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OUR FAMILY MEAL PLAN FOR WEEK OF 23/04/18 - £71

Sunday, 22 April 2018

My goodness the weather was hot last week! Our weather went from damp and cold the week before, to scorching and dry with several days in mid 20C's and one day was 28C.  Thankfully this week is much more in line with normal April temperatures. 

It's our eldest daughters birthday his week, her 18th, so she's chosen the dinner for that evening.  She's even insisted on baking her own birthday cake.  We've a school trip to London this week too, a long day with extra lunch and snacks required.  And a couple of play dates too, thankfully they're easy to cater for.

Our garden has really grown well this past week with the warmer temperatures so we've plenty of salad greens, rainbow chard and rhubarb to add to our meal plan along with fresh herbs.

Breakfasts this week will be homemade granola with yoghurt and rhubarb and apple compote.  Weekend breakfasts will probably be pancakes on one of the days and perhaps waffles or crumpets the other day.

Packed lunches will be falafel wraps, packed with salad leaves from our garden, accompanied by crudites and herbed yoghurt dip, with a piece of fruit and baked treat for afters.  I'll be making the wraps for the lunches and also the buns for the fish burgers.

Weekend lunches will be twice baked potatoes and on Saturday, and we're going out for lunch at friends on Sunday.  I'll be bringing the drinks and pudding.

Dinners

Vegetable and Bean Hotpot - Meatfree Monday 

1 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pepper, diced
2 sticks celery, finely sliced
2 courgettes, sliced
2 carrots, finely sliced
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
2 x 400g tins haricot beans, drained
300ml vegetable stock

Put a large casserole pot over a moderate heat. Saute the onion and garlic until they start to soften.

Add the pepper, celery, courgettes, carrots and sweet potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. You may need to add a little water if the vegetables start to stick to the pan.

Add the tinned tomatoes, spices, haricot beans and stock. Stir well, bring to the boil then cover and simmer for 45 minutes. Check the hotpot every 15 minutes to ensure there is enough liquid in the pot, add a little more water or stock if necessary. Check the seasoning then serve.



Bacon and Egg Pie

500g puff pastry
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
6 rashers of bacon, rind removed and thinly sliced
8 free range eggs
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 200C/180 Fan.

Roll out 2/3 of the pastry on a floured surface until large enough to line a 25cm pie dish. Line the pie dish with the pastry. Sprinkle the chopped spring onion and half of the bacon over the pastry, crack in the eggs then sprinkle over the rest of the bacon.

Roll out the remaining pastry and use it to make a lid for the pie. Trim off any excess pastry and crimp the edges to seal. Cut 3 or 4 small vents into the lid of the pie, brush with milk and bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes until the pastry is dark golden and crispy.




Fish Burgers with Sweet Potato Wedges

3 spring onions finely sliced
400g fish fillets, finely chopped
1 Tblsp fresh herbs
Juice of half a lemon
1 free range egg
1 slice wholemeal bread made in to breadcrumbs
1 Tblsp flour

Thoroughly mix together the spring onion, fish herbs and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper then add the egg before mixing thoroughly once again.

Add he breadcrumbs and flour, mix until combined. You should have a firm but moist mixture, if the mixture is a little dry add more lemon juice.

Shape the mixture into burgers, we made 5, and grill or fry for 4 - 5 minutes on each side until cooked through. We serve ours in wholemeal buns with salad and some potato wedges on the side.



Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables, Steamed Greens and Yorkshire Puddings


Chicken and Roast Vegetable Pasties


Leftover roast vegetables
100g other cooked vegetables
300g leftover roast chicken
1 or 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
500g shortcrust pastry, divided into 3 and rolled out into large squares

Preheat oven to 220°C.

Line an oven tray with baking paper.

Roughly mash the roast vegetables, stir through the other cooked vegetables, chicken and egg until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

Cut 12 squares from the pastry Spoon vegetable mixture evenly amongst pastry squares. Fold pastry squares in half to enclose filling. Crimp with a fork to seal.

Place on the lined tray and bake in oven for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven and set aside to cool slightly before serving.



