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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Our back to routine week last week didn't exactly go to plan.  Our 12yo was poorly all week, with what turned out to be flu, and I've got yet another cold.  Aside from more soups than planned, and some homemade Lemon, Honey and Ginger Drink we stuck to our Meal Plan fairly well.

Hopefully this week will be back to proper normal, and everyone will be well again.  We've a play date on Tuesday, as well as the usual evening/after school events so I've factored them all in to our Meal Plan for the week.

We're getting low on spices and stock cubes so I've added them to the list this week.  We've still got some plain and self raising flour in the cupboard so I'm not getting any this week.  I've added extra rice and some popping corn kernels so I can make rice pudding pots and popcorn for snacks.

Breakfasts will be cereal and hot milk or porridge, both with homemade fruit compote or sliced banana. Weekend breakfasts will be toast and pancakes.

Packed lunches will be 5 Ingredient Eggy Quinoa Cups twice, and Wholemeal Savoury Scone Swirls three times.  Packed lunches will include some Vegetable Crisps, a piece or two of fruit and a baked treat for afters.  Weekend Lunches will be soups from the freezer with homemade wholemeal bread rolls.  

Slow Cooker Bean Chilli

2 onions, peeled and finely diced
500g sweet potato, peeled and cut into roughly 2cm/¾in chunks
2 peppers, deseeded and finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 Tblsp sugar
200ml hot vegetable stock (made with 1 vegetable stock cube)
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 x 390g tins red kidney beans in chilli sauce
400g tin mixed beans, drained and rinsed
1 tsp mixed dried herbs

Put all the ingredients into a slow cooker. Stir well then cover with the lid and cook on high for 3–4 hours or low for 8–10 hours until the sauce has thickened and the sweet potato is tender.

Mixed Vegetable and Egg Fried Rice

Simple Chicken Casserole

2 Tblsp plain flour
1kg chicken thighs, bone in and skin on
2 Tblsp oil
2 onions, finely sliced
4 - 6 carrots, sliced into thick batons
2 tsp dried mixed herbs
500ml chicken stock

Preheat your oven to 160C/Gas Mark 3.  Season the flour with a little salt and pepper then coat the chicken thighs in the seasoned flour.  Heat the oil in a large, heavy based casserole dish over a high heat then brown the chicken thighs on all sides.  Add the vegetables, herbs, and enough stock to just cover everything.

Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and then put in the oven for one and a half to two hours until the chicken and vegetables are tender and soft.  We'll be serving ours with mashed potato and steamed greens.

Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Dumplings

500g sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks
2 onions, thinly sliced
4 carrots, cut into chunks
3 parsnips, cut into chunks
2 Tblsp plain flour
400g tin chopped tomatoes
2 Tblsp tomato paste
350ml hot vegetable stock (made with 1 stock cube)

200g self-raising flour
75g vegetarian suet (I used Trex)
125ml cold water

Put the prepared vegetables into the slow cooker. Sprinkle over the flour and stir to coat the vegetables. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste and stock. Stir well then cook on high for 4 hours.

Make the dumplings. Put the flour in a large mixing bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the suet and rub into the flour until combined. Stir in enough cold water to bring the mixture together as a soft, dough. Divide into 12 equally sized pieces and roll each into a ball.

Remove the lid from the slow-cooker then arrange the dumplings gently on top. Replace the lid and continue to cook on high for a further 25-30 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through. We’ll be serving ours with steamed greens.

Homemade Fish and Chips

Homemade Pizzas

Toad in the Hole

Shopping List

47 items: £66.04

Packets and Cereals
2x       ASDA Smartprice Wheat Bisks (24x18g)          £1.48
2x       ASDA Wholemeal Bread Flour (1.5Kg)          £1.38
1x       Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar (500g)          54p
2x       ASDA Smartprice Long Grain Rice (1Kg)          90p
1x       ASDA Quinoa (300g)          £1.14
1x       ASDA Great to Bake Golden Syrup (750g)          £1.34
1x       Tropical Sun Popcorn (500g)          79p
1x       ASDA Scottish Porridge Oats (1Kg)          89p

