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Sunday, 29 July 2018

It's the second week of the school summer holidays and we're just going to potter around home with the occasional trip into town to the library or out to a museum workshop as this week won't be too hot.  After temperatures of over 30C most days last week, it's a blessed relief to have slightly cooler weather this week.

I had a chat with our three older children and asked them if they would like to cook more in the holidays as they all love spending time in the kitchen.  Our two middle daughters will be making some of the lunches and a few dinners.  Much to my delight they'll also be doing the dishes.  They've chosen all the dinners that we're having this week, and most of the lunches too.

Our garden is still providing salad greens, fresh herbs, raspberries and strawberries.  I'm so glad that we finally had significant rainfall over the weekend, no need to water the garden for a couple of days. 

Meal Plan

Breakfasts will be cereal with milk and fruit, or toast and spread with fruit for afters.  Weekend breakfasts will probably be homemade toasted teacakes and pancakes.

Lunches will be falafel wraps, frittatas, pasta salad, wholemeal savoury swirls, and homemade pizzas and twice baked potatoes.  We're off out for lunch on Saturday, a rare treat.  We'll be having quick, easy, and filling midday meals accompanied by crudites most of which are portable so we can have lunch out and about if we need to.  Snacks will be fruit, popcorn, yoghurt, and homemade vegetable crisps.


Tomato, Basil and Lentil Pasta

Potato and Chickpea Curry

Orange Chicken with Fried Rice

Herbed Courgette (Summer Squash) Pasta Bake

Chicken Kwasukwasu

Spinach and Cheese Strata

Super Power Chilli

Shopping List

48 items: £69.97

Packets and Cereals
2x   ASDA Smartprice Wheat Bisks (24x18g)                                £1.48
1x   ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)                                    69p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)                                45p
2x   ASDA Wholewheat Penne (500g)                                            90p
1x   ASDA Good and Balanced Green Lentils (500g)                      £1.15
1x   ASDA Quinoa (300g)                                                              £1.19
1x   ASDA Corn Flakes (790g)                                                      £1.34
1x   Tropical Sun Popcorn (500g)                                                  79p

3x   ASDA Smartprice Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)                              £2.46
1x   ASDA Scratch Cook Whole Leaf Spinach (1.3Kg)                    £1.50
1x   ASDA Cook from Frozen Chicken Breast Fillets (600g)            £2.50
1x   ASDA Chicken Thighs (1.1Kg)                                               £2.50

Tins, Jars and Cooking
3x   ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g) 87p
1x   ASDA Smartprice New Potatoes in Water (550g)                     35p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Red Kidney Beans in Water (400g)              30p
3x   ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)                          £1.05
1x   Amoy Soy Sauce Dark (250ml)                                               £1.50
3x   ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)                                          99p
1x   ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)                   37p

Dairy and Eggs
3x   ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)                                 £4.44
1x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)                    45p
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mozzarella (125g)                                       47p
1x   ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)                            £2.00
1x   ASDA Smartprice Mature White Cheddar (830g)                     £3.69
1x   ASDA Smartprice Hard Cheese Wedge (170g)                        £1.60
5x   ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Fruit Yogurts (6x125g)                   £2.50

1x   ASDA Pure Orange Juice from Concentrate (1L)                     69p

Fruit and Vegetables
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Salad Tomatoes (750g)                   £2.30
25   ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas                                         £3.00
27   ASDA Grower's Selection Royal Gala Apples                          £4.56
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)                                 £1.00
4x   ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber                            £2.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Celery                                            52p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic Loose                                   20p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Courgettes (3)                                95p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions                                 50p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Large Mango                                  £1.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)                     £1.00
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Giant Watermelon                           £2.50
2x   ASDA Grower's Selection Apricots (320g)                               £1.58
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Ginger (125g)                                 50p
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Pears (1.2Kg)                                 £2.00
2x   ASDA Chosen by Kids Easy Peasy Peelers (500g)                 £2.30
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)                                 55p
1x   ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)                             £1.15
1x   ASDA Grower's Selection Ripen at Home Avacodos (4)           £1.50
3x   ASDA Farm Stores Peaches (4)                                             £2.07

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x   ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)                              57p
Prices and special offers reflect those of the online grocery website My Supermarket, and are correct as of 28th July 2018.  Prices may vary in different in-store locations.

We purchased our groceries online via Asda using My Supermarket and our items cost £69.97, had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£80.44 from Sainsbury's
£80.79 from Tesco
£86.11 from Morrisons
£96.82 from Ocado
£105.87 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. She also has a book out which you can 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. Orange chicken sounds delicious!

    Hope you have a great week - I'm glad there is some cooler weather!

    Thanks for linking up x

  2. My girls love to cook their lunches during the summer holidays....They had scrambled eggs on toast today. They think it's great fun.
    Everything you have planned this week sounds good especially the Orange Chicken with Fried Rice x


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