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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went well, apart from the curry which I didn’t make because I wasn’t well. I will make it this week instead.

No take outs this week, but we did go out for a meal. It wasn’t my fault, it was my brother’s birthday. We all went apart from eldest daughter, and although we ate at around 3.30pm we ate enough to keep us full all day. If you are interested in what we ate, two kids had fish and chips, one had gammon. Graham had a big breakfast (which was HUGE) and my son had a big pizza. I went for the vegan menu and had a gorgeous red pepper and aubergine bake with tomato sauce, it came with salad and garlic bread. Then of course there was birthday cake for desert.

This weeks meal plan

  • Saturday – Eat out
  • Sunday – pies and mash
  • Monday – Pasta based dishes.
  • Tuesday – tacos
  • Wednesday – lamb curry
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – Freezer raid*

On Friday I’m going to raid the freezer for things that need to be eaten to give us some extra space. These will probably be things like chicken dippers, fish fingers, fish cakes, chicken pieces etc. I’ll see what everyone fancies so I’ll probably end up cooking three or four different meals. When they are frozen meals though it’s not much bother. The aim is to empty one of the freezers as it needs defrosting. The other freezer is self defrosting.

Two fridge freezers are a pain but we do have a big family so they are necessary. My hope is to replace both of them with one big double America style freezer, but that would involve moving one of my kitchen cupboards. We’ve already had some great advice on what freezer to get so it’s just a matter of time and money.

What are you cooking this week? Find out what other’s are cooking over on Katy Kickers meal planning linky.

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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last weeks meal plan went pretty well. Apart from swapping the days around a little, we had everything on the list…and no take outs!

This week I’m writing this on Sunday despite getting the shopping early and starting it on Saturday. And guess what? I’m starting with a take out! So, annoyed. I was really poorly yesterday, practically comatose from lunch time onward. So when it came to dinner time it was suggested that we had take out so I wouldn’t have to cook. I would much have preferred for someone else to do the cooking, but I was too weak to argue.

  • Saturday – Take Out (silent grrr)
  • Sunday – Salmon en croute (ready made from Sainsburys)
  • Monday – Paella
  • Tuesday -Lasagne
  • Wednesday – fish or Chicken and chips
  • Thursday – Fajita pasta bake
  • Friday Slow cooked lamb with pilau rice from Joleisa

Fingers crossed there will be no more take outs this week. Shopping this week came to £160. Take out cost me £36. Puts it into perspective doesn’t it?

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This Weeks Meal Plan

Last week didn’t go to plan. We had the Pizza and the hot dog sausage rolls, we also managed a past dish, but it was not on the days I suggested…and…slapped wrists for me..we had two take outs.

To be fair it was a difficult week, after my hospital appointment I just wanted to sleep, and then we had a funeral which just left me drained. So that’s when the take outs were ordered.

I’m trying something new. I’m changing my shopping day to Friday instead of Monday. That means I’m going to have to substitute this week by buying meals up until Friday, but after that we’ll be on a weekly budget again.

weekly meal plan

This Weeks meal plan menu

  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – Gammon and potatoes
  • Monday – Pizzas
  • Tuesday – pasta bake/mac and cheese
  • Wednesday – pies
  • Thursday – Sausages (maybe toad-in-the-hole, or just with egg and chips
  • Friday – fish

My Recipe for Mac and Cheese

I love Mac an cheese because it’s so versatile, you can basically throw in whatever you want. Here’s how we like it best.

