Every week (normally a Saturday) I post my Simple Meal Plan for the coming week.
To put this into context:
- Each Friday I take part in Food Waste Friday over at The Frugal Girl
- There’s a very specific Friday routine I follow
- All meals for the coming week are then planned in advance
- I then place my on-line grocery order with a major supermarket (I will have booked my slot in advance the previous week after my last shop and held it by just ordering milk) – some weeks I place my meat order with the local butcher
- I have a budget in mind to spend up to £100 on all foodstuffs, including household items and treats – to cover the forthcoming 7 days
As this is the week leading up to Christmas there have been some changes to my usual routine.
This week I received my delivery as usual on a Saturday morning (once again I greeted the driver in my Little Miss Naughty dressing gown!), but the bill came to £200. This was to be expected, I’d spent about a third less on last weeks groceries, and as I am hosting Christmas Dinner at my house for 10 adults and 4 children there were going to be additional costs. Amongst the groceries was also quite a bit of alcohol – well it is Christmas!
My meal plan this week is also for 10 days rather than 7 and includes Christmas Dinner. As part of my Simple Christmas Pledge, this year I was determined to have very little to-do on the to-do list as of today. I am hoping that apart from collecting the Turkey Crown (note not a full Turkey!), and the pigs in blankets from the butchers, the bread from the local bakers and a few veggies from the local shop on Christmas Eve, that is it as far as any form of shopping goes. My aim is to spend this week with my Children making lifelong memories.
Simple Meal Plan – Christmas Week and beyond
- Lunch – Slow Cooked Sausage and Vegetable Casserole
- Dinner – Party Food for Kids (off to a Birthday party) and snack for the Hubby and I as we are saving ourselves for dessert!
- Dessert – Bailey’s Bread and Butter Pudding with Bailey’s Extra Thick Cream
- Lunch – Beans on Toast with Marmite and Grated Cheese
- Dinner – Slow Cooked Steak and Ale Pie with Steamed Vegetables
- Dessert – Slow Cooked Rice Pudding
Monday 20th (Meat-Free)
- Lunch – Tomato and Lentil Soup and Fresh Rolls (New Recipe)
- Dinner – Home-Made Margherita Pizza (made by the kids)
- Dessert – Chocolate Mousse
- Lunch – Crackers with Cheese and Salad
- Dinner – Slow Cooked Spaghetti Bolognaise and Garlic Bread
- Dessert – Fruit and Yoghurt
- Lunch – Ham Rolls and Cucumber
- Dinner – Slow Cooked Lamb Hotpot with Steamed Vegetables
- Dessert – Home-made Sponge and Custard
- Lunch – Playday so a light bite out!
- Dinner – Slow Cooked Caribbean Chicken (Recipe from my favourite slow cook book)
- Dessert – Fruit and Yoghurt
Friday Christmas Eve
- Lunch – Pasta and Garlic Bread
- Dinner – Home-made cornflake crumb coated Free-range Chicken Nuggets and chips
- Dessert – Jelly and Ice-cream (a good fun dessert in prep for Santa)
Saturday Christmas Day
- Christmas Dinner then leftovers! (post to follow)
Sunday Boxing Day
- Mum’s day off! Lunch at the Local Village Pub then leftovers!
- Lunch – Sandwiches of some description
- Dinner – Omelettes with Steamed Vegetables
- Dessert – Whatever’s in the cupboard/fridge/freezer
I have also batched cooked about 3 meals worth of Vegetable Casserole this week in Big Ben my extra-large slow cooker. This has been frozen in case of emergency. The great thing about my slow-cooked casserole is when thawed you can add powder and kidney beans to make a chilli, or paste to make a curry, or some sausages or just pasta to change the dish slightly and have very different meals.
How’s your week looking? Our’s is looking very white and chilled – hurrah!