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Monday, 13 February 2017

Our Family Meal Plan for Half Term Week beginning 13/02/2017 - £63

It's Half Term here this week which means hungry children at home, but more hands to help with baking and making their snacks.  My 13yo is off on a Youth Camp for 4 days so there's one less cherub to feed for some of the week.

I tend to have filling breakfasts and lunches during the school holidays which means less snacking, and also if we have morning or afternoon activities planned we only need to take along our own drinks and a small snack, rather than a mega picnic to feed the 5000.

Unfortunately, the weather isn't picnic friendly.
We're restocking the baking supplies so our shopping is slightly more expensive this week.  Thankfully our herbs and greens in the garden are still going strong, and the rhubarb is starting to grow again so we'll welcome that when there's enough to pick and eat.

Our Meal Plan

Breakfasts will be overnight oats, with apple, cinnamon and raisins, pancakes or scrambled eggs on toast with bacon for a weekend treat.

Slice fruit thinly and make fruit kebabs to help fruit supplies go further.
Lunches will be largely eaten at home this week.  There will be a double batch of Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup and Spicy Roast Sweet Potato and Carrot Soup which will be served with our Hidden Goodness Rolls.  We'll bake Homemade Pizzas, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Vegetable Parcels too.


Snacks will be rice pudding, popcorn, and fruit with yoghurt, teacakes, and scones/soda bread.


Dinners

Spicy Rice with Chickpeas and Spinach/Chard – Meatfree Monday


1 ½ cups basmati or long grain rice
1 Tblsp olive oil
3 carrots, roughly diced
1 pepper, roughly diced
1 leek, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp mild curry powder
400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
400ml vegetable stock, made with 1 stock cube
300ml water
200g spinach or chard leaves (fresh or frozen)
2 Tblsp chopped fresh coriander leaves
2 Tblsp chopped fresh mint leaves

Put the rice in a sieve and rinse it under cold running water until the water runs clear. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the roughly diced carrots, pepper, leek, garlic, raisins/sultanas and spices. Cook, stirring it occasionally for about 8 – 10 minutes or until the vegetables, especially the carrots, are tender.

Once the vegetables are tender add the chickpeas, rice, stock, and water. Bring everything to the boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook everything with the lid on the saucepan for 12 minutes.

Remove the saucepan from the heat and put the spinach over the top of the rice. Replace the lid on the saucepan and stand for 8 minutes. Uncover the saucepan again and add the chopped fresh herbs. Stir everything together until well combined.  I'll me serving ours with steamed mixed vegetables and homemade Naan breads.

Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables and Yorkshire Puddings




Simmered Mince with Mixed Potato Mash

Chilli Con Carne with Rice

Shopping List

41 items: £62.72

Packets and Cereals
1x   Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg)                                          £2.18
1x   Allinson Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                           87p was £1.30
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                  64p
1x   ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                £1.20
1x   ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg)                        45p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)                       45p
1x   Jus Rol Puff Pastry Block (500g)                                        £1.25
1x   ASDA Good and Balanced Seedless Raisins (1Kg)              £2.98
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                            40p
1x   ASDA Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g)     65p
1x   Island Sun Popcorn (500g)                                                  89p
1x   ASDA Good and Balanced Pearl Barley (500g)                    50p

Frozen
3x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                          £2.31

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Vegetable Oil (1L)                                                    £1.15
2x   ASDA Good and Balanced Chick Peas in Water (400g)        70p
1x   KTC Chilli Beans in Spicy Tomato Sauce (400g)                 33.3p Buy any 3 FOR £1.00
2x   KTC Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)                 66.7p Buy any 3 FOR £1.00
1x   Dunn's River Caribbean Mild Curry Powder (100g)               89p
1x   ASDA Stock Cubes - Vegetable (12x10g)                            50p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA Semi Skimmed Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                           £4.35
1x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                             £1.45
3x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                 £1.35
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                        £2.00
1x   ASDA Butter - Unsalted (250g)                                           £1.09

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Smartprice Cooking Bacon (500g)                             60p
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Beef Meatballs (25 per pack - 710g)      £3.33 Buy any 3 FOR £10.00
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Extra Tasty Whole Chicken (1.25Kg)     £3.33 Buy any 3 FOR £10.00
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Beef Mince - 20% Fat (1Kg)        £3.33 Buy any 3 FOR £10.00

Fruit and Vegetables
30   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas                                     £2.52
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)                              90p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection White Potatoes (2.5Kg)               £2.50
2x     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash                        £1.80
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                         £1.20
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic Loose                               40p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                  £1.90
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweetclems (1.4Kg)                    £2.25
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Brown Onions (1Kg)                    74p
6x   ASDA Smartprice Apples (500g)                                         £3.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Mixed Peppers (700g)                 £1.20
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                              £2.46

Drinks
1x   ASDA Italian Roast and Ground Coffee (227g)                     £2.00
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery websites My Supermarket, and are correct as of 11 February 2017.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.


We purchased our shopping via My Supermarket on 11/02/2017.  The cost of our shopping was £62.72, had we shopped elsewhere, our shopping would've cost:

£73.53 from Morrisons
£75.39 from Tesco
£78.22 from Sainsbury's
£88.76 from Ocado
£92.69 from Waitrose


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