Another week has begun, which means another meal plan Monday post! Meal planning really helps us stick to our budget month after month. Am I the only one who loves looking at and reading about what other people buy at the grocery store and what they eat each week? This week I spent just under £40 on our food shop, which included some salmon fillets for the freezer as they were on offer. I find that they’re good to buy when they’re on offer as they freeze well.
I 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. I do try not to get distracted by the ever-present Christmas stock that seems to be in our local supermarket, along with the very cute baby clothes that are for sale. Temptation is everywhere, so it seems. This week I actually put some baby joggers and a top in my trolley for my entire time in the supermarket, then put them back just before I want to pay. Baby clothes are so cute! But, he doesn’t need them.
So, our meal plan for this week is as follows:
Monday – mushroom omeltte
Tuesday – spaghetti puttanesca
Wednesday – pea and bacon risotto
Thursday – cheese and onion quiche, waffles and beans
Friday – pizza night!
There is nothing from the freezer on this week’s plan, which is unusual for me. In fact, our freezer stores are getting a bit low, so over the next few weeks I’ll be making bigger portions to replenish our supplies. Breakfast and lunches are included in our budget as well; breakfast is normally a banana for Mr FC and cereal or toast for me. Lunches can be a variety of things; sandwiches, soup, salads, vegetables and dip, just depends on the week and the mood we’re in. Now that I’m at home during the day, I can take longer over my lunch so try to have something hot and filling; as the weather is getting cooler I am loving having warm things to eat, such as soup or beans on toast, all from the store cupboard. I’ve also had a poached egg on toast occasionally, but that does depend on when DS naps.
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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. Out of the meal plan for this week the beans and soup (for my lunches) are all from the stock cupboard. I also have eggs in and bread in the freezer.
What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!