It’s Monday which means it’s meal plan time. Our meal plan this week will be somewhat different to normal as we’re going to start a paleo type diet for the next couple of weeks. It will mainly consist of eating meat and fish, accompanied by fruit and vegetables and cutting back on carbs and dairy for the time being. Me and Mr Frugal Cottage are slightly apprehensive as we both eat quite a lot of carbs normally, but we’re hoping it’ll make us feel a bit better. I think lack of sleep isn’t helping, but we’ve both been feeling a bit under the weather recently, so an overhaul of our diet will hopefully do the trick.
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 – sweet potato hash with fried eggs and bacon
Tuesday – baked salmon fillet with mango and avocado salsa
Wednesday – crispy chicken thighs with garlic cauliflower mash and sautéed spinach
Thursday – rump steak with sweet potato fries and grilled field mushrooms
Friday – pork sausages with cauliflower mash
Saturday – out at the in-laws
Lots of things on this week’s plan are new this week, which makes me look forward to meal time even more! I cannot remember the last time we ate steak, never mind at home, as it’s normally so expensive. However, we got a good deal on it so they went in our basket. I haven’t tried cauliflower mash before but I’m hoping it won’t be too bad; it can’t be as good as normal mash but potatoes aren’t good for you on the paleo diet. I love sweet potatoes but you are supposed to eat them in moderation too, so they only appear twice.
Breakfast and lunches are included in our budget as well; breakfast is normally a banana for Mr FC. We’ll have to be more organised with lunches this week, especially for Mr FC as he has to have his on the go. We’ve bought eggs for hard boiled eggs, plus some chicken drumsticks that I’m going to roast in the oven so he can take with him. I’m also going to do some rosemary roasted almonds, as you can have a small amount of nuts as a snack. Then raw vegetables will have to make up the rest of his lunch. You are supposed to feel full on less food with this, so I’m hoping it is right!
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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. The eggs are from our stockpile and the chicken thighs are from the freezer for this week.
What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!