A lot of people I know start meal planning but give up after a couple of weeks. So why do I still Meal Plan after all these years? I will give you my reasons below and of course this week’s menu. Truth is not sure I could stop Meal Planning – it saves me so much money and time. I only wish I had started Meal Planning sooner.
So Why do I still Meal Plan
- It saves money – I head to the supermarket with a plan and a list and don’t over-spend. Unless there is a sale on Plants but that is another story!!
- I never have to think about dinner when I come in stressed from work – I know what I am doing and have the ingredients to do it.
- We eat healthier and eat less take-out
- It takes me only 10-15 mins with a cup of tea. Okay blogging about it takes longer but I do this to help others.
- I know exactly what is going into my families food,
The great thing about meal planning is that if you take 10 -15 minutes to plan for the week ahead you will ultimately save you time, save you money and you will end up eating healthier. So follow my Meal Planning Menu today.
Meal Planning Menu
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.
Meal Planning Menu – recipes
Today is a Bank Holiday in Ireland and we are having Roast chicken ( we were meant to have it yesterday but everyone was out) so it is happening today.
Tip: Just because you planned meals doesn’t mean you can move meals around in that week to suit your diary. Meal Planning doesn’t have to be rigid.
Share this tasty leftover chicken curry in my Newsletter (one of the good reasons you should sign up) – the great thing about this recipe is you could use it with turkey, pork, lamb and beef or even vegetables perfect for a cheap meal.
Tip: Don’t be afraid to use leftovers in your meals as long as they are stored properly the night before they are fine and save you money.
This Easy Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella Puff-pastry Slice is a great alternative to Pizza and so adaptable to your tastes too – if you want lots of toppings you can add them
Tip -Frozen puff pastry is cheap in Lidl and Aldi and very handy for quick and tasty recipes
On a warm day, the slow-cooker is great as it keeps the kitchen cooler and this Amazing Slow Cooker Catalan Beef Casserole will make you dream of Holidays
Tip: If you can’t get Steak pieces cheaply Lidl has plain beef stir-fry which is 1.99 this week and is great as a substitute.
Turkey pieces are healthy and cheap meat options and this Gluten-free Turkey and Broccoli Pasta bake is a tasty way of using them.
Tip: Always check out the special offers in your supermarket to keep costs down
Saturday is the perfect time for a Fake-away like this Prawn Hoisin Stir Fry with Coconut Rice – easy to make and saves you from reaching for that takeaway menu
TIP: There are lots of fake-away recipes to help you out there
This weekend if the weather is still nice I might barbeque – these tasty Three Tasty Bar-be-cue Skewer Recipes are perfect.
For dessert, I will make this Apple and Almond Cake – Gluten free
Tip: Check which fruits are on Special offer and base desserts around them
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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