Meal Planning Monday 20th April 2015


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It’s that time again, we’ve come to the end of the food budget and not the end of the month. Ridiculously we have kitchen cupboards full of tins, spices, jars, boxes and packets but probably nothing substantial to make a meal from. Our freezer is again full of odd remnants of meat, less than half empty packets of frozen vegetables and squashed boxes of waffles and potato shapes.

We usually have a look at the contents of our cupboards, fridge and freezer on a Sunday and see what food we can use up. We then discuss what our commitments are for the week ahead and then put together a meal plan of the meals that we’d like to enjoy over the next seven days.

As I’m following the Slimming World diet, I eat a lot of fresh foods. I almost always have chopped fruit for breakfast and a chicken or ham salad for lunch during the week when I’m at work and for dinner I like to fill my plate with at least one third speed foods; a variety of vegetables and salads. I don’t see that changing as I want to continue with my weight loss but I do see us changing how we go about buying food and using stuff we already have in.

Meals that we ‘could’ have this week

– SW meatballs with pasta in a spicy tomato sauce
– Lemon and herb chicken, savoury rice and vegetables
– Sausages, mashed potatoes and vegetables
Bacon, Squash and Swede Stew
– Southern Fried Chicken and Actifry Chips (for Hubby and Little Mr)
– SW Chicken Tikka ready meal (for me)
– Omelettes and salad

There’s loads of random meals that we could put together but I’m conscious of existing things in the cupboard having a syn value attached. Randomly we have 3 huge tins of pineapple in juice (2.5 syns per 100g), 2 tins of mandarin (2.5 syns per 100g) in juice and a jar of Sweet and Sour sauce which is a whopping 11 syns worth!

I’d love to know how other folk keep their food shop bills down. Do you eat a lot of fresh meat and veg? I remember the days when I lived at home and my Mom used to do a ‘big’ shop once per month and then a top up shop for fresh each week. I’m sure she had a system for planning meals. Friday in the Summer always used to be salad with cold meat, homemade coleslaw and ‘really’ nice fresh baguette from the bakery. Funny what you remember isn’t it?

I’m linking up with Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday for more ideas and inspiration.

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  • Reply Emma 20/04/2015 at 10:13 am

    Your list of could have meals sound pretty good to me! I do our shopping online and it really stops me buying things we don’t need, I buy meat from the butchers as it works out cheaper for us to do that and the meat is much better qualot too x

  • Reply Donna 20/04/2015 at 2:43 pm

    I used to love cold meat and salad as a child – you’ve taken me back to those summer evenings in the gardens with a square of kitchen roll as a napkin and salad cream! I vaguely know what’s in the cupboards and plan around that and what I can find in the freezer. I only buy meat when it’s on offer but buy a lot of it when it is! x

  • Reply ffion 20/04/2015 at 10:29 pm

    Meal planning keeps our costs down, try frozen fruit on some days, they are yummy with Weetabix. Also recently found buying discount vouchers through employers scheme at work help with the weekly shop! Not buying biscuits, sweets, crisps and chocolate have helped with slimming my tummy and weekly shop bills too. We have limited choice in West Wales on supermarkets so meal planning is a must! Good luck, your blog is fab x

  • Reply Lisa 21/04/2015 at 2:55 pm

    I tend to cobble meals together using bits and pieces in the cupboard, fridge or freezer….rice noodles with stock and some veg thrown in for a quick soup, big pot of vegetable soup using up all the left overs in the crisper, maybe a tin of beans or tomatoes and some bits of left over pasta, things like that. I do a big shop one week and then usually just a top up the next week with fresh things. I am not a big meat eater so I can get away without it 2 or 3 meals a week. I always keep frozen shrimp and fish on hand.

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