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?

Mushroom and Pearl Barley Risotto

Risotto is such a comforting and warming meal but using arborio rice is completely unnecessary as it is quite expensive. I use pearl barley because it is such a cheap grain. In this recipe I used the dried mushrooms I received with my mushroom growing kit from GroCycle.

I have made this before with fresh mushrooms which also tastes just as delicious. This is a great recipe to make in your slow cooker.

Serves 4        Costs 27p per serving


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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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Hash Browns

You may be wondering why I’m doing such a simple recipe! Well not only were hash browns one of the first things I attempted to cook for my husband when we first met (massive fail, I didn’t put the eggs in and tried to cook them in the oven!), but they are also cheap to make.

The mixture and hash browns can be frozen if you don’t need them all at once!

Costs 9p each

Makes 12

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Foolproof Apple Crumble

I have lost count of the number of apple crumble recipes I have tried that have been a complete disaster! This is my simple and cheap recipe that has been a hit with all the family. You can add different types of fruit if you wish, my favourite is frozen mixed berries.

The most important question is, do you have it with custard or ice cream?!

Serves 6-8

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Meal Plan Week 8

This weeks meal plan includes chicken so once again I brought a whole chicken to bring the price down. The breasts were used for hunters chicken, the leg meat for fajitas and the carcass for homemade chicken stock which was used in chorizo chowder.

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

Monday

Hunters Chicken

Tuesday

Chicken Fajitas with Quick Salsa

Wednesday

Chorizo Chowder

Thursday

Broccoli and Bacon Pasta Bake

Friday

Tuna melt in Flat Breads

Saturday

Chorizo and Paprika Potatoes 

Sunday

Sausages and mash

Store Cupboard Potato Curry

Your store cupboard contains some of the most important ingredients when it comes to cooking on a budget. You don’t have to have fresh or expensive ingredients to make a tasty home cooked meal and this potato curry proves it!

Tinned potatoes are a great thing to keep in your cupboard, not only are they cheap (12p), but you can either use them as the main element of a meal, like this curry or you could use them in a side dish such as potato salad or roasted.

My recipe for Homemade Naan Bread is a perfect side for this curry, all the ingredients can be found in your cupboard and fridge.

Serves 4       Costs 57p a serving

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Homemade Chicken Stock

Chicken is quite an expensive meat to have in meals, it is probably one of our second most consumed meats in our house (pork being the first). To keep the price down I buy a whole chicken and use the different cuts to make up to four different meals. This week we have had the chicken breasts for Hunters Chicken, the legs for homemade chicken nuggets, any leftover meat was used in a vegtable and rice soup. Often, the carass gets wasted but I turn it into stock which is one of the best tasting stocks I have ever tasted!

If you are unsure of how to seperate the chicken joints, you can find out here.

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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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Magic Wand Lunch Box

At the weekend I picked up a new lunch box at Poundland, it fits everything in perfectly! My daughter is obsessed with all things maic and fairies so that is the inspiration for today’s lunch.

I have used small wooden kebab sticks, small flower cookie cutter and eye picks. It took under 10 minutes to make.

  • Bread, ham and cheese magic wand
  • Green grapes
  • Strawberries
  • Tortillas

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