It’s Monday which means it’s meal plan time. This post is a little later than planned today, as we’ve had a bit of a rough day. The Frugal Baby developed a purple rash on his legs this morning, so I rang 111 to speak to a NHS advisor. They said to take him straight to A&E where we spent the afternoon waiting to be seen by the paediatric doctor. Fortunately, it is nothing to worry about and we just need to keep an eye on it in case it spreads, but I’m very relieved. It’s so worrying when your baby gets ill! Just glad he’s okay now.
I normally do our grocery shopping on Sunday morning whilst Mr FC has some quality daddy-baby time with our little one, so I can take my time in the supermarket. I actually enjoy food shopping and browsing round the store, though I make sure that I stick to the list that I make before I go. Making a list means that I don’t buy things we don’t need, plus ensures that nothing gets thrown away.
So, our meal plan for this week is as follows:
Monday – pizza night
Tuesday – slow cooker pork chops with sweet potato mash and broccoli
Wednesday – pea and bacon risotto
Thursday – mushroom omelette
Friday – spaghetti puttanesca
Saturday – chicken curry with rice
I’m trying to vary the things we eat; we seem to eat a lot of meat during the week. I just worry that the vegetarian meals I know and can cook aren’t great. I need to do some research! Lack of sleep means lack of motivation and lack of energy. We have two vegetarian meals this week, which is better than nothing. The veg and bean chilli I tried last week was really tasty, so that’s another meal to put into rotation.
Breakfast and lunches are included in our budget as well; breakfast is normally a banana for Mr FC. I have got a new cook book, the Deliciously Ella Every Day one, as I’m trying to eat healthier. She has a recipe for a bircher muesli that I’m going to try to see if I like it. Anyone got any suggestions for quick and easy breakfasts? Lunches can be a variety of things; sandwiches, soup, salads, vegetables and dip, just depends on the week and the mood we’re in. Now that I’m at home during the day, I can take longer over my lunch so try to have something hot and filling; as the weather is getting cooler I am loving having warm things to eat, such as soup or beans on toast, all from the store cupboard.
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Part of our planning and budget for food means that some items are used from our stockpile every week. This is so the food we already have in the cupboards is used regularly and rotated so nothing goes to waste, but it’s also a good habit to get in to so that if we cannot get to the shops for whatever reason, I can make meals from what we already have in the cupboards. Out of the meal plan for this week the beans and soup (for my lunches) are all from the stock cupboard. We’ve got a couple of eggs left and lots of tins so I’m trying to work my way through them. The pork chops are also from the freezer, as I got them in the reduced section a couple of weeks ago. I’m going to cook them in a bit of stock with some sliced onion/carrots/apples in the slow cooker so it’ll be a tasty meal for the evening. The only problem with this is that it makes the house smell amazing all day, which is so tempting when I’m at home all day.
What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!