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2014- time to start meal planning

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Emmabryant123 Wed 01-Jan-14 19:53:24

As of today I am back on the meal planning for our evening meal:

Wednesday- salmon fillets, mash,cauliflower cheese and roasted parsnips and carrots
Pudding: mince pie and custard

Thursday (tomorrow)- me, hubby, ds1 and dd1- ham and cheese slice, chips and baked beans
Dd2 and ds2- fish fingers, chips and baked beans

Friday- chicken fajitas - with grilled chicken breasts, cheese, red onions, green peppers, fried tomatoes, sour cream and salsa
Pudding: home made choc brownies and ice cream

Saturday- omelettes- cheese and tomatoes for me, dd1 and dd2 for the boys cheese and onion

Sunday- gammon joint with salad bits and part baked crusty baguettes
Pudding: fruit salad and yoghurt

Monday: hubby and I- steak, mash and fried onions and mushrooms
Kids - tuna pasta bake and sweet corn

Tuesday: sausage casserole with roast potatoes

Wednesday: home made cheese and onion quiche with jacket pot and mushy peas
Pudding: raspberry pavlova

pregnantpause Wed 01-Jan-14 20:15:45

Good idea,

tomorrow- pumpkin and red lentil soup with fried onion topping.
Friday- sausage, green beans and mash. With red onion gravy.
Saturday- artichoke soup with chicken dumplings.
Sunday- lentil Bolognese with tagliatelle.
Monday- roast veg cous cous.
Tuesday- cheese sandwiches (in work)

Thu - freezer tea
Fri - baked potatoes (beans and cheese for the girls and I, tuna for dh)
Sat - some form of pasta with garlic bread (either macaroni or in tomato sauce)
Sun - steak pie, mash and veg
Mon - scrambled eggs and toast
Tue - homemade pizzas

mrspremise Thu 02-Jan-14 14:38:00

mmmm, pregnantpause, artichoke soup with chicken dumplings sounds LOVELY! How do you make that?

Today - veggie hotdogs and salad (am indulging dp!)
Tomorrow - am eating lunch out so probably salad or something on toast for tea
Monday - Thai vege curry (with tofu) and rice
Tuesday - veggie burritos
Weds - pasta with either pesto, creamed mushrooms or cheese, plus salad
Thurs - egg and chips and peas (day from hell at work)
Friday - veggie curry, dhal, rice, salads
Saturday - no idea
Sunday - either veggie shepherd's pie, or nut cutlets and roast vege

pregnantpause Thu 02-Jan-14 16:27:41

It's a recipe from two greedy Italians- we're covering it in the cookbook club this month. I'll see if I can find it online.

RestingActress Thu 02-Jan-14 16:38:44

I did a two week one yesterday as part of my NY resolution to be more organised, and booked grocery deliveries to suit them based on the 3 for £10 meat / fish deals.

I'll skip over yesterday fish fingers and chips as we were hungover

Today - fish pie
Tomorrow - red pesto chicken and pasta
Saturday - sausages and mash
Sunday - roast beef then apple pie or cheesecake at tea time
Monday - cold cuts baked potatoes and salad
Tuesday - Meatballs
Wednesday - Shepherds pie
Thursday - Chilli con carne
Friday - taglietelle carbonara
Saturday - takeaway
Sunday - roast chicken
Monday - cold cuts baked potatoes and salad
Tuesday - Beef Stroganoff
Wednesday - Toad in the hole
Thursday - Somerset pork
Friday - Spag bol

Clutterbugsmum Thu 02-Jan-14 16:39:33

Mine for January

01/01/2014WEDRoast Beef & Trimmings
02/01/2014THUCold Beef and mash, Veg
03/01/2014FRIChicken Burgers, Chips and salad
05/01/2014SUNRoast Chicken & Trimmings
06/01/2014MONLemon sauce/Sweet and sour Chicken /stir fry
07/01/2014TUEChicken & veg Soup / Homemade Bread
08/01/2014WEDSpag Bol
09/01/2014THUFish fingers Mash & Peas
10/01/2014FRIFettuccine with Peas, onion and Bacon
11/01/2014SATCottage Pie & Veg
12/01/2014SUNTurkey and Leek Pie & Veg
13/01/2014MONPan Haggerty
14/01/2014TUEStorecupboard pancakes, bacon and Tomatoes
15/01/2014WEDOnion Soup and Homemade Rolls.
16/01/2014THUEgg on toast & toasties
17/01/2014FRIBurgers & Chips
18/01/2014SATSausage and Mash
19/01/2014SUNRoast Pork
20/01/2014MONMacaroni cheese/Cold Pork
21/01/2014TUESticky Pork Bites and rice
22/01/2014WEDLasagne/spinach ricotta pasta
23/01/2014THUBaked beans on toast/Jacket Pots
24/01/2014FRIMeatballs/Hot Balls
25/01/2014SATNot Pot Noodles - Chicken, Noodles and veg
27/01/2014MONPasties (made with mince & potatoes) & Veg
28/01/2014TUEChicken Cacciatore (chicken cooked in Tomatoes)
29/01/2014WEDToasties / Egg on toast
30/01/2014THUHot Sausages in Crunchy Bread
31/01/2014FRIPizza & Curly fries

