Weekly Meal Plan – 23rd April 2018

Weekly Meal Plan – 23rd April 2018

I’m not a food blogger but I’ve been lurking around Katy Kicker‘s and The Organised Life Projects Meal Planning Linky for a few weeks now.  It’s a great way to get inspired for meal ideas and find out how other families are budgeting for their weekly food shop.

Weekly Meal Planning

Planning is they key to keeping our food costs down.  If I’m organised and have a meal plan up front I am more likely to have everything cooked and ready to go.  Although sometimes due to circumstances I cave and we end up ordering takeaway!

I’m going to be posting weekly and linking up with the meal planning linky to share what our plans for the week are. I’ll also be filling in if we succeeded the following week.  I’m sure this first post will be a bit longer than usual. As the weeks go on I shall be able to be a bit more concise as you all get to know our usual routine.

weekly meal plan

Dinners

Our meal plan for dinners this week is as follows

MONDAY – Veggie Sausages, White ‘n’ Sweet Potato Mash and beans

A quick and easy meal to make, I’m on the lookout for a good cost effective vegetarian sausage recipe that i can make and stock pile in the freezer though as the salt content of pretend meat is quite high!  The mash is made with both sweet potatoes and white potato (from tinned new potatoes).

Tuesday – Jacket Potatoes with toppings and salad

Husband and I shall have ours topped with leftover veggie chilli from last week and the kids will have beans and cheese on theirs.

Wednesday – Homemade Veggie nuggets and chips

Kids love dipping and my kids love these homemade veggie nuggets.  I also can’t get enough of them either.  Made with blitzed broccoli and carrot, mixed with breadcrumbs, seasoning, eggs to bind and a little bit of grated cheese.  I serve up extra veg on the side which is only usually touched by the adults.  You never know one day they might take some for their plates.

Homemade vegetable nuggets

homemade veggie nuggets ready for frying

Thursday – Wraps with vegetable fingers

We use veggie fingers as a base for our wraps and then cut up a massive pile of spinach or lettuce, onion, peppers and sweetcorn for the kids to load into their wraps.  Sometimes the kids have fish fingers instead of veggie fingers.

Friday – Salmon Cheesy Pasta with sweetcorn / Vegetable Stew with dumplings

On Friday I shall be making two meals. I’ll be batch cooking up salmon cheesy pasta with sweetcorn for the kids and freezing some off for emergency meals next week.  Meanwhile me and hubby shall be having veggie stew with dumplings.  Last time I made veggie stew with dumplings I had so many left over veg that I cut and par boiled it – meaning this time I can just literally throw it all in the pot.  All I have to do is make the dumplings!  I’ve adapted this recipe to suit our tastes.

Saturday – Spanish Omlette with chips and salad

When I get back from my blogging event I’ll be making up 2 large spanish omelettes filled with peppers, onion and sweetcorn.  I’ll put a large bowl of chips and salad out for everyone to decide what they would like yo go with it.  To speed up the time it takes to make I’ll be using frozen veg and tinned new potatoes.

Sunday – Homemade Pizza

We make our own pizza dough at home and then get the kids to help with decorating the pizzas.  The little kids are big fans of just plain cheese pizza but the adults will be adding onion, peppers, spinach and whatever we can find left over that is worthy of a pizza topping.

Breakfast

All weekday breakfasts will be a choice of weetabix, porridge or some form of cereal from our years supply of crunchy nut win.  At the weekend the kids will have the option of pancakes and toast.  The kids will also get the chance to have some fruit at breakfast if they want. (either apple slices or banana)

Lunches

I shall be eating salads this week for lunches. Toppings will be grilled halloumi, avocado and hard-boiled eggs.  The halloumi and avocados are left over from last weeks purchases.   During the week Chase eats a hot meal at school. The two youngest kids will be eating peanut butter sandwiches.  We have a HUGE tub of peanut butter which we are working our way through!  Kids will have cheese cubes as well as carrots and cucumber to dip in hummus to go alongside with it.  My husband usually eats cereal for lunch – yep you read that right.  Well he is currently the reigning Ultimate Crunchy Nutter so it seems fitting.

This weekend Brooke and I have been invited to a blogging event and will be having a lovely cooked lunch provided whilst we are there.  Weekend lunch options will likely be peanut butter, cucumber or cheese sandwiches (we all LOVE sandwiches) or scrambled eggs on toast.

Snacks and Desserts

snacks this week are the usual. Mini pita breads, carrot sticks and cucumber sticks all to be dipped in hummus.  If the kids want something sweet we still have a huge amount of chocolate left over from easter.  I might bake a cake during the week too using store cupboard ingredients for me and Dan.

Desserts shall be yoghurts, and maybe a slice of the aforementioned cake!  we’re not a massive dessert family but at least try to offer something to Chase every meal to keep his calorie intake up.

How Many Mouths We will be feeding

The numbers of mouths we have to feed varies from week to week being a large blended family but as a general rule I have to feed 2 adults and 3 kids aged 2, 4 and 8 on the weekdays.  At the weekends we have an additional 2 mouths to feed, an 11 and (very nearly) 16-year-old.

Planning is they key to keeping our food costs down.  If I’m organised and have a meal plan up front I am more likely to have everything cooked and ready to go.  Although sometimes due to circumstances I cave and we end up ordering takeaway!

Our dietary needs

Both myself and Dan are plant-based eaters so it’s rare you will see meat on our meal planner. The kids still eat meat if we are out and ordering food but at home the only meat they eat is fish.

My son Chase requires a high protein, high calorie diet so he remains eating his usual meat based school meals.  Chase has a special supplement drink in addition to regular food.  We have to be very careful with textures and consistency of food served and Chase is slow to eat and can only have small mouthfuls to prevent a choking hazzard.  Chase also requires meals that he can feed to himself using a Neater Eater.

My younger step daughter Abigail is a type 1 diabetic.  We have to carb count every single meal she has to ensure she injects the correct amount of insulin.  This can make things difficult when cooking from scratch but we don’t let it stop us!

Total Cost of Weekly Shop £31

This weeks shop comes in at a measly £31.  Lots of things we already have in our freezer and store cupboard so I am trying to use these up before purchasing more to fill them back up again.  It’s likely that I shall need to go to the shop and buy extras such as milk as the week goes on but we should be well under £35.  The bulk of my shop was done in Lidl with a few extra bit purchased in Asda.

Do you meal plan? I’d love to know what you’re having for dinners this week!

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3 Comments

  1. Emma Gough
    April 23, 2018 / 7:24 pm

    Wow! £35 for a weeks meals! that’s a amazing. I love to meal plan, I should get back to it. I used to do it all the time and batch cooking. I made a lovely roast dinner yesterday and with the left over meat and roast potatoes I made the most delicious curry for tonights tea. Ooo you’ve got me thinking now about cooking, home made quiche is another favourite. Great post Nikki, I’m off to write a meal plan 😉

    • April 23, 2018 / 7:26 pm

      Ooh yes please do! Maybe write it up on the blog and join in with the linky and it’ll keep you accountable 😂

      I’m looking forward to getting new meal ideas from everyone each week!

  2. April 28, 2018 / 9:37 am

    A years supply of crunchy nut is my dream win!! Well done you!

    Also, meals sounds fab and that is a bargain week for you – thanks for linking up!

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