I used to be SO efficient with meal planning, especially before I had Edie. Each week I’d print out a meal planner and pin it up in the kitchen so that I could see exactly what I had planned to cook… then I slowly stopped doing that.
Meal planning properly can really help to cut back the weekly spend and food wastage so I am trying really hard to get back to it. I don’t think it’s especially tough during summer so I thought I’d share with you our meal plan for the next week.
Monday – Shredded chicken fajitas – 2 chicken breasts slow cooked in mexican spices and shredded.
Tuesday – Flan (I made this summer flan a few weeks ago and it went down a storm!) & salad
Wednesday – Slow cooker spaghetti Bolognese (my mother’s recipe)
Thursday – Tomousska (I first made this when I wanted to make Moussaka and I didn’t have any aubergine, here is the recipe)
Friday – Homemade pizza using my favourite pizza dough recipe
Saturday – Adult’s have a take out but the boys will be having fish parcels
Sunday – Dare I attempt a Sunday Dinner? I haven’t had one for ages so I think the answer is yes!! Our’s usually has roasted chicken (or sometimes beef), mashed potatoes, mashed carrot and swede, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, yorkshire puddings (hello, we’re in yorkshire – plain rude not to) and red cabbage.
So working out my meal cost for the week (I do the bulk of my shopping at Aldi and then grab extras/luxuries from Asda) I will spend roughly £32.50 on meals (including using things like the ham for flan for sandwiches/lunch boxes and adding in breakfast cereal etc), £30-35 on luxuries/snacks (chocolate/crisps/wine..) and £25 on a takeout. That makes our (max) spend for the week £90 for a family of 6 for food… how does that compare to you, do you think that’s reasonable?
What is on your meal planner next week or do you wing it?
P.s – I’m not including the cleaning or laundry products in this and we are by no means thrifty on those or food, but I do think that by planning we can save quite a bit.