I mentioned in my weekly round up post that I did my shopping in Morrison’s this week and got some great yellow sticker bargains. They were all tucked into the freezer the same day, along with what seems like a never ending supply of broccoli that I appear to have panic bought at some point!
I don’t mind frozen vegetables, but much prefer fresh broccoli. Even when I steam the frozen variety, it still seems to come out a bit soggy.
Anyway, I will be incorporating these reduced items into this week’s yellow sticker meal plan and trying to plough through the broccoli to make way for more interesting items.
Saving time, money and waste
Meal planning helps me to save money and reduce food waste. It also saves time and the effort of thinking about what to cook each day, which I appreciate. Especially at the moment when I am generally uninspired.
However, because I am never 100% sure when I will go shopping, whether it will be an online shop or I will actually venture out, who I will be feeding and what reduced items I may pick up along the way, I tend towards flexibility.
However, having discovered that driving out of town to my nearest Morrison’s on a Monday morning finds the supermarket pretty empty, I think I may be doing this fairly regularly in future. It also seems to be an excellent time for reductions.
I didn’t eat low carb all of last week as it was Mr Shoestring’s birthday and I knew there would be cake and other goodies. This week I will be back to avoiding carbs.
This week’s yellow sticker meal plan
I picked up a nice piece of beef brisket in the yellow sticker section. This is something I rarely buy – I’m not sure why, as it tends to be quite good value.
I am cooking this in the slow cooker with vegetables, stock and red wine. Hopefully, this will be delicious with some mashed potato and some of the dratted frozen broccoli! (I will pass on the mash.)
As I am expecting to just be feeding myself today, I am hoping for leftover brisket. I will eat this with some kale and peas.
I will have a cooked breakfast for my dinner tonight – I love this. Fried eggs, bacon, tomatoes (these were also reduced, so need eating up) and mushrooms will make a nice, easy tea. Monday tends to be a busy work day, so it’s good to have something quick planned.
Lemon and garlic chicken, probably something like this recipe, although I may adapt it slightly and use cream. Mr S and his mum will have theirs with brown rice and veg, but I will just have the veg.
Another of my yellow sticker items was some filleted rainbow trout. Both me and Mr S love this cooked quite simply with some chopped parsley in a bit of butter.
Our parsley from last year is going to seed now, but I should be able to find enough. I really need to get round to sowing some more, as it’s easy to grow.
I need to use up the last of a bag of potatoes, as they are going a bit sprouty! So sausages and mash will be a good choice for tonight, with cabbage, more broccoli and some gravy. Again, I won’t have the mash.
I will make some keto garlic bread tonight and make a kind of spicy Bolognese come chilli. Red kidney beans don’t agree with me, so I will leave those out, so not a proper chilli.
Snacks and stuff
Having eaten quite a lot of cake and some delicious chocolate truffles my daughter made last week, I am not eating sugar at all this week, and certainly no traditional cake.
However, I do rather enjoy a keto mug cake, so will experiment with some different recipes. The one above was a chocolate one, which was really nice with cream and strawberries.
I might also try these keto cinnamon butter cookies, which look very straightforward and quick to make.
What is on your menu this week? Are you meal planning or eating whatever you can easily pick up?