Sorry this meal planning post is a little late. I was hesitating thinking, is there a point in me writing a meal plan? There is no knowing what will be available to buy food wise at the moment. Plus I am only cooking for one most of the time, as Mr S is staying with his elderly mum.
However, of course it is worth planning. I don’t actually want to go shopping unless I really need to. The fewer trips I make to the shops the better, for obvious reasons. So making the best of what is in the house is a no brainer really.
I am planning a trip on Monday morning to the farm shop for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and eggs, but my plan is not dependant on what I pick up and I can chop and change as necessary.
For those of you with families at home, making a meal plan is even more important that usual, so that you can stretch what you have and ensure nothing is wasted.
I’m not entirely cooking just for myself actually. Mr S is calling in three times a week when he drops his mum off at the dialysis unit. We aren’t going anywhere near each other though!
His mum is very vulnerable so they are sticking to their own company. I am making dinner for the three of us on those days and he is taking two meals home. They will zap the meals in the microwave before they eat them so should be safe.
I am so thankful for our little puppy, Archie, who is keeping me company whilst all this madness is going on. He also gives me a good reason to get out for a walk.
So it is worth making a meal plan, and here is this week’s.
This week’s meal plan
Chicken casserole, with chicken from the freezer. I will use the last of the fresh carrots in this, with celery, tinned tomatoes, peppers and a splash of red wine. We have a bottle open and I won’t drink it.
Mr S will take a couple of portions of this and do potatoes for him and his mum. I don’t have many left so will have rice with mine.
Chick pea curry and rice. As it’s just me, I am using this pack of ready made I bought a while ago. I have had this before, and it’s delicious! Wish I had bought a few more packets for my stores now.
I still have some blocks of halloumi in the fridge from when I was doing the keto diet. It is so nice really simply grilled so I will have that with some winter carrot salad and shredded lettuce – assuming I can get fresh carrots when I go to the farm shop.
If not, I will crack open a can of sweetcorn!
Tuesday and Wednesday
Pasta Bolognese, with more of the carrot salad/lettuce/sweetcorn.
I will stretch the Bolognese by adding lots of peppers and a can of aduki beans. This way, Mr S can take two meals and there will still be enough left for me to have on Wednesday.
I never mind eating the same thing two days in a row. In fact, I always think things taste better on day two.
Today’s meal will depend on what I manage to pick up at the farm shop. My plan is to get some of their delicious sausages and have them with mash and broccoli.
However, if I can’t get hold of any, I will either do something with the chicken breasts that I have in the freezer or crack open a tin of stewing steak. I will pad it out with some veg! Never actually tried tinned stewing steak before!
A superfood veggie burger from the freezer, with chips and peas. These have been in there for ages as I didn’t fancy them, but had one for lunch the other day and it was very nice.
I made a big load of soup the other day as I had veg that needed using, so this will be good for a few lunches. Other lunch ideas will be based around eggs, or something on toast such as sardines.
I also saved a loaf of mouldy bread from my daughter. She was given it but doesn’t eat much bread and couldn’t squeeze it in her freezer.
I made some delicious bread pudding. It was so nice! I froze two more lots of the bread specifically to make a couple more batches. Mr S took half and I scoffed the rest. Definitely making more this week.
I don’t have much fresh fruit in the house – just half a melon. But I do have frozen berries and tinned peaches, so will make sure I have one portion every day. Hopefully they will have some fresh in the farm shop, in which case I will eat that first.
I think it is time I went through all my food stores to remind myself of what we have. Regular readers will know that I was already prepping in case Brexit created food shortages, so I actually have quite a lot of canned stuff. It’s all under the bed though and I have forgotten what is actually there!
I am quite enjoying being even more frugal than usual and being creative with what I have. But I think making a meal plan is a good idea to make the best of my supplies.
What are you eating this week?