Sunday, 24 February 2013

Meal Plan - 25 February 2013

Since my whinge from the other day I've came down with a mild dose of flu.  This is getting the full blame for me feeling sorry for myself the other day!  The past couple of days have been spent indoors, mainly snuggled up on the couch or trying to amuse the tots with the least amount of energy possible.  

Mister had a day off work on Friday and since our food cupboards were full from our weekly shop, this became our cooking day.  We've recently started to spend a few hours one day a week to do some batch cooking - the aim is to always have a selection of home made ready meals in the freezer.  Mister spent Friday morning in the kitchen whilst I amused the tots and we now have cottage pie, mince and bolognese sauce to go alongside the fish pie, sausage casserole, soup and chicken casserole portions from last weekend's cooking afternoon.

We also make a large batch of mashed potatoes once or twice a month.  Mainly because Miss Tot is a big fan of the mashed stuff; Master Tot not so much.  Pulling out a portion from the freezer is much simpler and quicker that doing a small lot of mash a few times each week.

So what is on the menu for the tots and I this week?




Mister will be working in the evenings for the next 6 days so this means he has a choice of freezer food to take to work with him for his main meal each day, filled out with either mash potatoes or easy cook rice.  

Breakfasts will be either cereal, porridge or wheatabix.   For lunches we'll use up any leftovers from the previous day, or soup or sandwiches.  Our main meals will be:

Monday
Cottage pie

Tuesday
Fish fingers with potatoes and peas/baked beans
(Fish pie, rice and veg for me)

Wednesday
Spaghetti bolognese

Thursday
Sausage casserole

Friday
Beans on toast
(You can't get much lazier than that!)

Saturday
Chicken casserole

I haven't included a meal for Sunday as this will be coming out of next week's food shop and I haven't bought it yet, but at the moment I'm thinking gammon.  I've noticed gammon on a few meal plans over the past couple of weeks and it's something we haven't had for a while.  To make things easier for me I'm going to start my menu planning week on a Sunday as that's how I tend to plan and shop.  I'll use Sunday's meal to start next week's plan.

We spent £44.69 on our food shop this week.  That leaves us with just over £5 for any bread or milk top-ups we're likely to need during the week.

As always I’ll be linking up to  Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday .  Why not check out the other meal plans for this week?

16 comments:

  1. I tend to save Gammon for Christmas (a la Nigella in Coke) but no reason why it shouldn't be eaten all year round. Shall pop it on my plan for next week.

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    1. We don't tend to buy gammon regularly either, so this will definitely be seen as a treat for hubby & I!

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  2. I made a lovely chicken and gammon pie last week (recipe on my blog). I tend to cook one extra portion every dinner and freeze it in tupperware containers for the Mr to take to work. Batch cooking is a good idea but our freezer is quite small! Have a lovely week x

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    1. Oh I must remember to check out your recipe as a pie was one of my ideas for next week.

      We're fortunate that we have 2 freezers and I use one for stock piling. We'd struggle with only 1 too.

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  3. Gammon is a great thing to plan around as thee are so many things you can do with the leftovers. Or just slice cold gammon and have it with egg and chips - one of my husband's favourite meals!

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    1. Your husband and I may have very similar tastes!

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  4. I've been filling the freezer up recently with leftovers and my meal tonight is chilli from the freezer.

    BNM

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    1. It makes life so much easier when you can shop from your freezer doesn't it. We haven't has chilli or any curry's for what seems like ages - that will change when hubby is home for dinner or two.

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  5. Great meal plan..
    I keep meaning to fill up the freezer with meals but never really get round to it...Must try in future!! :)

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    1. I find it makes meal planning and meal times so much simpler and stress free - you should give it a try!

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  6. Ooo you can't beat a lovely casserole in this weather. We had a beef casserole on Sunday.

    I hope you have a good week

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  7. Beans on toast are one of my favourites, I'm partial to a spot of worcestershire sauce on mine. Hope you feel better soon. At least with such a full freezer you'll know you'll always be well fed!

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  8. we have gammon as a sunday dinner from time to time - always popular - and there are plenty of things to do with the leftovers so it works out economical.

    We are having lots of porridge for brekkie too - it's just what's needed in this weather

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  9. Despite your menu being lovely all I can think about is how long it's been since I've had a fish finger now! Need to get a pack!

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  10. We had gammon last week for the first time in ages and it was a nice change. Enjoy!

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  11. My husband has beans on toast every Thursday before he goes to hockey! Sometimes I join him but I add an egg too :)

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