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Our Family Meal Plan For This Week - £52 The Busy Week Edition

Sunday, 13 January 2013
I have a hectic week ahead this week so my Slow Cooker will be in use and is such a godsend when life is busy but you still want decent dinners.

My 3 girls will once again be having school dinners, much to their annoyance, but it makes things so much easier to manage when I am having a manically busy kind of week.

Breakfasts will be weetabix with warm milk and a piece of fruit for afters.  Dinners will be served with either steamed greens or mixed vegetables.

The cost of our 35 this week was £52.50 from Asda on 13/01/13, our groceries would've cost £59.21 if purchased from Sainsbury's or cost £62.24 from Tesco.


Simmered Mince Many Ways - Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

Quick Vegetable Curry - Friday

Cooked rice, to serve
1 Tblsp olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 pepper, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
300g pumpkin or butternut squash, cut into 1 inch dice
2 large potatoes or sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (same as the pumpkin)
400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can lentils, drained

Heat oil in a large frying pan. Soften the onion and pepper in the oil and then add the garlic, cook for a couple of minutes. Add the cumin and turmeric, cook them for about a minute or until they are fragrant. Add the pumpkin, potatoes and chopped tomatoes to the pan and mix everything together well. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes then add the lentils and cook for a further 5 minutes until the pumpkin and potato are cooked. Serve with rice.

Macaroni Cheese - Sunday

Weekend Lunches 

Mini Frittatas

Twice Baked Potatoes

Shopping List

The cost of our 35 this week was £52.50 from Asda on 13/01/13.                                                                                           

Packets and Cereals                                                                                       
1x      ASDA Chosen by You Wheat Bisks (48x18g)                £2.75     
1x      ASDA Spaghetti (500g)                                                  50p   was 85p
1x      Asda Wholefoods Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)    80p        
1x      ASDA Easy Cook Long Grain Brown Rice (1Kg)          £1.78     
1x      ASDA Chosen by You Wholewheat Fusilli (500g)         50p        
1x      Asda Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack)          64p        
1x      ASDA Wholefoods Brown Bread Flour (1.5Kg)            £1.28     

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

Tins, Jars and Cooking                                                                             
3x      ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g)                 93p        
1x      ASDA Chosen by You Chilli Beans (290g)                     68p        
1x      ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn (326g)                              32p        
1x      ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)                                  70p        
1x      ASDA Chosen by You Green Lentils in Water (400g)      62p        

Dairy and Eggs                                                                                           
5x      ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)         £5.00     
2x      ASDA English Mature White Cheddar (500g)                 £5.00  any 2 FOR £5.00
1x      ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                    £3.00     

Fruit and Vegetables                                                                                
1x      ASDA Spring Greens (500g)                                            97p        
1x      ASDA Salad Tomatoes (750g)                                         £1.50     
20     ASDA Smartprice Apples by Weight (100g)                    £2.00     
20     ASDA Bananas by Weight (100g)                                     £1.36     
5       ASDA Leeks by Weight (100g)                                         83.5p  was 20p
1x      ASDA Smartprice Mushrooms (750g)                              £1.15     
10     ASDA Red Onions by Weight (100g)                                90p        
2x      ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                                         £3.00  2 FOR £3.00
5       ASDA Butternut Squash by Weight (100g)                        53.5p     
10     ASDA Sweet Potatoes by Weight (100g)                          £1.28     
1x      ASDA Celery                                                                    89p        
1x      ASDA Garlic Loose                                                         30p        
1x      ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g)                                    £1.38     
1x      ASDA Spring Onions                                                       70p        
1x      ASDA Spinach (350g)                                                     £1.50     
1x      ASDA Carrots (1.2Kg)                                                    £1.00     

Meat, Fish and Poultry                                                                             
1x      ASDA Smartprice Unsmoked Streaky Bacon (275g)       97p        
1x      ASDA Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets ( 515g)               £3.00  was £3.58
1x      ASDA Butcher's Selection Beef Mince (830g)                £3.23     
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery websites, according to My Supermarket, and are correct as of 13 January 2013.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.


  1. I'll take a peek at your simmered mince in a mo, sounds interesting. I need to take tips from you as our shop for 4 is around the £80 mark each week x

  2. As always, totally impressed with your shopping bill! Thanks for joining in again.

  3. I can't believe how expensive tesco is! I'll certainly think twice before getting my shopping delivered by then again. Having said that asda send short dated items and pour quality fruit and veg.

    Thanks for the comparison though, definitely made me think.

  4. Lovely menu. I must try your simmered mince one day too

  5. Oooh I like the sound of your twice baked potatoes - they'll be a fab dinner for M on Brownie/ Guide nights.


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