Posts Tagged ‘Meal’

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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

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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

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