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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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Weekly Meal Plan -bored!

Last weeks meal plan didn’t go too badly, but I have to admit I am so bored of food. It doesn’t help that I have no appetite, I could quite happily live on snacks every now and then. But I don’t have that privilage, I have a family to feed. So, how can I mix it up without everyone refusing to eat? It’s not an easy feat with a family of seven.

Let’s look at last week first. It didn’t go too badly, we even skipped the take out as I managed to cook on hospital day. One minute I was fast asleep on the settee (it makes me really tired) then suddenly I woke, went to the kitchen and cooked everyone chicken and chips. My eldest son was a bit amused by this. But it saved me a small fortune. We didn’t have the lasagna, I went out with my daughter, so the others had more stuff from the freezer and I had a risotto with vegetables.

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Curry and naan
  • Sunday – lasagna
  • Monday – pizza
  • Tuesday – chicken and chips
  • Wednesday – fish or pork
  • Thursday – fajitas
  • Friday – quiche and salad

Bored

I’m not happy with this weeks menu but I’ll keep it up for now. I did say I was bored! I’m hoping that later in the week I can get to the supermarket and maybe buy something different. So far my bill is only £130 and that includes all the basics, so If I can get a couple of extra meals for £30 then I’ll be happy. I’ll let you know how I get on next week.

Also, I think I need to hit those cook books!

Linking up with Katy’s Meal Planning Linky (also a good place for meal inspiration)

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Weekly Meal Plan – Mapo Curry Recipe

I’ve not written a meal plan for a couple of weeks, but this week I’m back with a recipe too. Mapo Curry is a Japanese dish that is popular in china! This recipe is my daughter’s version which we find delicious.

Mapo Curry

INGREDIENTS:

  • 500g minced pork
  • 350g firm tofu
  • 250 ml of chicken stock
  • 1 tbs Red Miso paste
  • 1 tbs Oyster Sauce
  • 1 tsp of harissa paste
  • 1 tsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1 inch of fresh ginger, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3 spring onions, chopped
  • boiled rice to serve

METHOD:

Prepare the sauce by mixing the cornflour soy sauce, harissa paste, oyster sauce, miso paste, chicken stock in a bowl.

Prepare the tofu by slicing into 1 inch squares

put the sesame oil in the pan and gently fry the garlic and ginger for about 1 minute then add the mince, stirring until brown.

Add the sauce and mix well, bringing to the boil. 

Turn down the heat and add the tofu, stirring gently to coat without breaking it up.

Serve with boiled rice and sprinkle with the spring onion pieces.

Mapo Tofu curry
The Japanese version of the Sichuan classic pork and tofu dish.

I know the ingredient list sounds long, but most of it can be used more than once. It’s been one of our favourite dishes for a long time. My husband is allergic to sea food so the oyster sauce is replaced with plum sauce and we make his up seperately. All ingredients can be found in most supermarkets. I always buy from Sainsburys.

The curry can be cooked in the time it takes to boil the rice, so remember to get that on first 🙂

We had Mapo Curry last week, so it’s not on our menu this week.

Weekly Meal Plan

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  • Saturday – Quiche and salad
  • Sunday – Pies and mash
  • Monday – I’m in hospital so it will probably be a take out
  • Tuesday – Lasagne
  • Wednesday – Paella
  • Thursday – curry (From a jar)
  • Friday – Fish and chips

See my last weekly meal plan here.

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Weekly Meal Plan – Eggy Bread &Cheese Recipe

Welcome to my meal plan for this week. I’m including one of my kid’s favourite lunch time recipes of Eggy Bread Cheese Sandwhiches too.

I haven’t done a meal plan for the last couple of weeks. We had a holiday that sort of went through two weeks messing things up a bit. You would have been proud of me this last week though. Before we went away I arranged for a shop to come on the day we got home and I only spent £125. We got home rather late so the kids had nuggets and chips (quick and easy) and the adults had a take out. BUT, I didn’t spend any more money all week!!

This Weeks Meal Plan

This week we are not going to be so frugal as it’s my Daughter’s birthday so we are starting with a meal out (Which I know is going to cost a bomb!) Thankfully, it’s the last birthday this summer.

  • Saturday – Pizza Hut for birthday meal
  • Sunday – Toad-in-the hole
  • Monday – Paella
  • Tuesday – Chicken and chips
  • Wednesday – Lasagne
  • Thursday Peri Peri pork strips with ratatouille
  • Friday – Fish or chicken meal

I found out on holiday that Boo likes Scampi! I love it too but no-one else is keen. It’s good to add an extra meal to the kids menu though.

I have to say, the kids have been fantastic at cooking their own lunch nearly every day during the school holidays. It’s been a big relief for me as I find it very tiring cooking. They look for what they feel like eating and cook it mostly themselves with me standing by. It’s not a lot, but they have made sausage sandwiches, pasta and sauce, turkey dinosaurs and oven fries, quesadillas, and eggy bread cheese sandwhiches.

Here’s a quick recipe for Eggy Bread Cheese Sandwhiches.

ingredients:

  • Enough bread and cheese to make a cheese sandwhich for each person.
  • eggs (1 per person)
  • a little cooking oil
  • First make your cheese sandwhiches and cut them into four squares. Then squash them so they are quite flat.
  • whisk up your eggs in a bowl
  • put the cooking oil in a frying pan and allow it to get hot.
  • when the oil is hot start dipping your sandwhiches into the egg mixture and put them straight into the pan. (tip: it’s best to cook one sandwhich at a time, so four squares.)
  • Turn them over to see if they are brown on one side, and leave to brown the other side. They should be golden brown when you take them out of the pan.
  • Leave one a piece of kitchen paper towel to dry off excess grease.

We like to eat ours either on their own or with a little ketchup or brown sauce.

