Posts Tagged ‘meal planning’

I am so glad that I join this little link party. I get so much inspiration & motivation from it, but I also get reassurance. Reassurance that I don’t need to cook big fancy meals every night; reassurance that I am feeding my family well with my (sometimes VERY) basic meal plans; reassurance that I am giving LOVE as well as nourishment, through the food that I prepare. Please, pop on over the The Organised Housewife, and join in 🙂

So, as I have mentioned before, I shop fortnightly on a Friday (tomorrow is shopping day) for meat, pantry items and 1 weeks worth of fruit and veg, based on a fortnightly plan of meals that I prepare before shopping day. I then go back as needed for bread and milk, and I go on the ‘off’ week to restock the fruit and veg.

This coming weeks plan is as follows.

Friday- Slow Cooker Farmhouse Chicken Casserole (my kids LOVE this, and always have seconds…sometimes thirds!), with steamed veggies and mashed potato

Saturday- Tuna Mornay (HUGE hit with the kids last time, they requested it again!)

Sunday- Sausages and vegetables

Monday- Chicken Massaman Curry and rice

Tuesday- Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs with homemade garlic bread

Wednesday- Crumbed chicken breast and vegetables

Thursday- Slow Cooker Devilled Sausages

Baking- Banana Cake, Good Ol’ Homemade Brownies (YUM!!! see my post about this recipe HERE), Butter Cake (Coles brand packet mix), Wholemeal Bread (Lauke Bread Mix)

Source: taste.com.au via Tanya on Pinterest

The Organised Housewife

Recently when I have been talking about meal planning and fortnightly shopping, I have had people ask how I do it. Well, it is simple really. Hubby gets paid every second Friday, so that is shopping day now. On Thursday, or Wednesday if I am super organised, I write down 14 meals I would like to make for dinner over the fortnight, starting on a Friday. I try to incorporate ingredients that may be left in the fridge, freezer or pantry, such as meat, pasta, rice, vegetables, or sauces and curry pastes. You can see the first week of my current meal plan (starting tonight) in my post HERE.

Once I know what I have on hand, I start my shopping list. Anything needed for the meals I have planned, goes on the list, and I write down the quantities I will need so I don’t over buy. I include everything in my list: meat; fruit and vegetables for the planned meals, lunch boxes, and snacks (for one week only); crisp bread for school lunches; ingredients for baking; condiments and spreads we are out of, or will run out of during the fortnight; milk, bread and eggs; and any toiletries we need. I buy all of this on pay day, and this is my ‘big’ shop for the fortnight. I go again on the alternate week to stock up on fresh fruit and veg for the 2nd weeks meals and lunches, and I buy fresh bread and milk in between as needed.

I have found that this method has so far been saving me up to $30 per week on what I used to spend! Today I spent $261.30, and this is what I got:

~ Pantry items, bread, and dairy for the fortnight (bread and milk replenished as needed throughout the fortnight)

~ Fruit and veg for 1 week

~Meat for 10 meals. here we have 10 chicken drumsticks; 1kg chicken breast; 10 sausages; 2kg premium mince; 2kg chuck steak for casseroles

and all packaged into meal portions for freezing

There are also 5x 2L bottles of  Pepsi Max; 4x 1.25L bottle of lemonade; and a tub of margarine that I forgot to take pics of lol

It really is simple, but takes some planning and organisation, something I am still getting my head around! I also make the plan flexible so we can switch days if something comes up, and I make sure I have a meal either in the slow cooker, or pre-cooked for reheating on busy days.

The Organised Housewife

So, tomorrow is fortnightly grocery shopping day, which means meal planning and shopping lists. Not only am I on a mission to get organised for family meals and lunchbox treats, but I am now also on a mission to do it on a budget. I want to save some serious $$ on our grocery bill. I have found meal planning has helped shave a bit off the cost, but I need to take it 1 step further. Where to start though? Well, I decided to trade out some of the more ‘expensive’ meals, for cheaper alternatives. So, gone from the menu are lamb casserole, and fancy dishes, and added in their place are some old favourites.

This fortnight I have:

1. added 2 meals based around tinned tuna

2. made the most of bulk buying cheap. premium mince, and incorporated 4 mince dishes.

3. replaced steak and veg, with beef casseroles using cheap cuts of meat

4. subbed out 1 chicken thigh/breast based meal, with cheaper chicken drumsticks

5. switched to a basic pasta bake, rather than the usual chicken/spinach/ricotta canneloni that can sometimes add up when it comes to $$

6. searched the fridge/pantry to see what curry pastes and condiments I had left

With that in mind, here are the first weeks dinners 🙂

Image Credit: Julie Goodwin

Friday- Home made beef rissoles and vegetables, served with gravy

Saturday- Tuna Mornay

Sunday- chicken burritos

Monday- Slow cooker beef casserole

Tuesday- Cottage Pie

Wednesday- Tandoori chicken, rice, and steamed greens

Thursday- chicken and cheese pasta bake

Baking:

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins

Carrot and Pineapple Muffins

Choc Chip cookie dough (for freezer)

Cheese and vegemite scrolls

The Organised Housewife

I have decided from now on I will do a big fortnightly grocery shop, and then one small one in between fro fresh fruit and veg, and anything we may run out of, and actually need, such as milk and bread. As part of this new routine, I am also doing a fortnightly meal plan for dinners.

We are currently halfway through our fortnight.

Week 1:

Friday- Crumbed chicken breast, steamed veg, and potato bake

Saturday- lasagne, salad and garlic bread

Sunday- Lemon Chicken Stir Fry

Monday- Chicken Burritos

Tuesday- Kayla’s Birthday: Party Pies, sausage rolls, ricotta and spicach puffs, chicken nuggets, ice cream cake

Wednesday- Sausages and veg

Thursday- Hoisin Pork lettuce cups, Masaman Lamb curry and rice

Week 2:

Friday- (possible away)

Saturday- (possible away)

Sunday- left over lasagne, toasties

Monday- Slow cooker Beef Strog

Tuesday- Pork stir fry

Wednesday- Thai Red Chicken Curry (a regular as the kids LOVE it)

Thursday- Chicken, pumpkin, spicach and ricotta canneloni

Baking: Vegemite and cheese scrolls, pizza rolls, cheese and bacon rolls, cookies

The Organised Housewife