Monday, 23 March 2015

Meal Planning Monday #1 {23 March}

I'm the type of person who LOVES food shopping! I could spend hours browsing the aisle's and filling our trolley with loads of yummy food. I am, in fact guilty of doing this on a regular basis. As we both work all week and I don't have the car when I am off on a Friday, we do our food shop on a Saturday and admittedly I spend way too much, which then results in a lot of wastage as we've not enough time to get through all the food before it goes off. This does tend to cause a few crossed words between me and Michael - more so because he hates food shopping and hates spending money at the supermarket. (!). 

Last week, I decided enough was enough and I needed to take control. We have had an expensive month with Michael's 30th birthday and Mother's Day, so we really had to watch the pennies. Rather than doing our normal food shop at the weekend, I decided I would go through the fridge, freezer and cupboards and plan what we are eating this week. I was actually surprised to find we had more than enough food in for another week of meals and probably more, which made me think that if I did this every week, we wouldn't need to do a food shop every Saturday, which is our only family day as I work on Sunday's and we would save money as we are throwing less away. I am also trying to adapt our meals to be slimming world friendly as I really need to shift some pounds. I've even planned my lunches which are below our evening meal plan. On Monday and Thursday I will have lunch at work, Tuesday and Wednesday's I only work in the morning, so lunch is at home with Alfie and I don't work Friday's so I've tried to adapt my meals depending on where I'll be.

So this is what is on the menu for the week:

Monday: Slimming World Spaghetti Bolognese with side salad

Tuesday: Diet Coke chicken with slimming world chips and veg

Wednesday: Slimming world spaghetti carbonara with chicken and bacon and side salad

Thursday: Slimming world cottage pie with veg

Friday: Chilli for Michael and slimming world smash pizza for me


Monday: ham and spinach 50/50 barmcakes with hummus instead of butter

Tuesday: Leek and Potato soup

Wednesday: Poached eggs, beans, bacon 

Thursday: Ham and Egg salad

Friday: Pasta and sauce with a side of salad

What's on your menu this week? 

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  1. It is absolutely amazing how much money you can save if you meal plan. Have a very delicious and nutritious week (good luck at SW!)

  2. I'm the same with food shopping, I'm always picking unnecessary things off the shelves...hope your new-found meal planning-ness pays off :) have a great week xx

  3. Hi Seren and Alice, I'm so sorry I missed these comments. I'm very new to blogging and don't think to check if anyone has actually read my posts never mind commented! Oops! Thank you both for your comments :) I'm definitely loving meal planning, not only is it saving some money, but I've noticed that I'm actually not wasting half as much food. Hope you're both having a great week xx