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Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Drink, natural cold/flu soother

Tuesday, 16 October 2018
It's that time of year again, lots of colds and sniffles about, tickly sore throats too.  Having four children at three different schools, and a husband who travels to and from work on the bus, there's lots of potential for us all to catch the latest cold/flu/cough that is doing the rounds.

I've been making this drink for my family for years, so simple and tasty, yet so soothing for those with the lurgy.

You can chill the drink and have it cold, or drink it warm, whichever you prefer.  Don't pay for special cold/flu relief drinks, this mug of goodness costs pennies and contains only natural ingredients..



Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Drink

Makes 2 generous mugs

Juice of 1 lemon, or 4 Tblsp lemon juice
2 pinches of ground cinnamon (optional)
2 pinches of ground turmeric
1cm piece ginger, very thinly sliced or grated
2 Tblsp honey, or more to taste (substitute for vegan alternative, if necessary)
Boiling water, cooled for 5 minutes
A few fresh mint leaves (optional)

Divide the ingredients between two mugs, add enough hot water to fill each mug, then sip slowly to soothe. Alternatively leave the mixture to cool, chill in the fridge and drink chilled.
  

OUR FAMILY MEAL PLAN FOR WEEK OF 15/10/18 - £68

Monday, 15 October 2018

We've a busy week this week, with a birthday on Monday and a couple of evening activities.  This means we'll need lots of easy meals, as we're all knackered leading up to Half Term.  I've once again decided to use tasty recipes I found on the Internet for our Meal Plan.  We're really enjoying looking for new recipes to try.  I'm sure I'll blog more family dinners for our Meal Plans soon, but in the meantime it's great to be able to try out recipes from elsewhere. 

Breakfasts will be porridge, it's finally going to be cold enough for it after an unseasonably warm spell of weather.  I've made a couple of batches of Healthy Berry Breakfast Muffins for particularly busy mornings.  Weekend breakfasts will be pancakes and bacon butties.

Packed lunches will be Wholemeal Savoury Swirls, accompanied by crudites, a piece of fruit and a baked treat.  Weekend lunches will be Veggie Bread Parcels and Mini Fritattas 

Dinners

Baked Not Fried Chicken with oven baked potato wedges and steamed vegetables (Birthday dinner)

Banana Peel Dhal a delicious way to use up our banana peels

Tasty Tuna Rice Croquettes with sweet potato wedges and steamed greens

One Pot Chorizo and Pepper Pasta

Traditional Boil Up using free bones from our local butcher

Cowboy Beans and Potato Bake

Cauliflower and Potato Bake with Spinach

Shopping List

42 items: £67.95

Packets and Cereals
1x   ASDA Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)                                  45p
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                 65p
1x   Allinson Wholemeal Plain Flour (1Kg)                                 £1.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                           45p
1x   ASDA Dried Red Lentils (500g)                                           £1.15
1x   Tropical Sun Popcorn (500g)                                              79p
2x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                    £1.78

Frozen
3x   ASDA Frozen for Freshness Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)        £2.85
1x   ASDA Scratch Cook Whole Leaf Spinach (1.3Kg)              £1.69
2x   ASDA Frozen for Freshness Berry Medley (1Kg)               £5.50

Tins, Jars and Cooking
3x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)    84p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)        30p
1x   ASDA Sunflower Oil (1L)                                                     £1.09
1x   ASDA Pure Honey (454g)                                                   £1.25
1x   ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)            37p
1x   Princes Sandwich Tuna in Spring Water (3x160g)              £2.50
1x   ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (400g)                             42p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                             £4.44
1x   ASDA Best for Baking Cakes Spread (500g)                      81p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)               45p
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                       £2.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                £3.68

Fruit and Vegetables
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection British Spring Greens (500g)     62p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Salad Tomatoes (750g)             £2.30
20   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)        £3.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)                             65p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Cauliflower Loose                      £1.00
1     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash by Weight (1.3Kg)   97.3p
4x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                       £2.20
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                £1.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Satsumas (600g)                       £2.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Apples (1.2Kg)                           £3.30
4x   ASDA Farm Stores Pears (500g)                                        £2.36
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                             £2.98
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Lemons (4)                                           84p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                            65p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                        £1.30
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Cooking Peppers (700g)            £1.45

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                         57p
1x   ASDA Extra Special Chorizo Casero Sausage (225g)        £1.85
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Chicken Thighs (1.1Kg)            £2.20
1x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (6 per pack - 400g)    £2.25


We purchased our shopping online from Asda, via My Supermarket and the cost of our groceries was £67.95. Had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£71.68 from Tesco
£80.71 from Sainsburys
£91.53 from Waitrose
£95.41 from Ocado

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book out which you can order here

And Katykicker has a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


OUR FAMILY MEAL PLAN FOR WEEK OF 08/10/18 - £70

Monday, 8 October 2018

I struggled to write our meal plan this week.  Inspiration didn't strike me, and when I asked my family, they weren't really bothered what we had as long as it was tasty.  I've had a mooch about on the internet and found some new recipes to try with my lot along with some of my own recipes.   