Linking up with Katy Kickers Meal Planning Linky

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Weekly Meal Plan – Vouchers

Last week we started with a party, this week we started with a take out. It wasn’t too bad as we had already cooked the kid’s dinner but then the adults didn’t want anything that was on offer so I ordered Chinese take out.

We also ate out a couple of times last week too, just with the younger kids, but at least we got out of the house. On Thursday we took them to Mc Donalds, I had a sharp realisation that my kids are growing up as not one them wanted a Happy Meals…it’s the end of an era, Happy Meal days are over! On Friday we were out by 9am and come lunch time the kid’s were starving. Okay, they were starving by 11.30 am I guess that’s what fresh air does for you. I’d considered taking a picnic but I wasn’t sure the weather was going to hold out, so we opted for the cafe instead. As it happened we had a lovely sunny day and the rain only arrived thirty minutes after we got home.

This Weeks Meal Plan with Vouchers

I’ve reigned in the spending this week with some great vouchers. On Friday I received a voucher in the post for Amazon Prime Now. They deliver food from Morrisons in around 2 hours. I generally do a weekend shop at Morrison’s anyway so why not give it a try. Especially as they were giving me a £10 voucher off a £50 spend. I ordered at 4pm and my shopping arrived at 6pm!

I also had some vouchers in the post from Sainsburys, offering me £15 off a £100 spend for the next four weeks. (Well it started last week but I’d not received the letter in the post then. I always check my available vouchers though and was surprised at finding £15 off on there.

So, saving a total of £25, my shopping this week has come to £146.

This weeks meal plan with vouchers
  • Saturday – Take Out
  • Sunday – breaded chicken fillets with pasta
  • Monday – burgers and fries
  • Tuesday – fajita
  • Wednesday – pork noodle ramen
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – curry

I won’t be doing a Meal Planning post next week as we are off on holiday. I’ll still have to shop for the big kids who will be staying home. But I’m thinking it’s not going to cost too much for just the two of them? (She says hopefully)

Linking up with Katy’s meal planning linky.

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Weekly Meal Plan and a Party

Last weeks meal plan went fairly well, just a few changes and one take out! This week started with a party meal for my daughter’s 12th birthday.

I was supposed have been in hospital on Monday but I had to delay my treatment until Thursday. The pizzas we had planned because of the appointment were still eaten though. And because my treatment was at a later time and I didn’t get home until after 6pm we decided to get a chip shop meal. At least it was a little cheaper than our usual Chinese meal or Dominoes. (Why are Dominoes so expensive, our local pizza shop does lovely pizzas but the family insist on Dominoes, generally I get them to pay for it though so I can’t complain.)

This weeks shopping came to less than £200 including lunches.

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Boo’s Party meal
  • Sunday – pie and mash
  • Monday – lasagna
  • Tuesday – fish/chicken and chips
  • Wednesday – pasta bake
  • Thursday – Paella
  • Friday – curry, rice and poppadoms

The Peri Peri Chicken meal we had in the degustabox was very tasty. The Chicken was coated with a little pot of glaze which went all sticky when cooked in the oven and it was just the right amount of spiciness. The wedges were delicious, so tasty, but also a little spicy. I think that’s why the sweetcorn aioli was the part which would have added the coolness but as I’m the only person who likes sweetcorn I didn’t bother making it. I wish I had just for me though.

The kit costs £1.50 and it just contains the spice mix, you need to add the main ingredients like chicken and potatoes (and sweetcorn and mayonnaise if you make the aioli.) It’s probably worth it for the convenience, but I’m sure I’d be able to make it from scratch anyway, especially as I already have a huge spice cupboard. Anyway, they don’t sell it in my supermarket.

The Party!

I’ll leave you with a little photo of the kids enjoying the party food on Saturday.

party food
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Weekly Meal Plan

Last Weeks Plan and what was Eaten

Last weeks meal plan went okay although we may have swapped the days around. Thats not a problem though, so long as the meals get eaten and I don’t have to fork out on Take Outs…Yay, we managed no take out’s last week. With our holiday looming closer I’m looking to saving as much as possible and take outs for 7 are not cheap!

This week I have to budget in kids lunches, we’ve had a talk about this and some of the things we have come up with are, chicken dippers, fish fingers, pasta, noodles, enchiladas and savoury pancakes. Not a bad start, I’ll see how we get on. I’m treating them to a chip shop lunch tomorrow as I will be in hospital all day and their Dad is taking them to visit his mum. Our evening meal will have to be quick and easy because I can’t do much when I get home from hospital, so it’s probably going to be pizza.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Curry, rice and poppadoms
  • Sunday – Meatballs and spaghetti
  • Monday – Pizza
  • Tuesday – Peri Peri Chicken (from a kit in our Degustabox)
  • Wednesday – Tacos
  • Thursday – pasta bake
  • Friday – Fish and Chips

The Peri Peri Chicken is a 3 stage cooking kit from Simply Cook which we had in last weeks Degustabox. It looks quite interesting but I doubt I would buy it again unless it became available in my regular supermarkets. I guess we’ll see how it goes. I do like the Nando’s peri per sauce though.

I’m not sure what kind of pasta bake I will do yet. I need to finish my shopping first so I’ll be looking for inspiration.

Next Saturday is Boo’s birthday and she’s having some friends over for a tea party. I’m hoping to extend the food into something we can all have for dinner. My older kid’s complain about party food, just like they do about BBQs saying it’s not enough and doesn’t feel like a real meal! I believe we eat twice as much as we normally would. I mean when would you ever dish up a burger meal with more than two burgers, a hot dog, a kebab stick, corn on the cob and salad? (which is the average amount eaten by them at a BBQ)

I can’t wait to read what everyone else is cooking this week on Katy’s link up.

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