Ingredients:

  • 200g macaroni
  • 100g cheddar
  • 50g mozerella
  • 50g butter
  • 1 tbs flour
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • 300ml milk (or half milk and half cream)
  • toppings such as bacon, cauliflower, breadcrumbs

Method:

  • First step is to cook the macaroni with the packet instructions. I like to stop cooking a little sooner so it still has some bite.
  • Then melt the butter in a saucepan and add the flour to create a paste then slowly add the milk stirring all the time to prevent any lumps.
  • When it’s mixed smooth and heated up add the cheeses and stir in until smooth.
  • Season with salt and pepper and take off the heat
  • Add the macaroni
  • season with salt and pepper
  • place into oven proof dish and sprinkle on toppings. ( I always do two dishes for me and my daughter – she likes cooked and chopped bacon on hers and I like a little roasted cauliflower. Or we just make do with some breadcrumbs.)
  • Bake for around 15 minutes at 180 C

This week will be expensive because of doing two shops, but hopefully I’ll get it sorted by not paying out for take outs.

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My Weekly Meal Plan

I didn’t write a meal plan for the last week because I was away and since getting back I’ve been really overwhelmed with things to do, never mind writing down our menu.

Good news is, we managed our BBQ (which was on my last published meal plan) and got to use my new garden table. I’m a bit fed up of regular BBQ food though, I may have to look for some alternatives.

I’m in hospital this Tuesday for treatment so I’ve opted for something quick and easy to add to the menu, pizza!

A dish of colourful food to illustrate our weekly meal plan menu

This Weeks Meal Plan Menu

  • Monday – pasta bake
  • Tuesday – pizza
  • Wednesday – Hot Dog sausage rolls
  • Thursday – Lasagne
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – pie and mash

I spent a total of £160 on this weeks shopping which I think is really good, so I’m hoping I can stick to that in the future. Next payday, I’m thinking of a little trip to a cheaper store to stock up on things like washing liquid and other cleaning products as well as cat food and maybe even a few freezer things for back up. It’s always good to have a well stocked freezer just in case no-one fancies what’s on the menu. I like a good stack of tins and packets too.

If I’m honest, we could probably manage a week or two on buying nothing but perishables (milk, bread etc.) I know my Mum used to have to do this sometimes. We do get lazy with cooking though. I also have a store cupboard of herbs and spices and it’s just a case of adding fresh meat, fish or quorn for a delicious meal. I really need to cut down on take outs because we can’t be bothered to cook. It makes such a huge difference to my meal budgeting. A take out for 7 people is very expensive.

Linking up to Katy and her Meal Planning linky

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Weekly Meal Plan

My meal plan, a photo of a plate of colourful food

This weeks Meal Plan

  • Monday – BBQ
  • Tuesday – lasagne
  • Wednesday – Mediterranean fish
  • Thursday – pizza
  • Friday – chicken and chips
  • Saturday – Take out
  • Sunday – Pies

Last week’s meal plan went okay, apart from not having the Mediterranean fish, so I’ve put that again this week.

We may have a move around of meals this week as we’ve been promised warmer weather and I’ve a freezer full of BBQ food. I guess we’ll have to wait for the right day though. I’ve also got a new garden table that I’m itching to use…so please weather, be kind this week.

Also, we won’t be home on Friday and Saturday. My plan is to treat the older two left behind to a take out. Hopefully it won’t cost too much for just the two of them. Friday they can stick in some chicken and chips from the freezer, or have whatever they can find. They are old enough to fend for themselves.

Shopping last week was a bit of a nightmare as I had a ‘funny turn’ while doing the online shop and had to give up. I wasn’t even sure if I’d been through the payment page, but I did and the shopping arrived on Monday…well, about three quarters of it did. We still managed up until the weekend though, then I had to do a quick top up shop at Iceland. Total shopping this week works out at £160, plus little extras for milk, bread etc. As there are seven of us, I call that a good week.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do next week as I will be away the weekend. I may have to forward plan and get the shop done early but still to arrive on Monday. I just hope I don’t forget!

Linking up with Katy’s Meal Planning Linky.

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Weekly Meal Plan

Meal Planning

I haven’t done a meal plan here in a little while because I was doing it on Monday after the shopping had arrived and it seemed disadvantageous. I do my weekly shop online on Sunday, so now I’m planning earlier so I know what I want to buy, rather than what I’m going to cook with what I’ve bought. It’s not rocket science really is it!

