The meal plan I have created is based on my family of 2 adults plus my OH’s 10 year old daughter every weekend.
Each meal plan consists of a weekly menu plan which can be adapted to suit any family, a food shopping list for the week with costs included, and also basic recipes to show how I used the ingredients from the shopping list.
The thing about meal planning is that it wont always go as planned and can change slightly due to unexpected visitors or last minute plans but the good thing is that meal plans don’t have to be set in stone and if you don’t fancy something one night have something else from the menu. This meal plan has straight forward but yummy meals, which are easy to prepare and make after a busy day at work.
I have saved so much money since I started meal planning and cannot recommend it enough if you want to save some extra cash too or just want to reduce waste, the big thing I notice when I meal plan is that I am no longer binning food that’s not being used because I only buy what I need from each meal on the plan. At first its is hard to think of meals for every single day so that’s why I am sharing my meal plans so people can take these meals and add them into their own meal plans for their families.
The only negative point I can honestly say about meal planning is that on the last day (the day before you go shopping again) the fridge and cupboards are pretty much empty as you will be using everything on your shopping list throughout the week. (once a month I do buy a few extra tinned food, pastas, rice, tea bags, coffee etc to try and keep my cupboards a little fuller, this is also a great idea in case you don’t fancy something that’s on the menu for that night you can always have something from the cupboard – my go to when I cant be bothered is cheesy pasta – YUM!!.
P.S I do know that this meal plan is not the healthiest, but I am such a fussy eater and having Selective Eating Disorder makes it almost impossible for me to try new things and honestly the amount of food I don’t like is beyond annoying! (Such as pizza) anyway regardless of that though I have tried to stick with tasty home cooked/comfort food that I enjoy and hope you will too.
I know most of the recipes are really simple but I thought I would still add them to show what ingredients I used and where from the shopping list included.
Shopping List (Tesco)
|SHOPPING LIST||COST PRICE||SHOP|
|Honey nut cornflakes||£1.00||Tesco|
|Bacon x2||£2||Home Bargains|
|Bagels x4||65p||Home Bargains|
|Syrup Porridge||39p||Home Bargains|
|Chicken noodles||3 for £1||Home Bargains|
|Micro chips||2 for £1||Farmfoods|
|Garden peas x3||66p||Tesco|
|Instant noodles (chicken)||42p||Tesco|
|Maggi BBQ seasoning||50p||Home bargains|
|Popcorn x4||£1||Home bargains|
|Ham stock cubes||£1.50||Tesco|
I use these shops and supermarkets as they are the closest to my work and the prices are reasonable, but I still always try to get the best bargains which means shopping around at various places.
Note: Prices are based on my local Tesco store (April 2019)
DIY Granola yogurt (my go to easy work breakfast)
- 30g Granola
- 1x 125g fruit yoghurt
- Add Granola into a small tub.
- At work or when your ready to eat simply add the granola to the yogurt.
Note: this works best adding small amounts of granola to begin with until you have eaten enough of the yogurt to fit the rest of the granola in). This tastes amazing and so much cheaper than the supermarkets own granola yogurts.
Ham salad roll
- Crispy roll
- Salad (lettuce, tomato, spring onion)
- chop lettuce, tomato and spring onions, slice roll and add ham, cheese, sliced tomato, spring onions and lettuce
- Serve with mayo or salad cream.
French toast with bacon and mushrooms
- 2/3x Eggs
- Grill/fry bacon in a little oil then add mushrooms.
- Make egg mixture by adding 2/3 eggs, a dash of milk and salt and mix, add 4 slices of bread (2 slices per person) into the mixture and fry in some oil or butter until golden brown on both sides.
- Serve with a sauce of your choice.
- Stew pack (carrots, leek, turnip, onion)
- Ham/Vegetable stock cubes
- Chopped Bacon (optional)
- Dice carrots, turnip, leek and onions
- Fry off some copped bacon in a large pot with a little oil
- Once cooked add in the diced vegetables to the pot and sauté mixing regularly.
- Once the vegetables turn translucent add in the lentils and stir again for 1 minute.
- Add boiling water to the pot and add stock cubes to taste, boil for 25-30 mins stirring occasionally then simmer for the last 20 mins or so until the soup is ready.
- Serve with tiger roll
Note: if your soup is too runny you can either blend half of or just add some extra grated carrots/turnip or some more lentils and simmer over a medium heat until fully cooked.
