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Sunday, 8 April 2018

It's the second week of the School Holidays and the first week was hard. The weather wasn't great, the teens and tween were grumpy and bickering, and our 3yo discovered his inner threenager. However, we did try and get out of the house each day, even if it was just to the local park or a stomp around the neighbourhood so little dude could splash in puddles. 

We had a couple of long walks up to the local Charity Shops for a browse and also into town to the library and Zoological Museum.  None of the local Churches have holiday activities on so we're planning a couple more museum trips this week and a trip to the cinema midweek.  We're seeking out as many low/no cost holiday activities as we can.  There's been crafting, park trips, gardening, baking and cooking, and lots of reading. I'm trying to ration screen time otherwise the older three become phone zombies really quickly, and there's only so much CBeebies I can stand.

Our Meal Plan for last week ensured that we didn't run out of supplies and everyone was well fed, despite the younger two having growth spurts and the teens having hollow legs.  This week I'm planning portable lunches so we can take them on outings and save pennies by not buying lunches when out and about.  If we walk into town to the museum or library, and take our own food and drink, then the outing is free. 

Meal Plan 

Breakfasts will be homemade muesli/granola or wholemeal toast with spread, and a piece of fruit for afters.  Our weekend ritual of pancakes continues, and I'll probably make crumpets too.


Root Vegetable Mini Quiches

Spicy Vegetable Patties

Versatile Vegetable Pasties

Falafels and Yoghurt Dip, Chickpea and Couscous Salad

Weekend lunches will be homemade pizzas, and baked potatoes with baked beans and cheese.

Snacks will be fresh fruit, vegetable sticks with herbed yoghurt dip, scones/sodabread, flatbreads, popcorn, and homemade rice pudding.


Macaroni Cheese with mixed vegetables

Roast Chicken with Roast Vegetables and Yorkshire Puddings (my husband's birthday dinner)

Chicken and Bacon Stew with Dumplings

Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Bowls

Simple Pilaf with oven baked fish fillets

Vegetable Stew with herbed dumplings

Shopping List

49 items: £72.06

Packets and Cereals
1x   Cypressa Popping Corn (500g)                                               £1.00
1x   Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (1Kg)                                     64p
1x   ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                 69p
1x   ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                    69p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Plain White Flour (1.5Kg)                            45p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Self Raising Flour (1.5Kg)                           45p
1x   Jus Rol Puff Pastry Block (500g)                                            £1.25
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sultanas (500g)                                          88p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                                45p
1x   ASDA Egg Noodles Medium (250g)                                        59p
1x   ASDA Cous Cous (500g)                                                        65p
1x   ASDA Wholewheat Penne (500g)                                            45p
2x   ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)                                        £1.98

2x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                              £1.64
1x   ASDA Cook from Frozen Chicken Breast Diced (600g)            £2.50
1x   ASDA White Fish Fillets (540g)                                              £2.50

Tins, Jars and Cooking
1x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)                          35p
5x   ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)                                          £1.65
2x   ASDA Chilli Beans in Chilli Sauce (390g)                                £1.30
1x   ASDA Haricot Beans in Water (400g)                                      50p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                                 £4.44
1x   ASDA Free Range Large Eggs (12)                                        £1.85
3x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                    £1.35
1x   ASDA Butter - Unsalted (250g)                                               £1.45
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                     £3.69

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                              57p
1     ASDA Farm Stores Whole Chicken by Weight (1.2Kg)             £2.39

Fruit and Vegetables
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)              £3.00
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Royal Gala Apples                          £4.56
3     ASDA Grower's Selection Leeks by Weight (315g)                  £1.65
1     ASDA Grower's Selection Butternut Squash (1.3Kg)                97.3p
3x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                            £1.65
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                            55p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic (3)                                        60p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions                                 55p
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                     £2.40
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Ginger (125g)                                 50p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Oranges Extra Juicy (2Kg)              £2.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Pears (1.2Kg)                                 £4.00
3x   ASDA Grower's Selection Plums (750g)                                  £3.00
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Swede                                            £1.00
22   ASDA Grower's Selection Loose Carrot by Weight (135g)        £1.70
5     ASDA Grower's Selection Parsnips by Weight (Approx 200g)  £1.15
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                                 59p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                             £1.25
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce                                          45p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Cherry Tomatoes (325g)                 75p
2x   ASDA Farm Stores Mixed Peppers (3)                                    £1.98

Snacks and Sweets
1x   ASDA Fruit Mix (200g)                                                           £1.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Tortilla Chips - Lightly Salted (180g)           41p

We purchased our groceries from Asda online via My Supermarket on 08/04/2018, had we shopped elsewhere our items would've cost:

£81.70 from Lidl
£82.61 from Sainsbury's
£83.69 from Morrisons
£96.55 from Waitrose
£112.45 from Tesco

My lovely blogging buddy Ciara from My Fussy Eater has created a fab Meal Planning Facebook Group so we can inspire each other. She also has a book coming out in April which you can pre-order here

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 comment:

  1. Those mini quiches look amazing! Thanks for linking up!


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