What’s in the larder? This week’s Shoestring meal plan

shoestring meal plan

This week’s shoestring meal plan attempts to use up some items that have been sitting there a while. I refuse to waste food! Hopefully I will only need to do a small shop to eek out what we already have in the larder.

I am also making double of lots of our meals at the moment, as I am not up to loads of cooking. We really don’t mind eating the same thing two nights in a row, as it means less work!

Again to save me getting too much pain from my poorly neck, I stocked up on a few vegetarian frozen meals when I was in Tesco the other day. I don’t often shop in Tesco, but they do sell a really good range of nice veggie and vegan items to store in the freezer.

This week’s meal plan


I unexpectedly have two out of three daughters home on Saturday, so I need to make something they will enjoy. DD1 has requested a chicken casserole, so that is what they will have. I will make a vegetarian one for me, which will do for Saturday and Sunday. As I have parsnips and mushrooms that need eating I will use this Nigel Slater recipe. I have made it several times and it is delicious. If I can’t pick up any chestnuts, I will just make it without.

We will have mashed potato and broccoli with this.

We shall have fresh fruit, Greek yogurt and honey for dessert. Obsessed with Greek strained yogurt since I discovered it is very low in lactose.


Vegetable casserole, but this time with rice to ring the changes!


I picked up some Tesco cheese and onion crisp bakes recently from their freezer section. I really like these. They also make an easy meal with some salad or vegetables and potatoes.

They do a very similar version of these in most of the supermarkets it seems.


Salmon with new potatoes and vegetables.


Another Tesco veggie meal for me. I thought their mushroom and camembert pies looked scrummy so bought some of those whilst I was in there.


Lentil Bolognese and pasta with salad. There are peppers to use up in this. I will make enough of this for tomorrow too.


Lentil Bolognese again with frozen corn on the cob.

So, that’s my easy shoestring meal plan for this week. What will you be eating?

For more of my frugal recipe ideas, see this page.

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.

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3 thoughts on “What’s in the larder? This week’s Shoestring meal plan

  1. If you’re ever in Aldi, check out their Pea, Chickpea and Lentil based baked snacks by Passions. The Thai Sweet Chili Lentil Curls are to die for, but they are all lovely, and best of all are mostly in the green or orange section of the traffic lights! 72p for a bag of 6

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