The Meal Planning Linky Week #107 Meal Plan

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Good morning! Happy Friday! I’m sorry I’m late with this today – completely forgot what day it is. Whoops!

Recently we’ve been enjoying a Hello Fresh box, as my lovely sister-in-law gave me a code to get one completing free of charge, which was so kind of her! It was great to have different recipes to try out.

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 am taking steps to make sure we are avoiding overspending on groceries. This week I’m keeping the budget low again, and using lots of Simply Cook recipes this week. *Why not sign up and grab yourself a box for £1? < This is a subscription service so be sure to cancel if you don’t want it to auto-renew.

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Every week I sit down, for around 20 minutes, and I plan out a week of dinners. I look on the calendar, to see what engagements we have upcoming. Then I look in the fridge & chest freezer to see what meat, vegetables and other ingredients we have that need using up. This really helps me avoid food waste and means that we can eat a variety of different dinners each week. While I’m doing my meal plan I make a loose plan of breakfast and lunches that we can eat too, although I’m not quite as rigid planning these. I mostly just make sure that we’ve got the right ingredients in so we have a nice variety of breakfasts and lunches.

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 still 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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The Meal Planning Linky Week #107

I’ve planned 7 dinners this week. We’re avoiding the takeaways as best we can, but we did have a nice tasty Dominos last week!

Grab yourself a £1 Simply Cook box!

I recently ordered myself a Simply Cook box (Paid for it myself but as I’m using a referral code here this section of this post is technically an AD). You select 4 meals and get sent a little box with 3 spice, herb and stock blends plus a recipe card. Then you just buy the ingredients you need and you can make a fantastic dinner with ease. It’s a little like a Hello Fresh or Gousto box, but without the expense and you have to buy the fresh items still. However, for just £1 you can get 4 of these little kits to liven up mealtimes and get some inspiration. I’ve got a couple of boxes now so that next time I want to cook something a bit different I’ve got the inspiration already on hand! If you want to grab a box for £1 just *sign up to Simply Cook. This is a subscription service so be sure to cancel if you don’t want it to renew at £9.99 – I just set myself a reminder for a few days before the next box needed to be selected.

The meals for the Meal Planning Linky Week #107 are:

Chicken in black bean sauce (Simply Cook)

Honey mustard chicken (Simply Cook)

Swedish meatballs (Simply Cook)

Baked butternut squash risotto

Char sui bbq pork + tenderstem broccoli (Simply Cook)

Airfryer chips

Shroom dogs with airfryer chips & homemade buns

Slow cooker gammon joint with balsamic & orange glaze

Slow cooker gammon with all the trimmings including airfryer roast potatoes, sage and onion stuffing, Yorkshires, onion gravy, airfryer parsnips and more. I’m really looking forward to this!

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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12 Responses

  1. Shoestring Jane January 18, 2020 / 11:49 am

    I really like Simply Cook. I only get a box once a month for a bit of variety, but it inspires me to try new things.

    • katykicker January 21, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      They’re fab aren’t they!

  2. Louise Fairweather January 19, 2020 / 2:00 pm

    I have seen Simply Cook and wondered weather it was worth getting, as you say for the inspiration more than anything

    • katykicker January 21, 2020 / 12:46 pm

      They’re great for the nights or weeks when I’m low on time/motivation/inspiration!

  3. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs January 21, 2020 / 3:58 pm

    It sounds like the Simply Cook boxes have some great meal ideas! Brilliant for when you’re feeling a little uninspired! Thanks so much for hosting. x

    • katykicker January 22, 2020 / 2:18 pm

      I’m loving them so far! I’ve had 4 or 5 boxes now!

  4. Charlotte Zealey January 22, 2020 / 1:00 pm

    I have seen so much for simply cook recently I am thinking about getting a box when I know I am going to be low on time because then I will not have to worry about what to have for tea

    • katykicker January 22, 2020 / 2:18 pm

      I’m finding them really good so far!

  5. Catherine January 22, 2020 / 1:41 pm

    The Simply Cook recipes sound lovely – I’m a sucker for a good risotto! Thanks so much for hosting the linky. x

    • katykicker January 22, 2020 / 2:19 pm

      I’m a sucker for a good risotto too! With a nice glass of sauvignon!

  6. Lisa Jackson January 22, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    I’m really leaning towards the subscription food boxes for a bit of inspiration and to try out some different meals. First time on this linky x

    • katykicker January 22, 2020 / 2:19 pm

      Welcome, thanks for joining in! I really enjoy seeing what everyone else is eating and getting some nice inspiration too.

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