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Another week, another plan! I really believe that meal planning saves me loads of time and money. Even if you don’t stick rigidly to it (I don’t always), knowing that you have the food in that you need for the week can really focus your mind.
Shopping at Aldi or Lidl also makes a big difference to our food budget. I prefer Aldi (see this post for my reasoning), but Lidl is just round the corner so I often pop in there as well. Because basics are so cheap I do tend to keep a good stock of everything non-perishable or frozen. With a view to keeping our grocery bill as low as possible, this week we will be eating from the store cupboard as much as possible.
I won’t have to buy much at all this week!
I am also still on Slimming World. Last week I snacked way too much in the evenings. This is my weakness! This week I am going to try harder to make healthier choices.
Eating from the store cupboard
Simply Cook Moghul vegetable korma. This is one that featured on my meal plan a couple of weeks ago. I can’t remember why we didn’t use it in the end. Anyway, it does look nice so we shall have a Saturday night curry with rice.
It’s a vegetarian recipe, which suits me as we are trying not to eat too much meat. The ingredients include sweet potatoes and a red pepper, frozen peas, ground almonds and cream. I will use fat free yogurt instead of cream and work out the syn value of the almonds.
I don’t have a red pepper, but I did rescue some mixed peppers from my lodger, which were looking a bit wrinkled, and froze them before she had the chance to chuck them out!
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Slimming World cheesy broccoli bake as I have loads of broccoli. It was one of the Lidl or Aldi specials so I stocked up. We eat a lot of broccoli and it’s really good for you.
I will need to buy some cottage cheese for this but I have all the other ingredients. We will eat the rest of the roast beef from Christmas that I sliced and put in the freezer with this.
I am going to make a pot of Slimming World minestrone soup today, which we will have for dinner. Then we can have the rest for lunches tomorrow and maybe Wednesday.
It’s quite filling so I won’t need bread with this, although Mr S probably will. I have bacon and most of the other ingredients, but I will need to buy kale or cabbage.
I have a pack of vegan ‘meatballs’ in the freezer so I shall make a simple tomato sauce with tinned tomatoes, garlic, herbs and the rest of the frozen peppers and serve this with spaghetti and salad.
Another Simply Cook* recipe tonight. Shepherdess pie, which is a spicy, veggie version with sweet potatoes on top.
The recipe calls for kidney beans, which I can’t eat. I will substitute this with a can of green lentils or maybe even some Quorn mince. We will eat this with some carrots and peas.
Only me for dinner tonight, so I will have the rest of the Shepherdess pie. I hope there is some leftover!
Chick pea curry and rice. I made a batch of this and put a couple of portions in the freezer. A nice, easy, low fat Friday night dinner.
There is very little meat or dairy in this week’s meal plan. Eating from the store cupboard does tend to mean we eat more vegetarian meals. This suits both of us as we both feel a diet low in both is healthier and it is certainly cheaper. Better for the planet too!
What are you eating this week?