This week I started my year of buying only second hand, as you may have discovered in this post. But I also want to have a generally very frugal year.
I am also making the most of the Olio app to get food for free, as you will see from the meal plan below to kick off my frugal year. So far in the past week I have picked up 3 packs of wholemeal rolls, a sliced white loaf, a pack of white rolls, some sprouts, two bags of salad, a cucumber, 3 ready made sandwiches, 3 packs of ham, some cress, two bags of potatoes, a pack of red peppers and a ton of mushrooms! It’s great to save food that might otherwise have been binned.
We have a variety of leftovers in the fridge, so will eat those up tonight. A bit of tuna pasta bake, some chicken casserole and some leftover risotto. There is also a bit of a salad bag that I picked up free on the olio app, so that needs eating too.
I want to make sure we don’t waste any food at all, and I enjoy leftovers anyway as they make a quick lunch the next day. Always good when I am working!
I picked up a joint of roast beef in Iceland a while back, so we will have the the full Sunday roast today. To go alongside, we have more free food from Olio: potatoes to make roasties and a bag of sprouts.
There are also some Aunt Bessie’s bake at home frozen Yorkshire puddings to finish that we ate on Christmas day. A nice treat, but from now on I will be making my own. Much cheaper!
Just me and my daughter home for dinner tonight. We will have grilled halloumi, mushrooms (again from Olio!) and baked sweet potatoes.
I fancy Nigel Slater’s Hearty Party Hotpot tonight, a veggie special that we have eaten several times. It will be slightly varied to use what we have.
We picked fresh chestnuts in the woods, so they will go in instead of a can. Parsnips and carrots are in the fridge, but we don’t have swede. I don’t think it’s essential. We don’t have porcini mushrooms, but have plenty of frozen sliced ones from the big stash I got last week on Olio.
Sausages and mash with broccoli. There is something so comforting about this simple meal when it is cold outside.
We have a tin of hot dogs in the cupboard for some reason. I have no recollection of buying them, so I reckon they arrived via my daughter!
I quite like them mixed with pasta in a bake, so will invent something for tonight to have with frozen sweetcorn.
Smoky chicken with chick peas, made with chicken thighs. I actually prefer thighs to breasts as they don’t dry out and have more flavour. The fact that they are cheaper is also handy! Chick peas bulk out this dish and made it cheaper still.
We will eat this with some rice from the store cupboard.
So that’s this week’s meal plan to kick off my frugal year. What are you eating this week?
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