Weekly Meal Planning 2
One of my New Years Resolutions is to get more strict about meal planning for the week. That doesn't mean I will stick to it like glue, but I find if I have a rough plan then at least I won't need to go on several small shopping trips.
I find that when I go to the supermarket without a list (especially if I have to take one or two small boys along - eeeek!) I end up buying all sorts of random things. We are on a fairly tight budget, so planning helps to save money.
I've put together a really helpful shopping list, so if you fancy following this meal plan one week, all you need to do is print this off and use it for your weekly shop! Easy!
Here's what I have planned for next week. Our boys (aged 3 and 1) will eat whatever we eat, just mashed or chopped, unless specified:
Monday - Spaghetti Bolognese
Time: 10 mins prep + 20 mins cooking
Cost: £1.20 per serving (including spaghetti)
Calories: 500 per serving (including spaghetti)
Mondays are a bit more relaxed for me timewise, so I tend to do a bit of batch cooking. Spaghetti Bolognese is a perfect dish to batch cook and it always tastes better after a day or so. I usually make double, or triple, and freeze some.
Tuesday - Easy Mushroom Stroganoff
Time: 20 minutes from start to finish
Cost: 99p per serving (including rice)
Calories: 481 per serving (including rice)
I'm also trying to get us to eat at least one vegetarian dish a week, so Mushroom Stroganoff is this weeks entry! It's a great veggie dish for non-veggies as the mix of mushrooms makes a lovely substitute for beef.
Wednesday - Easy Tomato and Basil Soup
Time: 10 mins prep + 30 mins cooking
Cost: 49p per serving
Calories: 158 per serving
Homemade tomato soup is so much more tasty than tinned. Served with crusty bread it makes quite a satisfying meal. Sometimes the flavour can be a bit sharp for the kids, so I will just stir through some crème fraîche, cream cheese or whole milk.
Shop bought fishcakes, not homemade! They were on offer, at the supermarket. I just make the potato wedges in the oven when cooking the fishcakes (just cut baking-sized potatoes into wedges, drizzle with olive oil and roast). Green beans are frozen ones steamed in the microwave. That's our weekly portion of oily fish sorted!
Friday - Chicken Tikka Masala
Time: 5 mins prep + 30 mins cooking
Cost: £1.75 per serving (including rice)
Calories: 587 per serving (including rice)
We've got friends coming so I will marinade the chicken the night before to save some time. The boys will have something else earlier on. I often make this for guests and serve it with rice, naan and fresh coriander on top to make it a bit special.
I also make us some baked sweet goodies to get us through the week:
Time: 10 mins prep + 20 - 30 mins baking
Cost: 12p per muffin
Calories: 268 per muffin
Great for using up apples which may be a bit soft. Serve warm with some ice-cream as an impromptu dessert. The crumbly topping on these muffins makes them really tasty.
Calories: 80 per serving*
Perfect for using up over ripe bananas and free of refined sugar. Ideal for lunch boxes.
Download this weekly meal plan