Another week means another meal plan. I feel like we’re getting in a bit of a rut when it comes to meals at the moment; I need to dig out my recipe books and try something new. Has anyone got a favourite, healthy recipe that you wouldn’t mind sharing? I know that eating the same sort of meals week in, week out is easier, but I’m starting to get a bit bored with the ones we have. That being said, I did plan to try something new this week, but then couldn’t get half of the ingredients that I needed, so had to change my plan half way around the supermarket!
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. But, this week, I made the mistake of going grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon instead, just because it happened to work better time wise. However, it was chaos! There were so many people jam packed into the building plus half the shelves seemed to be empty. I definitely think shopping on a Sunday morning is a much better idea.
So, our meal plan for this week is as follows:
Monday – pizza night
Tuesday – mussels in a garlic butter sauce with bread
Wednesday – mushroom stroganoff
Thursday – slow cooker lamb chops with mash and green beans
Friday – quiche with potato croquettes and beans
Saturday – out
Monday night is pizza night as we take DS to his swimming lessons so we need something quick and easy for tea when we get back in. The timings for the swimming lesson are slightly awkward, so this is the best and most straightforward option. They are frozen pizzas, but we always get the ones on offer. They cost £1 each this week, which is nice and cheap.
Breakfast and lunches are included in our budget as well; breakfast is normally a banana for Mr FC. I had got into the (slightly) bad habit of having a cereal bar for breakfast, just to have something quick and easy so I’m trying to also have some fruit for breakfast, plus a yogurt so it’s more filling. 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.
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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. We’ve got a couple of eggs left and lots of tins so I’m trying to work my way through them. The lamb chops are also from the freezer, as I got them in the reduced section a couple of weeks ago, which will be lovely slow cooked all day in a rosemary and stock combination. Perfect for the colder weather.
What are you eating this week? Trying anything new? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!