The Meal Planning Linky Week #1 Meal Plan

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I’m a BIG fan of meal planning! Being able to save money, and avoid takeaways is great for our waistline and our budget too. For us, the main area where we go wrong with eating healthy is not planning dinners and not meal planning before we go shopping. Since we have become more motivated and begun meal planning, we feel more organised at home and we are eating healthier too. Today marks the first week of my new Meal Planning Linky. This linky is hosted by myself, Katykicker, and Naomi from The Organised Life Project. We both LOVE meal planning and want to invite you to join us in sharing your meal plan and keeping motivated.

The Meal Planning Linky

Meal planning allows me to remove some of the day to day stress from my life. Often, by 3 pm, I’m tired from juggling work, nursery drop-off/pick-up and don’t have the motivation to think of what we want to eat for dinner. Also, my husband works shifts so he goes out to work at 5 pm sometimes. This means we need an early dinner and it falls right in the middle of Daisy’s bedtime routine.

By posting my meal plan weekly I want to make healthier choices, cut out takeaways, cook from scratch and save lots of money too. I’ve also switched from shopping at Tesco to shopping at Aldi and I’ve been saving a LOT of money so far.

The Meal Planning Linky is a weekly linky. Naomi and I will be sharing our week’s meal plan and would love you to link yours up too. By sharing meal plans we can all keep ourselves accountable and inspire one another with new ideas and recipes.

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The Meal Planning Linky Week #1

I’ll be planning 6 meals per week each week. This leaves 1 day a week for eating leftovers, dining out or visiting friends and family for dinner. We don’t have set days for our meals, as I prefer to decide in the morning which of the meals we want and what fits in with our day’s plans.

My meals for the Meal Planning Linky Week #1 are:

Slow cooker sausage cassoulet with veg

Slow cooker chicken nachos

Slow cooker pulled pork + air fryer chips with roasted veggies

Slow cooker chicken curry + rice in the slow cooker

Slow cooker beef casserole + dumplings

Slow cooker roast chicken + all the trimmings including my air fryer roast potatoes

As you can see I’m going to be utilising the slow cooker LOTS this week. I’ve got a triple slow cooker so some days there will be two pots in use for us, and one for Daisy. Daisy is allergic to lots of different foods, including chicken, so she will be eating a separate meal to us for half of the week. When I cook for Daisy I use up leftover fruit & vegetables from the fridge to make her pureed food. This means that during the week she has a variety of textures and gets lots of vitamins & minerals too.

If you’re looking for meal planning inspiration then be sure to read my meal planning tips and my meal planning with mince post. I’ve also got a post about making a roast chicken go further.

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The Meal Planning Linky Week #1. Save money, cut down on takeaways, be motivated and get inspiration for your meals

25 Responses

    • katykicker January 5, 2018 / 8:21 am

      Well you’re basically preparing the mix in there and then serving the filling on the nachos and broiling or microwaving for 1-2 minutes at the end! Yum! Super simple too when you’re short on time x

  1. Helen @talking_mums January 5, 2018 / 10:53 am

    Great idea. I’ve just done a meal plan for 4 weeks! No blog post on it though as yet! Works well when you’re organised x

  2. Emma Maslin January 5, 2018 / 10:59 am

    I think everyone should own a slow cooker – I couldn’t live without mine! I have a massive one which doesn’t get much use to be fair as it makes enough for about 20 (!), my regular family sized one which is my staple and a tiny one which is perfect if I want to make something quick and easy just for the girls so two portions if I have a small pack of meat.
    This linky is going to be great for coming up with some different ideas as well – meal planning helps with variety so much so we don’t always fall back on the fail safe handful of family favourites!

  3. Emma Maslin January 5, 2018 / 10:59 am

    I think everyone should own a slow cooker – I couldn’t live without mine! I have a massive one which doesn’t get much use to be fair as it makes enough for about 20 (!), my regular family sized one which is my staple and a tiny one which is perfect if I want to make something quick and easy just for the girls so two portions if I have a small pack of meat.
    This linky is going to be great for coming up with some different ideas as well – meal planning helps with variety so much so we don’t always fall back on the fail safe handful of family favourites!

  4. Chloe January 5, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    These sound like delicious meals! I don’t have a slowcooker, but never realized how useful one could be!

  5. Talya January 5, 2018 / 1:59 pm

    I love that you have a linky around meal planning. So much fab inspiration here!

  6. Emma January 5, 2018 / 2:36 pm

    What a great new linky. I think eating healthily is so important and I love things that encourage that.

  7. Joleisa January 5, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I’m a fairly late comer to meal planning in the true sense. I mean I always have food in the fridge and freezer but I suspect that I’ll be doing much better now healthwise and also financially as I take on meal planning formally. I was gifted a slow cooker by my sister about 2 years ago. I used it once or twice and then she ‘borrowed’ it. Now I know what she’s been up to! I am looking forward to getting some great creative ideas for running my kitchen like a factory so that I have enough time to myself! Thanks so much.

  8. Vicky January 5, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    We (well husband) got a slow cooker for Christmas so we are excited to use it. First meal will probably fish pie as apparently you can do things like that in it

  9. Cat Plummer January 5, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    My slow cooker is one of my favourite things ever! I love the look of what you’ve got on your plan for this week. Makes me feel hungry looking at it!

  10. Kerry January 5, 2018 / 9:12 pm

    Another fan of the slow cooker here. We are having jacket potatoes cooked in the slow cooker next week. So easy to do.

  11. Paula @MummyVsWork January 5, 2018 / 10:02 pm

    I don’t use my slow cooker as much as I should so looking forward to being able to try out some of the recipes in the coming weeks!

  12. Sonia Cave January 6, 2018 / 9:51 am

    What a fab linky to give us with less creativity skills in the kitchen some fab ideas too. I have always planned anyway as I can’t whizz up something from nothing!!

  13. The Frenchie Mummy January 6, 2018 / 10:55 am

    What a great idea to have a meal planning linky so that you can have more ideas from bloggers! I wish I was that organised to take part. I need to meal plan again! Enjoy all those yummy recipes!

  14. Cath - BattleMum January 6, 2018 / 11:21 am

    Best of luck with the linky. Although I don’t meal plan I am getting better at thinking ahead and buying only what I need. We rarely waste food these days now.

  15. Ami January 6, 2018 / 3:13 pm

    What a great linky idea! I meal plan every week too as it helps me get my head together for shopping so will have to join in next time 🙂

  16. Confessions of a New Mummy January 6, 2018 / 9:03 pm

    Glad to find this, I’m hoping I can find lots of inspiration! I really should get myself a slow cooker….

  17. Michelle Utterlyscrummy January 8, 2018 / 10:05 am

    What a brilliant idea, the linky is full of inspiration to get us all Meal Planning and use up any leftovers or groceries hoarded in cupboards 🙂

  18. Anosa January 8, 2018 / 4:32 pm

    The last few days of 2017 and into 2018 I have enjoyed doing meal planning just buying ready made and absolutely loving it.

  19. Naomi January 8, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    I’ll definitely have a look at all your slow cooker meals, I really need some more slow cooker meals. Totally agree with you about meal planning – and I’m so excited about our new linky!

  20. Rae January 8, 2018 / 11:57 pm

    Joining in and looking forward to getting some inspiration for using my slow cooker more!

  21. Stephanie January 9, 2018 / 9:00 pm

    I love my slow cooker and you’ve got some great recipes this week. Fab linky

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