Buying nothing: this week’s vegetarian meal plan

Mr S is away this week, so it is just me, the lodger and the cats! The lodger can take care of her own meals, thank goodness, so I can please myself.  I am still trying to get through the bulk purchase of Quorn that I bought on offer months ago, before I realised nobody likes Quorn…. my challenge is to use up quite a lot of it in this week’s vegetarian meal plan.

I am also giving myself an easy week by doubling up on meals. I will make enough for four, eat two portions over a couple of days and freeze the rest for another time. I barely need to buy anything – just milk, fruit, some oil, some salad leaves and maybe some broccoli, so it is going to be a very cheap week.

A vegetarian meal plan


vegetarian meal plan

Quorn spaghetti bolognese. I will use this recipe from BBC Good Food, as I think the addition of red wine will make it more tasty. We have a bottle open and I am not drinking alcohol at the moment so I need to use it up anyway.

I will make a salad from lettuce, spinach and grated raw carrot.


You guessed it – I will have the Quorn spaghetti bolognese again and eat it with more of the salad.


Potato curry. I will try to publish this recipe next week. I really enjoyed it and it is so cheap and tasty. I will make four portions and freeze two.


My daughter will be round for tea. She is not a curry fan, so instead we will have veggie burgers from the freezer with sweet potato chips cooked in my VonShef Digital Air Fryer and some salad.


More of the potato curry with rice.


vegetarian meal plan

Vegetable sausages from the freezer with mashed potatoes and broccoli. I am still on the search for the perfect non-soya veggie banger. These are from Asda and are butternut squash, sweet potato and red pepper sausages. They are OK, but not really what I call a sausage – more a vegetable pattie.


My usual Friday omelette, possibly with air fryer chips, maybe just salad, depending on how hungry I am.

So, a really simple vegetarian meal plan this week. Next week I have a French student for a week, so I will have to do some shopping and have a good think about meals they might enjoy.

What are you eating this week?

This week I am linking up with Katy Kicker. If you want more ideas on meal planning and saving money, take a look at their blogs. For more of my tips on meal planning, try  this post.

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13 thoughts on “Buying nothing: this week’s vegetarian meal plan

  1. I’ve never used quorn, but I like the sound of potato curry. Does your lodger eat out or does she share your kitchen and make her own meals?
    I have actually bought some beef this week for a casserole. This will be the first time I’ve cooked beef in months and months (well, we certainly didn’t need it during the hot summer!) so it will be interesting to find out whether we like it or not, or whether we will drop beef from our menu entirely! Bought yellow sticker chicken in Waitrose and also yellow sticker prawns also in Waitrose – they have to be used up by tomorrow, but that’s fine by me; excellent food at a good price. I would also say that right now Waitrose (in our branch) have Regina loo rolls, a pack of 9 of these quilted loo rolls which are 3 ply and really ‘substantial’ if you know what I mean, for £3.75. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s excellent, just under 42 pence a roll. There are bargains to be had in the store which has the reputation for being the most expensive store.

  2. I love how simple your meal plan is. I want to do a completely vegetarian menu one week too. On the matter of the French student, I used to host foreign students too when I organised my school’s Comenius exchange visits. They are usually eager to try British recipes that people would normally have. Make it simple but always have an alternative in case they don’t like what you offered. Hope it goes well. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Funds are a bit tight this week but really aside from some milk, apples, bananas and a few tomatoes I really don’t need anything – and if I had to I could manage with just the milk. I really need to make a dent in what I already have on hand.

    Sunday’s dinner after church will be leftover turkey & stuffing from last weekend’s Thanksgiving dinner along with a variety of veg.

    Monday & Tuesday I need to use up some salad greens and I have salmon fish cakes in the freezer that I will cook.

    Wednesday I think I’ll make a meatloaf – eat it for two days and freeze the rest. At least 3 veggies will also be added to the plate.

    Friday will probably be an omelette using up any odds & ends of veggies in the fridge.

    Saturdays I usually eat a late lunch out with friends so it’s just a bit of toast & cheese or yogurt & fruit if I’m hungry later on.

    There is also a few servings of HM soup in the freezer that I can have during the week if I want it but I usually just eat 2 meals and a snack if I’m home during the week.

  4. If I had to cook for just myself I would definitely do the ‘make one & eat it all week’ method of meal planning – mainly because my lack of interest in cooking outweighs my lack of interest in variety!!
    In fact I’d quite happily live on a sandwich for lunch and soup or something on toast for dinner!

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  6. i have to be very careful with quorn or they refuse to eat it. I am doing a meal this week with the steak strips in an asian style dish and that goes down well and the boys love the chicken style burgers. Good luck for next week and meal planning

  7. I admit that the only Quorn product I like is the mince – the ‘chicken’ pieces are horrible. But, I buy the mince when it’s on offer – I do have to add something like Marmite to it to give it more of a meaty flavour though.

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