Nacho Cheese Sauce

In April we had our honeymoon in Disneyland Paris as a family and it was amazing! The food wasn’t great though and it was very expensive. Breakfast, lunch and a snack was included in the price but all the meals for dinner were out of our price range. We found somewhere that sold hotdogs which was great because we thought it would be something the kids would actually eat, they were pretty cheap compared to other meals and we could all eat them on the go. I had a chilli hotdog which was smothered in nacho cheese sauce… It was one of the most amazing things I had tasted!

When we returned home I made it my mission to recreate it myself. My version turned out just as tasty and you can have it with so many different ways. We have had it on hotdogs, poured over nachos and as a dip for nacho chips.

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Meal Plan Week 11

Here is our meal plan for this week.
I have tried to keep it simple since we have been really busy with school/nursery/work/snotty noses… We also took the plunge and removed the stair gate so whenever I go into the kitchen, my son goes straight up the stairs and digs through my make up bag!

All meals are under £1 a serving and are fussy toddler approved.

Monday: Macaroni Cheese – You can make it with any kind of pasta shape, a simple cheese sauce with two teaspoons of mustard and one teaspoon garlic granules, pour over the cooked pasta, top with breadcrumbs and cook in the oven for 20 minutes at 200C.

Tuesday: Toad in the hole

Wednesday: Tuna burgers – My daughter requested burgers this week. I managed to pick up some bread rolls from the reduced section in Tesco for 3P, perfect!

Thursday: Budget fishcakes – with homemade chips and salad.

Friday: Spaghetti and meatballs – I make these by taking the skin off of sausages, mash together with mixed herbs, roll into balls and cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

Saturday: Homemade Pizza – Yep, another pizza. One of these days I’m going to shock you all and go a week without pizza… I doubt it will be anytime soon though!

Sunday: Roast Dinner – I don’t often make a roast dinner because we like to spend our weekends outside exploring and cooking a roast is soooo time consuming! But I do like using the leftover chicken and vegetables for meals over the next few days.

What is on your meal plan this week?

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School Lunch Ideas – Cheese and Sweetcorn Muffins

It is no secret that I love making packed lunches for my kids, I think I must be in a minority! I’m able to make fun and healthy lunches by being organised and preparing a few things in advance. These cheese and sweetcorn muffins are great for their lunch boxes and can be frozen. I prepare the lunch before I go to bed so I’m not rushing around in the morning, the muffins defrost over night in the fridge so they will ready to eat by lunch time the next day.

Makes 10

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Cheap Days Out – A Rainy Adventure

My daughter has just started school, she has spent pretty much everyday with me for the last four years so it has been really tough for the both of us. There is a silver lining though, I finally get to spend some much needed alone time with my two year old son. It has been amazing bounding with him. We go on play dates with children his age rather than getting dragged along to his big sisters friends, we do arts and crafts, go to soft play, toddler groups and we go on many adventures.

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Leftover Rice Pancakes

Rice used to be my most wasted food, I don’t think I have every cooked the exacted amount so I always have some leftover. Some people can be a bit nervous about reusing cooked rice, this is what I do to prevent the spores from flourishing which can cause food poisoning:

  • Run cold water over the cooked rice until it has completely cooled.
  • Store in the fridge for a maximum of 1 day.
  • Do not leave warm, cooked rice out on the kitchen side. The spores will germinate at room temperature.

These pancakes only require two ingredients so they are really simple to make. I use them as wraps, in the kids packed lunch, a side for almost any meal. They are especially good with a fried breakfast!

Makes 4 small pancakes

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Meal Plan Week 10

We have gone a week without anything expensive to pay for wooo! Obviously we are still sticking to a tight budget since there are nursery bills to pay for and my son has had a growth spurt so he will be needing some more clothes. I have brought some already in charity shops and I plan to sell his old ones on eBay to get a few more. We are already starting to think about buying Christmas presents too (sorry for saying the C word!) so hopefully December and January will be a bit better financially.

Here are our meals for this week, they are all under £1 a serving and we have one grown up meal a week which isn’t suitable for the kids (they look forward to their weekly fish fingers, chips and beans!).

