Meal Planning Monday 19.03.2012


With all good intentions, the last week of the month before we gets paid means we have to make do on the food front. Is it just us but is your weekly/monthly shop getting more expensive? There’s only two of us plus the dog and we’re spending at least £7o per week on food/drink. It’s a right pain (budget wise) when there’s more than 4 weeks in a month. We don’t have many luxuries at all except fresh fruit, salad and vegetables but who really calls fresh veg a luxury? I guess that’s the downside of eating healthily, you don’t take advantage of the BOGOFS and offers on all the heavily calorie loaded foods like pasta sauces, biscuits, crisps and food you can just stick in the oven straight from frozen. It’s so annoying.

Anyway, this week’s meals are again taking advantage of what we have in already, we’ve just added some extra ingredients to stretch them out a bit.

Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese
Tuesday: Oven baked battered fish and chips with obligatory mushy peas (post weigh in meal)
Wednesday: Chicken and Veg Stir fry with chow mein sauce
Thursday: Pork chops, vegetables and potatoes
Friday: Chicken curry and rice

Lunches for me will include ham salad bowls with pasta, piece of fruit and a WW chocolate bar, hubby will have usual turkey salad sandwiches with crisps, fruit and a sandwich biscuit.

Breakfasts will be fruit, yoghurt and porridge (Need to include more fibre in my diet as I’m not getting enough through the week). Hubby relies on toast and tea for breakfast (but that doesn’t fill me up and I get heartburn from any type of margarine or butter!)

How do you make sure you incorporate all your main food groups in your meals? I make sure I have a yoghurt per day for my calcium intake and usually get one or two portions of protein in along with the staple intake of carbs per day but thinking of foods to have to increase my iron levels and making sure I get enough fibre is too much to fit in. I’d be eating all day if I made sure I ate something from every food group that’s recommended. I’d love to see what a meal plan would be like that’s based on those ‘daily recommended intake’ lists you see on the back of food packets. If you know of any, please let me know!

That’s it for this week, have a fab week everyone and don’t forget to link up with Mrs M over on her blog for more foodie inspiration… {sig}

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  • Reply PippaD @ A Mothers R 19/03/2012 at 10:16 am

    Sounds like a good week! I know what you mean about the cost of fruit and veg, it amazes me that something which is so essential can be so expensive!

  • Reply Lauren 19/03/2012 at 11:26 am

    I don’t think about food groups actually! Maybe I should… hmmm.

    I have to say, sorry, that I am amazed at how low our food bills are. Ours come in at an average of £40-50 for the two of us, including household stuff like cleaning products, loo rolls, cat food etc. The only thing is we don’t buy a lots of fresh veg, bar a few carrots or peppers if they are required in a meal or a turnip which my husband likes to eat RAW (yuk!) He also eats tinned pineapple by the truckload and I use frozen onions, peas, sweetcorn in my cooking, which maybe saves us money. We make massive batches of our meals too so some weeks we only need to buy lunch stuff. I agree that there is no real incentive to eat healthily and cook from scratch. Why would you make your own tomato sauce when you can get a sugary, fatty supermarket value one for 10p?!

  • Reply Mrs M 25/03/2012 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for joining in again!

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