I’m getting a little bit obsessed with meal plans and what other people are doing with theirs. I’m even watching YouTube videos showing what people ate in a week for ideas and inspiration. This is all building up to our 2021 challenge of spending as little as possible on groceries and other expenses to allow us to overpay the mortgage. It’s really exciting for me (please don’t roll your eyes 😉 ). We’ve been saving hard through 2020 to have a pot of money to call on for necessities, as we still have projects on the smallholding which feed in to longer term savings. I’ll post those over on Our Smallholding Adventure blog that we run. Do join us there if you haven’t already, we would love your company.
I’ve enjoyed making apple sauce from our own cooking apples in the slow cooker. It’s lovely to be able to put them in and walk away. I’ve dusted these with sugar and lemon juice and put them on for a couple of hours on low. The result is lovely and freezes very well. I tried some warmed with cold Greek Yoghurt and it was delish. Maybe served over porridge, rice pudding or as a side to our home reared pork….yum!
Here’s the meal plan I have put together for this coming week.
Monday: Instant Pot honey and mustard chicken thighs, brown rice and green vegetables
Tuesday: Taco bar with salad and extra rice left over from Monday.
Wednesday: Rich beef and prunes casserole
Thursday: Roast chicken, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.
Friday: Fajitas – chicken
Saturday: LO chicken and vegetable pie, mash and vegetable garden veg
Sunday: Home reared roast pork, garden vegetables and Yorkshire puddings
Breakfasts: Oat based (porridge, pancakes, cold oats), egg based (dippy, scrambled or omelette) or cereal
Snacks: Flapjacks, hard boiled eggs
Please do let me know if you try any of these recipes or meal ideas, or if you would like to know more on how I manage my meals and planning.
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