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Our Family Meal Plan For This Week 25/02/13 - £56

Sunday, 24 February 2013
This week will be very busy.  I have several afternoon, after school and evening school governor meetings to attend and am also working a couple of nights too.  It is the sort of week where I need low faff dinners, preferably prepared in advance, which are also comforting and nutritious.

I've already baked our bread and baked treats for this coming week, I had a marathon baking sessions on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons. We'll be having fruit muffins, flapjacks or tea loaf as our baked treat.  There will be some Rice Pudding, with fruit for after school snacks too.

Because of my busy week we'll be having porridge for breakfast to set us up for the day.  There will of course be fruit for afters.  Weekend breakfasts will be pancakes and homemade crumpets.

Lunches will be school dinners for the kids whilst hubby and I will have cheese, chutney and salad sandwiches or portions of soup from the freezer with homemade rolls - there will also be a piece or two of fruit and a small baked treat in our lunches.

Weekend Lunches will probably be Macaroni Cheese with added vegetables one day, then Twice Baked Potatoes or Homemade Pizzas the other.

The cost of our 32 grocery items from Asda on 24/02/13 was £55.91.  I used My Supermarket to compare the cost of our shopping at other supermarkets and our items would've cost £66.65 from Sainsbury's and £67.29 from Tesco.


Simmered Mince Many Ways - Monday (Cottage Pie), Tuesday (Pasta Bake) and Wednesday (Chilli Con Carne)

Bangers with Mash and Vegetables - Friday

Slow Cooker Beef Stew Saturday, and as pasties on Sunday

1 kg casserole beef
1 large onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 peppers, chopped
2 Tblsp plain flour
2 Tblsp tomato paste
250ml beef stock
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 Tblsp dried oregano
400g can cannellini beans, well drained

Cut beef into 2.5cm-3cm pieces and season the beef with salt and pepper. Brown the meat in a frying pan over a high heat and transfer to a slow cooker.

Scatter in the onion, garlic and peppers. Stir the flour, tomato paste and beef stock together to make a smooth paste and pour over the beef. Add the tomatoes, scatter in the oregano and cover.

Slow Cooker:  Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-5 hours. Add the cannellini beans, stir to mix and allow to heat through before serving.

Oven Cook:  Prepare the casserole as above, adding an extra 250ml of beef stock. Cook in a lidded ovenproof dish at 180ºC for 120 minutes.

Hob CookingPut the browned beef and other ingredients into a heavy-based pot. Partially cover, and keeping the heat low, simmer until the meat is very tender. Stir occasionally, adding water if needed during the cooking time to keep ingredients just covered. In the last 30 minutes of cooking time, add the tomatoes and cannellini beans

Shopping List

Cost of our 32 grocery items: £55.91                                                                                                                                           

Packets and Cereals                                                                   
1x   Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg)                                              £1.88 
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                      88p   
1x   Asda Wholefoods Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                80p   
1x   ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)                            45p   
1x   Lyle's Golden Syrup Bottle (454g)                                           98p   
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                                 40p   
2x   ASDA Chosen by You Wholewheat Fusilli (500g)                     £1.00 
1x   Great Scot Pearl Barley (500g)                                                58p   
1x   ASDA Chosen by You Ready to Roll Puff Pastry (500g)          £1.00 
1x   Asda Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g)           64p   
1x   ASDA Wholefoods Brown Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                        £1.28 

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

Tins, Jars and Cooking                                                              
5x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g)                          £1.55 
1x   ASDA Cannellini Beans in Water (300g)                                   64p   
2x   ASDA Chosen by You Chilli Beans (290g)                               £1.36 

Dairy and Eggs                                                                           
5x   ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                     £5.00 
1x   ASDA Free Range Medium Eggs (12)                                      £1.98 
1x   Stork (500g)                                                                           £1.09 
1x   Cathedral City Mature Cheddar (2x350g)                                  £4.00 

Fruit and Vegetables                                                                  
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g)                                           98p   
3     ASDA Mushrooms by Weight (100g)                                       80.4p
20   ASDA Smartprice Apples by Weight (100g)                             £2.40 
20   ASDA Bananas by Weight (100g)                                            £1.36 
15   ASDA Carrots by Weight (100g)                                              £1.35 
10   ASDA Red Onions by Weight (100g)                                       90p   
2x   ASDA White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                                                £3.80 
1x   ASDA Celery                                                                          89p   
2x   ASDA Garlic Loose                                                                60p   
1x   ASDA Smartprice Peppers (700g)                                           £1.57 
1x   ASDA Extra Juicy Oranges (1.8Kg)                                         £2.25 

Meat, Fish and Poultry                                                               
2x   ASDA Butcher's Selection British Beef Mince (500g)                £4.00 
2x   ASDA Butcher's Selection British Beef Stewing Steak (571g)    £8.00 

Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket, and are correct as of 24 February 2013.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

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  1. All those baked treats sound delicious! I love how you will using the stew for pasties too. x

  2. I've still not replaced my slow cooker, which broke before Christmas. I really must get round to it - your stew sounds delicious.

  3. You can't beat meat cooked in the slow cooker. I'm using my leftover slow cooked brisket from yesterday to make stovies tonight. Win win.

  4. Mmmm! The stew does sound lovely!!!

  5. We tend to use up our mince the same way. We only recently got a slow cooker but now I don't know how we managed without it, especially at this time of year!

  6. all those baked treats sound yummy.

    We are having porridge for brekkie at the moment -just whats needed to start the day.

    Wish we had an Asda near us - it's all tescos here - that's a great saving you've had there. Hope you have a great week.

  7. You are so clever with your leftovers. What a great idea to make pasties with slow cooked beef stew!


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