The countdown to Christmas is crazy and with 2 weeks to go, I know how hectic can be. Which is why you should practice some calm Christmas countdown meal planning. So grab a cup of your favourite hot drink and maybe The Best Mince pie recipe for Christmas? or a Chocolate Christmas Cookies and take 15 minutes to plan your meals for the week ahead and of course, buy some things to get your prepared for Christmas.
Meal Planning saves so much money if you shop the special offers in your supermarket and stick to a list. And it saves time because there is no more indecision at meal time or time wasted in the supermarket if you have your list ready. You will feel calm, relaxed and able to enjoy the Holiday events you have planned
- The first way to save money is to check your freezer, if it full, it is time to start eating from it.
- Take a Freezer inventory using my free Printables below and use that as a basis for your meals.
- Next, check your pantry and store cupboards and see what you have and what you can use – Lots of pasta? add Pasta dishes to your menu.
- Finally, Check the Special offers and come up with a shopping list
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Meal Planning is all about saving time and money and with my Plain Printables you can make a Meal Plan perfect for your family, or you can use my meal suggestions below.
Calm Christmas Countdown Meal Planning Menu
How to stick to your meal plan and keep costs down
- Never Shopping when Hungry – this one Vital
- Write a List and Stick to it.
- Avoid packaged meals to cut down on costs – cooking from scratch doesn’t always take time.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit by shopping Aldi and Lidl super 6
- Try to add a Meat-free meal to your diet at least once a week
- Shop in budget stores Aldi and Lidl which keep their prices low and have weekly special buys
Get your Free Budget Meal Planning Printables below
Here is your downloadable Free Meal Planning Printables so you can make your own budget using local stores to you and I have included a Freezer Inventory to help you shop from your freeze.
Calm Christmas Countdown Meal Planning – recipes
Mince is on special in Lidl last week and this Slow-cooker Turkey Chilli is perfect for making a tasty meal. Make a double batch and freeze for another meal time.
TIP: Doubling up a meal like chilli or Spaghetti or stew give you two meals. Saving you time
Lamb is fabulous is a slow-cooked Curry and this Doiaza is a tasty but not madly spicy curry to warm you up on a cold winters day. The recipe is in this week’s Newsletter which you can sign up for below.
Tip: Look for special meat offers to fill the freezer – Lidl have Lamb pieces on offer for €3.00
Tip – You can cheat once during the week and not home cook everything if you want supermarket pizza go ahead as Good fellas in on Special this week in Lidl.
One pot dishes save time on the washing up and this Tummy Warming Beef or Veggie Casserole -Cooking on a Budget
TIP: Meatless meals can be just as tasty – this Tummy warming stew has a great veggie version
This tasty Gluten Free Mac and Cheese with Bacon bits can be ready in a flash and your family will love it, it is an old classic but a good one.
Tips: Pasta is always a quick and filling option and there are plenty of Gluten free varieties these days
Make this Fake away – Prawn Hoisin Stir Fry with Coconut Rice. Get prawns this week on special and saves some in the freezer for a great starter on Christmas Day too – saving you money.
TIP: Fake-away dishes give you a take-out taste without the price
Sunday I do a Roast Chicken – you can pick one up for as little a 3.19 in Lidl and the leftovers are great for Sandwiches or in wraps for Lunches. This week I am going to start making Gluten free Mince pies while the oven is in use I can throw a batch or two in for visitors. These will also freeze and heated with a bit of cream they are great
If you sign up for my Snapshot and Snippets Newsletter, which as exclusive recipes and tips. Sign up and you can a Free copy of my Beginner’s Guide to Menu Planning. Which comes with plain versions of the Meal Planner and the Shopping and so much more. For more Menu’s head over to the Organizing Junkie’s Monday Menu Link up.
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