Another Monday, another meal plan post for the Frugal Cottage. I’m nothing if consistent! 😉 The weather is still quite miserable so it’s still more comfort meals on the menu for us this week. We’re usually eating lighter meals at this time of the year, but as it’s not warmer, we’re sticking to the more substantial meals!


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 £35.73 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.

Meal Plan Monday 23


So, our meal plan for this week is as follows:

Monday – chilli con carne with wraps

Tuesday – quiche with chips and beans

Wednesday – Beef burgers lettuce wraps with salad and coleslaw

Thursday –  Flat iron steaks with chorizo, kale and cherry tomatoes.

Friday – out!


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 chilli con carne is frozen leftovers from the week before and the wraps we’re having with that were in the reduced section for 25p. We haven’t had any steak for a while so I thought I would bring that one back; it’s a recipe from the Lean in 15 book we have, which I’d totally recommend!


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 ? I’ve made a chicken stew in the SC at the weekend, plus some sweet potato mash and put it into containers for my lunches this week. The chicken thighs used in that were only £1.94 plus some everyday veg so a cheap lunch option. There’s also fresh fruit and yogurts to take 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. Using a combination of fresh and frozen food really keeps our grocery budget down.


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What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 


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