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Hello! Happy Friday! What a productive week we have had. Our home finally feels like it is coming together. TVs on the wall, painting finished in the living room and lots more. It feels so good to finally be clearing some of the boxes and putting all of Tom’s DVDs where they go. Tom is really happy and I’m so proud of all the work that we have achieved both together and individually.
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.
Every week I sit down, for 20-30 minutes, and I plan out a load of lovely dinners. I check Tom’s schedule. Breakfast and lunch are something that I really factor in now, ensuring that we have enough ingredients for home cooking and days when we need something quick or fancy a hot lunch. Often I follow up by having a 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.
I’ve been meal planning for over 2 years now pretty much every single week. It is a great way for us to save money. 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! Chinese Tuesday (5 dishes for £15) is one of our favourites but we’re trying to cut back as the food is quite unhealthy.
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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How to link up with The Meal Planning Linky Week #109
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The Meal Planning Linky Week #109
I’ve planned 7 dinners this week. Lots of lovely lunches and breakfasts too.
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 just to be clear). 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 #109 are:
Chicken in black bean sauce (Simply Cook)
Shroom dogs with airfryer fries & buns (Vegan)
Chicken & mushroom risotto (Simply Cook)
Crispy chilli beef (Simply Cook)
Shepherdess pie (Simply Cook) (Vegan)
Pad thai (Simply Cook)
Encroutes, fancy potatoes (not sure what yet) and vegetables
This is one of the first meal plans in SO long where I’m barely using my own recipes, but I’m really enjoying changing things up.
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 how to stretch a whole chicken.