As we go back into lock down, I am even more keen to keep our costs low with a budget meal plan. As I said in my five frugal things post yesterday, I had a good start to my week with some brilliant food reductions from Lidl. I have tucked these away in the freezer as they were all on short use by dates.
My daughter has come home for lock down, so I have one extra to feed for the month. Fortunately, she loves cooking, so will be doing quite a bit for me!
Anyway, here is this week’s budget meal plan.
A budget meal plan to start lock down
I got a family pack of stewing beef in Lidl, which will be good in the slow cooker. My daughter has volunteered to make this, so I will leave her to decide on whether to follow a recipe or chuck it all in, as I tend to.
I also got a huge bag of potatoes in Home Bargains for just £1.99, so we can have some creamy mash and green vegetables with this. Although I am still limiting my carbs, especially gluten, I am eating potatoes and rice sometimes.
I have a freezer full of pork because I bought a family pack and divided them in the freezer. It is much cheaper to buy large packs of things, I find. I will make something like these cheesy pork chops with kale and peas.
Lazy tea tonight as Monday tends to be a busy day for me. We will have cheesy chicken kievs and salad. The others can have a few chips with theirs if they like.
A cheap and filling dinner today, using tuna and rice. I will make something like this tuna rice bake with a crunchy bacon topping. We will have this with the mange tout that were on the veggie specials in Lidl.
Mr S’s favourite tonight – spaghetti bolognese. I will just have the bolognese sauce with some keto garlic bread, which I love, and a green vegetable or salad.
I am still using my Simply Cook mixes up, so we will have a mushroom stroganoff. If you want to try a box of four recipe kits for £1, you can sign up with my referral code here. (This is a time limited offer.) Just remember to cancel your subscription if you decide you don’t want to continue.
I find they make a nice change when you want something easy yet really tasty.
As it’s the end of the week, we will either eat leftovers or have an omelette. I like something easy on a Friday, but also to use up any odds and ends in the fridge.
How are you feeling about going back into lock down, assuming you are wherever you live? Are you doing a budget meal plan?