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Mealplan and shopping 29/07

Been a while since I’ve done one of these ūüôā

Mealplan runs from Thursday (when I usually do my shopping) to Tuesday (as I’m going to change my shopping day now I’m off work). Shopping was done at Lidl.

A note on what we bought –

  • I bought a few extra packs of meat for the freezer, as they were reduced, so they’ll be used later on.
  • Not much veg on the list as we have some left in the fridge from last week, frozen peas/sweetcorn and we’ve got some kale, rocket and apples in the garden.


Thursday – smoked mackerel, rice, veg

Friday – burgers, chips, coleslaw

Saturday – I’m out as a belated birthday celebration with my mum and sister; not sure what Dave and Eli will have yet, maybe soup or pasta

Sunday – meatballs, mash, braised red cabbage, other veg

Monday – goats cheese spaghetti

Shopping (after household stuff and alcohol taken off) –¬†¬£25.34

  • Sirloin steak (reduced)
  • Chicken mini fillets (reduced) x2
  • Smoked mackerel fillets (reduced)
  • Whole milk 4 pints
  • Peeled plum tomatoes
  • Cola x3
  • Greek style yoghurt
  • Bacon
  • Beef mince 800g
  • Asparagus
  • Funsize satsumas
  • Goats cheese
  • Granulated sugar
  • Butter
  • Carrots
  • Tinned tuna
  • Crisps 6pk
  • Tinned mackerel
  • Spaghetti
  • Sliced bread
  • Cucumber
  • Bananas

Mealplan 11/01

It’s been a good week but a busy one – so tough getting used work again after nearly two weeks off! We mostly stuck to the mealplan but ended up making a fry up for dinner last night when I burned the bottom of the planned curry (luckily just at the beginning of the sauce making stage so not TOO much wastage). Just to show that even people who cook all the time have kitchen disasters. Moral of the story: don’t cook while trying to make phone calls and return messages in the other room.

We bought a couple more things last week and did a ‘big shop’ today so I’ll get the spending page updated tomorrow. No time tonight, I’ve been rushing about making lunches for the next few days (noodle soup for me to use up leftover beansprouts, and sausage rolls for Dave for tomorrow to use up leftover sausagemeat).

As usual, FF on the mealplan means I’ve already made it and it’s from¬†the freezer.


mealplan 1101

Sun 11 – homemade hotdogs (yes I made my own sausages, post to follow on this!)

Mon 12 – Singapore-style noodles with pork mince and prawns

Tues 13 – baked potatoes and veg chilli (FF)

Wed 14 – spaghetti with walnuts, pumpkin seeds and spinach

Thurs 15 – soup and bread

Fri 16 – beef tacos (meat filling FF)

Sat 17 Рhummous and salad and pittas

For breakfasts:

For me – porridge with apple or a banana chocolate milkshake

For Dave – cereal (Alpen at the moment) or sausage egg frittatas (if I get round to making them tomorrow night)

At the weekend – I didn’t make pancakes or beans last week so might this week. Bacon roll for Dave usually

For lunches:

For me – noodle soup x3, I have lentil soup in the freezer and have made cheese pastry rolls too for the other days

For Dave – homemade sausage rolls tomorrow, then tuna salad and tuna or ham sandwiches, with tinned fruit

New Year’s Mealplan

Soooooo, a New Year’s resolution: blog more! I’ve done plenty of exciting cooking and thrifty mealplanning since I last blogged, but have just struggled to get the time to post. I miss blogging though so I’m determined to make more time for it.

Like everyone else, I’ve been eating pretty randomly for the last couple of weeks – I’ve been lucky enough to be off work throughout Christmas and New Year so it’s been a mix of celebration meals and constant grazing. I have cooked the odd blog-worthy meal though. I got a meat grinder/pasta maker from Dave for my Christmas so got that out on Hogmanay to make my own fusilli ūüôā

I’m really looking forward to getting back into regular meals, meal planning and generally healthy foods, so I was excited to come up with the first mealplan of 2015.

