The Meal Planning Linky Week #102 Meal Plan

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Happy Friday. I hope your week has gone well. This week has been one of ups and downs for us. Thomas had an operation yesterday, which he is home recovering from, and because it was dental related I’m going to be planning lots of simple, fairly soft meals for the week ahead. Meals that don’t require a lot of prep time – as I need to get organised for Christmas still. Having absolutely minimal food waste is always important to me but I’m making things stretch even further at the moment because we still have so many house jobs to pay for. I will be taking steps to make sure we are avoiding overspending on groceries and this week I’m going to visit Lidl or Aldi for my shop, rather than doing an online shop. We’ve got lots of supplies in the fridge & freezer for Daisy, including her specialist bread and snacks, so I’m hopeful I won’t need to visit a ‘big’ supermarket again this week. I only spent £45 last week, including about £10 of treats, so I was really pleased!

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Every week I like to sit down, for 15-30 minutes, and work on a meal plan. I try and do this a few days before we’re going to need to go shopping, so I have time to add things on to the shopping list before heading out. Sometimes I pick up a reduced bargain in my local Co-Op and other times I am trying to bulk out meat dishes to save a little bit of money. Overall I enjoy meal planning now I have been doing it for almost 2 years continuously. In that time we’ve saved a LOT of money versus ordering meal boxes and buying too many takeaways, but this IS an area that we still need to work on. In the past, I switched from shopping at Tesco to shopping at Aldi and saved over 30% and I want to start visiting the discounter supermarkets more, as they really do save money, but of course it is a trade off of time/convenience.

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My favourite meal plan from last week was: Lamb curry, not again!

The Meal Planning Linky Week #102

I’ve got 7 dinners planned this week. I’m hoping we can avoid the lure of the takeaway completely, to save money, and also to eat healthier.

The meals for the Meal Planning Linky Week #102 are:

Easy dinner – I’ll pick something up in Lidl I expect!

Bolognese pasta bake
This bolognese pasta bake is great for using up leftover bolognese and bulking out a little packet of mince.

Bolognese pasta bake & homemade garlic bread  

Slow cooker beef chilli - A sneak peek at the end result
I love adding lots of beans & vegetables to my chilli as it is great to help add more fibre and use less expensive meat.

Slow cooker chilli

Jacket potatoes in the slow cooker - A look at the finished result!
These jacket potatoes are super simple! Just prep, pop in the slow cooker and they’re ready and waiting at dinnertime.

Slow cooker jacket potatoes with leftover slow cooker chilli 

Smoked paprika chicken – this is just a packet mix one!

Speedy chorizo spaghetti – again, another simple dinner.

Slow cooker whole chicken uk recipe
This whole chicken is absolutely delicious. It is super simple and you can use the stock the chicken produces for a delicious homemade gravy.

Slow cooker whole chicken dinner with all the trimmings including sage and onion stuffing, ultimate onion gravy, air fryer roast potatoes, and air fryer honey glazed parsnips.

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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4 Responses

  1. Shoestring Jane December 14, 2019 / 12:11 pm

    Hope Thomas is recovering. Dental issues are always painful! Your meals look good. So sensible to budget well.

    • katykicker December 14, 2019 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you – he’s doing well! Thanks so much, all our spare money is going into the house at the moment so it is more important than ever really!

  2. Kim Carberry December 16, 2019 / 1:01 pm

    I hope Thomas is recovering well from his surgery. We’re trying to avoid the takeaways too until our Christmas Eve one.
    Great meal plan. I must try cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker x

    • katykicker December 20, 2019 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you, he’s really good! Enjoy your Christmas Eve takeaway! x

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