A new challenge – Weekly Meal Plan – August 24th, 2020

Last week I mentioned that it felt more Autumn that Summer like, well it feels down right Winterish today. That’s ok though, our spirits aren’t dampened as we are off work for the week, yay!

That said, our holiday weeks can be a little spontaneous food wise, so this wouldn’t be the best week to start a new challenge and start monitoring my calories again would it? Nope! Yet here I am laying down a low spend challenge for the next 4 weeks and getting back to calorie counting. Just as well I had this delicious quiche before thinking too much about calories. Oh and bean sprouts came in this week’s veg box….now to figure what to do with them as I don’t fancy stir fry again yet? Did you know you can freeze them? I think I might have to.

I’ll share more detail on my challenge in my next post so I can get right in to the meal plan here which is what you’re here for, right? 🙂

Holiday week plan so far – I’m trying to stick to a maximum of 1600 calories a day, which is a lot when trying to shift some pounds for me but the week after next will be down to 1200.


B: Bowl of oats and fruit – 1/2 cup oats, 250ml almond milk, 20g raisins, 1 tsp honey – 188 cals

L: Fish and Chips – family day out (I know, day 1 and I have fish and chips!) – 800 cals

D: Golden Soup – 225 cals


B: Oat pancake with 1 tbsp syrup – 179 cals

L: Minestrone soup (homemade) – 164 cals , also quiche for family and visitors

D: Slow cooker cranberry chicken stew with mash and mushy peas – xx cals


B: 2 dippy eggs with 2 slices toast, buttered – 454 cals

L: Picnic – Hummus, peppers, hard boiled egg and gherkin – 218 cals

D: LO ham & pasta bake (includes peas and courgettes) – 480 cals


B: Porridge with 20g chocolate spread – 224 cals

L: 2 croissants with sliced ham and cheese – 307 cals

D: BBQ to celebrate 15th wedding anniversary – not counting but will be less than allowance


B: Choose from options

L: Omelette with left overs from the veg box (peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes etc) – 200 cals

D: Curry night, naan and mint yoghurt – 700 cals


B: Oaty pancake with syrup – 179 cals

L: Chicken & cabbage soup – xx cals

D: Lasagne & salad – 500 cals (184 extra for 2 slices garlic bread)


B: Smoothie

L: Farmhouse healthier fry up

D: Roast, Yorkshire puddings and veg

Breakfasts choices for all: Porridge, dippy eggs, smoothies, oaty pancakes, cereal, toast, omelette.

Lunch ideas: SOTW, homemade quiche, salad, scrambled eggs/tinned beans & sausage on toast, savoury croissants (ham and cheese etc), tuna & sweetcorn quesadillas.

SOTW (soup of the week): Minestrone/chicken cabbage

Snacks: Fruit, hummus and peppers, hard boiled eggs, slow cooker rice pudding, slow cooker banana bread, flapjacks, Aldi treats.

As usual, I’ll post recipes and photos of how things turned out as I make the items, to allow me to post photos too.

I hope this gives you some inspiration and I’d love to hear what meals you are thinking of making this week. In time my meal plans will also include costs where possible.

If you are interested in seeing what we grow here on the smallholding, feel free to join in the fun on our Instagram or Facebook smallholding pages. We also dabble in YouTube which is rather amusing! Not the content, just that we don’t know what we are doing with it yet!

Happy new week everyone, Tracy x


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