Monday:

Homemade Pizza: Yep my daughter picked pizza again just like every week! I don’t mind too much as they love making them and they are guaranteed to eat it.

Tuesday:

Tacos with homemade salsa: Taco Tuesday! I use pork mince with taco seasoning, onions, red pepper and my homemade salsa.

Wednesday:

Tuna flatbread melts: I used my two ingredient flat breads recipe with tuna, soft cheese and onion. It is a very cheap meal to make and everyone in my household loves them!

Thursday:

Chilli and rice: This is a simple chilli recipe, I purposely make a bit extra to have with tomorrows meal.

Friday:

Leftover chilli and nacho chips: Chilli from yesturday’s leftovers with chips cooked in taco seasoning. We also like to have a dollop of sour cream and guacamole.

Saturday:

Butter chicken curry with rice and homemade naan bread: Butter chicken curry is my favorite curry, mostly because it’s mild and I can be a wuss when it comes to spice! My husband prefers his with a little more heat so I add more chilli powder once I have taken out portions for me and the kids.

Sunday:

Piri piri chicken wraps: Our grown up meal for the week. Would you believe that I have only ever had one Nando’s in my lifetime?! It was amazing so I thought I would try and come up with my own version.

I love food inspiration so let me know what’s on your meal plan this week!

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GroCycle Mushroom Growing Kit Review

As well as involving my children with cooking food that we eat, I also try and show them where their food comes from. We grow herbs on the windowsill, pick blackberries from the hedgerows, grow vegetables in the garden and go strawberry pick. So I of course said yes when GroCycle invited us to review one of their mushroom growing kits.

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Back To School Lunches – Hartleys Jelly Review

My daughter has just started her first year of school (sob) and my son is in nursery. After the first two weeks of doing the school and nursery runs, I realise I’m not the perfect, organised mum that I thought I would be!

  • Have school uniform washed and ironed before bed – Fail! I’m up late at night ironing.
  • Get to school on time – Fail!  We were 10 minuteswq late on the first day.
  • Make mum friends in the playground – Fail! I’ve come to terms that I will forever be socially awkward.
  • Make everyone presentable in the morning – Fail/success! The kids look clean and well dressed. I however, look like one of The Twits… No wonder no one wants to be my friend…!
  • Lunches – Success! It’s no secret that I like making packed lunches but I thought I would struggle now they both have them.

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Meal Plan Week 9

August has been a very expensive month in the Budget Food Mummy household. We have had two birthdays with a joint birthday party, days out during the summer break and a school uniform to buy for my daughter who has just started Reception class. So we are really tightening our purse strings over September to get ourselves back on track.

My husband and I have started to have one ‘grown ups’ meal a week. It is normally something the kids wouldn’t like to eat. We cook it together when they have gone to bed.

All meals in this weeks meal plan our under £1 per serving.

Monday:

Fish pie and vegetables – This is a new fish pie recipe I am trying out, it is made with tinned fish and served with frozen vegetables.

Tuesday:

Crispy shredded chicken with egg fried rice – Our ‘grown up’ meal! It is one of our favorites from the takeaway so we thought we would recreate it at home.

Wednesday:

Leftover rice pancakes and taco chicken – The leftover rice and chicken from yesterday’s meal. The chicken will be cooked in taco seasoning and served in the rice pancakes with red pepper and onion.

Thursday:

Homemade sausage rolls with vegetables and spaghetti hoops – I let my daughter pick two meals each week that she thinks her and her brother will like. (The vegetables aren’t her choice though!)

Friday:

Mash potato and bacon soup – A new recipe again, I’m hoping it will use up the all the potatoes I have in the cupboard. It will be served with some homemade bread rolls.

Saturday:

Homemade hamburgers and chips – The burgers are made with sausages, breadcrumbs and a few herbs and spices. A family favorite in our house! (Another one of my daughter’s choices.)

Sunday:

Homemade Pizza – It is looking like a miserable weekend weather wise so we are going to spend some of the day making pizza. My daughter loves helping to make the dough and both kids like to chose their own toppings.

So, that is my meal plan for the week! What is on yours?

 

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