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Monday, 20 October 2014

Our Family Meal Plan for this week 20/10/2014 - £51

Our Meal Plan this week is fairly low faff and includes meals requested by my family as I asked them to name the meals they wanted included.  I am sleep deprived so uncomplicated and quick meals are what I need.  Bub is now a month old and although he sleeps for a 3 or 4 hour stretch once a day, most other sleeps are around 2 hours or less.  This means I am pretty much a zombie running on autopilot.

Breakfasts will be porridge with homemade fruit compote. School lunches will be cheese and homemade chutney or egg salad sandwiches with crudites and herby yoghurt dip, a piece of fruit and a small baked treat. My husband and I will be having more soups from the freezer.  Weekend lunches will be Toasted Sandwiches and Twice Baked Potatoes.


As a treat, and because I really want chicken soup, I purchased a free range chicken.  We'll be having a roast with all the trimmings to start the week. I will then use leftovers from the chicken in a couple of other meals throughout the week. 


Dinners

Roast chicken with Yorkshire puddings, roast vegetables and steamed greens

Chicken Soup - Flu Soother, because we all seem to have a slight cold

12 Muffin Tin Chicken Tarts

Mixed Vegetable and Pearl Barley Risotto

Sausage, Vegetable and Pearl Barley Hotpot

Homemade Fish and Chips (perfect for munching on whilst we watch Strictly)

Macaroni Cheese with steamed greens


Shopping List 

32 items: £51.00

Packets and Cereals
1x   Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg)                                                    £2.18
1x   ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                        80p
1x   Jus Rol Shortcrust Pastry Block (500g)                                         £1.25
1x   Great Scot Pearl Barley (500g)                                                      70p
1x   Great Scot Broth Mix (500g)                                                          75p
1x   ASDA Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g)               65p
1x   ASDA Wholefoods Brown Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                £1.28
1x   Cook Italian Wholewheat Fusilli (500g)                                           £1.00

Frozen
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                                     73p
1x   ASDA Chosen by You Cook from Frozen Whitefish Fillets (500g)    £2.00

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g)                                 31p

Dairy and Eggs
4x   ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                           £4.00
2x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                           90p
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                                   £2.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                            £4.00

Fruit and Vegetables
2x   ASDA Ripen at Home Kiwi Fruit (6)                                                £1.50
16   ASDA Bananas by Weight (170g)                                                  £1.85
1x   ASDA Carrots (1Kg)                                                                      57p
2     ASDA Parsnips by Weight (250g)                                                  74.5p
2x   ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                                                       £3.00
1     ASDA Butternut Squash by Weight (850g)                                     75.7p
3x   ASDA Whole Cucumber                                                                £1.47
2x   ASDA Celery                                                                                £1.00
1x   ASDA Trimmed Leeks (500g)                                                        67p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g)                                                  £1.19
1x   ASDA Smartprice Brown Onions (2Kg)                                          £1.08
2x   ASDA Plums (400g)                                                                      £1.50
3x   ASDA Gala Apples (600g)                                                             £2.52
1x   ASDA Garlic (4)                                                                            65p
1x   ASDA Extra Juicy Oranges (1.6Kg)                                               £2.00

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1     ASDA Extra Special British Free Range Corn Fed Whole Chicken (1.4Kg) £5.57
1x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (6 per pack - 400g)                £2.38
Prices and special offers reflect those in Asda on 20th October 2014.  

As usual I compared the cost of my shopping, here is the price comparison table from My Supermarket:



Don't forget to check out the other Meal Plans on the Meal Planning Monday linky hosted by At Home With Mrs M.


Friday, 17 October 2014

Lamb Meatballs and Root Vegetable Bake

This is a quick and easy weeknight dinner.  I sometimes prepare the vegetables and meatballs earlier in the day so I can just put it all in the oven to bake at dinner time.  It went down very well with my family and leftovers made a delicious lunch the next day with a side salad.



Lamb Meatballs and Root Vegetable Bake

750g root vegetables peeled and diced. I used parsnips, swede, carrot and sweet potato
2 onions, sliced
2 peppers, diced
500g lamb mince
1 handful breadcrumbs
1 free range egg
3 Tblsp fresh mint, finely chopped
300g plum tomatoes (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan.  Cook the root vegetables in boiling water for 5 - 8 minutes until they start to soften, alternatively steam them in the microwave for a few minutes.  Combine the lamb mince, breadcrumbs, egg and mint.  Shape into meatballs, I managed to get 25 meatballs from the mixture.

Lightly oil a large ovenproof dish.  Put the vegetables into the dish and nestle the meatballs on top.  Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, add the tomatoes and bake for a further 5 minutes.  Serve with steamed greens or a side salad.