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As regular readers will know, I find that getting organised with a meal plan saves us so much time and money. Just 15 minutes spent doing meal planning is time well spent. I sometimes think I don’t have the time to spare, but because I understand the benefits to our wealth and health of meal planning, I motivate myself to do it.
It involves going through the cupboards, fridge and freezer to see what we already have and then having a quick look through our recipe books and online to see what can be produced. I also take into account what we will be doing each day, so that I can build in some really quick meals for the busy days. Then I write a shopping list. It’s simple really.
So, without further ado, here is this week’s meal plan.
Getting organised with a meal plan
I am still working through my Simply Cook subscription box. If you look at my meal plans every now and again, you will know that I decided to just go for one box a month. The meals are so tasty and easy I decided it was worth the investment. If you want to give them a try, you can get a trial box for £3 here.*
We are using the beef stroganoff mix tonight. However, I actually have lamb, as I picked it up hugely reduced in the Coop the other day. Not exactly traditional, but I think it will be nice anyway. We will eat this with rice and some green beans.
We will have roast chicken today. As there will just be the two of us I think, I am not using a whole chicken, but will do a pauper’s version with roasted chicken thighs. We have some Yorkshires in the freezer – I am rubbish at making these so gave up trying years ago!
We will have roast potatoes, carrots and broccoli with this. Nice and straightforward.
We have quite a lot of peppers in the fridge, so I am going to use them up with some veggie fajita wraps and some salad. I will put grated cheese and tomato salsa on them too.
I have a busy day today with a couple of appointments, so it needs to be something quick and easy. I picked up a jar of pasta bake to try from Aldi, and will mix in some tuna and some of the peppers if there are any left.
There should also be some leftover salad, but I might supplement it with a quick winter carrot salad. I love this and it is so easy to make.
Mr S’s favourite fisherman’s pie tonight. I often use and old recipe from Delia Smith’s from her Complete Cookery Course*. It’s so nice with the prawns and hard boiled eggs. However, we don’t have prawns so I might leave those out unless I am passing somewhere where I can pick them up for a reasonable price.
I bought this book year’s ago and still return to it often. It’s very bashed and has lost its dust jacket now! If you want a really decent basic cookery book, I can recommend it.
Another quite busy day today, so we need something easy and quick. It will probably be something like cheese omelettes with chips done in my air fryer plus whatever vegetables or salad is lying around.
I also picked up some reduced price pork chops recently, so I will defrost a couple more of those to have with mashed potatoes, chard and carrots with lots of gravy. Comfort food for the cooler weather.
I try to build in some healthy snacks and puddings too. This week some time I will make a Slimming World Weetabix cake as it’s a great cake and very low syn (it featured in my Favourite Slimming World Desserts post). I’m not sticking to the Slimming World regime now that I am a target member, but I am still careful as I don’t want to put the weight back on.
It’s not exactly Cordon Bleu, is it? I am so over fussy food though and just want meals that are easy to make with lots of vegetables to go alongside to make sure we get our five a day. We generally eat more than five a day actually and don’t find it hard to do so on a budget, as I wrote in this post.
What are you eating this week? Are you getting organised with a meal plan?