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 – 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.
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.
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.
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?