Monday means meal planning day! I debated whether or not to post this, as I can appreciate that menu plans week in week out may get quite repetitive, but as budgeting is a fundamental part of The Frugal Cottage, keeping my grocery budget under control is important to me and I truly believe that meal planning ensures I do that.


The last week has been a bit uninspired regarding our food choices. Does anyone else get that occasionally, where you just don’t fancy anything you’ve planned to eat? I had a whole meal plan written and food purchased for, as always, but then each night I just didn’t want to eat what I had planned. We still stuck to the plan somewhat, although I switched days around but I will confess to a sneaky takeaway pizza on Thursday night as I was just feeling a bit low and didn’t want to cook. Not very frugal! I doubt I’ll have lost weight this week, although it’s weigh in night tonight so we shall see.

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

Monday – ricotta and spinach cannelloni

Tuesday – SW burger in a bowl

Wednesday – smoked haddock kedgeree

Thursday –  pasta puttanesca

Friday – zesty one pan chicken with asparagus


There are lots of new things on the mean plan this week which I’m excited to try! Most of them are from the SW recipe books so I’m trying to stick to the plan this week. The burger in a bowl recipe is supposed to taste like a big mac; it’s from the Fakeaway book and it looks really tasty! Lots of extra vegetables in our meals too as I am really trying to get our fruit and vegetable intake up each week. We need to set a good example to the Frugal Baby.


For my lunches this week I have bought salad and either roast ham or chicken to have with it. Then fresh fruit and yoghurt for pudding. I have also got some of the slimming world hifi cereal bars to have as a snack each day; the chocolate orange ones are my favourite and are really good with a cup of tea around 3pm when I’m starting to slump!


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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. The mince is from the freezer this week and I’m using lots of cupboard staples too, such as rice and pasta.


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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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