Chicken Stir Fry with Noodles





Spaghetti and Meatballs



Shopping List

41 items: £70.76

Packets and Cereals
1x   ASDA Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)                                       45p
1x   ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                 69p
1x   ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                    69p
1x   ASDA Egg Noodles Medium (250g)                                        59p
1x   Allinson Easy Bake Yeast (100g)                                            98p
1x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                        99p
1x   ASDA Ready to Roll Puff Pastry (500g)                                  £1.00
1x   ASDA Ready to Roll Shortcrust Pastry (500g)                         £1.00

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Smartprice Bolognese Sauce (440g)                             42p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g) 29p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mayonnaise (500g)                                     40p
6x   ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)                                          £1.98
1x   ASDA Vegetable Bouillon Mix (150g)                                      £1.40
2x   ASDA Haricot Beans in Water (400g)                                      £1.00

Frozen
2x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                              £1.64
1x   ASDA Basa Fillets (450g)                                                       £2.50
1x   ASDA Beef Meatballs (640g)                                                  £2.50

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA Semi Skimmed Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                              £4.44
5x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                    £2.25
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                            £2.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                     £3.69

Fruit and Vegetables
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Salad Tomatoes (750g)                   £2.50
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)              £3.00
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Royal Gala Apples                          £4.56
1     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash                            97.3p
4x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                            £2.20
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Iceberg Lettuce                               £1.20
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                            £1.10
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Courgettes (3)                                90p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions                                 £1.10
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                     £2.40
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Oranges Extra Juicy (2Kg)              £2.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Pears (1.2Kg)                                 £4.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                                  £2.00
30   ASDA Grower's Selection Loose Carrot                                   £1.77
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                                 59p
2x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                             £2.50
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce                                          45p
2x   ASDA Farm Stores Mixed Peppers (3)                                    £1.98

Meat, Fish and Poultry
2x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                              £1.14
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Whole Chicken (1.6Kg)                  £3.49


We purchased our groceries online from Asda via My Supermarket on 22/04/18 for £70.76, had we shopped elsewhere our groceries would've cost:

£81.49 from Sainsbury's
£93.16 from Waitrose
£97.78 from Ocado
£108.73 from Tesco


My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book, I have a copy and it is fab.  You can order a copy for yourself here

And Katykicker, and Naomi from The Organised Life Project have a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.

Our Family Meal Plan for week of 16/04/18 - £70

Sunday, 15 April 2018

I am really glad that the children are back to school and routine this week, it has been quite a challenging 17 days of school holidays this time around.  I don't know about you but my children tend to develop ravenous appetites during the school holidays, I swear they eat more than the All Blacks rugby team at the moment.

Of course the weather is much better this week, after being generally grim and damp for the two weeks of school holiday.  Our gardens have loved all the rain though and our salad greens, rhubarb and chard are all growing very well indeed as is the herb patch.  This means we've free, freshly picked food to add to our meals this week which is delicious and most welcome.

Our dinners this week are quick, low faff and tasty.  Everyone will be exhausted after the first week back at school and I need to be able to serve dinner early if necessary depending on grumpiness levels.  After a long day at work and school, nobody wants to be waiting an age for dinner to cook and be served up.

Meal Plan 

Breakfasts will be overnight oats or granola with a piece of fruit for afters.  I'll do fruit bread and pancakes on the weekend.

Packed lunches will be Storecupboard Salad and crudites for some of the week and egg salad sandwiches and crudites for the rest of the week both with herbed yoghurt dip. 

Snacks will be homemade popcorn, flapjacks, and fresh fruit.

Dinners

Pizza Beans - Meatfree Monday hearty dinner served with salad greens

Fish parcels - fish and vegetables cooked in foil parcels, accompanied by sweet potato wedges

Mini Frittatas with potato salad and coleslaw



Honey Soy Chicken with Steamed Vegetables and Rice

1kg chicken drumsticks
2 Tblsp soy sauce
1 Tblsp honey
1 tsp tomato paste
1 Tblsp oil
1 Tblsp mustard, I usually use Dijon mustard

Make a few slashes into each chicken portion. This will help the marinade penetrate the chicken and also help it cook faster.

Mix together all the marinade ingredients, pour over the chicken and make sure the chicken is thoroughly coated. Leave to marinate for half an hour at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan. Put the chicken into a roasting dish and bake for 35 - 45 minutes until the chicken is cooked through. We'll be having ours with rice and steamed vegetables.


Quesadillas with coleslaw and sweet potato wedges

12 tortillas, wholemeal wraps or burritos (Store bought or homemade)
2 tins chilli beans
2 peppers, any colour will do (finely sliced)
1 tin sweetcorn, drained
1 spring onion, white and green parts chopped
A couple of large handfuls of grated cheese

Preheat a non-stick frying pan or sandwich press. Top four of the tortillas with the chilli beans, drained sweetcorn, chopped peppers, spring onion, and grated cheese. Cover with remaining tortillas to make a tortilla sandwiches.

