Hi, so I promised you that I would help you cut your weekly food bill and I’m determined to give this a go.

Food costs are spiralling and food banks have seen a sharp rise in the numbers of  hard working families seeking help.  I want to try and help cut your food bill so you can spend some of your hard earned cash on other things – how about having some fun stuff? days out with the kids over Easter for example… ? Putting some cash away for a holiday in the summer? Right, let’s do this!

So, you have cleared out your cupboards and taken stock of what you already have in.  The next stage is to meal plan for the week,  yes, it’s boring but trust me it will cut down on waste.  How many of us have to clear the fridge out of stuff each week before we can put the fresh shop away? Sound familiar? You might as well be chucking your hard earned cash in the bin.  Only buying what you need will save you lots of dosh.

I have planned my families meals for this week, I am providing you with the plan for a good home cooked meal each day.  It is all veggie (sorry meat eaters) because we are veggie, if you want to adapt any of these meals to contain meat then please do, the recipes are easy to adapt to your own tastes.  The meals are family classics that should appeal to most of you and hopefully even your kids!

MEAL PLAN (based on school age kids – eating lunch at school)

Monday

Breakfast: porridge, toast, fruit smoothies

Dinner: macaroni cheese for kids and golden spiced cauliflower and brown rice for grown ups. Fruit for pudding.

Tuesday

Breakfast: eggy bread, with fruit and maple syrup

Dinner: veggie bean chilli with baked potato wedges.  Peaches and ice cream for pudding

Wednesday

Breakfast: boiled egg with marmite soldiers and/or cereal, hot chocolate to drink

Dinner: brocolli gratin with salad. Yoghurt for pudding.

Thursday

Breakfast: cereal and toast, fruit juice to drink

Dinner: homemade pizza with garlic bread and crudités.  Ice cream and fruit for pudding

Friday

Breakfast: pancakes with maple syrup and banana.  Fruit smoothie to drink or juice.

Dinner: tofu and veggie stir fry with noodles.  Fresh fruit with apricot sauce for pudding

SHOPPING LIST

  •  brocolli
  • potatoes
  • carrots
  • peppers
  • spring onions
  • cauliflower
  • bananas
  • oranges
  • apples
  • cucumber
  • onions
  • lettuce
  • tomatoes
  • garlic
  • milk
  • eggs
  • cheese
  • yoghurt, plain and fruit – large cartons
  • fruit smoothies
  • fruit juice
  • milk
  • ice cream
  • bread
  • porridge
  • cereal
  • strong bread flour
  • plain flour
  • Egg noodles
  • macaroni pasta shape or any other pasta
  • brown rice
  • kidney beans
  • mixed beans
  • tinned tomatoes
  • maple syrup
  • tinned peaches
  • dried apricots

I am assuming here that you have some olive oil and marmite in (because I do) along with some basic store cupboard items e.g. tomato purée, soy sauce and dried oregano… if you don’t please add to the list.


give or take a few items (that I already had in my shopping at Aldi came to £30.69, but I did get a few non food items that you won’t need, including a lovely spring bouquet for £3.29!


And here is Monday’s dinner recipe … mac cheese for the kiddies and golden spiced cauliflower for us grown ups with a more refined pallet…

Enjoy.  I will be back tomorrow with Tuesdays recipe,

Jules xx

 

 

 

 

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