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I have mentioned Simply Cook a few times in my meal plans over the last few months. My daughter persuaded me to try an introductory box and, as it was only £3, I thought it was worth a go.
As I do a lot of cooking from scratch to save money, it is kind of against my instinct to buy this kind of thing. However, I have to say I have been pleasantly surprised by how good the meals are – especially the curries. Mr S loves them and they are so quick and easy to make. Great for those nights when time and energy are short.
Initially, I cancelled my subscription after the initial couple of boxes. However, I was tempted back with another offer and have decided to keep it going, but only once a month. You can change how often you receive them and I think it’s worthwhile. Cheaper than a takeaway!
In case you don’t know what Simply Cook is, it is a food subscription service. However, you buy your own ingredients – you are just sent all the flavourings. I will do a whole post on Simply Cook at some point, but in the meantime I am going to incorporate a couple of the latest boxes into this week’s simple meal plan.
A simple meal plan for the week ahead
Saturday is curry night! We are going to have the Simply Cook Goan curry. We have had it before (and it is available at Asda now if you don’t want to subscribe). It’s a fish curry and really yummy. You add a jar of light coconut milk, cod fillet (or chicken), tomatoes and an onion.
Mr S has bought the poppadoms in anticipation. I also tried a delicious elderflower cider from Lidl the other day. Think I will buy a couple more cans to have with our curry.
Fish again today, as I bought some sweet chilli salmon pieces that were on offer in Lidl. I will make air fried roasties with this and lots of vegetables.
If I have time I will make a fruit crumble as well with some of our home grown plums from the freezer.
Monday has become a really busy day for me recently with my eBay and blogging work. So I will make it an easy dinner.
One of my absolute favourites is egg and chips – I have always loved it! We will have this with peas or baked beans.
Another Simply Cook recipe tonight – beef stroganoff with creamy mashed potatoes and whatever veggies we need to use up.
To make this, I will need to add potatoes, beef steak, mushrooms and soured cream.
Spanish style sweet potato, mushroom and feta tortilla. I found this on a website devoted to egg recipes. As eggs are cheap and nutritious, I like to use them often.
We have some sweet potatoes that need using up and this recipe does sound unusual. Hope it’s nice! We probably have this with some salad.
Penne with tuna and black olives, plus some more of the salad. This is such an easy and healthy recipe, and a favourite here.
Abalos style salmon stew, using canned salmon. I am still trying to make sure we eat oily fish a lot and this recipe looks a good addition to my simple meal plan.
I think some boiled rice will go with this and maybe something a little sharper, like a tomato salad. We are still getting a few of our own home grown tomatoes from the greenhouse!
Another relatively simple meal plan. I do enjoy food but I don’t want to spend all my time cooking, so healthy, quick and easy is always the way I prefer to go.
I do almost all of our shopping at Aldi and some at Lidl as it’s just round the corner. All of the ingredients for our simple meal plan are easily available at either.
For desserts, we usually just have fruit or yogurt, but I am a fan of shop bought cheapo crème caramels. They aren’t massively healthy, but are a low calorie option when I need a sweet treat!
What are you eating this week?