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Hello, happy Friday! I hope your week has gone well. I’m looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend with Daisy. I’m hoping to get out for a few walks, start a new puzzle that I treated myself to and just generally relax more. It has been a very busy but productive week.
Meal planning helps us to have low food waste which is really important to me. I feel really sad if we have to throw something in the bin, thinking of both the environmental impact and the fact that other people struggle to afford food. I am always trying to take steps to make sure we are avoiding overspending on groceries. This week I’m keeping the budget low again, and using a few 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. I have also arranged a Click & Collect shop for Monday which Tom will collect on his way home from work. At the moment lots of Tesco stores have free click & collect so I’m taking advantage of this!
Each week, usually on a Tuesday, I sit down and think about the meals we’re going to eat for the following week. It only takes 15-20 minutes and then I schedule this post directly after. I plan around Tom’s schedule, any activities we have planned with Daisy and just generally try to make our meal plan fit around our family the best I can.
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 and I really enjoy having a nice variety of meals to choose from each week.
Each week other lovely bloggers 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! I really enjoy running this linky and seeing what meals everyone is cooking that week.
The rules of the Meal Planning Linky
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What I will give you in return for linking up with The Meal Planning Linky
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Share your post on my Twitter – at least once every week
A link back to my favourite meal plan each week (Follow link)
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How to link up with The Meal Planning Linky Week #113
Once your post is live all you need to do is hit the button that says “Click here to enter”. This takes you to the link-up page where you can add your post.
My favourite meal plan from last week: Weekly meal plan from My Money Cottage – I love enchiladas!
The Meal Planning Linky Week #113
I’ve planned 7 dinners this week. Lots of lovely lunches and breakfasts too. I’m looking forward to another week of eating well, trying to resist the lure of the takeaway on busy nights and loving cooking in my newly decorated kitchen.
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 probably 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 #113 are:
Sausage and fennel pasta bake (Simply Cook)
Bombay Biriyani (Simply Cook)
Moroccan inspired chicken & rice
Crispy chilli beef (Simply Cook) with egg fried rice
Chicken makhani, rice in the slow cooker & naan (Simply Cook)
Pizza night (homemade pizza dough in the breadmaker)
I’m really enjoying changing things up recently. I think I’ll swap a couple of the meat dishes with Quorn substitute, or similar, it just depends on what we have in.
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.