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Monday, 8 October 2018

I struggled to write our meal plan this week.  Inspiration didn't strike me, and when I asked my family, they weren't really bothered what we had as long as it was tasty.  I've had a mooch about on the internet and found some new recipes to try with my lot along with some of my own recipes.   

Breakfasts will probably be more Pumpkin Spiced Granola as that went down well with everyone and it's not quite cold enough for porridge just yet.  Weekend breakfasts will probably be pancakes one morning and crumpets the other.  I'll make a double batch of crumpets so I can stash some in the freezer for later.

Packed lunches will be falafel wraps or mini frittatas with crudites, a piece of fruit and a baked treat for after.  Weekend lunches will be homemade pizzas and we're going out for lunch on Sunday.


Meatfree Monday Red Lentil and Aubergine Moussaka served with steamed mixed vegetables and greens

Macaroni Cheese with mixed vegetables

Jollof Rice with Chicken served with steamed mixed vegetables and greens

Puy Lentil Bolognese with wholewheat spaghetti and steamed greens

Slow Cooker Beef Keema

2 large onions
8 cloves garlic
10cm/4 inches fresh ginger
4 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground tumeric
4 tsp ground cumin
4 green chillies
1kg beef mince
4 cardamom pods
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2 tsp ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
6 Tblsp tomato puree
400ml water
2 Tblsp garam masala

Puree the onion, garlic, ginger, spices and chilli in a food processor or hand blender.  Stir through the beef mince and put everything into the slow cooker.  Add the rest of the ingredients, except for the garam masala.  Stir well and cook on low for 6 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low.  About an hour before you want to serve the curry, remove the slow cooker lid and stir through the garam masala.  Replace the lid then cook for the final hour.  Serve with cooked rice and/or Naan bread, steamed vegetables and greens.  

Keema Naan with Speedy Vegetable Curry

Shopping List

49 items: £70.16

Packets and Cereals
1x      ASDA Wholewheat Spaghetti (500g)          45p
1x      ASDA Strong White Bread Flour (1.5Kg)          69p
1x      ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)          45p
1x      ASDA Wholewheat Penne (500g)          45p
1x      Oz-Yufka Flat Type Filo Pastry (500g)          £1.95
1x      ASDA Good and Balanced Green Lentils (500g)          £1.15
1x      ASDA Quinoa (300g)          £1.14
1x      ASDA Dried Red Lentils (500g)          £1.15
1x      ASDA Cranberries (100g)          £1.00
1x      ASDA Great to Bake Golden Syrup (750g)          £1.34
1x      ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)          89p
1x      ASDA Four Seed Mix (150g)          90p

3x      ASDA Frozen for Freshness Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)          £2.85

Tins, Jars and Cooking
3x      ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)          84p
1x      ASDA Smartprice Sweetcorn in Water (326g)          35p
4x      ASDA Chick Peas in Water (400g)          £1.32
1x      ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)          37p
2x      ASDA Smartprice Passata (500g)          70p
1x      ASDA Curry Paste - Balti (200g)          £1.19
1x      KTC Coconut Milk (400ml)          59p

Dairy and Eggs
2x      ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)          £2.96
5x      ASDA Smartprice Low Fat Natural Yogurt (500g)          £2.25
1x      ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)          £2.00
1x      ASDA Ricotta Cheese (250g)          80p
1x      ASDA Mature Cheddar Cheese - Light (750g)          £3.65

Fruit and Vegetables
3x      ASDA Grower's Selection British Spring Greens (500g)          £1.86
2x      ASDA Grower's Selection Salad Tomatoes (750g)          £2.30
24      ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)          £3.00
2x      ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)          £1.30
4x      ASDA Grower's Selection Whole Cucumber          £2.20
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Celery          52p
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Garlic (3)          50p
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Spring Onions          55p
1x      ASDA Carving Pumpkin          75p
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)          £1.00
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Satsumas (600g)          £1.00
2x      ASDA Grower's Selection Apples (1.2Kg)          £3.30
4x      ASDA Farm Stores Pears (500g)          £2.36
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Mixed Hot Chilli (60g)          45p
1x      ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)          65p
1x      ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)          £1.30
2x      ASDA Farm Stores Plums (400g)          £1.58
2x      ASDA Aubergine          £1.40
2x      ASDA Farm Stores Round Lettuce          80p
1x      ASDA Ginger (500g)          £1.50
1x      ASDA Grower's Selection Cooking Peppers (700g)          £1.45

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x      ASDA Farm Stores Cooking Bacon (500g)          57p
1x      ASDA Butcher's Selection Beef Mince - 12% Fat (1Kg)          £4.50

1x      ASDA Butcher's Selection Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillets (750g)          £3.89

We purchased our shopping online from Asda, via My Supermarket and the cost of our groceries was £70.16. Had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£78.00 from Tesco
£86.98 from Sainsburys
£97.49 from Waitrose
£98.08 from Ocado

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 has a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


  1. i get weeks like that and the family are never any help, but quick to tell me if i have chosen something they do not want xx

  2. I love a nice slow cooker beef keema! Thanks for linking up x


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