I have been reviewing our meal planning this weekend – in fact not just reviewing but resurrecting! Whilst I was focussing on our finances last month I put very little thought into our meals and this can end up quite wasteful.
I have decided that I must make an effort to use more of my recipe collection and get rid of the ones that we either do not like or have been a complete disaster so I have been compiling a small folder of recipes that are both firm favourites and a few new ones to try.
Generally my menu plan has to work around
- my working days – Monday to Thursday,
- my shopping day – probably now a Tuesday
- any leftovers in the fridge
- stock items in my fridge and cupboards
I am also looking to take more packed lunches to work, my favourite being soup or salad rather than sandwiches. I am aiming for 2 packed lunches out of the four days.
So firstly a review of my fridge and cupboards as it is a while since I did a stock take. Some food items seem to come and go quickly and others linger forever in the back of the cupboard waiting for what I am not sure! Perhaps it is waiting for the right recipe, the right season, a specific other ingredient or just for me to notice it!
I do like to keep a bit of an emergency stock in my cupboards during these wintery days when snow can render me almost housebound overnight so it is not wise to play Old Mother Hubbard and run the food supply down too far – I will save that for the better weather.
After a good rummage in the cupboards I find I have a stock of…
- Beans and lentils
- Halloumi cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- 8 eggs
- Sweet Potatoes
- White Potatoes
- Spring onions
- Green Beans
- Red peppers
- Frozen chips
- Frozen peas
- Frozen Broad beans
- Cherry and Apricot Compote
- Patak Korma paste
- risotto rice
- half pot of soured cream
- bits of salad items
So it doesn’t look like I will have much shopping to do this week other than the basics!
As I have a number of eggs to use up I will make a Farmhouse Fruitcake this will also use up the remains of the dried fruit from Christmas I had about 10 oz in varying proportions and I added dried Apricots rather than candied peel.
I can also make some little ramekin Crumbles with the jar of Bon Maman Cherry Compote so we can top them with the end of the sour cream. The remaining crumbles can be frozen for another day.
Monday – Red Pepper and Courgette Frittata with salad
Frittata would be good today to use the rest of the eggs. I have a new recipe to try – Red Pepper and Courgette Frittata. I can use up the little gem lettuce and cucumber and cook a few frozen broad beans and salad potatoes and make potato salad. I will need to buy a few tomatoes.
Any leftover salad and potato salad I will take to work with some bread and butter and a little cheese.
Tuesday – Macaroni Cheese with Fusilli Pasta, tomato and breadcrumb topping, green beans
Shopping Day after work so a quick meal tonight and pasta is easy. There won’t be any leftovers for work though.
Wednesday – Curry and Rice
I can use up the carrots, courgettes, celery, onions and add a few potatoes. If I make double the amount we can have it another night with Taco shells.
Whilst cooking tea I will boil an egg for tomorrows lunch and make egg mayonnaise sandwiches with fresh watercress.
Thursday – Bought ravioli and sauce
I have a ‘Leaving do’ tonight and will be eating out so I will buy a pack of fresh ravioli pasta for hubby to cook with cheese sauce – he can make this in 5 minutes flat and add peas if he wants to make it more healthy!
Friday – Curry with Tacos shells
A nice easy leftover meal tonight so I could use the time I would normally take to cook tea to make soup for the weekend and work next week from all the leftovers.
Saturday – Griddled Halloumi, Courgette and Sweet Potato on a bed of Brown Lentils
Another new recipe to try – once opened I will need to look for another recipe to use the remainder of the Halloumi cheese next week.
Sunday – Baked Potatoes and Ratatouille
This is a fairly quick accompaniment in case we go out or get busy. The potatoes can be put in the oven on automatic. I can add a pack of Red Kidney Beans to the Ratatouille for extra protein.
Click here for table format in PDF Weekly Menu Plan
How are you doing with your menu planning do you find it helps keep the grocery spend down?