The garden is abundant right now. We have chard, courgettes, runner beans, all kinds of herbs, tomatoes, blackberries and chillies. I think we have enough food for a meal plan using what we have. In fact, I don’t think I need to buy anything at all this week in the way of groceries!
Chaos in the cupboard
As I mentioned on yesterday’s post (and on Instagram – you can follow me here), one of my daughters has been here on leave from university. She spent hours one day taking everything out of the messy larder cupboard, sorting through all the food and putting it back logically and neatly.
I am usually quite good at keeping on top of the food cupboard and do a regular audit. However, somehow it had got really untidy and chaotic. Not any more! I can see exactly what we have and meal plan around it.
As I always say, meal planning saves time, food waste and money. What is not to like?
So, without further ado, here is this week’s meal plan using what we have. None of the recipes is designed specifically for Slimming World, but they can all be adapted by switching from oil to Frylight, cheddar to a lower fat version, etc.
This week’s meal plan
We still have several of the Simply Cook mixes to use. My daughter persuaded me to subscribe to get one for £3 and I had intended to cancel, but I forgot! I ended up with three lots to use – that’s 12 meals as there are 4 in each box.
I have to say, these mixes are really nice. If you work really long hours and want some easy meals I can see why some people would be tempted. It’s a good, easy meal for Saturday as we are selling at a boot sale and will not doubt be tired.
The Goan curry was one of the nicest curries I had ever tasted – totally delicious. I am delighted to discover that they now sell this in Asda!
This time we are going to try the Thai green curry mix. I have loads of half fat coconut milk in the cupboard so will use one of those too. My daughter really rates Simply Cook as she likes food that’s easy to make. If you fancy a trial box for £1 instead of £3, you can use her referral code to order: BL4946.
As we have lots of home grown courgettes and tomatoes, we shall we having this courgette and tomato eggy bake, probably with some chard from the garden.
More courgettes today, with some ratatouille, rice and grated cheese. We will eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I bought a large bag of peppers last week and have three left, so a couple will go in this and one in Wednesday’s dinner.
Low fat sausages, mashed potatoes, runner beans and chard.
We have minced beef in the freezer, so I will make a spaghetti bolognese. As you would imagine, a few courgette pieces might end up in this as well!
Tomato, cheese and herb omelettes with air fried potatoes. I will probably use up some of the carrots in the fridge in this quick salad. I will use ready made fat free vinaigrette rather than the one in the recipe.
We have a ton of tuna in the cupboard. Obviously it won’t go off in tins but I will use some anyway and make tuna penne with black olives, a quick family favourite. More chard or maybe some runner beans with this.
So this is my meal plan using what we have. It will be great if I don’t have to make any purchases this week and should save a bit of money on our grocery 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.