This Weeks Plan

  • Monday – Mediterranean fish and new potatoes
  • Tuesday – Turkey Meatballs and spaghetti
  • Wednesday – Hot Dog Rolls and fries
  • Thursday – Pasta bake
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – Chicken roast

The fish on Monday is a pre-prepared one. Graham will need a chicken alternative due to his fish and seafood allergy

The Turkey meatballs we buy ready made and I make a lovely tomato based sauce for them. I don’t eat spaghetti (yes, even I’m a pain sometimes) so I’ll have mine with pasta instead.

Quick recipe – Hot Dog Rolls

Hot Dog rolls are surprisingly delicious. I buy frankfurter sausages and ready made puff pastry. Roll out the pastry and cut it into strips just a little longer and just over twice as wide as the sausages. The put the sausage in the middle and smear with mustard and tomato ketchup (or whatever relish you prefer.) Then I slit the pasty on either side of the sausage at slight angles kind of like wings on each side. Then brush with egg wash and fold the sides alternately. Or you can just wrap them up like sausage rolls. Brush the tops with egg wash and bake until puffed and golden (About 15 to 20 minutes.)

Young’s Frozen fish is our favourite brand. We have found that beer battered fish is less soggy when baked. If you want a fish without a soggy bottom then I’ve found getting it out of the freezer 10 minutes before cooking works best.

Curry on Saturday will be from a jar, we are currently trying all brands to find our favourite.

The Sunday Roast is not a family favourite, so I’ll provide some pasta dishes for those that complain.

Shopping

We actually went to the supermarket last week, and still have some food left that will help with this weeks shop. I will be back to shopping online this week though.

One thing I picked up which I wouldn’t normally buy is cold teabags. Now I have to drink a lot of water because of my treatment and I get fed up of plain water. So, I thought I’d try something different. These are okay, a little less stronger than squash and they gave you the sort of flavour you’d expect from a bottle of still flavoured water. They were a bit more expensive but I found I could leave the ‘teabag’ in and keep refilling my bottle and the flavour lasted for about four 500ml bottles, so better value in the end.

Fingers crossed it all goes to plan this week.

Katykicker

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Meal Planning Monday



  • Monday – Tacos
  • Tuesday – Lasagne
  • Wednesday – scallops/chicken and pasta
  • Thursday – Pies
  • Friday – Fish and chips
  • Saturday – Curry
  • Sunday – lamb roast dinner

Last week didn’t go exactly to plan. We didn’t have the fajita pasta bake we had pizza instead. Also we didn’t have the scallops so we are having them this week.

On Friday we ended up having a Chinese take out as Graham went out and I can’t cook alone. And on Saturday I can’t even tell you what we had because I was so ill, so everyone took care of themselves.

Tacos are a big favourite and we haven’t had them for a while. We love the Heinz creations Mexican beans pouches for the vegetarian option. They are so simple to make.

Lets see if we can stick to the plan this week!

Katykicker

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Meal Planning Monday

Meal plaaning monday image with a plate of food in the middle


This week I am joining in with Katy Kicker and her Meal Planning Linky. I’m hoping to make this a regular thing as I’m hopeless at sticking to making meal plans ot only that but my shopping habits have become a mess. I’m spending more than £200 a week on food and we are still turning to take outs at least once a week. I NEED HELP!

So, I’m giving this a lot of thought and writing down my plan before I do my online shop. Then I’ll revisit next week and see if it has helped. I’m not expecting miracles straight away, but hopefully I’ll get there eventually.

  • Monday: fajita pasta bake
  • Tuesday: lasagne for boys, scallop tagliatelle for girls
  • Wednesday: Chicken and Chorizo Paella
  • Thursday: quiche
  • Friday: fish and chips (chicken)
  • Saturday: Curry
  • Sunday: roast dinner

The fajita pasta bake is a fairly new discovery that we love. I can’t remember where I first saw it now. It’s just like making fajitas but instead of putting the filling into wraps you put them into cooked pasta.

