We are aiming to eat healthily and keep the grocery bill as low as possible again this week. I am really happy that some of our own fruit and vegetables are now available for us to eat. There are few things more satisfying than super fresh, home-grown and organic food.
I won’t be buying much in the way of fruit this week, fresh or frozen. Generally, I eat a lot of berries, but we have fresh raspberries that we have been eating already and redcurrants just starting to ripen. I love them on creamy Greek yogurt or porridge for breakfast.
I love fruit, but the sugar content is quite high and I can easily snack on it all day if I’m not careful. Instead, I try to stick to nuts, cheese, oat cakes and seeds. Plus I make keto crackers from time to time, which make a nice change. I am going to give these simple almond based ones a try this week.
My experiment to restrict sugar and gluten from my diet rather than eating strict low carb seems to be working quite well. I still get tired and achy with fibromyalgia, but not major flare ups. I still say that keto/low carb is probably the best diet for me, but it is hard to stick to when I am the only one eating this way – plus it’s expensive! I need to eat healthily without busting my budget.
Meal plan to eat healthily on a budget
Tonight we are having spaghetti bolognese, as I can use up some peppers in the sauce and some of our home grown courgettes to make courgetti. Mr S will also have proper pasta with his.
As we have lots of lettuces to eat, I will also make a simple salad to go alongside.
Mock roast, with sausages, roast potatoes, stuffing balls, carrots and broccoli. There might even be the odd home grown runner bean ready to eat today.
A frittata tonight made with courgettes and cheese (something like this one, but replacing the spinach with courgettes). We will eat this with a salad using our home grown lettuce, grated carrots and olives. A nice simple meal for my plan to eat healthily.
I probably won’t have chips with mine, but it will depend how starving I am!
I still have loads of chicken breast from my Morrison’s yellow sticker haul last month. They are so big each one serves two. This is annoying, as I froze them in pairs. I just need to make sure I have a plan either for leftovers, or a different recipe for the other one the following day.
However, I am cooking or three tonight so will use two between three of us. I will make chicken stuffed with mozzarella and smeared in green pesto. Crunchy oven baked mini roast potatoes should go nicely with this and some runner beans or courgettes fried in butter.
Salmon pieces with hollandaise sauce and mashed potatoes, with whatever veg needs eating the most. I do cheat a lot of the time with sauces, and have a packet in the cupboard. This is likely to contain a small amount of gluten, but that’s OK. I can eat it in small doses without any ill effects.
I’m eating with my daughter tonight, so hopefully she will make me something nice!
End of the week so I think we will go for a curry. I have a Simply Cook* Goan fish curry mix in the cupboard, which I think is my favourite Simply Cook dish. Although we had the Massoman beef curry last week and it was amazing! Definitely ordering that one again. You can claim a trial box from Simply Cook for £3 here*.
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I have frozen white fish from Iceland in the freezer. It’s the cheap stuff, but once it’s mixed with the yummy sauce no one will notice!
We will have rice and a green vegetable of some sort alongside this to make sure we are getting our five a day and eat healthily. I tend to prefer brown rice these days, but we have quite a lot of white basmati in the stores, so might use that.
So that’s the meal plan to help us both eat healthily and not spend too much on groceries.
Do you find that meal planning saves you money? What are you eating this week?
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