Anyway, now I can jot down the meals on this planner and if anyone has an issue they can rub it out and replace it. I don’t mind so long as everyone is happy.

Breakfast is pretty much the same every day, a choice of toast, crumpets, croissants or cereal. Whatever they fancy, they generally get it themselves. The lunch section on the planner will probably only be used when the kids are off school.

Then there is a snack section on the planner, which will be handy to keep a track of the goodies that can be all eaten in one day if I’m not careful. Seriously, I can have doughnuts, cakes, biscuits, crisps etc and they’ll all be eaten within a day, or maybe two.

Anyway, let’s get on to this weeks meal Plan.

Weekly Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Curry (usually from a jar!)
  • Sunday – Lamb roast dinner
  • Monday – pies and mash (or roasters)
  • Tuesday – chorizo and Mozzarella Gnocchi Bake
  • Wednesday – fajitas
  • Thursday – Brinner (fry up)
  • Friday – Something light as we are going out (pizza maybe?)

With the option of wiping off and swapping around on the planner I’m sure this will be happening a lot. I always have a back up food in the freezer for those days. It’s generally chicken or fish and chips!

Linking up with Katy Kicker’s Meal planning linky.

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Weekly Menu – Lamb Curry, not again!

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last weekly menu plan. The lamb curry didn’t go down too well, slow cooking it made the lamb much softer and stringier and although it’s how I like it best, it’s not how my family like it. So I won’t be trying that again. Then we had a week with my birthday which involved in another lamb curry but this time it was a take out.

We also had a week where there was a lot of sickeness and keeping the family separated. Some ate, some didn’t and it was in different rooms and at different times. It was all a bit awkward. I ordered a Chinese meal on the Saturday as we had been out, but even though it was ordered at 6.30pm it didn’t arrive until nearly 10pm. Thankfully, the younger ones had opted for a Mc Donalds instead and their Dad had fetched that. Note to self, do not order food for delivery on a Saturday evening.

curry

Anyway, I do think we’ve had our fill of curry for now so next weeks menu doesn’t have it on at all. And if we order take out at any point, it won’t be curry and it won’t be on Saturday!

This Weeks Curry Free menu

  • Saturday – Fish and Chips
  • Sunday – pie
  • Monday – paella
  • Tuesday – fajita/ chicken wraps
  • Wednesday – sausages and mash or chips
  • Thursday – pasta bake/macaroni cheese
  • Friday – Quiche or Kiev

Although, now I come to think, I don’t believe we’ve had a Mapu Curry for a while…mmmm!

I’ve already started filling in my online basket for the Christmas food shop. There is no way I’d be able to handle the supermarket. I have also ordered my Turkey crown and a few other treats from elsewhere. We are picking them up from Marks and Spencers. I thought the Christmas pre-order would have been cheaper at Morrisons, but it wasn’t.

Keeping it simple this week and linking up with Katy Kicker’s Meal planning linky.

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Weekly Meal Plan -oops I did it again!

Oops I bought another take out. It happened on Friday, and simply because I felt lazy. Half of us had chip shop and the other half pizza. I rejected pizza because it gives me heartburn, but oops again, it looks like chip shop food gives me heartburn too. At this rate I won’t be eating anything.

So this week is starting from Saturday gone, but I’ve only just got around to writing it. I can safely say that Saturday and Sunday went to plan. I couldn’t believe my ears when everyone agreed to a Sunday roast, we’ve not had one in ages because nobody really likes it, apart from me apparently.

This Weeks Menu

This weeks meal plan with no oops involved, I hope
  • Saturday – curry and rice
  • Sunday – Chicken roast dinner
  • Monday – fajitas
  • Tuesday – Toad in the hole, or just sausages and mash
  • Wednesday – Pizza
  • Thursday – fish and chips/chicken and chips
  • Friday – slow cooked lamb roghan josh

Last week we had pasta bake down for Wednesday but my other half fancied bolognese, and this went down well with everyone, apart from Star who doesn’t eat any kind of pasta at all. I had to use quorn for my eldest daughter and didn’t realise just how long it had been in the freezer, so another oops moment as it was out of date and pretty rotten tasting (I thought it looked okay, who’d have thought that quorn went off!) So, she ended up having tinned meatballs with Star, who had hers with waffles instead of spaghetti. All’s well that ends well.

