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Our Family Meal Plan for week beginning 30/01/2017 - £59

Monday, 30 January 2017
Last week was challenging as our two middle children were poorly with head colds and sore throats, which they have now passed on to me. I have a horrid head cold and hacking cough, although I still went to work on Saturday night as it was not as bad then as it is now.  I need an easy week this week with the Meal Plan as I will have to carry on regardless of the fact that I feel dreadful.

I'm out at evening events 3 nights this week, and so is 13yo.  10yo is also out twice, on different evenings to 13yo and I.  It means low faff meals are needed, and also ones that can be cooked quickly or are OK to reheat if we are eating at different times.  I'm hoping for a much quieter week next week!

Our Meal Plan

Breakfasts will be porridge, either overnight oats with grated apple, or hot porridge with homemade fruit compote.  

Packed Lunches will he homemade bagels with homemade tuna and sweetcorn filler, vegetable sticks, a piece of fruit, and a baked treat for afters.  

Weekend Lunches will be Twice Baked Potatoes and Flatbreads as we've a busy weekend out and about at clubs and other events.

Snacks will be popcorn using kernels left over from last week, scones, muffins, and flapjacks.


Quick and Easy Nachos

1 onion, finely diced
2 peppers, finely diced, any colour will do
325g tin sweetcorn, drained
2 tins chilli beans
200g pack tortilla chips
150g grated mature cheddar cheese, or more if you fancy

Mix the onion, peppers, sweetcorn and chilli beans together in a bowl. Put half of the of tortilla chips, in a single layer, into the bottom of a large ovenproof dish. Dollop with around half the vegetable and bean mixture then top with a good handful of grated cheddar. Repeat the process until all the chips, vegetable mixture and cheese have been used up. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan/400F/Gas Mark 6 and bake the nachos in the oven for 10 - 15 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbling and everything has heated through. I served ours with steamed mixed vegetables on the side.

Root Vegetable and Meatball Bake

750g root vegetables peeled and diced. I used butternut squash, carrot, and sweet potato
2 onions, sliced
2 peppers, diced
12 beef meatballs
500ml pasta sauce (homemade or store bought)

Preheat your oven to 200C/180C Fan. Cook the root vegetables in boiling water for 5 - 8 minutes until they start to soften, alternatively steam them in the microwave for a few minutes. 

Lightly oil a large ovenproof dish. Put the vegetables into the dish and nestle the meatballs on top. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, drizzle over the pasta sauce, then bake for a further 10 minutes.  Serve with steamed greens or mixed vegetables.

Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables and steamed mixed vegetables

Sausage, Vegetable and Pear Barley Hotpot (makes enough for 2 nights)

Chicken and Orzo Bake

2 onions, diced
2 peppers, diced (any colour will do)
1 clove garlic, minced
170g dried orzo pasta
500ml chicken stock
300g leftover cooked chicken

Preheat your oven to 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6. Mix together all of the ingredients in a large baking dish until well combined. My Pyrex baking dish measures 9 x 12 inches (23 x 33cm). Put the casserole dish in the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve with steamed mixed vegetables.

Shopping List

40 items: £58.90 purchased from Asda on 28/01/2017

Packets and Cereals
1x   Mornflake Superfast Oats (2Kg)                                          £2.18
1x   ASDA Good and Balanced Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)     50p
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                  64p
1x   ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                £1.20
1x   ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg)                        45p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)                       45p
1x   ASDA Home Baking Easy Bake Yeast (6 per pack - 42g)     65p
1x   ASDA Orzo (500g)                                                              50p
1x   ASDA Good and Balanced Pearl Barley (500g)                    50p

3x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                          £2.31
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn (1Kg)                                     99p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Semi Skimmed Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                £2.97
2x   ASDA British Whole Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                             £1.98
1x   ASDA Free Range Large Eggs (6)                                      £1.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Butter - Salted (250g)                              99p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                 45p
2x   ASDA English Medium Cheddar (350g)                               £3.00

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mayonnaise (500ml)                                40p
1x   ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)               39p
2x   KTC Chilli Beans in Spicy Tomato Sauce (400g)                 66p
4x   KTC Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)                 £1.33
1x   ASDA Tuna Chunks in Spring Water (4x160g)                     £2.74

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Smartprice Cooking Bacon (500g)                             60p
1x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (10 per pack - 750g)    £3.33
1x   ASDA Beef Meatballs (25 per pack - 710g)                          £3.33
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Whole Chicken (1.25Kg)             £3.33

Fruit and Vegetables
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)          £2.10
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)                              90p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection White Potatoes (2.5Kg)               £2.50
1     ASDA Butternut Squash by Weight (1.2Kg)                         90p
3x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                         £1.50
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                         60p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic Loose                               20p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                  95p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweetclems (1.4Kg)                    £4.50
4x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums Ripen at Home (400g)       £2.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Brown Onions (1Kg)                    74p
6x   ASDA Smartprice Apples (500g)                                         £3.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Mixed Peppers (700g)                 £1.20

Snacks and Sweets
2x   ASDA Smartprice Tortilla Chips - Lightly Salted (200g)        92p
Pricesreflect those on MySupermarket and are correct as of 28 January 2017.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

We purchased our shopping from Asda on 28/01/2017 which cost £58.90, had we shopped elsewhere our shopping would've cost:

£71.60 from Tesco
£72.12 from Morrisons
£75.86 from Sainsbury's


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