Breakfast will be porridge this week to fuel our holiday fun. The wraps and bread/rolls for lunches will be homemade to keep the kids occupied and save money. Snacks will be fruit with homemade yoghurt in the morning and a small baked treat, popcorn or Scroggin in the afternoon. I have deliberately kept dinners low faff as I am bound to be exhausted from keeping all 3 girls amused and busy all day every day. Holidays are always lots of fun and I love loads of time with my 3 girls but they do rather wear me out sometimes.
Our grocery shopping this week cost £70.02 from Asda on 30/03/2013 and would've cost £84.10 from Tesco or £89.78 from Sainsbury's according to the My Supermarket price comparison website.
We're taking advantage of the 2 for £10 Meat Offer from Asda again this week so our menu is slightly more meat-heavy than usual.
Lentil and Mince Bolognese – Monday with pasta and Tuesday with baked potatoes
675g minced beef
2 large onions, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 peppers, deseeded and finely diced
2 x 400g tins chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 x 400g tins lentils, drained
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
Heat a little in a frying-pan and sauté the onion, garlic and peppers together until softened. Add the minced beef and brown well, breaking up the mince as it browns.
Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste, lentils, and dried herbs. Stir well to combine and let simmer for at least 20 – 30 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to pack instructions. Serve over the pasta with steamed greens or vegetables on the side.
Thrifty Sausage, Vegetable and Pearl Barley Hotpot - Wednesday and Thursday (using 10 sausages)
Meatball Minestrone - Friday
1 onion, finely diced
2 peppers, deseeded and finely diced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 carrots, finely sliced
2 stalks celery, finely sliced
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
4 cups vegetable stock
400g tin cannellini beans, drained
400g tin kidney beans, drained
1 cup dried pasta
1 tsp dried basil
200g spinach leaves
In a large saucepan, sauté the onion, peppers and garlic over a low heat until softened. Add the carrots, celery, and frankly any other veggies you have on hand that may need using up. Make sure all the vegetables are cut the same size so they cook evenly.
Cook the vegetables over a moderate heat until the carrots start to soften. Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato paste and stock then bring everything to a gentle simmer. Add cannellinni beans, kidney beans and pasta then simmer gently for at least 20 minutes or until the pasta has softened.
Fry meatballs in a little olive oil until lightly browned all over. When the pasta has softened, add the meatballs and spinach. Simmer for another 5 – 10 minutes then serve.
Fish Pilaf - Saturday
Spaghetti and Meatballs - Sunday
We'll have crudites along with Savoury Scone Swirls or falafel and salad wraps for lunches. One day this week we'll have baked potatoes with baked beans and cheese, probably mini frittatas (using ingredients on hand) at some point during the week and I might make some rice pudding using the basmati rice too.
There will of course be lots of baking to keep my 3 daughters both busy and fed. I've supplies to make fruit scones, flapjacks, muffins/cupcakes and cookies. We'll be using cereals to bake with (cornflakes and rice crispies) which should also help quell hunger pangs.
45 items: £70.02
Packets and Cereals
1x Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg) £1.88
1x ASDA Smartprice Cornflakes (750g) 46p
1x ASDA Smartprice Crispy Rice Cereal (440g) 77p
1x ASDA Chosen by You Fusilli Twists (500g) 50p was 95p
1x ASDA Smartprice Spaghetti (500g) 19p
1x Allinson Strong Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg) £1.27 was £1.50
1x Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg) 88p
2x Asda Wholefoods White Bread Flour (1.5Kg) £1.60
1x ASDA Basmati White Rice (1Kg) £1.48
1x Great Scot Pearl Barley (500g) 58p
1x Asda Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 pack - 42g) 65p
1x Allinson Wholemeal Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg) £1.60
Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x Loyd Grossman Bolognese Sauce (425g) £1.00 was £1.98
1x ASDA Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce (4x410g) £1.24
3x ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g) 93p
1x ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (300g) 64p
1x ASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans (400g) 27p
2x ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g) £1.40
2x ASDA Chosen by You Green Lentils (400g) £1.24
1x ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g) 55p
2x ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg) £1.50
1x ASDA Whitefish Fillets (500g) £2.00
Dairy and Eggs
6x ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L) £6.00
1x Stork (1Kg) £2.00
2x Cathedral City Extra Mature Cheddar (350g) £4.00
1x ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g) 45p
2x Suffolk Farm Medium Free Range Eggs (6) £2.00
Fruit and Vegetables
1x ASDA Chosen by You Pitted Dried Dates (500g) £1.00 was £1.20
1x ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g) 98p
20 ASDA Smartprice Apples by Weight (100g) £2.36
20 ASDA Bananas by Weight (100g) £1.36
2x ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg) £3.50 2 FOR £3.50
3x ASDA Whole Cucumber £1.50
2x ASDA Round Lettuce £1.00
1x ASDA Celery 89p
2x ASDA Garlic Loose 60p
2x ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g) £3.50
1x ASDA Spring Onions 75p
1x ASDA Spinach (350g) £1.50
1x ASDA Plums (500g) £1.00
2x ASDA Brown Onions (1Kg) £1.00
2x ASDA Carrots (1.2Kg) £2.00
Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (10 per pack - 756g) £3.33 any 3 FOR £10.00
1x ASDA Butcher's Selection Beef Meatballs (730g) £3.33 any 3 FOR £10.00
1x ASDA Butcher's Selection Lean Beef Mince (675g) £3.33 any 3 FOR £10.00
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket and are correct as of 29 March 2013. Prices may vary in different in-store locations.
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