What are you eating this week? Linking up with Katy Kicker.

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Weekly Meal Plan – What’s on the Menu

Sometimes I could scream, planning a menu that pleases everyone is such a difficult task. Not only that, with so many people in the house it’s hard to find a single day when they want to eat what I’ve planned even though it’s generally something they like.

I get told that they are fed up of the meals on the menu, but then when I add something new they don’t want to try it. Each week I try and do my best by shopping carefully and working out a budget, then it all gets blown on take outs. I’m seriously fed up of food. In fact I’ve not been eating much myself, not that I think anyone else has noticed they are too busy arguing with me about what they have to eat.

Anyway, less moaning please, lets get on with this weeks menu and see how we do.

  • Saturday – Take Out…more about that below
  • Sunday – pie and mash
  • Monday – paella because we didn’t have it last week, or Pizza if they don’t want it again.
  • TuesdayThai lamb chops and coriander salad
  • Wednesday – Pasta bake
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – fish or chicken and chips

I’ve had my chips

First of all, I didn’t want a take out on Saturday, we had plenty to eat in the fridge and the freezer. But, I wasn’t feeling too good and eldest daughter didn’t want anything I had to offer. She wanted KFC. I hate getting KFC because no matter how much I buy it always causes arguments of who’s eaten all the boneless or you’ve had enough leave some for everyone else. So, I agreed so long as it was just her and her sister and everyone else could have a take out from our favourite chip shop. I had this brilliant idea, our chip shop delivers, so husband and the girls went to KFC and I ordered our chips to be delivered…..2 flippin hours it took them. I phoned up twice. I even said my hubby would come and collect the order but apparently it was on it’s way already. I use them all the time and there is no excuse for an order to take 2 hours so I’ve put in a complaint and I won’t be using them again. Time to find a new chippie.

Just to add to my misery this week, my deep fat fryer decided it wasn’t going to heat up anymore. We have an air fryer, but guess what, only half the family like chips in there. The others will have oven chips, but not husband, last Thursday saw him cooking his chips in a wok full of hot fat.

Sorry for beign a moaning minnie this week. I’m sure this week is going to go perfectly well.

*crying inside*

You can read my previous meal plans here.

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My Weekly Meal Plan

Ok, I’ve been having some issues with my meal plan. I haven’t posted one for two weeks. I even took my eldest daughter, who is the most difficult to please, out to Morrisons but we still didn’t end up with any good meals. So, I’ve really been whinging it every day and we’ve had lots of take outs, tsk tsk.

It’s Christmas next month so I really need to hold on to those purse strings, buy better food and get myself sorted and reduce take outs.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Lamb curry
  • Sunday – Toad in the hole and mash
  • Monday – chicken and chorizo paella
  • Tuesday – steak or pasta bake
  • Wednesday – Enchiladas or fajitas
  • Thursday – pork dish
  • Friday – fish or chicken and chips

Only half the family like steak so it will be a two meal day on Tuesday, but I don’t mind, I already have the steak. I can make either enchiladas or fajitas on Wednesday depending on what the family fancies. The kids just tend to have chicken wraps with salad and nachos.

We had a lamb curry last week and although the lamb was lovely and tender, the sauce was not so tasty, it was a bit bland. So this week we’ll spice it up a bit more. One of the children has curry with us, the other two will have to have something from the freezer.

I’m hoping the chicken and chorizo paello is accepted because we’ve had it quite a lot lately (although not for a few weeks.) My family is so hard to please, when my older kids were little we would have the same meals on rotation over two weeks, but now they get bored of food so quickly. I get so frustrated with them, I really just want to tell them to eat up or go without, which I often do. The kids will eat then, but the older ones end up causing the most fuss. Does anyone else get bored of meals, I mean to the point that even if it’s something they really enjoy they don’t want to eat it anymore because they are sick of it? I am running out of ideas, and find it so difficult to please 7 people. I think I could do with some help.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Shopping

Shopping – or the lack of it!

