The importance of meal planning

I am finally coming out the other side of having a ridiculously painful trapped nerve in my neck. After 8 weeks, I can keep it under control and have been back at work full time. Meal planning is even more important when you are unwell. I have organised meals that don’t take long to prepare with easy ingredients. I will carry on in this way until I am completely better.

Meal planning is something I do because it saves us time and money. I don’t know about you, but as we approach Christmas there seems to be little of either. Meal planning may very well help save your sanity too!

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Basa fillets with crispy potatoes, vegetables and parsley sauce. I would love to say I am making the sauce from scratch, but I’m going for speed and convenience on this one with a 30p sauce mix.

I have to get the cat to the vets and clean the house today so need to save time where I can.


We have guests for lunch today. They are pescatarians like myself, but I am planning on a proper veggie dinner. We are having red dragon pie with vegetables and onion gravy. For pudding we will have fruit crumble and custard. I love this recipe from Jack Monroe, but will add some apples since we have some needing using.


Something from the freezer as it’s just me. If there happens to be leftovers from Sunday that will be good….


We have lots of stuff in the freezer. My daughter purchased quite a few packs of vegetarian sausages, fritters, etc but never got round to eating them so left them with me. I will give them a go! Mr S will have pork chops and we will both have mashed potatoes and broccoli.


Tuna pasta bake.  Something warm and comforting. I think I will go for this recipe, or might just make it up as I go along.


Leftover tuna pasta bake.


I bought some lovely sweet potatoes the other day so we will have one baked with an omelette and maybe salad if we have some kicking around.

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Lunches at this time of year are generally home made soups, salads or sandwiches. We still have plenty of the curried pumpkin I made last weekend in the freezer. If I have time I will make a fruit cake. This recipe is an all in one super easy one.

So that’s our meal planning done for the week. What will you be eating?

This week I am linking up with Katy Kicker. If you want more ideas on meal planning and saving money, take a look at her blog.



7 thoughts on “The importance of meal planning

  1. Happy you are feeling better, our meal plan is simply using up freezer food ready for stocking up with home made goodies for Christmas, veggie sausage rolls, mince pies, soups, Christmas pudding ice cream etc, but what I will be making is Emilys “meat ” loaf from La dolce vegan, even the men in the family like it but I substitute the walnuts with ground almonds and if you eat cheese you can use it instead of vegan “cheese”, I might even cook it for Christmas lunch and use chestnuts and top with a cranberry glaze, I like mucking about with recipes ! Slightly off subject, I am considering starting a standby larder box for the winter in case of bad weather, I don’t usually have a large amount of non perishables so am thinking a box with things like tinned fruit, veg, meat and fish, uht milk , bottled water (which I usually avoid ) pasta, and anything else I can think of, is this something you do or any other of your followers or am I being a little paranoid and pessimistic ?

  2. I’m glad you are beginning to feel better. This week’s meal plan sounds all yum. We are on the war path with meal planning too as we try our best to save up for Christmas as well as paying down on the mortgage. And we wont let up at all! Thanks for sharing your plan with us.

  3. I’m very low on veg at the moment so will need to make a trip to the shops tomorrow to pick up some fresh & frozen items. At the moment i’ve got some chicken poaching, I need to use up a couple of salmon cakes and then finally I will make some pasta with frozen meatballs. Not sure in which order I will have these meals but this should get me through the week as I’m eating out on Wednesday night. I will also try to make a pot of soup at some point this week.

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