Veggie Chilli

Meal Planning – getting back into the groove

It’s been a while since I’ve successfully been meal planning. Part of that is down to the fact that I’ve spent months throwing everything I eat back up (and so haven’t been fussed about eating) but also because I’ve just got a bit lazy.

I could totally blame being pregnant for that but I won’t – it’s 99% me just being lazy and 1% pregnancy tiredness ha!

I’m struggling to get back into the groove of meal planning but really need to pull my finger out. Since I stopped we have been spending more on food shopping, wasting more and definitely not eating as well as a family nutrition wise so I’m keen to get back on it.

I thought I’d ease myself in slowly by first going back to the basics.

Meal Planning Monday - no spend food challenge

Meal Planning – The Food Challenge

Last year I set myself a food challenge (you can read about it here) where I started meal planning and ‘shopped’ from my cupboards and freezer for 2 weeks.

I actually ended up doing really well and only spent £30 on groceries over the following four weeks (mainly on fruit and milk).

I’m going to try doing similar again this month. I have 11 more days until payday and have set myself a £10 budget for fresh milk and fruit and the rest of our food will be coming from what we already have in stock.

And so this week’s meal planning has been created to use up the items in my pantry and freezer. Wish me luck!


Breakfasts for the week are a combination of homemade granola (the hubby made a big batch up last week), porridge oats and the two cereals we have.

I’ve got most of a loaf of bread that I’ve put in the freezer so it can stay fresh and be used for toast too.

Thankfully at work they have a fruit basket so I will be topping my oats with plenty of free fruit *bargain*!


Lunch – Tuna Pasta Salad for me and Scott will have the leftovers from Sunday roast.

Dinner – Cheeseburgers – I made these cheeseburgers last week and still have four burger patties and two brioche buns in the freezer to use.

I topped them with fresh cheese slices from Lidl, fried red onions, crunchy bacon bits and served them with salad.

Meal Planning Monday - cheeseburgers

I’ll do the same this week as I’ve got all of the ingredients I used last time. I’ve also got some fresh potatoes that need using up so I might wedge some and serve those on the side too.

They went down really well last week – think Scott’s exact words were ‘Best burgers ever!’


Lunches – we will have one extra beef burger so Scott will have that with a few leftover wedges and some salad.

I will have a jacket potato with tuna and salad.

Dinner – I’m out for dinner with a friend and so Scott and Lily will have omelettes.

They are popular in our house as they are quick and easy and can use up whatever is lying around.

We have prosciutto, mozzarella and spring onions in the fridge which Scott will probably add.


Lunches – It’ll be scrambled eggs on toast for me as on a Wednesday I work from home and can cook on the hob.

Scott will have chicken wings (he makes up a big batch on a Sunday) and salad.

Veggie Chilli

Dinner – Chilli Con Carne – Lily is staying at her nan’s Wednesday and Thursday so we can take the opportunity to eat something she always complains about otherwise!

I have tonnes of tinned beans, all the spices and some mince in the freezer so will throw them all in the slow cooker.

I’ve got some pork belly slices in the freezer too so could use those instead of the mince.

Or I could make it veggie – like this one and save the meat!


Lunches – More chicken wings for Scott and a tin of soup with a bread roll for me.

Dinner – Thai green curry. We have chicken breast in the freezer so will use some of that and the baby corn and peppers that I’ve already prepped and frozen this weekend.


Lunches – Another work from home day for me so I’ll be eating Jacket potato with tuna and salad. Scott will have more chicken wings!

Dinner – Macaroni Cheese. Scott makes a fantastic macaroni cheese – it’s simple but tastes amazing and we already have the ingredients.



Lunches – tuna pasta for me and Lily, omelette for Scott.

Dinner – Spaghetti using mince from the freezer and a jar of sauce with some fresh tomatoes.


Brunch – Cooked breakfast

Dinner – Italian Stallion sausages (Lean in 15 recipe). We have enough chipolatas to make a big batch of this simple dinner.

Meal Planning

With any luck by following this meal plan we won’t have to shop for anything except for fresh fruit, some salad and milk.

That being said Scott and Lily keep eating the cheese slices from the fridge so no doubt they will need replenishing too!

Do you meal plan?



