I’ve been meaning to join in with Meal Planning Monday again for a while, and I’m just about going to manage before Monday is over. I haven’t had to do any planning for today anyway, as we had lunch (Spaghetti with Quorn Bolognese) at Granny’s house, and then chicken soup for supper, made (by Daddy) from the leftovers of last night’s roast dinner. So I have got off rather lightly. This is the plan for the rest of the week.
Breakfasts will be mainly cereal, yoghurt, fruit and toast, but we will have porridge at least once, and probably eggs once as well.
Lunches will be soup, bread, cheese and olives. The chicken soup will last a couple more days I think. I am hoping to go foraging for more sweet chestnuts soon, and if we are successful I would like to make chestnut soup. We will probably make pumpkin soup on Thursday too, as I expect we will be carving at least one! That should be enough, but my backup plan is to make some tomato soup if all else fails.
Suppers – I am going to try this method of making a pack of mince stretch over three days (I’m not sure it will do six meals in our family, but if there’s any left I will freeze it.) It’s unusual for us to have meat three days in a row, but after all it is only a small amount of mince. Anyway, on Friday we will default to our more usual type of vegetarian meal.
Tuesday – cottage pie
Wednesday – chilli con carne with rice
Thursday – Spaghetti Bolognese
Friday – vegetable stew (with beans or lentils, depending how the mood takes me)
Saturday – we will be at the Matilda Mae Welly Walk in Reading, so I think we will end up eating out.
Sunday – this will be our bonfire night in our garden, and we will have sausage casserole with baked potatoes – we might even cook the potatoes on the bonfire if we are organised enough!
Puddings will be variations on a theme of stewed apple, with either yoghurt or custard; we will probably have rice pudding and/ or semolina too, and we have a rather ripe pineapple that needs eating up. We might make treacle toffee, and possibly toffee apples for Sunday.
Snacks will be fruit, biscuits and flapjacks, and anything else the children feel like baking – we have more time for that this week as it is half term.
It’s a nice cheap week, as we already had the mince and sausages in the freezer (bought on special offer by Daddy, I assume – he does this from time to time, otherwise he finds himself eating only vegetarian food – he’s not fussy, but he likes a bit of meat now and again, whereas I could live without it!) It’s much easier to make a plan like this, and save money, when we are not too busy (though I doubt we will stick to it completely.) The real test will be trying to do the same thing next week, when the term-time activities start again.