I’m slacking again! I usually have plenty of free time on Saturday to write up my meal plan and then do the shopping on Sunday. But last Saturday I was recovering from a night out on Friday. No, I didn’t get plastered, any kind of activity, like leaving the house, leaves me too shattered to do anything, even pick up the laptop and think about shopping.

Anyway, here I am a bit late., having just finished the online shop for delivery for tomorrow. But I’ll let you know what we ate the weekend.

This Weeks Plan


  • Saturday – pasta bake
  • Sunday – curry (sweet and sour for me and eldest son)
  • Monday – Take out
  • Tuesday – Chicken kiev
  • Wednesday – Mapo Curry
  • Thursday – fish and chips (or chicken)
  • Friday – crispy pork and noodles

I’m afraid it’s take out on Monday because I didn’t get around to doing the shopping online in time for a Monday delivery. But, I should actually be in hospital today so we tend to have take out on hospital days anyway. I’m taking a 3 month break from my treatment, unless I go downhill rapidly then I’ll be straight back in.

Last week my eldest daughter and I tried this recipe, Japanese style mackerel rice bowl, which we really enjoyed. So it will probably be something we try again.

Meal Planning

I was looking for something to write on the other day while in my bedroom and came across around six notebooks. Every single one had some sort of meal plan inside. It looked like I was obsessed with food!

When you look at my bookshelves, you will find at least 15 cookery books (ok I haven’t counted them but there is probably more.) My Kindle even has cookery books on it. I seem to be always on the look out for food that pleases at least half of my family. Also, we get bored of meals pretty quickly. When I was growing up we knew exactly what we having on every day of the week. Mum’s shopping was the same every single week. Online shopping was not an option back then and Mum would go from supermarket to supermarket to get the best deals. Those were the days that you could find at least three small supermarkets on the high street.

Online recipes are great, I love how you can just type in a few ingredients and there will be a recipe somewhere. I guess that’s why my bookshelf is gathering dust.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Sweet and Sour

I think sweet and sour sums up last week too. I was so bored of the same meals that I wrote my meal plan with the idea what I already had in the cupboards, fridge and freezer. We did stick to most of it, and my shopping bill was only £130. Also, I didn’t spend much during the week either. So, I might have been bored of food but it was cheap. The only meal I swapped was on the Wednesday, I’d put fish or pork, and we ended up having toad-in-the-hole.

This weeks Meal Plan

I’m doing a sweet and sour this week as my son has been asking for months. I love it made in the slow cooker, it’s so easy, just through it all in and let it cook. Then make some rice to go with it. I’m thinking about making some battered quorn or tofu and straining off some of the sauce for my daughter. She likes the sauce but won’t eat chicken or most of the vegetables.

Let’s get on to this weeks meal plan

  • Saturday – Take out
  • Sunday – Stir Fry
  • Monday – Sweet and Sour Chicken
  • Tuesday – Sausage ragu (or sausage pasta bake)
  • Wednesday – pies and mash or chips
  • Thursday – quiche / salmon parcels.
  • Friday – pasta with spinich and stilton.

We are already on Sunday and we started with a Take Out because Graham went out and I didn’t feel like cooking, plus we had kind of ate everything we had.

Today, Sunday, we are having a stir fry because I really fancy it. I cook the chicken, noodles and vegetables and keep everything seperate. Then everyone can choose what they actually want in their stir fry and it takes a minute to fry it up with their chosen seasoning or sauce. Star doesn’t eat noodles so I’ll make her a little mash and she can have chicken and vegetables with mash instead.

I’m a bit worried about the sausage ragu, but we’ve had sausage pasta bake before so I’ll just make sure it’s got ingredients that will please everyone. I’ll add the pasta last, so Star can have mash again.

The sweet and sour can be served with rice, or noodles or even chips (star doesn’t eat rice either!)

I’m actually beginning to look forward to food again and I love all the inspiration I get from reading the other weekly meal plans in Katy’s meal planning linky.

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