Slow Cooked Chicken Dinner
- Whole Chicken
- Yorkshire Puddings
- Chop some carrots and onions and add to the slow cooker
- Season the chicken and place the chicken on top of the vegetables and slow cook for about 5 hours on high
- In the mean-time peel and chop potatoes and add to a pot a cold salted water (you could add the potatoes to the slow cooker too but there’s just something about slow cooked potatoes that I HATE)
- Once the chicken is nearly cooked turn the potatoes on to boil
- Lift the chicken out of the slow cooker carefully and sit in baking tray and broil in the oven to crisp up the skin
- Once the potatoes are nearly ready take some (about 3 each) out and deep fry them in roasting hot oil until golden, crispy and delicious, these make the best roast potatoes ever!
- Add Yorkshire pudding to the oven and heat up garden peas until cooked and
- Serve with gravy
Note – due to the chicken being slow cooked it will ‘pull’ very easily that way you can get at least 6 servings of chicken from a 1.5ish kg chicken if you strip the carcass properly so make sure to save all the left over chicken for fajitas, chicken noodle soup and possibly some sandwiches and pizza, it’s also a good idea to save the chicken stock from the slow cooker for the chicken noodle soup as this will add much more flavour.
Chicken noodle soup
- Left over chicken
- Chicken stock cubes
- 2x Chicken Instant noodles
- Tiger Roll
- Add leftover chicken into a pot with chicken stock (from roast) on a medium heat
- Mix stock cubes and boiling water to make a stock then pour into the pot
- Add the noodles and seasoning packets into the boiling stock mix and simmer until chicken is cook thoroughly and the noodles are soft.
- Season with salt and pepper
- Serve with tiger roll
- Fajita kit box (wraps, salsa, fajita seasoning)
- Left over chicken
- ½ pepper
- ½ red onion
- Spring onion
- slice half a pepper, red onion, mushrooms and fry in a little oil along with the leftover chicken
- sprinkle over seasoning mix and fry until cooked.
- Serve with tortilla wraps, chopped lettuce, tomato, spring onion and salsa.
BBQ sausage tray bake
- Frozen Sausages
- Red onion
- ½ pepper
- Maggi sticky BBQ seasoning bag
- Chop the vegetables into quarters and add them to the seasoning bag along with the sausages
- Cut potatoes into wedges and add to the bag, spray a little oil inside and give the bag a shake
- Sprinkle the seasoning mix into the bag and shake well
- Pop into the oven on a baking tray and cook until ready.
Note- add whatever veg you fancy and change the seasoning or meat to your family’s taste and choice. You could also try it with chicken thighs or substitute the meat with more vegetable for a meat free meal.
- Gravy granules
- Peel, cut and add potatoes to boiling salted water
- Fry sausages in a little oil in a deep frying pan along with sliced onions turning occasionally, add gravy granules into a large mug and add boiling water, when the sausages are ready drain any liquid from the frying pan and add gravy into the frying pan making sure to pour it over the sausages and put on a low heat. Drain the potatoes and mash with a little butter and milk, serve with garden peas.
Note- I like to add some Bovril to my gravy to make it extra tasty and sometimes mix it up a bit with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes etc.
- 190g self-raising flour
- 200g Greek Yoghurt
- Tomato puree
- Grated Cheese
- Sliced Onion
Two ingredient pizza dough
- Add 190 grams of self-raising flour and 200 grams of Greek yoghurt into a bowl and mix to form a dough that isn’t too sticky
- Preheat oven to a high temperature.
- Knead for about 10 minutes adding flour if needed.
- Spray baking tray with a little oil and make a base with the dough ( Tip: I like to bake the dough itself for around 5 minutes before I add the toppings as with this pizza dough if the oven is not hot enough the base will struggle to cook so you can do this to prevent that.)
- While the base is in the oven prepare all of the toppings of your choice I.e grated cheese, pepperoni, left over chicken (add some spice mix to make spicy, bbq chicken etc), ham, sliced peppers, red onion, sweetcorn or whatever toppings you prefer.
- After 5 minutes take the pizza base out the oven, add tomato puree, grated cheese and add toppings of your choice. Why not go all out and get creative with your pizza!
- Stick your pizza back in the very hot oven and cook until golden and crispy.
- Gammon Steak
- Cook gammon as per instructions in the frying pan
- Fry chips in fryer or oven
- Serve with pineapple slices or egg.
You can use this menu plan for your own meals or use it as inspiration to get some easy ideas that your family will love! I hope this plan helps some people save time, stress and money, If it does then be sure to come back soon for my second weekly meal plan post.