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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Last week was Half Term Week and we largely stuck to our Meal Plan, although there were a couple of deviations, the meals we made used what we had so there were no extra expenses due to the change of plans. My daughters wanted Tacos for lunch instead of the soup I'd planned and they were delicious. We ended up having the soup, which I had made and frozen, for lunch today instead of Twice Baked Potatoes because we needed something quick and easy.

We've got bread flour, yeast, and other baking ingredients leftover from last week, along with some cheese and a few vegetables so those aren't on our shopping list this week.  

It's back to school this week and back to quick breakfasts and packed lunches for everyone.  Our breakfasts will be porridge with homemade compote, I'll do overnight oats on the days when my daughters need to leave extra early.  We'll of course have pancakes on the weekend.

Packed lunches will be Mini Picnic Bakes with homemade breadsticks, herbed yoghurt dip, a piece or two of fruit and a baked treat. 


Spicy Seven Vegetable Stew - Meatfree Monday

Sausage, Vegetable and Peal Barley Hotpot

Oven Baked Risotto

Lamb Meatballs and Root Vegetable Bake

Macaroni Cheese

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew – Saturday then as pasties on Sunday

1 cup pearl barley
1 onion, finely diced
2 sticks celery, finely sliced
3 carrots, finely sliced
2 peppers, deseeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp chilli powder
2 tins red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 x 400 g tins chopped tomatoes
2 dried bay leaves
1 litre vegetable stock

Put all the ingredients into a large slow cooker and stir to combine everything. Cover and cook on a low for 7 hours. Serve with steamed greens and wholemeal bread rolls.

Shopping List

35 items: £60.00

2x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                           £1.64
1x   ASDA Smartprice Peas (1Kg)                                              76p
1x   ASDA Scratch Cook Whole Leaf Spinach (1.3Kg)                 £1.50
1x   ASDA Frozen for Freshness Berry Medley (1Kg)                  £2.75

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Chopped Tomatoes with Garlic (400g)                        55p
3x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes (400g)                       87p
2x   ASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)           60p
2x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)                       70p
2x   KTC Chick Peas in Salted Water (400g)                               80p
1x   ASDA Chopped Tomatoes with Chilli and Peppers (400g)     55p

Dairy and Eggs
5x   ASDA British Whole Milk 4 Pints (2.27L)                              £5.45
3x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                  £1.35
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                         £2.00
2x   ASDA Ricotta Cheese (250g)                                               £1.78
2x   ASDA Smartprice Hard Cheese Wedge (170g)                     £3.20

Packets and Cereals
1x   ASDA Arborio Risotto Rice (500g)                                        £1.25
1x   ASDA Good and Balanced Pearl Barley (500g)                     50p
1x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                     99p

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Butcher's Selection Lamb Mince (500g)                      £3.39
1x   ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (6 per pack - 400g)       £2.25

Fruit and Vegetables
20   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)           £3.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Seedless Red Grapes (500g)        £3.00
1     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash (1.2Kg)             90p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                          £1.10
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Courgettes (3)                              £2.40
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions                              49p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Apples (1.2Kg)                             £3.00
3x   ASDA Farm Stores Pears (500g)                                         £2.10
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection British Parsnips (500g)                 65p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Swede                                         50p
2x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                               £1.18
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cherry Tomatoes (250g)                        53p
3x   ASDA Farm Stores Plums (400g)                                         £1.50
3x   ASDA Farm Stores Mixed Peppers (3)                                 £2.97
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweetclems (1.2Kg)                     £3.80
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket, and are correct as of 18th February 2018.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

We purchased our grocery items from Asda this week, had we shopped elsewhere our shopping would've cost:

£69.61 from Tesco
£71.29 from Sainsbury's
£78.71 from Ocado
£79.81 from Waitrose

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other.

And Katykicker, and Naomi from The Organised Life Project have a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


  1. Sounds like another delicious weeks meal plan! I've never had oven baked risotto before - sounds yum! Thanks for linking up!

  2. Hi, thanks so much for your helpful meal plans. I just wanted to ask about coffee, tea and household products. They dont appear to be on your lists, do you shop separately for these things or bulk buy? Any tips? Really looking for ideas to budget moe effectively> Thank you xx

    1. Thanks so much for your comment and question :) We don't drink tea, I do like coffee rather a lot though. Our children usually drink milk or water and we usually drink water too rather than squash or juice. We never buy soft drinks or fizzy drinks. I try and bulk buy things like coffee, cleaning products, hygiene products, etc when they are on offer or from other outlets whichever offers the best deals.

      I tend to just put food on our blogged meal plans as everyone has their own drink tastes in terms of tea, coffee, soft drinks, etc and it gives a base plan to work from.


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