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Our Family Meal Plan for week beginning 23/01/2017 - £51

Sunday, 22 January 2017
It's the week before payday in January, otherwise known as the longest week in the world!  It will be a frugal week this week, and a busy one too.  I will be using my slow cooker quite often because it is great for low fuss cooking, cheap to run, and also handy for keeping food warm when people are eating at different times. 

Thankfully we've got baking flour, bread flour, baking spread, and sugar left over from last week so I haven't added them to the shopping this week.  As always we'll be raiding our back garden for greens and herbs which will help keep costs down.

We've got several evening events this week, there's quite a few after school/evening events for our children so dinners need to be either in the slow cooker or very quick to prepare on those evenings.  The scone swirls and frittatas for packed lunches have been cooked today and are in the freezer ready to be defrosted each night for the next day.  I've also pre-chopped the vegetables for the first two dinners this week to try and get ahead. 

Our Meal Plan 

Breakfasts will be porridge with fruit compote or toast with spread and a piece of fruit.  

Packed lunches will be Savoury Scone Swirls filled with bacon, peppers, sweetcorn, and cheese for some of the week, and Mini Frittatas for the rest of the week.  Packed lunches will include vegetable sticks, herbed yoghurt dip, and a piece of fruit for afters.

Weekend lunches will be Mixed Vegetable Soup (Vegan) both days, substituting onions for the leeks.  The soup will be served with homemade bread rolls. 

Snacks will be fresh fruit, popcorn, rice pudding, and homemade vegetable or apple crisps.  


Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Dhal (Vegan)

1 large onion, roughly diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
750g butternut squash, peeled and cut in to 1 inch/2.5cm dice
1 Tblsp curry powder
200g red lentils, rinsed
750ml vegetable stock

Put everything in the slow cooker and put the lid on. Cook for 3 - 4 hours on HIGH or 5 - 7 hours on LOW. Stir well until fairly smooth then serve with Naan bread and/or cooked rice and cooked mixed vegetables.

Slow Cooker Vegetable and Bean Chilli

2 large onions, roughly diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 large carrots, finely diced
3 sticks celery, finely diced
2 peppers, finely diced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
300ml vegetable stock
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x 400g kidney beans in chilli sauce

Put everything in the slow cooker, stir well to combine then put the lid on. Cook on HIGH for 3 - 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours until the vegetables are tender and the sauce is thick. Serve with cooked rice or baked potatoes, grated cheese and a dollop of yoghurt.

Slow Cooker Veggie Bolognese (Vegan)

1 large onion, roughly diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large carrots, grated
3 sticks celery, finely diced
2 peppers, finely diced
300g red lentils, rinsed
400g tin chopped tomatoes
600ml vegetable stock
3 Tblsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried mixed herbs

Put everything into the slow cooker, stir well to combine then put the lid on. Cook on HIGH for 5 - 6 hours or LOW for 8 - 9 hours. Serve with cooked pasta.

Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Hotpot (Vegan)

2 large onions, roughly diced
750g butternut squash or sweet potato, cut into 1 inch/2.5cm dice
3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch/2.5cm dice
3 large parsnips, cut into 1 inch/2.5cm dice
3 Tblsp plain flour
3 Tblsp tomato paste
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
500ml vegetable stock
2 x 400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
400g chopped tomatoes

Put everything in the slow cooker and mix well to combine, put the lid on. Cook on HIGH for 4 - 5 hours or LOW for 6 - 8 hours until the vegetables are tender. Serve with steamed greens.

Bean Burgers with Coleslaw and Potato Wedges (Vegetarian)

Macaroni Cheese
My family enjoyed this dinner so much last week they asked to have it again this week.  

Mixed Vegetable Crustless Quiche with Coleslaw and Potato Wedges 

Shopping List

39 items: £50.76 from Asda on 21/01/2017

Packets and Cereals
 Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg)                                                 £2.18
 ASDA Good and Balanced Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)            50p
ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                                     42p
ASDA Good and Balanced Wholewheat Penne (500g)                  50p
Island Sun Popcorn (500g)                                                          75p
ASDA Good and Balanced Red Lentils (500g)                              75p

2x ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                              £1.54
ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn (1Kg)                                             99p

Dairy and Eggs
2x ASDA Semi Skimmed Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                              £2.90
ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                                      £1.45
2x ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                    90p
ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                                 £2.00
2x ASDA Mature British Cheddar (350g)                                      £3.00

Tins, Jars and Cooking
ASDA Smartprice Dried Mixed Herbs (18g)                                 69p
ASDA Smartprice Mayonnaise (500ml)                                        40p
ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)                       39p
2x KTC Chick Peas in Salted Water (400g)                                 66.7p
2x KTC Chilli Beans in Spicy Tomato Sauce (400g)                     66.7p
2x KTC Red Kidney Beans in Salted Water (400g)                       66.7p
3x KTC Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)                    £1.00
Dunn's River Caribbean Mild Curry Powder (100g)                       89p
ASDA Stock Cubes - Vegetable (12x10g)                                    59p

Meat, Fish and Poultry
2x ASDA Smartprice Cooking Bacon (500g)                                £1.20

Fruit and Vegetables
25 ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)              £2.10
ASDA Grower's Selection White Cabbage by Weight (1.3Kg)       98p
2x ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)                                 90p
4 ASDA Grower's Selection Parsnips by Weight (250g)                £1.00
2x ASDA Grower's Selection White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                   £2.50
ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash by Weight (1.2Kg)    90p
4x ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                            £1.80
ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                                 60p
2x ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic Loose                                   40p
2x ASDA Grower's Selection Brown Onions (1Kg)                        £1.34
6x ASDA Smartprice Apples (500g)                                             £3.00
12 ASDA Grower's Selection Conference Pears                           £3.15
ASDA Grower's Selection Mixed Peppers (700g)                         £1.20
3x ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                                  £2.85
2x ASDA Grower's Selection Swede                                            £1.00

1x   ASDA Italian Roast and Ground Coffee (227g)                      £2.00

Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery websites, and are correct as of 21st January 2017. Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

We purchased our grocery shop from Asda, I used My Supermarket to compare the price of our shopping list had we purchased it elsewhere.  Our shopping list would've cost:

£63.71 from Sainsbury's
£64.45 from Morrisons
£64.75 from Tesco
£77.75 from Waitrose
£78.71 from Ocaco


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