Meal Plan Week 12

Wow, what a busy month! Christmas is finally over and we are finally getting back to normal. Meal plans seem to have completely been forgotten over the last couple weeks. I have had the flu so the family have survived on easy to cook meals and Christmas leftovers. This year I have decided to put more work into my blog. I’m going to update old recipes and get rid of some of the embarrassing photos! I have lots of new recipe ideas too so keep your eyes peeled.

All meals are under £1 a serving.

Monday – Miso chicken noodles: We have had some miso paste in the cupboard for a while now and I really need to start using it so it doesn’t go to waste. I’m going to use it in this dish with leftover chicken from our Sunday roast.

Tuesday – Tacos: They are very popular in our house! I use mince mixed with taco seasoning and with my homemade salsa.

Wednesday – Peri peri chicken baguettes: These are for our grown up meal this week so the children with have jacket potatoes which I’m sure they will be very thankful for!

Thursday Homemade Pizza: Yes, another pizza! I’ve accepted that we have pizza every week. I don’t mind too much now as the kids love making it and they always eat it.

Friday – Spaghetti carbonara: This is a new recipe I have been trying out. No one in the family likes the creamy version so hopefully they like this one.

Saturday – Sweet and sour chicken: Another new recipe hopefully. The sauce is really cheap and easy to make so I would like to have this more often.

Sunday – Fish pie: This is made using tinned fish and frozen vegetables with cheesy mash on top. It is the cheapest fish pie I make and it tastes amazing!




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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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!)


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.


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.)


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?


Shortbread Thumbprints Biscuits 

Butter is one of my favorite cooking staples. I use it in all types of meals but especially in baking. Recently I was kindly sent some butter from Wykes Farm, so I thought we would make our favourite buttery treat. They are simple to make, use little ingredients and are fun for little ones to make.

Makes 12

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Homemade Chicken Nuggets

There are so many reasons I love homemade chicken nuggets!

  1. They use up any leftover chicken from our roast dinner.
  2. You know exactly what goes into them.
  3. The kids love getting messy whilst they help make them.
  4. The kids actually eat them all!

I use the cooked leg meat and any leftovers from our roast chicken but you can which ever part of the chicken you prefer.

Makes 12-16

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Meal Plan Week 7

This week is Easter holidays so my daughter is at home so hopefully I will have a little more time to make meals (fingers crossed!!). I have tried to make this weeks meal as cheap as possible as we are trying my 1 year old son on a milk free diet, he has an allergy to something unknown. Milk substitutes are a little more expensive than normal cows milk so if anyone had any advice or experience with milk allergy then please let me know! 


Hunters Chicken and homemade chips. 


Courgette fritters and salad


Homemade chicken nuggets 


Potato curry, rice and onion bhajjis 


Chicken and leftover rice soup


Pad Thai with homemade sweet chilli sauce 


Bacon, egg and potato salad

Monster Lunch Box

For this lunch I have used eye food picks and small kebab stick for the caterpillar/snake. The chocolate stars are actually cupcake sprinkles! It look under 10 minutes to prepare.

  • Monster ham and cheese bagel.
  • Strawberry yogurt with chocolate stars.
  • Green grape caterpillar/snake (she couldn’t decide on what to call it!).
  • Blueberries.
  • Mini cheese biscuits.

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Simple Cheese Straws

This is a great recipe to make with kids, plus my two love eating them as a snack! You can add extras such as herbs, sesame seeds or even different types of cheese. With the leftover dough I used a small cutter to make biscuits.

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