The need to feel in control of meals and money again has led me to meal plan early. My aim for January is to bring each week’s shopping in at £60 or less. I know I can do it if I plan and shop sensibly. It certainly can’t hurt to try.
My handicaps are 2 fussy child eaters, 1 of whom won’t eat potatoes or sauce in any form, and one whose likes and dislikes change on a whim; and a husband who eats a lot, but none of it pasta. On my side are my slow cooker, a love of baking, and a wealth of delicious and inexpensive ideas courtesy of all the lovely recipe bloggers out there.
Here are my 28 meals for January. I figure left overs will take care of the other 3 days. I have listed them vaguely order of shopping rather than order of eating. I have a big freezer so will either cook in advance (eg: beef stew will also be pie filling with a few tweaks), or cut meat into meal size portions and freeze.
I tend to use frozen vegetables in winter as they are cheaper and I can cook them in just the portion sizes I need, so where I have just put something like ‘pot roast’, it will be pot roast, peas and potatoes for example. I’ll still be doing Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday linky each Monday.