My focus this week was on using up what we already had and getting plenty of veg in. We’ve got loads in the freezer (everything with FF after it) so shouldn’t need a big shop to do the following:


Like my new kitchen chalkboard? It was a Christmas present. If you can’t read the photo, the mealplan is:

Sun 4 – out for lunch so just lentil soup (FF) for dinner if we’re hungry later
Mon 5 – glazed ham, roasted veg and mash with mustard sauce
Tues 6 – veggie chilli (FF) and rice
Wed 7 – spinach gnocchi with ham and tomato sauce
Thurs 8 – lasagne (FF) and salad
Fri 9 – veg-filled mac & cheese bake
Sat 10 – chickpea curry and rice

For breakfasts the plan is:

For me – porridge with apple or banana, or a banana chocolate milkshake
For Dave – cereal or toast
At the weekend – I think I’ll make pancakes one day for brunch, and maybe some home cooked baked beans if I have time the other day

For lunches:

Me – lentil soup (FF) or veg chilli (FF) with veg sticks
Dave – homemade beef pasties (FF) or ham sandwiches

Instead of listing my spending in my Sunday posts like before, I’ve created a page where I can keep all the spending for the month together – I haven’t been shopping yet, but you can find it here¬†and I’ll update it every time I get more food.

Mealplan 20/07

Back from a lovely but brief weekend away in Argyll, where, after staying with Dave’s mum on Friday night, we attended a wedding on the beach – in fact standing barefoot in the sea in the pouring rain – a really unique and lovely day ūüôā

I’ve not been keeping an exact record of spends this month – though looking at my bank statements shows that we have been more or less in budget – so I’ll not bother adding up the¬†spending updates until next month’s budget comes in. Here’s this week’s mealplan and what I bought though:



Sun 20 Рmacaroni cheese with broccoli, mushrooms and tomatoes
Mon 21 Рsweet potato, onion and cheese frittata with salad
Tues 22 Рbreaded cod, homemade chips, peas and broccoli
Wed 23 Рturkey meatballs with a tomato sauce, rice and veg
Thurs 24 Рchicken and spaghetti in a puttanesca sauce
Fri 25 Рpork and apple burgers with corn on the cob and salad
Sat 26 Рchickpea and cauliflower curry with rice

What I bought (£28.74)

I spent ¬£27.74 in Morrisons today and a further ¬£1 in my local Tesco garage (because I didn’t realise I was out of pasta when I did the shopping and didn’t really want mac and cheese made with spaghetti).

Fruit & veg £9.84
Courgettes x3 50p
Savers frozen peas 900g 89p
Frozen broad beans 500g £1
Cauliflower 99p
Broccoli 49p
Salad tomatoes x6 50p
Cucumber 49p
Frozen summer fruit £2
Peaches x4 50p
Savers apples x7 89p
Bananas x5 60p
Salad leaves 99p

Meat & fish £5
Minced pork 1.05kg £5

Dairy & eggs £5.34
Cheddar 350g x2 £3.50
Meadow park whole milk 2ltr 84p
Free range eggs x6 £1

Bread 25p
RTC white pittas 25p

General £6.79
Basmati rice 1kg £1.49
Pasta 500g £1
Tuna in brine x4 £3.49
Oatcakes 81p

Household £1.52
Savers washing up cloths 3pk 45p
Savers washing up liquid 34p
Savers food bags 73p

Mealplan and Spending Update 23/06

Bit late this one! ¬†Had a busy weekend and I started a new job today so been sort of frantically preparing for that too – seemed to go well though there was a lot to take in so I’m sure it’ll take a while til I’m properly settled in.

Because of this, I’m keeping it simple with the mealplans until I get into a proper routine. ¬†We’re just slightly over the budget for this month but I don’t see us buying anything else until the new month starts so I’m not worried about that.

Since I didn’t need much, I thought I’d save time and only go¬†to the local Tesco garage yesterday, instead of the bigger Morrisons, but I forgot how expensive it was shopping there so won’t be doing that again in a hurry! ¬†The only saving grace of that place is that they do quite good reduced food sometimes – I got the carrots as I needed them anyway, and bought the cream to make butter with instead of buying it. ¬†We could have come in closer to budget if I hadn’t bought the sneaky pack of Snickers, but Dave tripped and badly cut his chin at the weekend, and was in need of a bit of comforting.


