Meal Plan – 21st February

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I actually went to Asda today in person to buy our weekly shop. I usually get it delivered.

I prefer getting it delivered, it reminded me of how much easier it is! But I had left it so late this week to think about what we were going to have which subsequently meant I hadn’t done an online shop.

So this morning I quickly threw together a meal plan, its nothing too ambitious. My main goal this week was to make my shop as light as I could as I don’t drive and it would all need to hang on Sofia’s pushchair.

Me and Sofia made the trek up to do the shop, more work on my part as she was in the chair. It was actually really nice to get out of the house. We also stopped for a hot chocolate while we were there. Im definitely getting better at pushing myself to do the every day little things when it comes to my anxiety.

So here is this weeks plan;

Tuesday
I had a huge lunch out with my mum, brother and niece so wasn’t hungry for tea, I ended up just nibbling on fruit. Chris had a Chicken Club Sandwich

Wednesday
Chicken salad

Thursday
Mango Laska Chicken Curry – This is a pot of sauce I had in the cupboard that needs using, never tried it before, hopefully it will be nice.

Friday
Meatballs in a tomato sauce with spaghetti

Saturday
Tumeric Chicken – This is basically a one pot rice dish thats spiced with tumeric and garlic, I add a load of orange/yellow veg with it, sweetcorn, carrots and a yellow pepper.

Sunday
Roast Dinner

Monday
Lasagna

Danielle xx

The photo up top was taken while me and Sofia were out for lunch at The Calverley Arms on Tuesday. They do really nice pub food.

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Meal Plan -14th February

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We were really bad last week! We didn’t manage to stick to our meal plan for all the week. Oh well!

We ended up having a takeaway on Thursday, from East which is an Indian restaurant near us. I really enjoyed that, they do the best chicken korma I’ve ever tasted there, defiantly not healthy though!

Then I think another night we had some chicken Kievs that we had in the freezer with some slimming world friendly potato wedges and vegetables.

Basically I was just really bad at remembering to get things out of the freezer to defrost.

I find its not too hard to eat healthy meals when you have planned ahead but when its just a last minute thing its a lot more difficult.

Anyways, back to this week. I meant to do our weekly shop on Sunday evening as usual but as we were over at my brothers it didn’t happen and then I wasn’t able to book a delivery slot until Wednesday (today).

You’ll find that its a reoccurring theme with me that I mean to do something only to manage to get it done days later. Ive not always been this disorganised I promise!

But this is what we are having this week, we had the pork last night and I would really recommend it, it was so nice. The picture up top is of the pork meal we had last night (Tuesday).

Tuesday
Herb crusted pork with apple mash

Wednesday
Chicken Salad

Thursday
Herbed chicken skewers – page 148 of the “extra easy entertaining” slimming world book (I couldn’t find a link to the recipe)

Friday
Lasagna – not a healthy one but I love lasagna and you have to have balance!

Saturday
Sweet and spicy chickpea rice – page 194 of the “extra easy express” slimming world book (I couldn’t find a link to the recipe)

Sunday
Roast dinner

Monday
Sweet and sour chicken

Sorry a lot of the recipes I use I don’t have links. When I meal plan I sit and look though the recipe books I have to hand, I find it easier than searching the internet each time.

Danielle xx

Meal Plan – 7th February

 

We have been filling the freezer with too many extra meals recently and we are at capacity!

I find it difficult to just cook for 2 people so I often make double the amount and freeze it then I can cram everything with loads of veg and we use less meat. Its kind of a win win for money and our health.

It also helps on days where neither myself or Chris want to face cooking we still have something that was home made and were not resorting to either a takeaway or bad convenience freezer food.

I had a bad weekend mood wise so I thought that just in case this week gets on top of me again, cooking is one thing I don’t have to worry about so we will be using a few things I’ve made previously and put in the freezer.

Its meant our weekly shop from ASDA is pretty small and not overly healthy looking! Still plenty of fruit though as we are all using it as snacks at the moment.

So this is what we are having this week, its really not overly exciting!

Tuesday
Pasta carbonara with bacon – we have a pot of carbonara sauce which needs using and this is a very easy meal for me to make.

Wednesday
Chicken salad

Thursday
Macaroni cheese (frozen)

Friday
Chicken and chorizo paella (frozen)

Saturday
Turkey stew with new potatoes (frozen)

Sunday
Vegetable Singapore noodles (frozen)

Monday
Spaghetti bolognese (frozen)

Danielle xx

Meal Plan – 31st January

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I was bit bad this week and have only just this morning (Tuesday) ordered my weekly shop to arrive on Wednesday morning. Thankfully with me in all day I can generally make this work fine but I hate being so unorganised.

I started my meal plan Monday night while I was cooking dinner for me and my husband which was late to be doing it in itself but half way through I was doing a bit of tidying up around the house and I found one of the family cats had died. It was very expected, she was super old and not well at all but after that I wasn’t really in the mood for sorting things out.

The picture up top is of the butter chicken curry I made last week, not the prettiest of meals but I think its a really yummy curry. As you can see I love to add a load of cauliflower to curries, I’m sure its nothing like a traditional butter chicken curry its just my version that we like. Also I know the portion looks tiny, it is, I’m a little and often type of person when it comes to food.

So this is our plan for the week.