starofbethlehemfishmummy Thu 02-Jan-14 16:41:59

Tonight - beef casserole.
After that no idea! Dh has moved jobs as of today, which means a longer commute, so we won't all be eating together in the week. Don't want to be cooking twice every night (and yes he can cook for himself but would then live entirely on sausages and burgers) so need to think up some stuff that is easy to keep warm or reheat (but no microwave; as I have a teeny kitchen and nowhere to put one)

pregnantpause Thu 02-Jan-14 16:44:09

Oooh ckutterbug- you've just added pan hagertty to my list- perfect for this weather, thanksgrin

VinoTime Thu 02-Jan-14 18:44:07

Tonight - smoked haddock chowder

Friday - quorn sausages, roast potatoes, frozen veg and gravy

Saturday - mince and potatoes with peas and sweetcorn

Sunday - cheesy pasta bake with carrots and broccoli

Monday - spaghetti bolognese (I only use 1/3 of a pack of turkey mince per meal and bulk out with veg, so lots of onion, mushrooms and a green pepper)

Tuesday - baked potatoes and salad

Wednesday - chilli and rice for me, fish fingers and chips for dd (it's her 'naughty' day where she gets to choose because I'm making something she won't eat)

Thursday - chicken and veggie stir fry with noodles (tiny bit of chicken for flavour more than anything, with lots of onion, mushrooms, carrots, broccoli, pineapple and a pepper)

Friday - ham, cheese and veggie omelettes with toast and any left over salad bits

Breakfast - cereal, toast or porridge

Lunch - sandwiches, pizza muffins or homemade veggie and lentil soup

I've never really done a strict meal plan before, but I'm giving it a go this year. I can already see how it will save me even more ££'s and I budget shop as it is smile

spacegirl81 Thu 02-Jan-14 18:46:50

clutter im impressed! I usually do a week at a time! smile

Gemizzel Thu 02-Jan-14 19:06:46

I always have the best intentions when it comes to planning meals but for some reason I never seem to fancy what I have planned for that evening and end up rummaging in the cupboards I infuriate myself that I do this because I can't seem to force myself to eat what I don't fancy because I don't really enjoy it.
Does anyone else have that problem? Do you just ignore what you fancy to eat and eat what you have planned?

Clutterbugsmum Thu 02-Jan-14 20:33:52

Thank you. But to be fair I normally only do week or 2 at a time. But I did it to get away from DH who is dying from the cold manflu grin.

Clutterbugsmum Thu 02-Jan-14 20:36:10

Gemizzel, the meals on my list I have about 90% ingrediants in either fridge/freezer and cupboards so I may change things around if I don't fancy what I have Planned.

Jcee Thu 02-Jan-14 21:05:41 threads like ths for inspiration...some great ideas here....Clutterbugs i am in awe at being that's my list for next week

Tomorrow - chicken risotto
Saturday - steak sandwich, rocket and onion rings
Sunday - beef bourginon
Monday - roasted veg frittata salad
Tuesday - sausage & mash
Wednesday - veggie stir fry noodles
Thurs - pork chops & spicy rice
Fri - Kiev chips

neversleepagain Thu 02-Jan-14 21:54:24

Friday - Spinach & ricotta cannelloni with garlic bread
Saturday - Fish and chips
Sunday - Roast chicken, roast potatoes & roasted vegetables (courgette, onions & mixed peppers
Monday - Chicken curry and rice
Tuesday - Meatballs and spaghetti
Wednesday - Pan fried sea bass with mash and peas
Thursday - Vegetable lasagne

RestingActress Thu 02-Jan-14 22:09:44

starofbethlehem - do you have a slow cooker? I find ours invaluable for this reason.

The DCs have after school activities 4 nights out of 5 - their choice not mine, I'm too lazy to be a tiger mother, and DH can be home anything between 6 and 10, so a lot of my stuff can be done in the slow cooker and then just 3 mins to microwave frozen rice / boil fresh pasta to go with it.

Eggsiseggs Fri 03-Jan-14 05:30:19

Oooo great! Got out of the habit of this last year and it Cody both £££ and llbs!

Tonight: Thai red curry (butternut squash and pineapple)
Tomorrow: potatoes with beef casserole from my huge batch now in freezer
Sunday: pork medallions with baked apple, peas and potato
Monday: chunky lentil/veg soup with bread (freezer batch)
Tuesday: chilli con carne with brown rice (freezer again!)
Wednesday: Cajun salmon with rice, roast tomatoes and whatever other veg is handy
Thursday: soup again
Friday: eating out
Saturday: eating out
Sunday: steak, salad, potatoes

A bit meatier and heavier than usual, but it is cold, miserable Jan!

Eggsiseggs Fri 03-Jan-14 05:31:25

Cost, not Cody!

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