Regular readers will know that I left my job last week! I am more determined than ever to keep a tight hold of the purse strings and that means creating a meal plan for a tight budget. It is really important to me to keep our expenses as low as possible whilst I get up and running with my plans for self employment.
I am also still on Slimming World and was delighted to lose 3lbs in my first week. However, I haven’t been as strict this week. Leaving work has meant a few celebrations. I have tried to make good, low fat food choices overall, so hopefully I will still lose some weight.
This week’s meal plan for a tight budget
A friend gave me some left over African chicken curry, so Mr S will eat that with some rice. It does smell lovely. I am going to make chick pea curry for myself. I can easily make this Slimming World friendly by using Frylight instead of oil. I will need to hold off on my usual poppadoms though. Too many syns – and I am saving them for tomorrow…
We are going out for dinner with my old team to a Gurkha restaurant. I am not even going to attempt to count the syns and will be having a glass of wine or two as well!
This isn’t particularly frugal, but you only leave work after a decade once in a while. Having said that, I always have the vegetable thali, which is only £11.50. Bargain!
Tuna fish cakes with chilli sauce and salad. This is a Slimming World recipe with canned tuna, potatoes and some herbs, so is extremely budget friendly.
Seafood paella because I found half a pack of prawns and a small amount of a mixed seafood pack in the freezer. I will do something a bit like this recipe.
Salmon with new potatoes, broccoli and carrots.
I am going to try these syn-free Slimming World friendly pizzas from Cass at Diary of a Frugal Family. They look nice and really easy. I will do air fried chips, cooked with a spray of Frylight.
I am allowing myself the odd tipple, but going for gin and slimline instead of my usual glass of white wine. It is so much lower in calories. I also have low fat chocolate mousses in the fridge for when I need something sweet.
Slimming World encourages you to eat loads of fruit and vegetables, as well as wholemeal bread and pasta. It is a really healthy regime I think. No wonder it is so popular! I will let you know if I manage to lose any weight this week. It isn’t expensive either. I have bought pretty much everything I need from Aldi and Lidl, making it easy to do a meal plan for a tight budget.
What are you eating this week?
As ever, I am joining Katy Kicker in her weekly meal plan link up. Head over for more ideas about eating on a budget.