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Monday, 7 October 2013

Our Family Meal Plan For Another Busy Week - £54

Our Meal Plan is back this week after a break last week because worked an extra shift so consequently ran out of time to blog it.  This week is thankfully a little less hectic, however I do have several evening events, and a day in London,  as well as work so meals will need to be low faff as usual.

Breakfasts will be porridge with fruit compote.  Packed lunches will be Wholemeal Savoury Swirls or leftovers from dinner the previous night with crudites, a piece of fruit and a small baked treat.   I baked several batches of Wholemeal Savoury Swirls over the weekend and froze them for later this week to save having to bake again midweek.  Weekend lunches will be Twice Baked Potatoes and Vegetable Quiche.

Dinners

Spicy Vegetable Stew

1 Tblsp oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 pepper, diced
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp tumeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp cumin
1 litre vegetable stock
400g tin chopped tomatoes
75g red lentils
2 x 400g tins kidney beans
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and saute the onion garlic, celery and pepper until the vegetables start to soften and the onion is transparent.  Stir in the spices and continue cooking for a minute or two until the spices are fragrant.  Add the stock, tomatoes, lentils and kidney beans.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the prepared potatoes then simmer for half an hour.  Stir often towards the end of the cooking time as the stew will be quite thick and may start to catch on the bottom of the pan.  We serve ours with wholemeal rolls and steamed greens.


Quick Spaghetti with Tomato and Bacon Sauce

1 Tblsp oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 pepper, finely diced
3 rashers bacon, rind removed then rashers diced
2 courgettes, finely diced
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano or mixed herbs
1 tsp sugar
125ml water
500g spaghetti
salt and pepper to taste
grated cheese to serve

Heat the oil in a frying pan then saute the onion, garlic, pepper, bacon and courgette until the vegetables have softened.  Add the tinned tomatoes, herbs, sugar and water.  Simmer uncovered until thickened, around 10 minutes.

Whilst the sauce is simmering cook the pasta according to packet instructions.  Toss the cooked pasta through the sauce and serve topped with grated cheese.






Shopping List

Cost of 32 items: £53.88 from Asda on 6th October 2013.                                                                                                                                                     
Packets and Cereals
1x    Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg)                                                     £2.08
1x    Jus Rol Puff Pastry Block (2x500g)                                                £2.50
1x    ASDA Wholefoods Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                80p
1x    ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                         £1.26
1x    ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg)                                 45p
1x    ASDA Basmati White Rice (1Kg)                                                    £1.69
1x    Great Scot Red Split Lentils (500g)                                                 £1.28
1x    Cook Italian Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)                                  £1.00
 2x      ASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)              54p

Frozen
 2x    ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                                   £1.50
1x    ASDA Whitefish Fillets (500g)                                                          £2.00
2x    ASDA Chosen by You Diced Casserole Beef (454g)                   £5.40

Tins, Jars and Cooking
 3x    ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g)                              93p

Dairy and Eggs
 5x    ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                      £5.00
1x    ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                       59p
2x    ASDA Smartprice Cheddar Mature White (385g)                        £4.34

Fruit and Vegetables
 13    ASDA Bananas (Approx 170g)                                                       £1.50
14    ASDA Carrots (Approx 110g)                                                          £1.39
2       ASDA Parsnips (Approx 250g)                                                         74.5p
2x    ASDA Whole Cucumber                                                                   £1.00
2x    ASDA Celery                                                                                       £1.78
1x    ASDA Baking Potatoes (2.5Kg)                                                       £2.25
2x    ASDA Garlic Loose                                                                            60p
1x    ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g)                                                    £1.68
1x    ASDA Courgettes (3)                                                                          £1.00
1x    ASDA Smartprice Brown Onions (2Kg)                                         98p
1x    ASDA Spinach (350g)                                                                        £1.50
1x    ASDA Medium Navel Oranges (1Kg)                                             £1.50
1x    ASDA Smartprice Apples (500g)                                                     90p

Meat, Fish and Poultry
 1x    ASDA Smartprice Smoked Back Bacon (312g)                           £1.70
1x    ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (10 per pack - 756g)           £4.00

Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket, and are correct as of 6th October 2013.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

Don't forget to check out all the other fab Meal Plans over on At Home With Mrs M..



10 comments:

  1. Sounds gorgeous! You've got me craving sausage rolls now! I love the savoury swirls, I used to have them at school and have recreated them since with ham or bacon and cheese, never thought to put anything else in them, will have to give it a try! x

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    1. They're a great way to use up leftover bolognese as well as making pizza style ones. The sausage rolls were an addition due to my family nagging we hadn't had them in a while LOL

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  2. Ohh yum!! Everything sounds fab!!
    I like the sound of the Spicy Vegetable Stew x

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    1. It goes down well here Kim, filling vegetarian meal that is also great for lunch the next day.

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  3. I'm going to have to give those swirls a go at some point as they sound so delicious.

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    1. Let me know how you get on :) They freeze well too which is very handy.

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  4. Oh you are so organised!! I'm very jealous! Love the spicy veg stew, my partner is veggie and I'm always on the look out for new ideas...

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    1. :Let me know if you try out the veg stew :) I have to be organised to keep sane and stay on budget, have got it down to a fine art now.

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  5. This is a fantastic idea, I keep meaning to do something similar along the lines of cheap cuts of meat from local farmers and farm shops along with buying in bulk as a group.

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    1. That's a fab idea, you could cook as a group too, one dish each then share it out in family portions. Many hands/ovens make light work :)

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