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Meal planning

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I just can't manage to do it. I find it so stressful & time consuming. I want to be able to, that's all. I normally just buy stuff in and muddle through the week.

That was fine until I had DC3. I don't have the time now to choose every day what we have & we have a tighter budget. Plus I'm following Slimming world at the moment. I'm weaning DD too, so that needs to be planned for.

How do you all do it?

daisydee43 Fri 22-Nov-13 19:54:15

Doing meal planning now hate it shock

How are you getting on dawntigga?

dawntigga Thu 14-Nov-13 18:14:28

The first one I put my hand on, I hope it's rice grin

MrTiggaPrefersPastaTiggaxx

What packet mix are you having?

dawntigga Thu 14-Nov-13 17:21:52

We're having packet mix for the adults and The Cub had meze which he bloody loves :D In fact he's eating it as I type.

HavingDinnerByCandleLightSortOfTiggaxx

Its alright- we will find something to fill it up so it's not repeating. Let me look back through it later and I'll see what I can think of thats not there.

I like the idea of all the blogs through the year.

I've been useless this week in regards to planning. Still don't know what to do tonight!

dawntigga Thu 14-Nov-13 17:00:45

Yes, I've still got 91 days left to fill up. I'm trying to not have to much of the same thing close together and trying to not have anything month on month, but I'm going to have to because I've run out of ideas sad

Once I've filled it I'm going to do 12 blogs with the plan on monthly basis with a shopping list of everything I'll need on a week by week basis for that month iyswim. Each blog will also include the spreadsheet. I'll include links to sites that I think are fab for bulk buying spices etc. Sadly, where I live, there is no local asian cash and carry. Which is one of the things I miss about living here. When I lived near Oldham there was one right across the road from me - bliss!

The plan is trying to use in season produce as well, we have a fab veg stall locally. As The Cub eats his body weight in fruit every day, it's a good job grin

Any ideas for plugging the gaps I'll take gladly wink

GladYouLikeItHasAQuietBlushTiggaxx

I've looked, it's great, and I don't think giving to repeated requests is plugging your blog, not so much as just giving in to public demand (not to mention that you did plug munsnet in returnwink )
It looks great to me, and one of the few blogs I will go back too. Thanks tigga

Hello, I've had a quick look. You have some lovely meals on there.
Dessert for dinner?! Sounds good to me wine

Is this the completed format? I know you have more days rto plan . What I mean is how are you laying it out? The dates, recipes, shopping lists etc?

<goes off to nose at website>

dawntigga Wed 13-Nov-13 16:41:30

Hi there here is the link it's NOT a blog plug but couldn't work out how to upload to here.

Doesn'tWantToPOOliviaTiggaxx

peanutbutterandbanana Exactly how I feel about meal plans.

peanutbutterandbanana Tue 12-Nov-13 19:03:04

Oh goodness, the bane of my life - FEEDING THE FAMILY!

I used to think that people who meal plan were boring dullards, but now I have three children and a job I find that without meal planning life is just too hard!

I write down a basic 5-6 meals (as we always have a roast on Sunday or a bbq in the summer) on the 'notes' app in my iphone. No set day for each meal, I just look at the list the night before and decide which meal I fancy cooking. Like another poster I will mark where the recipe can be found.

Then the following week I start a new meal plan at the top of the list (thus pushing the previous week's plan down). Over time I build up a list and then that gives me inspiration too. I am constantly searching out new and easy recipes that take moments to prepare and am going to start a slow-cooker thread on MN.

If a meal isn't used (something else crops up), then it gets pushed to the following week (I pick one where ingredients won't go off).

My freezer is stocked with meals I've prepared ahead (bolognaise, chilli, shepherd's pie base for example). And I have about five meals 'in my head' with ingredients at the ready for times when I really don't feel like planning.

I find the whole 'meal provider' role such a bore but I do get pleasure from seeing how much the DCs love their grub and the first question DD2 (aged 10) always asks when getting in the car for school run home is "What's for supper".

Off to search for that app now.....

Clutterbugsmum Tue 12-Nov-13 18:16:00

That's it because for example leftover also cover drying vegetables that need using.

Pasta and rice could contain meat or vegetarian.##

That's a good idea. So many different things you could do. It wouldn't seem like the same thing week after week that way.

Clutterbugsmum Tue 12-Nov-13 17:19:16

TheGatheringDark

I do something similar. Except I tend to do

Roast
leftover
pasta
rice
fish
mince
chicken
sausage

Then I look for recipes to fit.

TheGatheringDark Tue 12-Nov-13 15:16:40

I use a main ingredient as a prompt, and only plan for weekdays when doing a meal plan:

Monday-potatoes
Tuesday-rice
Weds-pasta
Thurs-bread
Friday-freezer food grin

So Mondays could be gnocchi, baked potatoes, shepherds pie, sausage and mash or anything else featuring potatoes

Tuesdays-curry or daal and rice, risotto, egg fried rice etc

Weds-lasagne, spag bol, macaroni cheese, ravioli, stir fry with noodles etc

Thursday-pizza, beans/egg/anything else on toast, soup with garlic bread

Friday-pick of the freezer!

It's flexible enough that I don't end up with masses of food being wasted if there is a last minute change of plan, and means we get a pretty good variety of food-I keep a record of what we eat in my calendar so if I can't remember what we had last Weds can just flick back and check so I don't duplicate meals more than every three or four weeks.

Steffanoid Mon 11-Nov-13 09:20:57

im on sw now too smile me and my dp meal plan on our way to the supermarket.

tonight light choices sausage, mash and cabbage
tomorrow spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread if I loose at weigh in
wednesday quorn stir fry
thursday homemade kfc and home made chips
friday gammon egg and chips
saturday chilli and rice

Some great ideas on here dawntigga. How many meals do you have left?

How about pesto pasta with bacon and peas?
Homemade pizza
Stuffed jackets (mash insides with cheese/gammon/spring onions/whatever.
Sausages sliced and threaded onto kebab sticks along with mushrooms. Served with rice salad

I havn't meal planned yet (well I did plan meals around a huge pork joint we have, except when I went to cook it yesterday it was off)
So back to the start.

Just some from my future and past plans that have.gone.down memorably-
Bean burgers- good food butter bean burgers are good. lentil and chickpea soup? Carrot and potato cakes? Leftover fried rice? Frittata/tortilla? Stuffed peppers? Pearl barley and blue cheese risotto? sage and Swede risotto? Pumpkin or chicken laksa? Mexican lasagne? mince and Rosemary scones? Pork and apricot burgers? Swede and potato pasties? Aubergine parmigiana? Potato pancakes with bacon and egg? Pork belly and chirizo stew? Butter bean and ham hash?

Clutterbugsmum Sun 10-Nov-13 17:45:37

What about

Lamb Cobbler
Sweetcorn pancakes and Bacon with tomatoes
Chicken,mushroom and veg mix. - max into pies, over pasta, rice or jacket potato.
Cheesy pasta, Broccoli Bake.
Sausage plait and veg.

Corned beef hash, spicy pasta's, stir frys?

dawntigga Sun 10-Nov-13 16:55:50

I could do with some help, I've got the usual spag bol/chilli etc and am looking for low cost high taste options. My lot won't eat fishy fish and The Cub thinks pie is poison so that's only on 3 times in a year. The lack of variety in what we eat is depressing.

91DaysToGoTiggaxx

dawntigga Could we help you? Or you ok?

dawntigga Sun 10-Nov-13 15:10:03

I have 112 days left to go, this is very difficult :D

PloughingOnTiggaxx

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