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Our Family Meal Plan Week of 09/07/12 - £51

Sunday, 8 July 2012
I did not blog a Meal Plan last week, I was too poorly.  We used meals that I had precooked for when we need emergency dinners and leftovers which were in the freezer.  The freezer stash of meals were much needed and I was so glad I had them there.  It meant that dinners were easily prepared and I could get hubby to sort dinner for me.  My girls had school dinners as I had neither the urge or the energy to prepare packed lunches.

I am still poorly this week, but am on the mend at last, hurrah!  Consequently I'm back to blogging our Meal Plan.  My girls will be having school dinners this week as I won't have the energy to make/bake packed lunches.  Weekend lunches will be Macaroni Cheese and Twice Baked Potatoes.  Breakfasts will be cereal and milk or toast with a piece of fruit for afters.  There's  plenty of fruit in our shopping, as always, for snacking on and to supplement school dinners.

As usual I have compared prices of the groceries required for our Meal Plan using My Supermarket.  The cost of the items for our Meal Plan was £51.78 purchased from Asda on 08/07/2012, if I had shopped at Sainsbury's my trolley of items would've cost £56.48 and if I shopped at Tesco I would've paid £62.04 for my items.

Here are our dinners for this week:

Salmon Filo Parcels

2 spring onions
200g tin salmon in spring water
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 cup grated cheese
cooking oil spray
6 sheets filo pastry

Finely chop the spring onions. Drain the tin of salmon and roughly flake it.  Mix the spring onion, salmon, mixed vegetables and grated cheese together. Preheat your oven to 200C.

Lightly spray a tray with oil. Cut the layers of large sheets of pastry in half to form 2 rectangles.  Put a large dollop of the salmon mixture into the middle of each rectangle.  Fold in the four edges, using a little water to roughly seal the parcels.

Put the parcels on the tray and lightly spray them with a little oil spray to help them crisp up in the oven.  Cook for 25 minutes until the pastry is golden brown. I usually serve them with a salad.

Mince in Lettuce Cups

1 Tblsp oil
500g lean beef mince
2cm piece fresh ginger, chopped or 2 tsp prepared ginger
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 spring onions, chopped
2 Tblsp soy sauce
2 Tblsp sweet chilli sauce
4 cups mixed stir fry vegetables
1 head iceberg lettuce
4 cups cooked rice, to serve

Heat the oil over a moderately high heat in a non-stick pan.  Add the mince and cook it with the ginger , breaking it up as it cooks, until the mince is evenly browned.   Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. 

Add the spring onions and sauces then cook for a few minutes.  Add the stir fry vegetables and cook for 3-4 minutes or so.  You want the vegetables to still be a little crunchy.

Break up the lettuce into leaves.  Serve the mince in large lettuce leaves accompanied by cooked rice.  

Vege Pasta Bake

1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 pepper, any colour
1 tsp oil
2 carrots, grated
2 courgettes, grated
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 cup vegetable stock
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 Tblsp tomato paste
1 1/2 Tblsp pesto
4 Tblsp red lentils
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper
2 cups pasta

For the sauce:
2 Tblsp olive oil
2 Tblsp plain flour
500ml milk
75g grated cheese

Bring a pan of water to the boil and cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet.

Heat the oil in a large saucepan pan or frying pan and sauté the onion, garlic, pepper and celery.  When the vegetables are beginning to soften, add the grated carrot and courgette then cook until the carrot is soft.

Mix in the tomatoes, stock, tomato paste, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, pesto and lentils.  Simmer gently for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are beginning to swell and become tender (they’ll continue cooking in the oven) and the sauce is thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

Preheat your oven to 200C.

Make the cheese sauce.  Heat the oil in a saucepan, then use a whisk to mix the flour into the oil. Cook for a couple of minutes before gradually whisking in the milk. 

When all the milk has been added, use a wooden spoon to stir the sauce over a gentle heat until it thickens, don’t let it boil.  When the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of the wooden spoon, season with salt and pepper, then set aside.

To assemble the dish, put the well-drained, cooked pasta into the bottom of a heatproof casserole or serving dish. Spoon over the lentil and vegetable sauce then pour the white sauce on top. Sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for 20 minutes, or until everything is piping hot and the cheese on top is golden and bubbling.

Baked Rice with Salmon

1 onion
1 Tblsp chopped fresh oregano, or 1 tsp dried
400g tin chopped tomatoes
1 pepper, any colour will do
1 stalk celery
200g tin salmon, drained
310g tin corn, drained
1 1/2 cups rice
2 cups water

Preheat your oven to 180C. Dice the onion, celery stalk and pepper.

Put the oregano, onion, rice, water, tomatoes, celery and pepper in an ovenproof baking dish.  Stir everything together.  Cover with foil or a lid and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the rice is cooked.

Use a fork to fluff up the rice then season with pepper.  Stir through the salmon and sweetcorn. Leave for 5 minutes to heat through.  Serve immediately.

Homemade Pizzas

Chicken Traybake

Simmered Mince on Toast/Baked Potatoes

Shopping List

36 items: £51.78 purchased from Asda on 08/07/2012.

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x ASDA Wild Pacific Pink Salmon (418g) £2.17
2x ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g) 62p
1x ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn (326g) 34p
1x ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g) 70p
1x ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g) 48p

2x ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg) £1.50

Dairy and Eggs
6x ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L) £6.00 any 2 FOR £2.00
2x ASDA English Medium Cheddar (400g) £4.00 any 2 FOR £4.00

Packets and Cereals

1x Asda Wholefoods Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg) 60p
1x ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg) £1.28
1x ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg) 52p
1x ASDA Easy Cook Long Grain Brown Rice (1Kg) £1.61
1x ASDA Chosen by You Wholewheat Fusilli (500g) 95p
1x Napolina Whole Wheat Penne (500g) £1.00
1x Jus Rol Filo Pastry Sheets (270g) £1.80
1x Asda Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g) 64p
1x Sunnybisk Wheat Biscuits (48 per pack - 864g) £1.78

Fruit and Vegetables
1 ASDA Ginger by Weight (100g) 21.1p
20 ASDA Smartprice Apples by Weight (100g) £2.00
20 ASDA Bananas by Weight (100g) £1.36
5 ASDA Carrots by Weight (100g) 39p
6 ASDA Courgettes by Weight (100g) 97.2p was 18p
1x ASDA Smartprice Mushrooms (750g) £1.18
10 ASDA Red Onions by Weight (100g) 85p
4 ASDA Tomatoes by Weight (100g) 79.6p
6 ASDA Sweet Potatoes by Weight (100g) 69p was 12.8p
1x ASDA British Iceberg Lettuce Loose £1.00
1x ASDA Celery 75p
1x ASDA Baking Potatoes (2.5Kg) £1.74
1x ASDA Garlic Loose 27p was 30p
1x ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g) £1.50
1x ASDA Spring Onions 70p
1x ASDA Oranges Extra Juicy (10) £2.00
1x ASDA Mixed Vegetable Stir Fry (430g) £1.20

Meat, Fish and Poultry
2x ASDA Butcher's Selection British Beef Mince (500g) £5.20
1x Banham Poultry Chicken Drumsticks (1Kg) £2.98


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