29 April 2013

Meal Planning Monday (Week beginning 29 April 2013)

I have long known that most of my wage flows straight out of my purse into Tesco's coffers.

It's time to get a grip on the spending and what better way to do that than make a meal plan for the week.

I am linking this up with At Home with Mrs M, who hosts this event.

I also thought if I made a meal plan, I could include a new dish each week from a cookbook. One of the ones in the teetering mountain of review copies that are currently residing in our bedroom. Hey, what do you mean you don't keep cookbooks in your bedroom? Cookbooks make great bedtime reading!

I've decided just to plan Monday to Friday for the moment. This gives me scope to get creative at the weekend and go with my mood.


Monday: I have a butternut squash that needs to be used, as it's been hanging about my kitchen for a while now. I'm on a fast day (5:2 diet) tomorrow,  so I'm going to make Squash and Spinach Soup today in preparation.

Tuesday: Baked potato topped with either cottage cheese or cheddar and served with salad. Graham will probably have hummus on his potato as his vegan option. I'll make a balsamic dressing to drizzle on the leaves.

Wednesday: We haven't had a tofu stir fry for ages and I've been craving one. I will use my own recipe for Sweet and Sour Sauce and I'll add lots of veggies to the dish too. We'll have our stir-fry with brown rice.

Thursday: Cooper has Little Dragons, his baby martial arts class tonight, so it has to be a quick meal when we get home. This is a pasta dish I found in my review copy of Titbits at Home, a new vegetarian cookbook. It sounds quite interesting. I'll let you know how I get on with it.

Friday: I work late on Friday, so I will be taking a tub of homemade chilli out of the freezer to defrost, then it's all quick to throw together. A tortilla wrap spread with a little sour cream, topped with salad leaves, then chilli and finished with a grating of cheddar before it's wrapped up. It another fast day for me, so I'll probably skip the sour cream and cheddar this time.

Do you plan your weekly meals?

What are you having this week?


14 comments:

  1. Nice to have you on board! I have found that meal planning really helps me to get organised and also makes me a bit more creative in the kitchen instead of being stuck in the same old dinner rut week after week and like you have mentioned, I try to include at least one new recipe each week - that way it stops the husband complaining about my recipe book collection ;)

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    1. Thanks Mrs M. Hopefully I will save some money too and feel more organised.

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  2. Great meal plan!!
    Everything sounds lovely!!
    Have a great week x

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  3. I always plan my menu, but with just two of us left at home, we have several days of leftovers!

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    1. You are ahead of me then Pam. I really need to be more organised.

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  4. I started meal planning before Mrs M started her linky and was thinking about doing a meal planning post when she started it so it was meant to be. I have found that blogging it means I don't forget what I've planned, and it makes me do it so it's automatic now. It saves me a fortune.

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    1. It is a good idea Kate and good to have a list to refer to.

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  5. I think it is a great idea to write it down - I find I often don't make meals on the days I plan so I am always loathe to try and plan the days but have been wondering about writing some planning notes on my blog - hope to hear how you go

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    1. It's gone fine Johanna, although I forgot I was going out last night, so everything has been delayed by a day, which isn't so bad. Graham & Cooper just finished the soup while I was out.

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  6. we have a ''we need to plan our meals'' conversation from time to time but rarely actually do it. At present all the progress we've made is knowing who cooks on which day and we have a list of what's in the fridge and freezer so we can at least idly have a stab at what tomorrow's meal might be (frozen spag bol this week as G's out and I'm at work). It's definitely more time efficient I think to plan ahead and helps when you have a tired toddler who doesn't want to occupy himself while mummy cooks!

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    1. It's more the getting home late and having to get a meal out before Cooper needs to go to bed, for me. I do feel better having a plan and think I have probably spent less this week.

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  7. I have been planning my evening meal for a few years now and have recently started planning my lunches too. I have a plan for seven meals but do not decide which day we will eat them. It is the best way to reduce food waste and stop that late afternoon panic of what are we going to have for tea?

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    1. It is a really good plan, it's just a case of taking the time and getting started.

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