Re-visiting Meal Planning W/C 12 May

Prior to Emma’s arrival, I was meal planning for the week. Partly to save money and not buy things we didn’t need or eat, but also to try and push myself to try out different recipes.

 

Life with a newborn isn’t really conducive to planning, and sticking to meal plans, so its fallen by the wayside a little in the past 10 weeks or so. However, now that Emma has a routine, of sorts then I can plan a little more. I’m getting a bit fed up of relying on those meals I can cook without referencing a book.

 

So. replying mostly on my Busy Mums cookbooks and Nosh for Busy Mums, I have planned the following:

 

photo(3)Monday – Spaghetti with Courgette & Chilli

Tuesday – Sausage Stew

Wednesday – Beef & Mushroom Pie

Thursday – Take out

Friday – Fish Pie

 

 

Monday is a quick meal as I have a hospital appointment at 3pm, and the clinic always run really late, so I wanted to do something I could throw together really easily. Thursday is my husband’s birthday, so I will do Daniel something quick and easy and Damian and I will have a takeaway.

 

I really like the two cook books I am using this week. Both have loads of great recipes in that I have used a couple of times, and they are all pretty easy and quick to make. Do you have any favourite books you use when planning and preparing meals?

 

 

(Belated!) Meal Planning Week 8 – 17 February

Yet again, I am late posting up my meal plan for this week. I do have the excuse though of being 39 weeks pregnant! Anyhow, last weeks plan was as follows:

  • Monday – eating out at my parents
  • Tuesday – wait and see… we are having lunch out so will see how hungry we are in the evening
  • Wednesday – Vege and meat cottage pies from freezer with veg
  • Thursday – Jacket potatos with cheese, beans and coleslaw
  • Friday – Fish and chips

Monday we did eat at my parents which was lovely. Tuesday I think I dug something out of the freezer as we had a family day out and had lunch too. Wednesday was a BIG disaster, well for me. I took out what I thought was a lentil cottage pie but it was in fact fish pie. As I don’t eat fish my hubby ended up with that, Daniel had half the meat cottage pie and I think I ended up doing cheese and biscuits later on for me! A lesson there in labelling up food I put in the freezer!! Thursday we had jacket potato which was nice, always a favourite for me and a good one to do when my husband is working late, as he was on Thursday. Friday was good old fish and chips for Damian and cheese and onion pie and chips for me. Daniel was a little under the weather on Friday so he had a potato cake as he had been sick in the day and wasn’t eating much.

This week’s plphotoan is a little basic again, partly because I am half expecting I could have the baby anytime and also because I need to be realistic about my energy levels to stand and prepare meals from scratch. I have stocked up the kitchen cupboards with jar mixes so that these are nice and quick to make in those early weeks with a newborn – there is no way either Damian or I will be up to making a ‘proper’ meal from scratch!

Monday – Vege lasagne with garlic dough balls

Tuesday – Risotto

Wednesday – Chilli on jacket potatoes

Thursday – SURPRISE  – will explain this one next week 🙂

Friday – Fish & Cips

As ever, I have joined in with the Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday Linky – click the image below to see other great meal plans for this week.

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(Belated!) Meal Planning Week 7 – 10 February

Well, last week’s plan wasn’t really a proper plan… we had building work being completed in the house, which meant that during the day I couldn’t access Daniel’s room, so napping was virtually non existent! I had a loose plan that looked like this:

  • Pasta with sauce
  • Pizza and wedges night – not had a pizza for a while so looking forward to this!
  • Sausage casserole (slow cooker)

We did have pasta, another night of pizza and wedges, another night we had a meal deal from Tesco and I think another night I pulled something from the freezer.

 

This week is another strange week. My husband is working late, but also has two days off work so that changes my usual routine and plans. I’m also not over committing myself as I’m now 38 weeks pregnant and conscious that I could be a mum of two very soon!!

 

So, this week’s plan looks like this:

  • Monday – eating out at my parents
  • Tuesday – wait and see… we are having lunch out so will see how hungry we are in the evening
  • Wednesday – Vege and meat cottage pies from freezer with veg
  • Thursday – Jacket potatos with cheese, beans and coleslaw
  • Friday – Fish and chips

 

Not a very adventurous week of food ahead for us, I will, hopefully make up for it next week when things should be back to a more normal state! I will be spending one evening this week looking at all the other plans that  have linked up to find some much needed inspiration!

As ever, I have joined in with the Mrs M’s Meal Planning Monday Linky – click the image below to see other great meal plans for this week.

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