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Why do I plan the week’s meals? Well…..
I just popped into Sainsbury’s for a couple of bits and was walking behind a couple with a trolley absolutely piled high. They had no plan, no shopping list and no flipping clue! The conversation went like this: “Have we got any cornflakes? What about bread – did that last loaf go mouldy? Might get a beef joint in case we don’t go out Sunday…. do we need tea bags?”
It has been so long since I shopped without a meal plan and a shopping list, I can’t believe I ever did it. The money that couple must have been wasting – they didn’t have a clue what food they already had or what their plans were for the week. They didn’t even know if they needed basic items like bread and teabags! I also hope they had at least four kids at home or they were never going to get through the pile of fresh stuff they bought before it went off either.
Checking what we have in the fridge, freezer and cupboards, compiling a meal plan and writing a shopping list are second nature to me. It takes all of 15 minutes and saves us a lot of time and money. I wrote a post about the benefits of meal planning here.
Anyway, without further ado, here is this week’s meal plan.
I have mentioned a few times that I have gone for a monthly subscription to Simply Cook*. We really enjoy their recipe mixes and they give me an easy night in the kitchen. All of the meals we have had so far have been really delicious.
I only use one a week and have decided to go for a Saturday night fakeaway this time! We will be having the Thai yellow fish curry, made with cod, a red pepper and a tin of light coconut milk, all of which we already have. Rice and some of the naan bread I found reduced to 30p for two in the week will be nice with this.
The other dishes I chose for this month’s subscription are Malay Laksa, a kind of soup meal, Beef massaman, another Thai inspired curry dish with potatoes, and Mexican pulled chicken.
You can claim a £3 trial box for Simply Cook here* if you fancy giving it a go.
Roast chicken with roast potatoes done in my VonShef air fryer*, kale and gravy. As there are only the two of us here, I will just roast us a couple of chicken thighs each – again, we have these in the freezer.
Chick pea casserole from the freezer. I batch cooked a load of this a while back. We will probably have this with rice.
Another cheap and cheerful favourite tonight, sardine spaghetti. Some people hate the sound of it, but it is really nice! Healthy too with lots of omega 3 fats in the sardines.
I have used various recipes for this, but actually it is as simple as an onion chopped up with a little garlic (I don’t bother with the onions as they do not agree with me), maybe a pepper too, a can of sardines in tomato sauce, some herbs and seasoning. Sometimes I add half a can of tomatoes too.
Simple, cheap and yummy.
Sausages and mash, the rest of the kale if there is some and maybe some peas. Gravy too, of course.This is one of my favourite dinners! It is so warm and comforting for a winter evening.
Broccoli and pepper pasta bake. I will make a tomato and pepper sauce with some fresh tomatoes. When I was in Lidl last week I bought a big bagful but they aren’t very tasty so better for cooking. Then I will mix with small florets of steamed broccoli, top with cheese and finish off under the grill.
If we have bacon that needs using that will be grilled and added as well.
Ham, eggs, chips and peas. An easy, fuss free tea. I will make the chips in the air fryer with a spray of Frylight to keep the fat content down.
Do you always plan the week’s meals, or leave it to chance?