Spray frying pan with a little oil. Cook tortillas one at a time in frying pan. Cook on one side for 2 or 3 minutes, then turn and cook the other side for another 2 or 3 minutes, or until the fillings are hot and the cheese has melted. Repeat with the other three tortillas. Allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.






Oven Baked Risotto



Shopping List

46 items: £70.33

Packets and Cereals
1x   Cypressa Popping Corn (500g) *unavailable                          £1.00
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                    64p
1x   ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                               69p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)                         45p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g)                                        88p
1x   ASDA Lemon Juice (250ml)                                                  39p
1x   ASDA Arborio Risotto Rice (500g)                                         £1.25
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                              45p
2x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                      £1.98

Tins, Jars and Cooking
2x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g)                        58p
2x   ASDA Butter Beans in Water (400g)                                      90p
2x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)                        70p
1x   ASDA Real Mayonnaise (500ml)                                           70p
1x   ASDA Borlotti Beans in Water (400g)                                    50p
1x   ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (400g)                                40p
2x   ASDA Chilli Beans in Chilli Sauce (390g)                               £1.30
1x   ASDA Haricot Beans in Water (400g)                                    50p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                               £4.44
3x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                   £1.35
1x   ASDA Butter - Unsalted (250g)                                             £1.45
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                    £3.69
1x   ASDA Smartprice Hard Cheese Wedge (170g)                      £1.60

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                            57p
1x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (10 per pack - 750g)      £4.00

Fruit and Vegetables
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)            £3.00
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Royal Gala Apples                         £4.56
4x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                           £2.20
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Iceberg Lettuce                             £1.20
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                           £1.10
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic Loose                                 25p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions                               £1.10
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                    £2.40
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Oranges Extra Juicy (2Kg)            £2.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Pears (1.2Kg)                               £2.00
3x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                                £3.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Broccoli (360g)                             £1.10
22   ASDA Grower's Selection Loose Carrot by Weight (135g)      £1.70
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                                59p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                           £1.25
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce                                        45p
2x   ASDA Farm Stores Mixed Peppers (3)                                  £1.98
1     ASDA Grower's Selection White Cabbage (Approx 1.2Kg)      78p

Frozen
1x   ASDA Smartprice Peas (1Kg)                                               76p
1x   ASDA White Fish Fillets (540g)                                             £2.50
1x   ASDA Chicken Drumsticks (1.1Kg)                                       £2.50

Bakery
2x   ASDA Mexican Style Wholemeal Tortillas (8)                        £1.50

Snacks and Sweets
2x   ASDA Fruit Mix (200g)                                                          £2.00

We purchased our groceries on 15/04/18 from Asda via My Supermarket.  Had we shopped elsewhere our items would've cost:

£75.69 from Sainsbury's
£78.13 from Morrison's
£90.71 from Waitrose
£102.27 from Tesco


My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book out in April which you can order here

And Katykicker, and Naomi from The Organised Life Project have a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.

NCS - Yes! Sign up your teen for a life changing Summer experience

Thursday, 12 April 2018
Our eldest daughter completed a summer National Citizen Service course about 2 years ago, it was truly life changing and she came back much more confident and capable.  It was the best £50 we have ever spent.  She formed lasting friendships, gained life skills, and completed challenges she never would've dreamed of taking on.  I would recommend the programme without hesitation, it is brilliant! 

National Citizen Service is a government backed programme established in 2011 to help build a more cohesive, mobile and engaged society.  It brings together young people from different backgrounds for a unique shared experience which helps them to become better individuals, and in turn better citizens. 


NCS is open to 16 and 17 year-olds across England and Northern Ireland. The two to four week programme, which takes place in school holidays, includes outdoor team-building exercises, a residential for participants to learn ‘life skills’, a community-based social action project, and an end of programme celebration event.


It's a fab initiative which puts young people through a series of challenging activities to take them out of their comfort zones and develop their strength of character, whilst helping them become part of a team.

Young people develop more responsibility as the programme progresses and develop leadership skills necessary to succeed in further education and the workplace. There's a social action project which enables young people to connect with, and help out, their communities.


NCS is amazing value for money. The whole experience including food, accommodation and travel costs just £50 and bursaries are available on a case by case basis. Support is also provided for young people with additional needs.



No matter what your plans are for summer, there are programmes to suit.  Register for more information to find out how NCS can fit in with your summer plans.  There are still places available for Year 11s to take part in this once in a lifetime opportunity this summer. To sign up now, go to the NCS website.

You can also check out the NCS social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.