Meal Planning Monday Week One


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  • Reply Sonia Cave March 20, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    We are really into eating various porridge recipes for breakfast at the moment and they are keeping us warm and filled up. Your chilli looks very delicious

  • Reply Helen March 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    I love meal planning and reading others because it’s all the meal inspiration I need 🙂

  • Reply Laura - Dear Bear and Beany March 21, 2018 at 6:54 am

    I used to be good at meal planning, then we moved House and it stopped! I really need to get back into it

  • Reply Kara March 21, 2018 at 8:28 am

    I keep saying I need to start meal planning but my main problem is we all it at different times due to work constraints

  • Reply Fashion and Style Police March 21, 2018 at 8:45 am

    You have it all planned out. Very nice. Meal planning helps us too.

  • Reply Cath - BattleMum March 21, 2018 at 9:38 am

    I don’t meal plan but I really should start. That said we’re alot better at shopping and eating food up since moving to. Portugal. I think once we get a house and have room for a larger freezer I will start planning properly.

  • Reply Talya March 21, 2018 at 9:56 am

    I really admire people who meal plan I am a bit of a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl when it comes to meals I tend to plan breakfast the night before but that’s about it!!

  • Reply Claire March 21, 2018 at 11:23 am

    Sound like you have some great meals planned for the week. I love avocado but I have never tried it in my chilli. I need to now to mix it up a little 🙂

  • Reply NMDIARIES March 21, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Oh my word – your chilli con carn & your spaghetti look to die for! I am so hungry I’m still waiting for my lunch at work but I wish I could pick these dishes out from the photos and start eating!

  • Reply Deborah Nicholas March 21, 2018 at 3:51 pm

    I love meal planning it keeps me focused all week!

  • Reply Rhian Westbury March 21, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I wish I could meal plan as well as you do but I rarely find that I stick to it. Some of your meals sound great x

  • Reply Jen March 22, 2018 at 7:09 am

    I start off with such good intentions with meal planning and it all goes downhill by Wednesday! I really do need to stick to it! Your meals sound delicious!

  • Reply Jenny March 22, 2018 at 7:43 am

    I need to get better at meal planning! I try but fail.

  • Reply Mattie Lacey-Davidson March 22, 2018 at 8:22 am

    I go through phases with meal planning. This week I had a great week but usually I just eat what I find!

  • Reply Deb Sharratt March 22, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I’m such a planner. I love planning out all our food and it drives my other half mad x

  • Reply Sara-Jayne Jones March 22, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I meal plan but I too fell off the wagon and need to get back on it, or I spend a fortune on food! Love chili con carne – I’m hungry now, haha!

  • Reply Justine March 22, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Love meal planning. I’d actually just finished mine. The last week of the month is very similar to yours in that I try to plan meals based on what we have in /leftover. I’m also a fan of cooking double and freezing half.

    • Reply bettertogetherhome March 22, 2018 at 5:20 pm

      I really need to get a bigger freezer so that we can do that! At the moment mine just about fits in the meat I have and a bag of peas! x

  • Reply The Smart Mummy March 22, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    Meal Planning is something I’m trying to start doing myself, in my quest to be more organised.

  • Reply Louise March 22, 2018 at 8:16 pm

    I definitely need to meal plan more especially as we seem to be eating differently to the kids at the moment! Thanks for the tips 👍

  • Reply the frenchie mummy March 22, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    you have some great meals planned here. I particularly the burger”! It is so good to meal-planned. I sued to be good and do it and then I don’t know why I stopped 🙁

  • Reply Chloe Ciliberto March 22, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    All your food sounds so delicious. We meal plan every week and I find it helps me to stay so much healthier and it helps us to budget more. I’m definitely taking a couple of these ideas. That chilli with avocado looks so delicious. x

  • Reply Stephanie March 22, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I love meal planning and love your challenge of hardly spending. I need to do this as we’ve got quite a bit in the freezer

  • Reply Laura Dove March 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    I am terrible at meal planning but with six of us it really is something we should do more of! The problem we have is that there is never anything left over to make another meal with, so every day we start from scratch!

  • Reply Newcastle Family Life March 23, 2018 at 9:48 am

    We always meal plan too, I am not as organised as you though making and freezing things in advance x

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