Breakfasts will probably be more Pumpkin Spiced Granola as that went down well with everyone and it's not quite cold enough for porridge just yet.  Weekend breakfasts will probably be pancakes one morning and crumpets the other.  I'll make a double batch of crumpets so I can stash some in the freezer for later.

Packed lunches will be falafel wraps or mini frittatas with crudites, a piece of fruit and a baked treat for after.  Weekend lunches will be homemade pizzas and we're going out for lunch on Sunday.


Dinners

Meatfree Monday Red Lentil and Aubergine Moussaka served with steamed mixed vegetables and greens

Macaroni Cheese with mixed vegetables

Jollof Rice with Chicken served with steamed mixed vegetables and greens

Puy Lentil Bolognese with wholewheat spaghetti and steamed greens

Slow Cooker Beef Keema

2 large onions
8 cloves garlic
10cm/4 inches fresh ginger
4 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground tumeric
4 tsp ground cumin
4 green chillies
1kg beef mince
4 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
6 Tblsp tomato puree
400ml water
2 Tblsp garam masala

Puree the onion, garlic, ginger, spices and chilli in a food processor or hand blender.  Stir through the beef mince and put everything into the slow cooker.  Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the garam masala.  Stir well and cook on low for 6 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low.  About an hour before you want to serve the curry, remove the slow cooker lid and stir through the garam masala.  Replace the lid then cook for the final hour.  Serve with cooked rice and/or Naan bread, steamed vegetables and greens.  


Keema Naan with Speedy Vegetable Curry

Shopping List

49 items: £70.16

Packets and Cereals
1x      ASDA Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)          45p
1x      ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)          69p
1x      ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)          45p
1x      ASDA Wholewheat Penne (500g)          45p
1x      Oz-Yufka Flat Type Filo Pastry (500g)          £1.95
1x      ASDA Good and Balanced Green Lentils (500g)          £1.15
1x      ASDA Quinoa (300g)          £1.14
1x      ASDA Dried Red Lentils (500g)          £1.15
1x      ASDA Cranberries (100g)          £1.00
1x      ASDA Great to Bake Golden Syrup (750g)          £1.34
1x      ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)          89p
1x      ASDA Four Seed Mix (150g)          90p

Frozen
3x      ASDA Frozen for Freshness Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)          £2.85

Tins, Jars and Cooking
3x      ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)          84p
1x      ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)          35p
4x      ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)          £1.32
1x      ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)          37p
2x      ASDA Smartprice Passata (500g)          70p
1x      ASDA Curry Paste - Balti (200g)          £1.19
1x      KTC Coconut Milk (400ml)          59p

Dairy and Eggs
2x      ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)          £2.96
5x      ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)          £2.25
1x      ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)          £2.00
1x      ASDA Ricotta Cheese (250g)          80p
1x      ASDA Mature Cheddar Cheese - Light (750g)          £3.65

Fruit and Vegetables
3x      ASDA Grower's Selection British Spring Greens (500g)          £1.86
2x      ASDA Grower's Selection Salad Tomatoes (750g)          £2.30
24      ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)          £3.00
2x      ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)          £1.30
4x      ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber          £2.20
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Celery          52p
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic (3)          50p
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions          55p
1x      ASDA Carving Pumpkin          75p
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)          £1.00
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Satsumas (600g)          £1.00
2x      ASDA Grower's Selection Apples (1.2Kg)          £3.30
4x      ASDA Farm Stores Pears (500g)          £2.36
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Mixed Hot Chilli (60g)          45p
1x      ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)          65p
1x      ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)          £1.30
2x      ASDA Farm Stores Plums (400g)          £1.58
2x      ASDA Aubergine          £1.40
2x      ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce          80p
1x      ASDA Ginger (500g)          £1.50
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Cooking Peppers (700g)          £1.45

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x      ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)          57p
1x      ASDA Butcher's Selection Beef Mince - 12% Fat (1Kg)          £4.50

1x      ASDA Butcher's Selection Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets (750g)          £3.89

We purchased our shopping online from Asda, via My Supermarket and the cost of our groceries was £70.16. Had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£78.00 from Tesco
£86.98 from Sainsburys
£97.49 from Waitrose
£98.08 from Ocado

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book out which you can order here

And Katykicker has a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


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