Sun 22 Рpittas, hummous, couscous, coleslaw and roasted veg
Mon 23 Рpotato, onion and cheese frittata with salads
Tues 24 Рveggie curry with rice
Wed 25 Рturkey meatballs and spaghetti
Thurs 26 Рpork and veg stirfry with sticky rice
Fri 28¬†–¬†Dave’s out, so I’ll probably have fishcakes
Sat 29¬†– I’m out; not sure what Dave’ll have yet

Lunches Рusual ham or tuna sandwiches for Dave; mix of stuff I need to use up for me (had leftover couscous/hummous + veg sticks today, having leftover mini quiches with veg & cottage cheese the next couples of days, then probably make some lentil soup)

Spending Update (£185.42 / £180)

Coca cola cans 6pk £1.86
Snickers bars 4pk £1.88
RTC carrots 1kg 60p
Cherry tomatoes 90p
Cucumber 49p
RTC whipping cream x2 90p
Bananas x6 £1.08
Salad leaves £1
Whole milk 4 pints 84p
Bread rolls x 10 £1

Mealplan and Spending Update 15/06

It’s getting to that tight time of the month again! Got 10 days to go until the new budget but we’ve got loads of food in the freezer so should be OK with a few quid left to get milk and fruit.

Dave’s mum’s staying with us for a couple of days so having a visitor is always an excuse to go all out with a roast dinner ūüôā Not made a proper roast chicken in ages – it was seriously good!


Sun 15 roast chicken with all the trimmings, apple crumble & custard
Mon 16¬†– my mother-in-law’s kindly cooking for us so got a night off!
Tues 17 Рpan-fried salmon with rice and roasted veg
Wed 18 Рcashew and veg patties with couscous salad
Thurs 19 Spinach, walnut and pumpkin seed spaghetti
Fri 20 Рchicken and ham fried rice
Sat 21 Рturkey meatballs, pittas and roasted veg with salad

Lunches smoked salmon and broccoli mini quiches for me; tuna or ham sandwiches for Dave

Spending Update (£174.87 / £180)

fruit & veg £10.60
savers potatoes 5kg £3.45
bramley apples 555g 92p
orange 25p
lemon 25p
braeburn apples 5pk x2 £1.33
frozen spinach £1.25
fresh sage, rosemary and thyme bunch 79p
bananas x6 56p
peppers 3pk 66p
broccoli £1.14

meat & fish £13.03
free range chicken 1.2kg £4.94
tinned tuna x2 £2
RTC pork steaks x2 £1.60
RTC pork and chorizo burgers 4pk £1
RTC haddock £2
savers smoked salmon £1.49

dairy & eggs £5.19
whole milk 4 pints £1.39
savers butter 99p
baking block 55p
RTC free range eggs 6pk 50p
RTC free range happy eggs x2 6pk £1.76

bread 75p
RTC sliced rolls 6pk 35p
RTC croissants 40p

general £6.05
cola x4 £1.80
cola cans 4pk x3 £3
savers mayonnaise x2 80p
savers orange juices 3pk 45p

Mealplan and Spending Update


Had a lovely unplanned afternoon out at Glasgow’s West End festival today, so we ended up going for a curry afterwards at Mother India’s Cafe¬†AND it meant I didn’t really have time to do my usual cooking today. ¬†Bit of a frugal fail – worth it though ūüėČ

I’ve slightly rejigged my planned meals because of¬†this – it’s a busy week this week so trying to keep it simple but healthy overall. ¬†I’ve recently joined a Crossfit gym and tend to go on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so I’m planning meals that Dave’ll cook (either from scratch or things I’ve made¬†earlier and frozen) those days.


Sun 8 –¬†out for a curry!
Mon 9 Рchorizo and bean stew with rice
Tues 10 arrabiata pasta
Wed 11¬†– I’m out – not sure what Dave’ll have yet
Thurs 12 Рsalmon with roasted veg and couscous
Fri 13 turkey burger, wedges and homemade coleslaw
Sat 14 homemade pizzas

Breakfasts Рbran flakes with raisins or bacon rolls for Dave; porridge with apple or banana milkshake for me
Lunches Рtuna or ham sandwiches for Dave; cottage cheese fritters or lentil soup for me

Spending Update (£139.25 / £180)

fruit & veg £6.75
bananas x6 71p
white cabbage half 47p
onions 1kg 69p
peppers 3pk x2 £1.33
braeburn apples 6pk 66p
courgettes x2 £1.01
mushrooms 89p
four leaf salad 99p

meat & fish £4
turkey thigh mince 500g x2 £4

dairy & eggs £2.87
meadow park milk 2ltr x2 £1.68
savers cottage cheese 64p
savers mozzarella 55p

bread £1
mixed rolls & bagels x5 £1

general £4.60
savers bran flakes 88p
allinson white bread flour £1.72
walkers crisps 6pk x2 £2

household £2.29
toothpaste 50p
shower gel 79p
saving gel £1