2x       ASDA Frozen for Freshness Mixed Vegetables (1Kg)          £1.90
1x       Ibco Pangasius Fillets (800g)          £3.50
1x       ASDA Frozen for Freshness Berry Medley (1Kg)          £2.75

Tins, Jars and Cooking
2x       ASDA Smartprice Chopped Tomatoes in Tomato Juice (400g)          56p
1x       Rajah Haldi Ground Turmeric (100g)          67p
1x       Rajah Paprika (100g)          67p
1x       Rajah Jeera Ground Cumin (100g)          67p
1x       ASDA Smartprice Strawberry Jam (454g)          28p
1x       ASDA Double Concentrated Tomato Puree (200g)          37p
1x       East End Ground Coriander (100g)          £1.15
1x       ASDA Stock Cubes - Chicken (12x10g)          43p
1x       ASDA Stock Cubes - Vegetable (12x10g)          39p
1x       TRS Cinnamon Powder (100g)          65p
1x       TRS Garam Masala (100g)          65p
1x       Rajah Ground Ginger (100g)          75p
2x       ASDA Chilli Beans in Chilli Sauce (390g)          £1.30
1x       ASDA Mexican Style Bean Mix in Water (400g)          65p

Dairy and Eggs
2x       ASDA Semi Skimmed Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)          £2.96
1x       ASDA British Whole Milk 6 Pints (3.41L)          £1.48
1x       ASDA Free Range Mixed Weight Eggs (15)          £2.00
1x       ASDA Butter - Unsalted (250g)          £1.49
1x       Trex Vegetable Fat (250g)          85p
1x       ASDA Mature Cheddar Cheese - Light (750g)          £3.65

Fruit and Vegetables
25      ASDA Grower's Selection Bananas by Weight (200g)          £3.00
2x       ASDA Grower's Selection Carrots (1Kg)          £1.30
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection Beetroot Bunched (500g)          £1.60
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection Sweet Potatoes (1Kg)          £1.00
5x       ASDA Farm Stores Pears (500g)          £2.95
6x       ASDA Farm Stores Apples (500g)          £3.54
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection British Parsnips (500g)          54p
1x       ASDA Farm Stores Brown Onions (1Kg)          75p
1x       ASDA Farm Stores White Potatoes (2.5Kg)          £1.25
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection Cooking Peppers (700g)          £1.45
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection Sweetclems (1.2Kg)          £1.80
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection Black Seedless Grapes (400g)          £1.00
1x       ASDA Grower's Selection Seedless Red Grapes (400g)          £1.00
1x       ASDA Farm Stores White Mushrooms (250g)          54p

Meat, Fish and Poultry
1x       ASDA Butcher's Selection Chicken Thighs (1.1Kg)          £2.09
2x       ASDA Extra Special Pork Sausages (6 per pack - 400g)          £4.00

We purchased our groceries online from Asda, via My Supermarket on 12/01/2019 and out items cost £66.04. Had we shopped elsewhere our shopping list would've cost:

£76.59 from Tesco
£80.50 from Sainsbury's
£101.16 from Ocado
£102.58 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 has a Meal Planning Linky full of fabulous Meal Planning posts with lots of tasty ideas.


  1. Everyone but me is having stew with dumplings this week. I'm tempted to have them too until I realised that isI have to go shopping for suet. But everything on your plan sounds great, warming and comforting.

    1. You can use butter instead of suet, works just as well :)

  2. Oh no! I hope you all feel better soon.
    All of your meals sound fab! x

    1. Thanks :) I think we're OK, hoping no more bugs come our way.

  3. The flu has been awful hasn't it. We had it just before/over Christmas and it took ages to shake off! Hope your household is well again soon!

    I love this weeks meal plan - especially the fish & chips and homemade pizzas. Yum! Thanks for linking up x

  4. hope everyone is feeling better, your bean chilli sounds great and this is a meal we want to be doing more of

  5. Hope your on the mend soon - this weeks meal plan sounds delious though, I love the fact that you use your slow cooker so much, i need to use mine a lot more!


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