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OUR FAMILY MEAL PLAN WEEK BEGINNING 09/04/2018 - £72

Sunday, 8 April 2018

It's the second week of the School Holidays and the first week was hard. The weather wasn't great, the teens and tween were grumpy and bickering, and our 3yo discovered his inner threenager. However, we did try and get out of the house each day, even if it was just to the local park or a stomp around the neighbourhood so little dude could splash in puddles. 

We had a couple of long walks up to the local Charity Shops for a browse and also into town to the library and Zoological Museum.  None of the local Churches have holiday activities on so we're planning a couple more museum trips this week and a trip to the cinema midweek.  We're seeking out as many low/no cost holiday activities as we can.  There's been crafting, park trips, gardening, baking and cooking, and lots of reading. I'm trying to ration screen time otherwise the older three become phone zombies really quickly, and there's only so much CBeebies I can stand.

Our Meal Plan for last week ensured that we didn't run out of supplies and everyone was well fed, despite the younger two having growth spurts and the teens having hollow legs.  This week I'm planning portable lunches so we can take them on outings and save pennies by not buying lunches when out and about.  If we walk into town to the museum or library, and take our own food and drink, then the outing is free. 

Meal Plan 

Breakfasts will be homemade muesli/granola or wholemeal toast with spread, and a piece of fruit for afters.  Our weekend ritual of pancakes continues, and I'll probably make crumpets too.

Lunches

Root Vegetable Mini Quiches




Spicy Vegetable Patties




Versatile Vegetable Pasties



Falafels and Yoghurt Dip, Chickpea and Couscous Salad

Weekend lunches will be homemade pizzas, and baked potatoes with baked beans and cheese.

Snacks will be fresh fruit, vegetable sticks with herbed yoghurt dip, scones/sodabread, flatbreads, popcorn, and homemade rice pudding.

Dinners

Macaroni Cheese with mixed vegetables



Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables and Yorkshire Puddings (my husband's birthday dinner)

Chicken and Bacon Stew with Dumplings


Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Simple Pilaf with oven baked fish fillets

Vegetable Stew with herbed dumplings


Shopping List


49 items: £72.06

Packets and Cereals
1x   Cypressa Popping Corn (500g)                                               £1.00
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                     64p
1x   ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                 69p
1x   ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                    69p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg)                            45p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)                           45p
1x   Jus Rol Puff Pastry Block (500g)                                            £1.25
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g)                                          88p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                                45p
1x   ASDA Egg Noodles Medium (250g)                                        59p
1x   ASDA Cous Cous (500g)                                                        65p
1x   ASDA Wholewheat Penne (500g)                                            45p
2x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                        £1.98

Frozen
2x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                              £1.64
1x   ASDA Cook from Frozen Chicken Breast Diced (600g)            £2.50
1x   ASDA White Fish Fillets (540g)                                              £2.50

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)                          35p
5x   ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)                                          £1.65
2x   ASDA Chilli Beans in Chilli Sauce (390g)                                £1.30
1x   ASDA Haricot Beans in Water (400g)                                      50p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                                 £4.44
1x   ASDA Free Range Large Eggs (12)                                        £1.85
3x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                    £1.35
1x   ASDA Butter - Unsalted (250g)                                               £1.45
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                     £3.69

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                              57p
1     ASDA Farm Stores Whole Chicken by Weight (1.2Kg)             £2.39

Fruit and Vegetables
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)              £3.00
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Royal Gala Apples                          £4.56
3     ASDA Grower's Selection Leeks by Weight (315g)                  £1.65
1     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash (1.3Kg)                97.3p
3x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                            £1.65
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                            55p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic (3)                                        60p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions                                 55p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                     £2.40
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Ginger (125g)                                 50p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Oranges Extra Juicy (2Kg)              £2.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Pears (1.2Kg)                                 £4.00
3x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                                  £3.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Swede                                            £1.00
22   ASDA Grower's Selection Loose Carrot by Weight (135g)        £1.70
5     ASDA Grower's Selection Parsnips by Weight (Approx 200g)  £1.15
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                                 59p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                             £1.25
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce                                          45p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Cherry Tomatoes (325g)                 75p
2x   ASDA Farm Stores Mixed Peppers (3)                                    £1.98

Snacks and Sweets
1x   ASDA Fruit Mix (200g)                                                           £1.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Tortilla Chips - Lightly Salted (180g)           41p


We purchased our groceries from Asda online via My Supermarket on 08/04/2018, had we shopped elsewhere our items would've cost:

£81.70 from Lidl
£82.61 from Sainsbury's
£83.69 from Morrisons
£96.55 from Waitrose
£112.45 from Tesco

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book coming out in April which you can pre-order here

And Katykicker, and Naomi from The Organised Life Project have a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


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