The weather here has taken a turn for the chillier now it is November and Slow-cooker meals are wonderful to come home too on a chilly day. So this week’s November Meal Planning has a few slow-cooker recipes if you are in the Northern part of the world. For my Aussie and New Zealand friends, the slow-cooker is just as handy in Summer as it doesn’t heat up your kitchen.
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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 suggestions below.
Your November 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 – cooking from scratch doesn’t always take time.
- Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruit
- Try to add a Meat-free meal to you diet
- Shop in budget stores Aldi and Lidl which keep their prices low.
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.
5 Handy Slow-cooker Tips
- Brown the meat first – stewing beef, lamb, and mince all do better if browned first
- Don’t remove the lid unless you have to every time you sneak a peek the cooking time will increase. That’s not ideal for a 4-8 hour cook!
- Always try to err on the side of “less is more” when it comes to adding food into the slow cooker, aiming to fill it around two-thirds full.
- Using slow-cooker Liners help greatly in clean up
- Add dairy and herbs at the end as they cook quickest
November Meal Planning recipes
Aubergines and Courgettes ( Egg Plant and Zucchini ) are both on special offer this week for 49c in Lidl and this Slow-cooker Rustic Ratatouille is so easy and a great vegetable dish. So cheap and warming what more could you want in a meal.
TIP: You can serve this on its own or with grilled chicken or pork it is up to you
The great thing about slow-cooking is you can use cheaper cuts of meat like stewing beef. This tasty Amazing Slow Cooker Catalan Beef Casserole is lovely and can be served over rice instead of pasta.
Tip: Cheap cuts of meat work great in the slow-cooker as the long cooking time breaks them down
Wednesday is always Pizza night you can even get Gluten-free Pizza for only €2.49 We make ours Gluten Free as my daughter is gluten intolerant but loves LOADS of cheese. Serve it with a Large salad and top with tasty vegetables.
Tip – You can cheat once during the week and you can always make it healthier with low-fat mozzarella topping and lots of healthy veg on top.
This tasty Effortlessly Easy and Tasty Tortellini is great and can be cooked in a jiffy in the slow-cooker – ready in just a few hours it a great
TIP: you can cook pasta in the slow-cooker it only takes a couple of hours
Out of the slow-cooker today this Fantastic Fish Pie is the ultimate comfort food if you have a little time and a great way to get fish into fussy kids.
Beef Marsala Curry in the Slowcooker is a perfect instead of Takeaway from the Indian. Saving you money and the smell is killer. Add some Naan Bread and mango chutney for a special meal.
TIP: Slow-cooker dishes on the weekend free up more time for fun
For Sunday Dinner I usually cook a roast dinner with Free- range chicken and lots of veggies from the garden.
And for dessert, I am making this amazing Gluten-free Parkin cake, a cake from my childhood in North of England that we always had on Bonfire night which I know is over but my love for this tasty slice of gingery, treacle goodness has not and I will share the recipe with you on Friday 🙂
You don’t have to use a slow-cooker every day pick a choose your recipes and slow-cooking days. Remember Meal planning saves you time and money.
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