This week will be very busy. I have several afternoon, after school and evening school governor meetings to attend and am also working a couple of nights too. It is the sort of week where I need low faff dinners, preferably prepared in advance, which are also comforting and nutritious.
I've already baked our bread and baked treats for this coming week, I had a marathon baking sessions on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We'll be having fruit muffins, flapjacks or tea loaf as our baked treat. There will be some Rice Pudding, with fruit for after school snacks too.
Because of my busy week we'll be having porridge for breakfast to set us up for the day. There will of course be fruit for afters. Weekend breakfasts will be pancakes and homemade crumpets.
Lunches will be school dinners for the kids whilst hubby and I will have cheese, chutney and salad sandwiches or portions of soup from the freezer with homemade rolls - there will also be a piece or two of fruit and a small baked treat in our lunches.
Weekend Lunches will probably be Macaroni Cheese with added vegetables one day, then Twice Baked Potatoes or Homemade Pizzas the other.
The cost of our 32 grocery items from Asda on 24/02/13 was £55.91. I used My Supermarket to compare the cost of our shopping at other supermarkets and our items would've cost £66.65 from Sainsbury's and £67.29 from Tesco.
Simmered Mince Many Ways - Monday (Cottage Pie), Tuesday (Pasta Bake) and Wednesday (Chilli Con Carne)
Vegetable and Pearl Barley Risotto - Thursday
Bangers with Mash and Vegetables - Friday
Slow Cooker Beef Stew – Saturday, and as pasties on Sunday
1 kg casserole beef
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 peppers, chopped
2 Tblsp plain flour
2 Tblsp tomato paste
250ml beef stock
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 Tblsp dried oregano
400g can cannellini beans, well drained
Cut beef into 2.5cm-3cm pieces and season the beef with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in a frying pan over a high heat and transfer to a slow cooker.
Scatter in the onion, garlic and peppers. Stir the flour, tomato paste and beef stock together to make a smooth paste and pour over the beef. Add the tomatoes, scatter in the oregano and cover.
Slow Cooker: Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-5 hours. Add the cannellini beans, stir to mix and allow to heat through before serving.
Oven Cook: Prepare the casserole as above, adding an extra 250ml of beef stock. Cook in a lidded ovenproof dish at 180ºC for 120 minutes.
Hob Cooking: Put the browned beef and other ingredients into a heavy-based pot. Partially cover, and keeping the heat low, simmer until the meat is very tender. Stir occasionally, adding water if needed during the cooking time to keep ingredients just covered. In the last 30 minutes of cooking time, add the tomatoes and cannellini beans
Cost of our 32 grocery items: £55.91
Packets and Cereals
1x Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg) £1.88
1x Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg) 88p
1x Asda Wholefoods Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg) 80p
1x ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg) 45p
1x Lyle's Golden Syrup Bottle (454g) 98p
1x ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg) 40p
2x ASDA Chosen by You Wholewheat Fusilli (500g) £1.00
1x Great Scot Pearl Barley (500g) 58p
1x ASDA Chosen by You Ready to Roll Puff Pastry (500g) £1.00
1x Asda Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g) 64p
1x ASDA Wholefoods Brown Bread Flour (1.5Kg) £1.28
2x ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg) £1.50
Tins, Jars and Cooking
5x ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g) £1.55
1x ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (300g) 64p
2x ASDA Chosen by You Chilli Beans (290g) £1.36
Dairy and Eggs
5x ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L) £5.00
1x ASDA Free Range Medium Eggs (12) £1.98
1x Stork (500g) £1.09
1x Cathedral City Mature Cheddar (2x350g) £4.00
Fruit and Vegetables
1x ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g) 98p
3 ASDA Mushrooms by Weight (100g) 80.4p
20 ASDA Smartprice Apples by Weight (100g) £2.40
20 ASDA Bananas by Weight (100g) £1.36
15 ASDA Carrots by Weight (100g) £1.35
10 ASDA Red Onions by Weight (100g) 90p
2x ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg) £3.80
1x ASDA Celery 89p
2x ASDA Garlic Loose 60p
1x ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g) £1.57
1x ASDA Extra Juicy Oranges (1.8Kg) £2.25
Meat, Fish and Poultry
2x ASDA Butcher's Selection British Beef Mince (500g) £4.00
2x ASDA Butcher's Selection British Beef Stewing Steak (571g) £8.00
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket, and are correct as of 24 February 2013. Prices may vary in different in-store locations.
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