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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

weekly meal plan image
  • 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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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went okay, we had to swap the pork meatballs and spaghetti because they didn’t arrive in the shopping, so we had another lasagna.

On Friday we had the carpet fitted and although I’d pre-prepared dinner, the kitchen was a mess. A lot of the stuff from the living had been stored in the kitchen during the day and it was just too untidy to do any cooking. I could have cleaned it up I guess but Graham was out taking his brother home who’d come to help to move furniture, and I was completely out of spoons. So we had a take out instead.

This Weeks Meal Plan

  • Saturday – Peri peri Pork strips with lime and chilli rice and ratatouille
  • Sunday – Pie and mash
  • Monday – fish/ chicken and chips
  • Tuesday- pasta bake (either chicken or sausages)
  • Wednesday – fajitas
  • Thursday – Paella
  • Friday – curry

As I’m writing this on Sunday, I can already show you pic of Saturday’s meal. It was really yummy, although eldest daughter didn’t enjoy it.

Peri Peri Pork Strips with Ratatouille, lime and chilli rice and a side salad

Peri Peri Pork strips on a plate with rice salad and ratatouille

It was so simple to make. I bought the pork in boneless steaks and cut them in strips. Then I marinaded them in a bought sauce; Nando’s Peri Peri sauce. I left them overnight for extra flavour. The rice was also a cheat, a packet of microwave chilli and lime rice that we’d had in a degustabox a couple of months ago and not used. The ratatouile was a selection of chopped vegetables, I put in courgettes, aubergine and green peppers. Then I covered it with a slightly spicy tomato sauce from a packet which had also arrived in a degustabox. I popped them in the oven to bake until soft. The Pork I grilled until just cooked, the rice I popped in the microwave, and the salad was just lettuce, cucumber and grated carrot. Those of the family that are not keen on rice had straight to wok noodles with soy sauce.

I’m not a pork lover but I did pork as my eldest daughter doesn’t each chicken. She hated the meal anyway, so next time I will do it with chicken 🙂

The kids break up on Friday so I best get checking out some simple lunch ideas for them. They love to cook their own lunch at weekends so I’m going to be researching some real easy recipes for them to cook themselves. We are also going to do some taste testing, trying new tastes each week. Fingers crossed they will be eating more than chicken nuggets by the end of the holidays. I can only hope.

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This Weeks Meal Plan – Food for Thought

I missed last week’s meal plan post. I was far too busy with other thing and the food kind of suffered too. We ate out on Sunday Night for my Daughter’s birthday (bang went the budget £150 for 3 of us!!) I have just winged the rest of the week which has not been good. Last night we had a take out!! (Another £40, am I made of money.)

We had a BBQ, thankfully we already had a lot of burgers and sausages in the freezer. I’d seen some kebabs in the supermarket which were £4.50 for 4. So I put them back and made my own. I spent about £10, but made about 18 so much better value, probably nicer too because I could choose the veg and flavouring for each one, and we had a mixture of chicken and pork.

We did manage the slow cooker lamb curry which was delicious, but my daughter complained about the house smelling of curry all day. Then I realised that’s why I don’t use my slow cooker so much, I have three children with sensory issues and the smell of cooking all day bothers them. I guess I could use it on school days but then the holidays are coming up! Argh! At least they like the smell of bread cooking so maybe I’ll make more bread instead and we can try some different kind of sandwiches.

I managed to defrost my freezer!! The husband helped by removing a lot of the ice. When I get my new freezer I’m going to make sure it’s self defrosting like our other one. We haven’t had to defrost that one in 8 years.

This weeks Food

This week I really need to be more frugal, and I’m dreading the kids being off school in a couple of weeks. I’m going to have to search out some lunch time ideas for them. I might try introducing them to some new foods each week, maybe a fruit or vegetable?

  • Saturday – Chicken and chorizo paella
  • Sunday – Chicken Roast dinner (it’s gone a little cooler!)
  • Monday – meatballs and spaghetti
  • Tuesday – Pizza and garlic bread
  • Wednesday – Steak for the boys, kiev for the girls
  • Thursday – quiche and salad (maybe a few fries)
  • Friday – fish and chips (chicken for Graham)

So that’s this weeks list. The shopping is done £182, including lunches for my daughter who is working three days next week. Of course I have to buy other essentials besides food, like washing liquid, cat food, deodorant etc. The meals will probably be mixed around but I am absolutely not buying any take outs or eating out this week!

I’m Linking up to Katy Kicker for her Meal Planning Linky.

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