The Meal Planning Linky Week #105 Meal Plan

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Happy New Year! I’m sorry I’m a bit slow off the starting blocks this year. I’ve been unwell for the last few weeks and it has really hit me for six to be honest. I’m still not feeling great now, but slowly getting back on track with everything. I hope that you have had a wonderful festive period and have entered the New Year ready to meal plan, save money and get organised. I know I have!

Having absolutely minimal food waste is always important to me. 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. This week I’m lucky to have a well-stocked chest freezer after the post-Christmas yellow stickers! I got some 75% off reduction items with my Sainsbury’s delivery and my Mum also grabbed me some bargains on Christmas Eve which was very nice of her. They all had 75% off too so I received around £24 of food for £6. Best of all my Mum told me not to worry about paying her back which was a nice treat! As we are all stocked up I’m hoping to only spend £20 during the next week on a few essentials that didn’t make the list.

Katykickers weekly meal planning linky

Each week I sit down, for around 20 minutes, and make an effort to look at what we already have in. Then I meal plan around the leftovers we have to use up, any meat we have in the freezer and any meals that we haven’t had lately. This is a great way to keep it fresh, rather than planning 4 weeks at a time which is what I have done in the past. I may go back to giving this another go later in the year as it is great for saving money, I just found that I didn’t always know what shifts Tom was working, nor what we might want to eat after a week.

I’ve been meal planning for 2 years now and it is a great way to save money, for sure. As long as I plan dinners around Tom’s work shifts this works well for us and mostly keeps us away from the takeaways. We do love a cheeky Chinese from time to time though!

In the past, I switched from shopping at Tesco to shopping at Aldi and saved over 30% and while this does work well it requires quite a bit of effort and so I’ve found myself using Sainsburys more recently.

Each week I invite other bloggers to link up their meal plans, to try and share recipes around with one another, inspire each other and hopefully drive a little bit of extra traffic too!

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I don’t have a favourite meal plan to share from last week. There were 2 weeks where I was just so poorly. I didn’t have the energy to meal plan and host the linky. I’m hoping to be back on track now!

The Meal Planning Linky Week #105

I’ve got 7 dinners planned this week. I’m hoping we can avoid the lure of the takeaway completely, to save money. Also, to have some nice meals in. This meal plan was from Monday so we had New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day in there too.

The meals for the Meal Planning Linky Week #105 are:

A look at the slow cooker cottage pie

Slow cooker cottage pie with veggies including air fryer parsnips

Party food night for NYE

Spaghetti & meatballs

Sausage Cassoulet - A look at the finished dish

Slow cooker sausage casserole with veggie mash

Airfryer chips

Chicken tikka kebabs + air fryer chips

Mystery shop food delivery – I picked this job up from Marketforce

Homemade onion gravy recipe

Roast dinner including slow cooker roast beef, air fryer parsnips, air fryer roast potatoes, yorkshires, sage & onion stuffing, ultimate onion gravy and more. I’m REALLY looking forward to this meal after being unwell for so long!

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

Why not check out some of my latest recipes?

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A week of easy dinners. Delicious dinners for the whole family. #mealplanning #frugal #food #slowcooker #chicken #slowcookerdinners #roastdinner
A week of easy dinners. Delicious dinners for the whole family.

18 Responses

  1. Charlotte Zealey January 3, 2020 / 11:22 am

    Be really int rested to know that the mystery meal is I am guessing it could be anything. What a great way to find something which you might not have thought about in the past. I am so glad these linkies are back they provide so much inspiration in this house.

    • katykicker January 3, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      Oh I’m doing a mystery shop! At a well known food outlet but you can’t say as per the terms of the mystery shopping companies! xx It’s a burger place x

  2. Sarah - Mud Cakes and Wine January 3, 2020 / 12:04 pm

    So glad you are starting to feel better, take it slow my lovely. Sounds some great meals and easy too just whats needed

    • katykicker January 3, 2020 / 1:31 pm

      Thanks lovely, I am! Had a full day working yesterday and today just doing a few hours then I’m going to enjoy a nice family weekend I think!

  3. Becky Wilkinson January 3, 2020 / 2:33 pm

    Glad to hear you are feeling better my lovely, the mystery dinner sounds exciting!! Have a great week x

    • katykicker January 7, 2020 / 8:43 am

      Thanks so much love, hope you’re well and have a great week! x

  4. Louise Fairweather January 3, 2020 / 6:11 pm

    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Hadn’t thought of doing cottage pie in the slow cooker before

    • katykicker January 7, 2020 / 8:44 am

      You know me – I love a good slow cooker meal!

  5. Kim Carberry January 4, 2020 / 7:05 pm

    Happy new year!
    I hope you are feeling better now.
    Well done with all of your bargains! I do love a yellow sticker.
    The mystery shop food delivery sounds interesting!
    Great meal plan x

    • katykicker January 7, 2020 / 8:44 am

      Happy New Year! I am, thank you. I hope 2020 is a great one for us all x

  6. Rachel @Coffee Cake Kids January 5, 2020 / 7:33 pm

    Happy new year! Glad you’re starting to feel better. I’ve been poorly since the week before Xmas and only just starting to come through the other side now.

    • katykicker January 7, 2020 / 8:45 am

      Sorry to hear that, I hope you’re well now! Happy New Year! x

  7. Paula @ Mummy Vs Work January 6, 2020 / 7:17 am

    Happy New Year! Glad you are on the mend 🙂

    Sounds like a lovely meal plan this week, just make sure you take it easy 🙂

    • katykicker January 7, 2020 / 8:45 am

      Happy New Year to you too Paula! x

  8. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs January 6, 2020 / 8:36 am

    Lovely meal ideas for the week ahead.
    I hope you are feeling better now.
    Excited to be joining in for the first time, thanks so much for hosting! x

    • katykicker January 7, 2020 / 8:47 am

      Thanks so much Jayne. Happy New Year! x

  9. Shoestring Jane January 10, 2020 / 9:15 am

    Wow! So many people joining in this week! Glad you are feeling better.

    • katykicker January 10, 2020 / 10:21 am

      I’m always so surprised how many people link up at the start of the year. Great intentions and all that!

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