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Meal Planning Monday – the first of many in 2015

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Today is the day when a million and one people will be starting something new; a diet, a gym membership, a new years resolution (again!) everyone always seems to start something new on a Monday so if you’re doing something new today then good luck!

Today I’m not really starting anything new but it’s a new week in 2015 and we’ve been meal planning again. Meal Planning Monday for us is a chance to put together a plan of action for the week ahead including what meals we’re going to be cooking and eating. Our Meal Planning Monday actually starts on a Sunday for us and it’s probably only one day of the week where we have time to get to the supermarket to pick up ingredients and stock the cupboards. It’s also the only time when hubby and I can get together with a good hour or two’s peace to plan the week ahead and discuss the meals that we’d like to eat as well as Little Mr.

Back to work today so we’re up with the larks and heading off to work. I’ve got a very busy couple of weeks at work with a lot of extra hours factored in already so we need quick and easy meals that hubby can make with Little Mr around.

Here’s what we’re making this week;

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash, Swede and Bacon Stew
Tandoori chicken with cauliflower rice
SW Southern Fried Chicken with Actifry chips and salad
SW Beef and Mushroom Strogonoff
Pizza topped chicken with new potatoes and seasonal vegetables

As much as we try to get Little Mr to eat the same meals as we do, we often make meals for just him earlier in the evening and then we cook for us later on. To our delight he really enjoyed our spicy peri peri chicken last week although he spent a good ten minutes asking Daddy to wipe his tongue as it was a bit hot!

We have a lot of stuff in our freezer which needs using up over the next couple of months. There’s lots of individual meals which we have saved from batch cooking, frozen vegetables galore and probably some things I’ve forgotten are even in there.

Meal Planning has definitely helped us with being less stressed about cooking. We know what ingredients we have in and it’s just a case of putting them all together. As a busy working family, we would more often than not, be reaching for the take away menu if we couldn’t be bothered to cook or didn’t know what to have but as it’s there and in the fridge, it’s saving us money and is really good to use the food up we have in and is obviously SW friendly too!

What are you eating this week? Do you meal plan? How do you organise your weekly food shop?

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8 Comments

  • Reply Alice

    Ooh what a lovely plan…tandoori chicken was always my go to meal when we went to a local Kashmiri restaurant, yummy. Have a great week! Xx

    05/01/2015 at 7:34 pm
  • Reply Sweaty Mummy

    Amazing menu!!

    Can I come to your house?

    I’m doing slimming world too xx

    05/01/2015 at 8:13 pm
  • Reply Donna

    If you have a recipe for the SW southern fried chicken I would LOVE to try it! x

    06/01/2015 at 8:57 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I’ll send it over Donna, not tried it yet but have heard great things x

      06/01/2015 at 10:01 pm
  • Reply Jo of Jo's Kitchen

    Actifry chips are the best :-)

    07/01/2015 at 3:16 pm
  • Reply Mum Reinvented

    Ooh that sounds delicious! I’m yet to attempt the cauliflower rice – I’m not too keen on veg but I guess with a strong curry flavour alongside it, it could be quite nice!

    09/01/2015 at 12:01 pm
  • Reply Mrs M

    Have still never tried cauliflower rice. Would you recommend it? Thanks for joining in!

    11/01/2015 at 1:00 pm
    • Reply Emma Shilton

      I’d definitely recommend it. Lots of ways to cook it too; steam, boil or fry it with one-cal spray

      11/01/2015 at 9:34 pm

    I'd love to hear from you!

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