Another Monday! How fast do the weeks seem to fly by? I have been on holiday for the past week as it’s been half term here in the UK, so back to work today. The weather is still quite cold so there’s lots of comfort meals on here this week plus some quick and easy meals for the nights when we’re both at work. The easier the meal, the better!
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. It also means that I use our stockpile up in good time so that the stock is rotated properly. I use a notepad like this to write my meal plan our and then the shopping list – nothing too technical here! This week I have spent £25.68 on our food shop; we didn’t need as many things as usual as I am using a lot of stuff from the freezer or cupboards.
So, our meal plan for this week is as follows:
Monday – filled pasta and sauce with garlic bread
Tuesday – chicken curry with poppadoms
Wednesday – jacket potato with tuna mayonnaise and corn on the cobs
Thursday – roast carrot, chickpea and garlic soup with sourdough bread
Friday – pizza!
Lots of things on this week’s plan are meals we have had before, so we know that we have lots of tasty meals to look forward to this week. The filled pasta is pre-made from the supermarket, but takes 6 minutes to cook so a very quick meal after work on Monday. I love jacket potatoes and I’ve bought some frozen corn on the cobs to have on the side. The soup is here and is really tasty and easy to make. Can’t beat a good soup! Plus the chickpeas and garlic are from the cupboard so I only needed to buy carrots to make this.
Breakfast and lunches are included in our budget as well; breakfast is normally a banana for Mr FC. I’ve bought enough bananas for me to have one for breakfast too, as I’m trying to be healthier and there’s a similar amount of calories in a banana as there are in the cereal bars I buy, but the banana has much more goodness in 🙂 We’re having sandwich thins for lunches this week with ham and coleslaw or cheese and chutney as the filling. I am also loving having ham and cream cheese as a filling, and we always have cream cheese in the fridge. There’s also fresh fruit and yogurts to take and some bags of low calorie popcorn as a snack. Plus some kitkats for that chocolate hit!
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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 chicken is from the freezer and the filled pasta is already in the fridge from the week before last. I already have a tin of tuna in plus the mayonnaise in the fridge so I only needed to buy the jacket potatoes for that meal.
What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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