Tuesday
Butter Chicken Curry – This is leftover from Friday which I froze.

Wednesday
Prawn Salad

Thursday
Vegetable Singapore Noodles – page 181 of the “all in one” slimming world book (I couldn’t find a link for this one)

Friday
Chicken and chorizo paella – Jamie Oliver recipe without the prawns

Saturday
Cheats leek macaroni cheese – Slimming world recipe

Sunday
Roast – I will attempt this again, hopefully I’ll feel better about it this time round, I’m going to make it how I’ve always made it though so it will not be healthy!

Monday
Beef stew – This was a leftover that was put into the freezer

Whenever I make a meal that I can make enough for another meal and freeze I do, I find this reduces our food bill and also makes sure I’m not spending every evening cooking a big meal but we still have something thats homemade and packed full of veg.

Each week we make sure we try one or two dishes we haven’t made before, use something from the freezer from a previous week and also something that I have made many times before and don’t have to think about how to make it as I go on auto pilot. This seems to work well for us so that we don’t get stuck in a rut but also I’m not spending my life trying to decipher recipes. I don’t know about anyone else but when I cook from a recipe it seems to take me forever to get it made.

At the moment Sofia doesn’t eat tea with us as we had to bring her bedtime forward a while ago so the meal plans I post on here are just for me and my husband. On Sundays we make dinner early though so we do all eat together.

I miss eating together every night, firstly its easier just sorting out one meal but also because my family was always an eat at the table together each night type of family and its something I want to carry on with my children. Unfortunately with children you are always having to adapt routines, there will come a time again when Sofia will eat with us again every night just not yet, with her being so young and not having naps during the day she needs an early bed time.

Danielle xx

Meal Plan – 24th January

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I was actually good this week and did our weekly shop from Tesco on Sunday night like I mean to every week and never manage it. Making a meal plan really helps with this.

I also really do find I spend less when I’ve made a meal plan, its easier to stick to what you need when you know what your going to be making. Our shop isn’t being super cheap at the moment though as we are buying so much fruit and veg, but thats much better than spending a load on food thats bad for us.

I find with having lots of nice fruit in I’m snacking on the bad stuff less. Id much rather a handful of grapes than a bag of crisps. I think I was eating a lot of junk as snacks just because it was there and it was convenient but to be honest most fruit doesn’t take much prep work so I find I’m choosing that.

Our grocery shop arrived today (Tuesday) so I’ve started this weeks meal plan on Tuesday evening. Theres no meat in the picture up top as I generally don’t buy it on weekly shops unless we need something for a meal that we don’t already have in, I buy lots of meat at a time and freeze it so I can portion it and not waste any.

Tuesday
Chicken enchiladas – not exactly a healthy meal but we have a jar of sauce that needs using

Wednesday
Chicken Salad

Thursday
Cheesy mushroom pasta – page 77 of the “all in one” slimming world book

Friday
Butter chicken curry – again, not exactly too healthy but we have half a jar of curry paste that needs using

Saturday
Turkey, apple and cider casserole – cooked in the slow cooker

Sunday
Roast dinner

Monday
Spaghetti Bolognese

We are trying to make our evening meals as healthy/slimming world compliant as possible but we have lots of food in the cupboard which needs using so we won’t be wasting that, we will just try spread it out over time so theres not too much impact.

Danielle xx

Meal plan – January 16th

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In an effort to keep to my meal plans and be able to look back over past food ideas I thought it would be beneficial to me to post them, so here is this weeks meal plan.

I did my weekly online shop with ASDA this week on Monday evening to arrive on Tuesday. I am really bad for leaving it late but this is something I’m trying to work on. I just want to get the super organised Danielle back again this year, I kinda lost her last year when I became pregnant as I was just trying to get by day by day when I wasn’t feeling well.

I don’t meal plan for lunches as thats just a step too far for me, I need to have plenty of flexibility during the day.

So here is the plan for this week – Ive done till Monday next week as I usually try to book the groceries to arrive on Tuesdays.

Monday
Leftover curry with wholemeal rice and naan bread – This is from a butter chicken curry I made in the past and put in the freezer.

Tuesday
Sweet and sour chicken with rice – Page 57 of the “50 free original recipes” Slimming world book – I will add a load of veg to this

Wednesday
Salad – We usually have a salad every Wednesday evening with my parents which my mum makes

Thursday
Slow cooker beef stew with potatoes and lots of veg cooked in it

Friday
Stuffed lemony chicken with potato wedges – Page 30 of the “extra easy all in one” Slimming world book – Im going to use light Philadelphia instead of quark to stuff the chicken with and we will probably have some broccoli with this

Saturday
We are going to be going to see my grandad and have lunch out so I’m not sure what time we will be home or how hungry we will be so ill figure it out on the day

Sunday
Roast dinner – We usually have a roast dinner with my parents and my brother and his family come for dinner most weeks

Monday
Steak with a kind of peppercorn sauce and sautéed potatoes – Page 18 of the “Extra easy express” Slimming world book – we will probably have this with some broccoli

Danielle xx

The picture up top was last nights meal, Tuesday nights sweet and sour chicken. It was really nice, I wasn’t expecting it to be as nice as it was as to be honest I wasn’t overly convinced the slimming world versions of things could live up to their unhealthy counterparts but I would happily have this over a Chinese takeaway any time!