The Chicken and chorizo paella is a big favourite too. My husband is allergic to fish and sea food so it’s a paella he can enjoy. It’s my husband who will have chicken instead of fish on Friday too.

chicken and chorizo paella on a plate
Chicken and Chorizo Paella

We haven’t had quiche for a while, the boys are easy and will share any shop bought one. I generally make one from scratch for the girls, but I’ve found a ‘free from’ one that we like.

I may change the curry on Saturday as we seem to have it a lot and we’re getting a bit bored. But hopefully the rest of the week will go to plan.

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Sit Down and Have a Cup of Tea

I love tea! I like coffee too, but tea is my go to drink and I find it so much more refreshing.

Tea is so versatile as you can find so many delicious flavours and drink it hot or cold. My personal favourite is Earl Gray but I love a good Breakfast Tea in the morning.

Twinings

Twinings have such a wide variety of tea it’s hard to choose once you visit their site. Strong, weak, fruity, hot or cold you’ll definitely find something to tickle your taste buds.

Twinings also have some fabulous offers on for February, for instance you can get 10% if you are a New Customer with code NEW10

Why not give yourself a boost with some of their new Superblends. for example:
Defence. A Citrus and Ginger Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Green Tea, Echinacea Root and added Vitamin C.

Energise. A Mandarin and Apple Flavoured Green Tea with Guarana and added Vitamin B6.

Turmeric. An Orange Flavoured Infusion with Turmeric and Star Anise.

Focus. Mango and Pineapple Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Ginseng Root and added Vitamin B6.

Digest. Apple Flavoured Herbal Infusion with Spearmint, Rooibos and Baobab.

Cold Infusions

Twinings Cold Infuse gives you a delicious taste to liven up your water without any of the hassle. The infusers are easy to use: just drop one of the infusion bags into a water bottle (500ml), wait for 5 minutes – stirring or shaking occasionally – and enjoy!

Want to liven up your water? Why not try dropping a cold infusion bag into sparkling water for a healthy, sugar-free alternative to fizzy drinks.

Designed to drop into your reusable water bottle, Cold Infuse is the perfect aid to helping you drink more water throughout the day, wherever you are. Simply drop, leave, shake and enjoy! 

Gifts

Valentines day is February 14th and Twinings have some fabulous gifts to choose from.

gift bag wiht breakfast tea, chocolate truffles, a keep warm cup and teabag tidy

The Roses Are Red giftbag is the perfect gift for any tea lover and is packed full of flavour from strong breakfast tea to the decadent truffles packed with fun popping candy, delighting your taste buds. There is also a keep cup, perfect for re-filling on the go and a stylish tea tidy.

box of tea bags, marmalade, shortbread biscuits, black gift bag

Breakfast in Bed.

Who wouldn’t love to be woken up with a cup of exquisite breakfast tea – lovingly made and accompanied by a little sweet treat.

This gift box includes:

If you are tempted I have one more offer for you, Free Delivery when you spend over £25 with code FDEL219

Enjoy!

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Blueberry Flapjacks

Blueberry flapjacks.

Ingredients:

  • 295g butter
  • 250g Tate and Lyles Golden Syrup
  • 500g porridge oats
  • 200g blueberries

Method:

  • Grease and line an 8″ square tin
  • In a non-stick pan gently heat the golden syrup and butter until melted
  • stir in the porridge oats
  • Stir through the blueberries
  • Pour into tin and press down firmly with the back of a spoon
  • bake for 25 minutes until golden brown
  • leave to cool in the tin
  • turn out and cut into slices

nb, the blueberries tend to make the flapjacks very soft and crumble, but it’s worth it for the burst of juicy flavour.

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