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Weekly Meal Plan – Back to School

I’ve missed meal planning for a couple of weeks again. Last week I was in hospital all day every day, coming home in time for dinner, but I really didn’t feel like cooking and my appetite was low. We had a take out a couple of times, but mostly we managed to rustle something up. I got sent a Mindful Chef delivery which I hadn’t ordered and it wasn’t really food we’d have chosen, but we ate it, and it wasn’t too bad. If I’m really honest, I was so out of it last week I don’t really know how it went. This week the kids are back to school so I had to work harder on figuring out a menu.

This Weeks Menu, Back to School

This week we have another Mindful Chef Delivery and I chose two chicken recipes. Which is a bit of a chicken overload, but like I said, I was a bit out of it last week so I guess I just chose what I fancied without thinking too much. They both look nice though. I may have to ditch one of the other chicken recipes this week. I’m struggling, if I’m honest. I just don’t know what to cook. I always have little extras like sausages though, so I may try a toad-in-the hole. Or we could have a fry up dinner. What do you always have to hand for those days when you just don’t know what to cook?

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food. This week we are trying something new

With the kids back at school, (well two of them anyway) I don’t have to worry about lunches anymore. I do still feed them at the weekend though! It does feel strange not buying all that extra stuff for their lunches. I still have one at home but she’s sticking with sandwiches because that’s what she would have at school. I’ve treated her to a couple of baguettes this week.

You can check out some of my Mindful Chef recipes here

If you have kids and would like to get them interested in cooking, I’ve just become an affiliate for a fabulous kids monthly recipe box called Little Cooks. You can read my post about it here.

Linking up to Katy Kicker’s Meal Planning Linky

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Weekly Meal Plan – When Cooking Becomes a Chore

When Cooking Becomes a Chore

I didn’t write a menu last week. I was just so fed up of cooking. I winged it and we ended up having two take outs! The first was planned as it was Star’s birthday and she wanted a pizza from Dominoes. I always use Top Cash Back* (referral link) when ordering take outs, it earns me a little cash and over time it adds up. I’m currently just short of withdrawing £100 and I’ve withdrawn over £1000 over the years.

This Weeks Menu, it’s a Mindful Chef Week

I have my Mindful Chef delivery on Tuesday and we have a chicken recipe and a vegetarian recipe arriving. I’ve also chosen a pork recipe from their cookbook. I am really trying to get my love of cooking back.

Weekly meal plan banner with a healthy colourful bowl of food. This week we are trying something new
  • Monday – Quiche and pizza (Something quick and easy as I’ve a hospital appointment)
  • Tuesday – Chipotle Chicken, sweet potato and avocado
  • Wednesday – Lamb Burgers in pitta bread with salad and curly fries
  • Thursday – Sticky Tamarind and ginger Tofu with mangetout
  • Friday – Jerk Chicken and peas and rice
  • Saturday – Hot Dogs and/or burgers
  • Sunday – Roast Pork and pear with crispy sage, tenderstem and celeraic slaw (Mindful Chef cookbook)

You can check out some of my Mindful Chef recipes here

Lunches for the kids, they can choose what they want on each day. Kids are not going back to school for a couple more weeks!

  • chicken nuggets and fries
  • cheese or ham (or even cucumber) sandwiches
  • salad bar with soft tortillas
  • sausage rolls and cheese and crackers
  • toasted cheese sandwiches
  • fish cakes/ turkey dinosaurs and waffles
  • eggy bread cheese sandwiches
  • sausage sandwiches
  • sausage and beans and waffles
  • quesadillas
  • chicken burgers

If you have kids and would like to get them interested in cooking, I’ve just become an affiliate for a fabulous kids monthly recipe box called Little Cooks. You can read my post about it here.

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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 – 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 – 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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