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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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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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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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

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Quick Refried Baked Beans

We love Mexican food in our house! Most dishes are quick and easy to prepare with so many different options. These refried beans are great as a side dish, dip with chips, in a burrito or my personal favourite, chimichangas.

They are typically made with pinto beans but I have used a can of baked beans as they are cheap and something that is always in my kitchen cupboard.

Cost 45p

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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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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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Meal Plan Week 7

The last few weeks we have actually been doing okay for money, we were even able to put some aside for spending money our honeymoon next month. Things are finally looking good…nope!! The car breaks down! We now have to order our food online or go to the very overpriced local shop.

So here is my meal plan using both of those shops!

Monday: Homemade Pizza
Tuesday: Courgette frittata

Wednesday: Cornish Potato Cakes and salad

Thursday: Cheese and Bacon ‘Cornish’ Pasty

Friday: Slow Cooker Pulled Pork wraps

Saturday:  Chicken and Chickpea Stew with Simple Vegetarian Dumplings 

Sunday: BBQ Pulled Pork rolls

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