Hello Monday! I hope everyone has a good start to the week. Today is the start of my first full week on holiday and I’m so looking forward to it. Lots of time to spend with the Frugal Baby for a start! We are off to a pottery and painting class at the local library on Wednesday, which I think will be fun, if messy! 🙂 I am also going to be on BBC Tees radio on Tuesday morning and BBC Scotland radio on Friday, which I’m really looking forward to 🙂 I’m so grateful for the opportunities this little blog is giving me.


I have fallen off the wagon big style in terms of Slimming World – I am dreading weigh in tonight if I’m honest – but I’m feeling in a much better place today and have everything planned out, so this week should go much better. I find that if I’m feeling a bit meh, then my eating and good intentions go out of the window. Hopefully being at home will help me make better food choices, although I will have to avoid snacking as I’m really bad at that if I’ve got free time! I’m going to try and get out for a walk with Frugal Baby each day too, just so we both go somewhere other than the living room 🙂

Meal Plan Monday 27


This week’s meal plan looks like this:

Monday – spinach and ricotta cannelloni with tomato sauce

Tuesday – Stuffed peppers with salad

Wednesday – pizza (Mr FC) and chicken and chorizo paella (me)

Thursday – warm lentils with roasted squash

Friday – burger in a bowl with SW chips


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. The burger in a bowl recipe was on the meal plan for the last two weeks but we didn’t actually have it so it’s back on for this week instead; 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. The stuffed peppers are filled with a very tasty looking butter bean and rice mixture. My next door neighbour came round with some vegetables as they are away this week, which included two yellow peppers, a butternut squash, a cucumber and some mushrooms. The warm lentils with roasted squash will use most of those up so nothing ends up wasted 🙂


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 bought a couple of baking potatoes so I can have a jacket potato with baked beans for lunch two days this week; definitely a perk of being at home means I can have much more a variety at lunch time. I have bought some mini chocolates from Aldi to have as my chocolate hit during the week; I find I can’t go without it, otherwise I end having a massive binge to compensate.


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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. The pizza is also frozen, as is the chicken paella as that’s a slimming world meal.


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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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